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Q: Is the mechanic liable for your car while in his possession

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: When you hand over your car to a mechanic, they generally assume a certain degree of responsibility for it. This includes taking reasonable care to prevent damage or theft while it's in their possession. It's essential to understand that this obligation doesn't cover unpredictable or unavoidable events unless negligence is evident on their part.

If something does go wrong, the mechanic's liability and your compensation may depend on the terms of the service agreement you've signed and local laws. For example, if your car is damaged due to the mechanic's careless actions, they might be liable for repairs. However, if the car suffers from issues unrelated to the mechanic's actions, such as natural disasters, they are typically not responsible.

In any situation where you face problems after service, it's advisable to communicate with the mechanic or the garage's management directly and calmly. Gather evidence and understand your rights and the terms of service before proceeding with any claims. If disputes arise, seeking legal advice or contacting consumer protection agencies can be helpful options to consider.

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