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I have an outstanding bill owed to my mechanic for $705 for a payment that didnt clear. If he files a mechanics lien can he or my lien holder repo my car even if I am current on my car note?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

Utah and the car in a 2008

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No not that I am aware of

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The mechanic contacted my lien holder and is giving me until today to pay it or he files the lien

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Consumer Protection Law
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 9 months ago
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thank you!
Consumer Protection Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 9 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

The mechanic can file a "Mechanic's Lien" on the car for a past due repair bill. Once he does that and notifies you and the lender he can sell the car for the bill. You would still be liable to the lender for the amount due on the loan.

If you have a dispute with the mechanic you are better off to pay the bill get your car and then sue the mechanic for failure to repair the car.

I am sorry that this is not what you may want to hear, but I would not want to mislead you into having additional problems.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I currently have the vehicle
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Can he repossess it?
Consumer Protection Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 9 months ago

If you have the vehicle that is much better for you. It is unusual for a mechanic to release the vehicle if they are owed money on a repair.

Your lender will not repossess the car for a disputed repair bill. The mechanic can try to sue you and get a judgment against you. Once they give up the car to you they can not apply for the mechanic's lien. They have to sue you. The mechanic can not repossess the car.

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Gerald

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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Attorney replied 9 months ago

To be clearer, a mechanic's lien can be issued when the mechanic has possession of the car and is claiming the lien for repairs and storage. If they have returned the car to the owner they have to sue to obtain a judgment.

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