My car was in a accident and was towed a body shop and the shop never gave me a estimate and I never signed anything with them. Now they are asking me to pay a ridiculous amount to get my car back. What do I do? What are my rights?
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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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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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
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