GARAGE KEEPER’S LIENS
Do’s and Don’ts . . . Do It Right!
The Garage Keepers Lien Act and the common law which underlies it, gives you more rights to get paid than a bank, or GMAC, or Ford Credit, or the tax man, or even a bankruptcy trustee! Garage Keepers liens place you in first place among any creditors attached to the vehicle for a six-month period. This period can be extended in certain circumstances where the debtor is avoiding seizure.
To register the lien you need (1) the name and address of the registered owner/lessee, (2) the vehicle’s VIN, and (3) the amount of the indebtedness.
For your lien to be valid, you must:
Always record the VIN on work orders! Always use a work order that has an acknowledgement of indebtedness included in it! Always have the customer sign the acknowledgement upon pick up of the vehicle (after the amount of indebtedness has been determined)! Be aware that enforcing your lien can cost up to $1200 but that those costs can be recovered from the vehicle. If the vehicle is not worth $1500 more than the repairs performed don’t release the vehicle until you have been paid!
For more info on garage keeper’s liens contact ASRA!
ASRA will register Garage Keeper’s Liens for $8.21 for members.
GARAGE KEEPERS LIEN ACT
Why the Law is Stacked in Your Favour. . .
If You Do It Right!
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