A lien is a security interest in a car held by a mechanic. This lien prevents the mechanic from refusing to accept payment, and can be contested by either party. The mechanic may challenge the lien if they did not provide you with adequate notice or if the work performed went beyond your original agreement. If the lien is contested, you can file a lawsuit against the mechanic.
To get a mechanic’s lien, you must have an open account with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You must sign a contract with the mechanic, and he or she must provide you with documentation to prove this. This documentation may include a signed repair authorization or storage contract. Also, you should ensure that the mechanic has obtained authorization from the DMV before selling your car.
While you can sue a mechanic if you are unable to pay, you should try to resolve the dispute with the shop first. In most cases, the mechanic’s lien is valid. However, some people feel that they were wrongly charged by the mechanic. A mechanic’s lien generally arises out of a disagreement over service fees. In addition, a good established mechanic won’t file a mechanic’s lien in order to extort money from an unpaying customer.
While maintaining records can be a daunting task, being prepared ahead of time will be a lot easier than collecting evidence retrospectively. Today, digital solutions exist to store all sorts of automotive records, including photographs, digital copies, and physical records. Maintaining these records is an excellent way to protect your family and yourself from mechanic negligence. The best way to avoid these problems is to hire an experienced attorney with a record-keeping system.