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Custom shop refuses to release my car stating I owe money. Never gave me
estimate, invoice, Bill, or any other description of work being performed and has
willingly accepted thousands of dollars from me for work. Because owner is
suspected of being on illegal drugs and continues to make empty promises for well
over a year I am wanting to remove my car and take to someone that can and will
finish the work required. Refuses to let me have car. Has yet to produce any
Asked on September 8, 2018 under Business Law, Utah
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
You have to sue them. You would bring a lawsuit in regular county court (not small claims) seeking a court order that your car is released and that they return any money which did not result in actual repairs or renovations being done (i.e. they can keep pay for any work they accomplished). Bringing a lawsuit for a court order as well as for money is procedurally more complex than suing for money alone; you should retain an attorney to help you. A lawsuit is the only way to force them to release your car and/or compensate you.
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