Do I need a lawyer to write a demand letter?

Car RepairJune 16, 2020Tucker's Fix-It-Quick Garage999 Main StreetSeattle, WA 98101Dear Mr. Tucker,On May 21, 2020, I took my car to your garage for servicing. Shortly after pickin

Do I need a lawyer to write a demand letter?

Car Repair

June 16, 2020

Tucker's Fix-It-Quick Garage
999 Main Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Dear Mr. Tucker,

On May 21, 2020, I took my car to your garage for servicing. Shortly after picking it up the next day, the engine caught fire because you did not properly connect the fuel line to the fuel injector. Fortunately, I was able to douse the fire without injury. As a direct result of the engine fire, I paid the ABC garage $1,281 for necessary repair work. I enclose a copy of their invoice and my receipt.

In addition, I was without the use of my car for three days and had to rent a car to get to work. I enclose a copy of my receipt showing the rental cost of $145.

In a recent phone conversation, you claimed that the fire was not the result of your negligence and would have happened anyway. You also said that even if it was your fault, I should have brought my car back to your garage so you could have fixed it for less.

First, Peter Klein of the ABC Garage is prepared to testify in court that the fire occurred because the fuel line was not properly connected to the fuel injector, the exact part of the car you were working on.

Second, I had no obligation to return the car to you for more repairs. I had the damage you caused repaired at a commercially reasonable price and am prepared to prove this by presenting several higher estimates by other garages.

Please send me a check or money order for $1,426 by July 15. If I do not receive payment by that date, I will promptly file this case in small claims court. Assuming I receive a judgment, which will be part of the public record available to credit agencies, I will promptly follow all legal avenues to collect it. You may reach me during the day at 555-555-2857 or in the evenings until 10 p.m. at 555-555-8967.


Sherrell Chapman
9876 High St., Seattle, WA 98111
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Home Contractor

June 20, 2020

Beyond Repair Construction
10 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Dear Sirs:

You recently did replacement tile work and other remodeling on my downstairs bathroom at 142 West Pine Street, here in Seattle. As per our written agreement, I paid you $4,175 upon completion of the job on May 17, 2020. Only two weeks later, on June 1, I noticed that the tile in the north portion of the shower had sunk almost half an inch, with the result that our shower floor was uneven and water pooled in the downhill corner before eventually going down the drain. In our phone conversations, you claimed that the problem was in my imagination, was my fault, and was too minor to deal with.

I paid for a first-class remodeling job, and I expect to receive it. Please contact me within ten days to arrange to pay me $1,200 (the cost of redoing the work per the enclosed estimate from ABC Tile) or to arrange to redo the work yourself. If I do not hear from you by July 15, 2020 I will promptly file in small claims court.

Ben Garcia
1234 Main St.
Seattle, WA 98101
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