Crash repair work carried out by Limerick auto repair premises was ‘defective’

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The motorist sued over defective work to his vehicle

The motorist sued over defective work to his vehicle

A LIMERICK-based auto repair premises was ordered to pay more than €4,000 to a motorist who sued over defective work to his vehicle.

Limerick District Court was told the plaintiff was “rear-ended” while driving in the city earlier this year and that he subsequently presented his car for repair at the behest of a third party insurance company.

Sometime after his car was returned, the plaintiff became concerned and consulted a motor assessor who discovered a number of defects which would have resulted in the car failing the NCT.

Judge Mary Dorgan was told additional repair works had to be carried out at a cost of more than €2,600.

Ruling in favour of the plaintiff, the judge expressed concern that other ‘defective’ cars may be on the road with the knowledge of their owners.

She included depreciation and €500 for inconvenience in the final award.

Solicitor Sean Fitzgerald of Holmes O’Malley Sexton says every motorist involved in road accident is entitled to choose where to get their car repaired.

“It’s your vehicle. it’s your choice,” he said.