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My classic (1970) V.W. was recently driven to a recommended

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My classic (1970) V.W. was recently driven to a recommended garage for repairs. While I was away, it subsequently caught fire after a new alternator was fitted. My agreed value insurance leaves me with a £4K shortfall to restore 'faithful friend'
' of 21 yr, Despite the garage approach by by Insurance Broker, do I have a claim for Contributory negligence?

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

How long ago did this happen?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Apologies for the delay, (broadband freeze) On or around 19th August 2016 Fire Brigade gave me an incident number

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No problem, please e-mail your response as BT not due to Sat, thank you Adr***** *****

Many thanks for your patience. Whether you can claim against the garage would depend on whether it was their work which caused the fire. Not only that but you would have to show that their work fell below the standard expected of a reasonable and competent garage in their position and that the damage was foreseeable.

In basic terms, did the alternator they fitted or the way it was fitted cause the fire and was it reasonably foreseeable that a fire may have occurred from such work or from such a faulty item. You may have to seek the advice of an independent mechanic to see if they agree the work or the alternator had caused the fire and if that is the case then there is a potential claim there. It is mot contributory negligence but just negligence – contributory negligence would be if you had done something wrong as well which contributed to the already existing negligence by the other party.