The belts are suppose to be good for 60K with normal use(which would be about 5 years. 47K says it don't need to be done yet and the belt is 6 years old which "should be within the % allowed for a window of error" on the aging of the fabric. In most cases this would have gone to the 60K without an issue.
. The timing belt can be seen to be like an elastic band. Most of the time they stretch. BUT THERE IS THE ODD TIME ONE "MIGHT" SNAP.(even though they all came out of the same box of elastic bands)
...It is NOT SOMETHING A MECHANIC CAN SEE OR TEST FOR. He goes by the factory recommendations (the factory being "GATES BELTS" or some other timing belt manufacturer that VW uses which are good belts.
I am assuming you drove the car home. A belt snap is instantly engine damage and the car could not leave the shop. It is that broken.
If you managed to drive it home, then it is YOUR Problem. You just got "Lucky". Bad Luck which does not happen to everyone.
I feel for you. I myself have unbroken belts from my car (10 of them) as I made it a practice to change the belt every 60,000 miles or 5 years >whichever came first<. I know that there are other people who say they got 90,000 miles on the car before they changed the belt(but how much is that "story"? I can't prove it and neither can they. So I do not believe them.
. If you managed to drive it away then there was nothing wrong with the timing belt. PERIOD.
"what do you mean..."the day after I received it...was it delivered to your home via Tow Truck?...then that means it was never started since it left VW? That would be a strange Extra Cost to incur when you could have driven it home...for free.
If it was towed, and it did not work in your yard, then there is something to dispute. A full service would make sure the vehicle ran...& was timed correctly. and compression checked. All needing a timed engine. So it had to run in the shop for them.
So get your facts straight as to what actually happened. It sounds like you were the 1 in a million where the belt failed prematurely, meaning YOUR cost.
Mechanic 40+ years