WTF are they doing?Update: GEICO is working with the dealer on this Mechanical Breakdown Claim. GEICO is unfortunately requiring the cylinder head to be removed and sent to a machine shop to be torn down and measured, even though the price to do so is (according to my service advisor) $200 less expensive than simply ordering a new cylinder head from Mazda and replacing it.
I have to authorize $1575 for 9 hours of machine shop services to have the cylinder head torn down, which if GEICO determines was a "covered repair" I won't be on the hook for. I sure hope GEICO does me right.
Imo, sounds like they are trying to find any reason to deny the claim. Then your gonna be stuck paying a huge disassembly cost and if they deny the claim, stuck without an engine. Then pay additonal $$ on top of that. If they want to evaluate the engine, let them do it at their cost.
Ask them if you can just pay the difference for a new cylinder head...
I would gladly pay $200 for a new head.
Also, check on new engine install pricing and see what that difference is.