Looks like I don’t have to pay anything for my car problem.

Apparently my car is odd, and in order to replace the alternator they had to remove the ball joint and do some stuff underneath.  Tom told my grandma that he doesn’t know if they guy who was supposed to tighten the ball joint tightened it too much, too little, or didn’t put it back on at all, but Tom accepted full responsibility and fixed it free of charge.

While it was one hell of an inconvenience, the way I look at it, he could have easily said it wasn’t their fault and charged me an arm and a leg for the repair.  Hopefully I won’t have any other problems any time soon, but if I do I will definitely be taking my car back to Tom’s Auto Repair.