Hello again and thank you so much for the additional information.
Because the delay in repainting and repairing your vehicle appears to be the fault of the business owner, you would NOT typically owe him anything for storage. In fact, he appears to be in breach of contract
since he has not fulfilled his obligations to repair and repaint the vehicle as agreed, yet he has been paid for that.
If you have any reason to believe he never intended to fulfill his obligations to you, that could support a cause of action for insurance fraud as well since he accepted the funds from the insurer and never intended to do the work as agreed.
If you contact your insurer, they may be able to help you resolve this. Or filing a complaint with the BBB
may compel him to release the vehicle to you as well if he wishes to protect his reputation.
If these options do not resolve the matter, then it may be necessary to retain an attorney to communicate a demand to the owner, or file suit against him in small claims
court for the value of your vehicle, since it appears he is wrongfully withholding it from you.
You could also file a police report alleging theft of the vehicle. That may aid you, but the prosecutor will not likely pursue criminal charges since this does appear to involve a civil matter.
I hope this helps clarify the situation for you. Please remember to rate my service once you have all the information you need. If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. Thank you!