Can a independent auto repair shop use the names vehicle that they work on, on a outdoor sign?

UPDATED: Jan 12, 2012

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Can a independent auto repair shop use the names vehicle that they work on, on a outdoor sign?

I want to install a outdoor big sign, that says the brand names of the cars that I work on. Can I do this?

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Business Law, California


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

As an independent automobile repair shop there is nothing legally prohibiting you from stating on an outdoor sign the brand names of cars that you work on assuming you in fact do work on those particular cars.

Unless you are an authorized repair person for these particular cars, you cannot state on your advertisement that your are "authorized" by the manufacturers to work on the cars. Otherwise, you can state what brands of vehicles you repair on a sign for the public to see.


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