In the interests of fairness, I'm going to try and give a full account of this.
Friday morning on the motorway the battery warning light starts flashing. I'm late for work so ignore it, roughly fifty miles later get to work in one piece still.
Set off from work to go home, no lights flashing, all good. Stop off halfway for fuel, start the car again and it's dead - won't even turn over. Breakdown chap comes along, diagnoses the alternator is rogered and drops me and car at home. I check out a couple of garages online, give a couple of calls, select a chap who sounds reasonable and has good recommendations.
Saturday morning, car is collected from mine, dropped at garage. Yesterday alternator is replaced.
This morning I pick car up, all working fine, pay for the work and drive off happy.
A mile down the road there is a very weird knocking sound, 200 yards further on battery light comes on again and 200 yards later all power to the car is gone.
Ring garage back - 'oh that's weird'
'I'll call breakdown and bring it back to you'
'Yeah no problem'
Breakdown man arrives. I explain the above to him. Pops bonnet and pulls a mangled length of cord from the depths. 'This is your alternator auxillary belt. It should be changed when the alternator is changed. Are you sure you want to take it back to the guy that did this?'
Okay maybe not, so pop back to the garage he's come from. Mechanic there has a look, tries to start it. 'The timings out. Cam belt looks a bit mangled. Looks like alternator belt has wrapped itself around cam belt.'
Okay says I, I'll take it back to chap who did the work originally and ask him to sort it.
Original chap rings this afternoon. Timing has gone out, bent a piston. Engine rebuild, will cost more than car's worth, basically it needs scrapping. Come in for a chat tomorrow.
What would your thoughts be and what angle would you be taking for this chat?