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Dwayne B.
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a mechanic refuses to release my car to me even though i paid

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a mechanic refuses to release my car to me even though i paid him in full . He claims he informed me that my car has been done since november, but i went out on dec 8 to check on it and it was not touched. now he is trying to charge me for storage costs.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 8 years ago.
At this point all you can do is file suit for return of your car. You can claim breach of contract on his part as well as what is known as "conversion" which is the civil law version of theft. The court can make a finding that the car is yours and order him to release it to you immediately. If there is an order the Sheriff can then assist you in getting the car.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I meant anything other than take him to court as I have no money for a lawyer and since he has my car, no way of getting there. should have been more specific but this is of no help to me. i could have read that out of my business law text book.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 8 years ago.
Unfortunately we can only answer based on the facts given.

In your case, if the police are not willing to assist you then your only option is to file suit. There is no other way to force the return of the vehicle.

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