Can a mechanic hold my car hostage?

No. But they can hold your car hostage until you pay for repairs. They are also as concerned citizens entitled to tell the police if they believe that your car is unroadworthy.

Can a garage refuse to release your car?

Finally, a garage has what is called a lien over your vehicle if you do not pay their bill. This means they can legally refuse to return the vehicle until you pay.

Can a garage legally keep your car?

Can a garage keep your car? A garage that has repaired your car has what is known as a ‘lien’. This is the right to keep the car until they’ve been paid for all work done. If you take your car away without authorisation you risk both civil proceedings and criminal prosecution.

Can a mechanic pick up my car?

A Mobile Mechanic will usually come to your house or place of work with the parts, and the tools, they need to fix or service your car then and there. Alternatively they may come to collect your car, repair it at their garage and then return it to you.

Can a mechanic hold your car for safety?

A mechanic has no legal right to hold your car, they also have no legal right or authority to “decommission” your car from service.

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What can you do if a mechanic rips you off?

Here’s what to say and to expect:

  1. Describe the problem fully. Provide as much information as possible. …
  2. Don’t offer a diagnosis. Avoid saying what you think is causing the problem. …
  3. Request a test drive. If the problem occurs only when the car is moving, ask the mechanic to accompany you on a test drive.
  4. Ask for evidence.

Can I take a garage to court?

If you get the car repaired at a new garage, you can try to claim compensation or go to court for the cost of carrying out extra repairs. You might be able to work with a trade association to get a result (if the garage is a member).

Can a body shop keep my car?

If you signed a “service agreement”, then the shop can keep your car until the repair is finished, even if you wish to terminate the agreement. If the shop accomplished the repairs, and you haven’t paid the bill yet, they can keep the vehicle until you pay the repair bill.