FAQ Auto Repair
What auto repair means?
An automobile repair shop (also known regionally as a garage or a workshop) is an establishment where automobiles are repaired by auto mechanics and technicians.
What are my rights with car repairs?
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 gives you the right to ask for a full refund in the first 30 days after buying any product that proves to be faulty, including new and used cars. The law also provides protection for servicing and repair work that renders your car faulty.
How long can a repair shop keep your car?
There is no “limit” as you are under no obligation to leave your vehicle at a mechanic’s shop if they aren’t performing any work upon it. If they cannot get to it, then you can retrieve it at any time and simply take it to another shop.
Can a mechanic refuses to release your car?
If you do have some high level of concern have it towed. If a mechanic is refusing to let you take your car, call the police. If you asked him\her to repair it and they have but for some reason you do not want to pay then yes- they have a lien (they can hold onto it in lieu of your debt) on it.
Does car insurance cover mechanic negligence?
All you have to do is contact your insurance agent about the service, and they will take care of the rest. If you took your vehicle in for a service, oil change, paint job or some other wear and tear matter and the mechanic shop damages your vehicle, your auto insurance policy will not cover the damages.
Do you have to pay a mechanic to look at your car?
Short answer is no. Some shops offer free diagnosis and then will most likely pad the charge in the repair bill. Most mechanics are not paid by the hour but instead are paid by how productive they are. That diagnostic charge allows the shop to pay the mechanic to look at the car.
Can I sell my car to a mechanic?
While a mechanic can not legally sell your vehicle immediately, because most if not all states require the mechanic to wait at least 30 days after the customer is notified about the finished repairs to sell the vehicle, if payment is not made and an agreement is not made they can legally sell your vehicle.
What happens if you don't pay a mechanic?
What is a mechanic’s lien? If a mechanic has serviced your car and you haven’t paid the bill, they may be able to establish a lien on your vehicle, which usually gives them legal claim over the car until you pay back what you owe in full. This is called a mechanic’s lien or a garageman’s lien.
Does full coverage cover repairs?
Car insurance does not cover regular repairs. But it does cover repairs you need to make as a result of an accident, vandalism, or some kinds of bad weather. If you’re worried about how you’d be able to afford those types of repairs, look into adding collision and comprehensive insurance to your auto insurance policy.
Can I claim on insurance for blown engine?
Will car insurance cover a blown engine? Unfortunately, car insurance will not cover a worn out engine. “A blown engine falls under damage from normal wear and tear or from mechanical or electrical breakdown caused by ageing or ordinary use of the car,” Casamento says.