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How does the mechanics lien on my car affects me?

I had my car painted at Maaco.They did a horrible job: there's sand in a paint, white dots all over a car, and they also paited over rubber moldings!!! Those moldings are worth almost $500. They took 3 more days than promised to finish the job, emptied the gas tank running the car (apparently they needed the radio, because all the stations were changed). My husband picked up the car, didn't pay anything because they said they'll sand the car over. After we realized that they painted over moldings, we wanted a discount for it. They wanted to paint everything again, but the manager said they wouldn't put the original moldings on a car because they're too expensive (the car dealership gave us an estimate on all those moldings). There's no way we'll leave our car with them again (did I meantion they stole all the change from the glove compartment?). Now the manager call us and leaves the message that he'll place a mechanics lien on a car. Can he do it? How it will affect us? Thanks!

Asked By: Brigit - 8/6/2007
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If they place a mechanics lein on your car, they can take your car and sell it. You might suggest to the manager that you'll be glad to discuss this with him further, but you're waiting for a return call from the District Attorney's office to discuss the matter with him.
Answered By: Galaxie500XL - 8/6/2007
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you need to get legal help
Answered By: John S - 8/6/2007
 
Well before you can Sell or trade the car off you must pay there bill or you will not get a clear title if they have done this about your only other option is to get an attorney and sue them for the damage they have done to the car. I would also be reporting them to the better Business bureau
Answered By: Redmac1 - 8/6/2007
 
This is from a California website, so your state may be different. www.cslb.ca.gov/forms/MechanicsLiens.asp... More
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Answered By: Joey Ray - 8/6/2007
 
He can.. If he does.. you can't get a clear title to sell the car without first settling the lien..He may be just blowing smoke as a way to get you to pay up. Get lotts of pictures If he does take them to small claims court.
Answered By: flea - 8/6/2007
 
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