my husband and I bought a salvage title corvette. My husband had three different bids, and he went with the one, had a contract and paid upfront. The guy, whom works for my husband, has the audacity to give him a bill at the end, and tell him its $3000 more than the original price they agreed upon because "he thought he did a better job" and kept his car. he never signed a work order for the additional amount. we took him to court and the judge gave him the judgment, because he hired an attorney the day before court and she filed a counter-claim without our knowledge and we didn't have time to respond and my husband was without counsel, trying a case. I mind you, we were the only ones with any evidence/signed work order, yet the judge still favored in his behalf. We are appealing the case, and we want to make sure we aren't missing something, as unjust as this sounds. Can somebody just make up some mysterious amount because "they think they did a better job than what was quoted"? that's like going in to a salon and paying for a fee that you agree on, and after your hair is done, the stylist stating "oh I think I did better than what I anticipated, you need to pay more"
It appears that you failed to secure counsel to assist you in regard to this matter and are finding out first-hand why an attorney is needed for such matters. If this truly is an appeal you are pursuing you will have a very difficult time meeting the requirements of the appellate court. I'm guessing that the case was originally tried in Small Claims Court and that you are now actually seeking a trial de novo rather than an appeal. If you and your husband were unable to hold your own in Small Claims Court you are going to find the trial de novo even more challenging as it is subject to Associate Circuit Court rules including legal rules of evidence. The Small Claims Court is designed to be used by laypersons with relaxed rules of evidence but you will get no breaks once the case is retried in the Associate Circuit Court.
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