My name is***** and I'm happy to help with your question today. I need to ask you some preliminary questions to be able to help you.
When you were informed that work needed to be done - did you contact the dealer and ask for them to do the repair or refund you?
No, at the time I needed the car back on the road
Is this it?
are you still there/
Its right to say that the Sale of Goods Act 1979 gives you a right to repair or refund of the car if it is not of satisfactory quality. But there is case law which states that you should give the dealer a chance to inspect and repair the vehicle before you carry out the work yourself. Or you can seek a refund by returning the car. So you can certainly ask the dealer to contribute to the cost of repair but they would be able to challenge your claim on the basis that you did not give them notice and did not give them a chance to inspect the vehicle and did not give them a chance to repair.