Can Your Mechanic Keep Your Car?

texas garageman mechanic lienYes, sometimes.

A Texas “garageman” with whom a motor vehicle is left for care has a lien on the vehicle for the amount of the charges for the care, including charges for towing the vehicle to the garageman’s place of business. And a person who repairs a vehicle may retain possession of that vehicle until (1) the amount due under the contract for the repairs is paid; or (2) if no amount is specified by contract, the reasonable and usual compensation is paid.

It’s a good idea to ask for a repair estimate and to insist that no work be performed without your advance approval. Most honest mechanics don’t have a problem with that.

In our Law 101 posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more involved and complex discussions.

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