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If the mechanic is owed storage fees that should have been in an agreement you entered into with him. Typically related to vehicles he does have a mechanic's lien if he completed work on the vehicle, but he looses the mechanic's lien when he allows you to remove the vehicle. For him to maintain his lien he has to keep the vehicle and not allow you to pick it up or remove it.
That is not to say that if he believe you owe him money either based on a written or oral agreement he could potentially sue to recover that money, but he lost his mechanic's lien.
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It is fairly common for unscrupulous repair shops to tow a vehicle to their garage and then over price all repairs and then just go to work and when you won't pay claim they have a mechanic's lien and if you don't pay they will sale the vehicle in 90 days. If all was legit they can sell the car based on their lien, but that is not the case here. If he towed it to his shop he may be entitled to reasonable payment for towing, but I would simply send him a certified letter stating that after he failed repeatedly to return any phone calls you assumed he had no interest in repairing it and you needed the vehicle so you picked it up. If you the mechanic allege that I owe you something please send an itemized bill to the address listed within 30 days. I would then hold onto your copy of the letter and if he tries to claim theft of service you can use that as one defense that you sought to find out what you owed him and he never responded. If he responds with something crazy then get 3 estimates of what it would cost to tow the vehicle from point a to his shop if he did tow it in and then in your response simply state that if he is willing to accept $x payment for towing and since he did no other work you are only willing to reimburse him for his reasonable towing expense. You can indicate that you called x,y &z and their prices were the following the tow the vehicle. If he will send you a bill for that amount and indicate that is full payment due on your vehicle you will send a check otherwise please file suit.
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