We granted certiorari to answer the following questions: "What is the correct measure of damages in a suit for the breach of a contract to repair an automobile? Was the correct measure of damages applied by the trial court in granting a directed verdict?" Simmons v. Boros, 176 Ga. App. 346 (335 SE2d 662) (1985)
Bobby D. Simmons purchased a used Fiat Spyder and three weeks later contracted with Jeno Boros to repair the motor for $500 plus the cost of parts. Boros agreed to a warranty on the repair of the motor, for 60 days or 600 miles. Boros then repaired the car and the total of parts and labor was $1,372.96. The car immediately overheated and Simmons returned it to Boros several times, but several months later the head gasket blew. While he sued Boros in both tort and contract for failing to repair the car's engine, at trial Simmons relied upon the alleged breach of contract.
Simmons appealed to the Court of Appeals, which applied the correct measure of damages -- " '[g]enerally, the proper measure of damages for defective workmanship would be the cost of repair of the defect.' " Simmons v. Boros, supra, 176 Ga. App. at p. 347. See also OCGA 13-6-2
; Rest. 2d Contracts, 347. Thus, the Court of Appeals used the correct rule of law as to damages. The majority of the Court of Appeals, however, having found the evidence insufficient under the proper standard as to both the breach and the damages incurred, properly affirmed the trial court pursuant to the rule that a judgment right for any reason must be affirmed. 2