In your situation, it would be worthwhile to sue the first mechanic if and only if: #1, your case against him is solid, and #2, you will be able to collect a judgment from him successfully. While I can't say for sure (because I don't have an intimate knowledge of your facts), it would seem by what you've written that you will be able to satisfy requirement #1. Now you have to consider requirement #2, and I can't do this for you from where I sit. Is he an otherwise successful mechanic? Does he have or appear to have assets? Even if you sue him successfully, if you can't ultimately collect from him, you will end up with a useless judgment. You will have to assess both of these factors and then decide whether you wish to proceed in Small Claims Court against him. You will also need the testimony of the second mechanic to prove your case. Good luck!
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