The body shop is keeping my car hostage until I pay them?
3 attorney answers
Your choices are to pay them retrieve your car and then sue them for the money or ‘Susan for the money and your car and wait years with litigation persist
It depends on what you may have signed with the body shop. You say you didn't, but I would double- check on that.
They would at least have a case for storage charges if you just left your vehicle there and never followed up with them.
Why didn't you just get your auto insurance carrier involved? Now, you are probably going to have to get an attorney to assist you if the shop is asserting some type of mechanic's lien.
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See an attorney to figure out what your rights are. There are exceptions to invoice requirements when it comes to emergency services, and it’s unclear whether they are acting as a body shop or a storage yard - or both.
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