Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mechanic Lien Part II: Storage Fee

As mentioned in the last article that I posted, a mechanic lien is mainly a shop’s tool in holding a customer’s vehicle in case the customer fails to render payment for a performed repair. But, while holding your vehicle until you give payment may be bad enough in itself, there’s actually something worse: storage fee.

There are shops that charge vehicle owners with a fee for the storage of a vehicle that is kept in the shop because of a lien. So, while you may be trying hard to earn the money to pay for the repair done to your car and finally drive your vehicle home, the amount that you need to pay is continuously accumulating because you are sort of renting the shop for keeping your car.

And, this is not good news. Some shops charge a very high storage fee—one hundred dollars per day. In fact, there are instances when the storage fee equals, or even exceeds, the actual amount that you will need to pay for the repair of your vehicle. This is the reason why it’s never a good idea to have a mechanic lien placed on your car. If you can avoid this at all, do so.

Or, you may want to just pay the shop upfront and take your car home with you, then just contest the repair amount charged to you afterwards. This way, no matter where the case takes you, you don’t have a storage fee to worry about. Other than this course of action, there are other steps that you can take to deal with a mechanic lien when one is placed in your car. The next article will discuss the options that you have and the different actions that you can take if you happen to be in this situation.

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