It's been a while since I've been on here but you guys and gals always had the answers... so here's a matter that's near to my heart. My father in law got hooked up with a small 1 man shop to repaint his 55 Jaguar. They agreed on a price and drew up an estimate. They agreed on a date the car would be finished but that was not written into the estimate. He dropped off the car and made the mistake of paying the body guy about 85% of the total before any work began... The guy partially disassembled the car and did some basic bondo work. The car has only 23,xxx miles on it and was really straight. Didn't need any welding or patch work. Well, as if this is a surprise to any of you... after 17 months the car is still in the same basic condition it was after month 2. For the last year my father in law has been trying to contact him a few times a week for updates... he rarely gets ahold of him. He brought a lawyer into it last October and the body guy agreed to finish it up by the first of the year. All the body guy managed to do was throw some more bondo on it and push it into a different spot in the shop. So now the car is back at home again... in pieces... and we want to take this ass bag to court. It's my guess that this joker didn't know what he was getting himself into before he took the job and once he started looking at it he realized he had no clue how to deal with this car. OR it needed a lot more work than he suspected and gave up. (he does have experience with MGs, later Jaguars and smaller European cars) Either way he promised a job and a finished date, was given the majority of the money, and failed to live up to his end of the contract. So what do we do? Legally... I took a bunch of pictures when we picked it up and we have the original estimate. We can get the car looked at by another shop and guesstimate how much work was actually done and get a price of what it would have cost to get it into the present condition and ask for all the money back except for what he did? Sue for the total money (around $10k) plus lawyer fees and court costs? Start a smear campaign on him and his business? Hire Vinnie and Guido to pay him a visit?? The father in law is almost 70... Born in Germany and came to America by himself at the age of 13 not speaking any English. He's an amazing guy with a great story. He bought this car in 1963 and enjoyed it until he got married and started a family. Raised 3 great kids and worked until he retired and now wants to enjoy his baby... Any advice on what to do next to get the money back?