You're gonna have a hard time convincing anyone the damage was not there when you dropped it off, and that it was the fault of the mechanic. Some pics would be helpful.
Funny enough, right before I dropped it off with the mechanic I met with my insurance adjuster. There is other damage from a different incident, some panels are getting repainted. They went over the entire truck with a fine tooth comb and I had to argue about every last scratch. Each one is well documented and photographed by my insurance company. The panels damaged by my mechanic were not supposed to be painted.
Also, one gouge on the door was showing fresh bare metal when I found it, today it is already oxidized. I have a picture of the bare metal.
Simply report it to your insurance company as vandalism. It is covered under your Comprehensive coverage. There is no way to prove the mechanic did it, and, if you like the mechanic then you don't want to sour the relationship you have with him.
I really shouldn't have to if the mechanic is at fault. That's for his insurance, or pocket book to cover, not mine. I'm not happy with the mechanic, he will get sued if he doesn't put up the money on his own.
Don't know about your neck of the woods but everyone around here has release of liability you sign when you drop off the car.
I never signed anything.
...sorry should have picked your vehicle up amd not let it sit all weekend is what we told them.
I couldn't pick it up because he was still working on it, long beyond what we had originally agreed upon. I was there to pick it up before he was done with it.
Legally he is not responsible for what happens to vehicles while they are in his parking lot. That is like trying to hold walmart responsible for someone hitting your car in their parking lot.
Regardless, we have a disclaimer on our work orders that informs customers that we are not responsible for damages that may occur on our lot because of other customers.
That is not an accurate example. Walmart is not in charge of your car, you did not hand over custody to them. The mechanic had full custody of my vehicle, very different. Just because you have a disclaimer does not remove you from all liability, and, I signed no disclaimers, nor were there any signs.
I'll post some pics in a minute.