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You won't be able to sue for "illegal retention" since they didn't retain the car illegally. What you can do is sue for "loss of use" of the vehicle under a breach of contract theory and also use the same facts and the equitable doctrine of "unclean hands" (which means they can't create a problem and then complain of it) to defeat their lawsuit for storage fees.
You'll have to hire an expert to examine the car to determine whether the car has been damaged by sitting up for so long. If it has been then you can sue them for those damages under the breach of contract theory as well since it is clearly unreasonable of them to have taken so long to do the work. You can also recover your attorney's fees.
The attorney will do discovery to show how many cars were taken into their shop and repaired between the time you entrusted your car to them and now. That will show how unreasonable they were.