Hi PA forum, I really need some advice/help, before I start let me say I know NOTHING about cars. I put my car into the local garage recently for a small problem. The car had recently just been there because that same mechanic (Owner/Mechanic) put in an engine belt and it was making a really loud obnoxious noise when started. So I took it back and told him to fix it, because he had put it on wrong or messed up something. He takes it back and 10 days later gives it back and it is still NOT FIXED and he says he found several other problems. He charged me for the fix and the problems, so I took it right back up and told him to do the job right because it was getting pretty ridiculous at this point, keep in mind I need this car to get to work.
I finally get the car back the other day and as soon as I turn it on the engine light comes up, this has NEVER happened before. I take the car out for a test drive and the temperature light comes on... I luckily get to my brothers house before it stalls on the highway. I try pouring water into the car so I could at least get home. I pour it in and I can hear it draining as fast as it goes in. I look under the car and there is a huge leak of the water holding thing (No car lingo)... Once again, never had a problem with this before... This is all just magical. I decide F this guy and take it to a GM mechanic so I can just get it fixed right. I had only ever taken it to him because my grandma said she would help me with the bill in installments with that specific mechanic because we live in a small town and he said he would accept small payments a little at a time until the bill is paid.
I get the freaking bill and it is ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS! I thought it was a joke. Nope. My question is, is there something I can do about this? I got screwed out of a PERFECTLY good car by this guy and then he charges me 11,000 dollars for nothing? The thing still doesn't work! Because now I can't get a new car that I need for my job and I also have bills to pay. I cannot afford 11,000 dollars on something that should have been 200 max. I. Need. Help.