My car is farked. Maybe very badly. I had the oil changed and the fuel pump/filter system cleaned yesterday, then took a 200 mile road trip. On the way back, about 300 miles post-servicing, I hear a belt squalling like it is slipping, then my headlights start dimming out. Next thing I know it is red-lined overheated and smoke is billowing from under the hood. Long story short, I limped to a store parking lot in a tiny north Georgia town at 3am where we waited until morning to summon help. A couple of fellows took a look and said it looks like oil had been spraying all over the engine compartment, getting all over the alternator belt and water pump. Water and anti-freeze were leaking out and there is also oil mixed in. I'd had the servicing done at a well-known chain and when I mentioned this to the tow truck owner and driver, they said that they made a regular living from customers of this shop and most have been reimbursed for the costs of repairs and towing. However, they recommended getting an attorney to do so. My questions: What kind of attorney would handle this and how would I approach them? How much fee up front would one require, or is this the type of claim they would include legal fees on? When getting my car looked at and/or repaired, would it be wise to tell the repair shop of my suspicions that the damage was caused by the negligence of the oil change shop? Or let them tell me what they find first, then ask if it could be the result of improper procedures during the servicing? Should I have the repairs done at the dealership or take it to our trusted repair shop that my family has been using for years? (Question of bias and impartiality?) Is there anything else I should do? I cannot afford to pay for the repairs. The tow bill alone was $250. I've got a sinking feeling this won't be a simple or cheap repair. I know the standard disclaimer - what is posted here should not be taken as real legal advice, always consult with a local attorney, blah, blah, blah ... But any help at all? Pweeze???