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I locked the car and took the keys. The engine no longer functions so the car can not be driven.
You stated that "when you leave a vehicle at a garage, if you do not pay them, they have a right to charge you storage fees". Does the fact that I paid Pep Boys for their service they provided when they inspected the car and determined that the engine was dead count?
If it goes to small claims court, the impound lot is still going to charge their daily rate. So if I lose, I am responsible for the amount that has accumulated. If I win, even in part, Pep Boys would have to pick up at least some of the tab that has accumulated. Is that correct?
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