Have you tried to work this out with the mechanic directly? If you make your complaint clear, and indicate that you will have to go to Court if they don't make good, they may well choose to make good --particularly if you are seeking only replacement costs. Try that first before going to Court. If you do go to small claims, I would also look for a witness (close family/friend?) who can help provide evidence (by their testimony) as to the prior condition of the rims. One thing I might be prepared to answer (if asked by the court) is how you are able to drive with your disability. Not saying that this is not possible, but just an issue that may come up.
That said, I agree with a prior poster that obtaining an attorney is unlikey to be cost effective here .
Take courage, and understand that Small Claims Courts deal with regular people. If you are truthful and organized, you'll be fine.
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You paid $500 a tire and want a free lawyer??? A bit insulting don't you think!
If you can show the shop did the damage, take it up with them maybe they can refinish your wheels. Next time, ask if they can do run flats, they require special training not all repair shops have.
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You can contact the Hillsborough county bar association and consultations for cases are free. I understand that you are concerned about the cost of representation.
I am sure there are local attorneys that can help you and either quote you a flat fee or an hourly. I don't think the cost of an attorney will be a "fortune" for a small claims matter if you feel you don't want to handle yourself. I think if you are able to afford a new BMW, that a relatively minor matter which you describe should be affordable.