Is it legal for a mechanic to hold a vehicle until labor is paid in full?

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Is it legal for a mechanic to hold a vehicle until labor is paid in full?

We paid for the transmission (almost $900), and are having troubleComing up with and additional $840 for labor, which is more than Double what he quoted us. He has held our car for over a month now.We are far away from anyone we know and this is our only car. HeRefuses to work with us.

Asked on December 8, 2014 under Business Law, Michigan

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You need to contact your local prosecutor (city or county) or if you live in a state with an attorney general, the state attorney general and file a complaint. Check your paperwork on what was quoted. This appears to be common theft and could be grand larceny depending on the car's worth. If your mechanic refuses to work with you, it appears the fee is simply padding and may be fraudulent. If the local prosecution or police won't help you, immediately hire an attorney to contact this person.


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