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The key to any defense is what your debtor authorized. If he did not authorize the work pursuant to a written estimate for the repair work. then they had to give the owner notice of the storage if he did not pick it up within 15 days of completion of the work. You have to find out if shop followed all the procedures under the applicable statutes which are Civil Code 3068 to 3071 and Vehicle Code 10650-10658. Here are the links to the relevant sections. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=civ&group=03001-04000&file=3067-3074 and http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=10001-11000&file=10650-10658
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