The mechanics liens are a way to keep a car or a mechanic’s equipment in good working order for future use.
A mechanic’s mechanic’s lien is a legal document that gives a car owner or mechanic the right to get their vehicle back after it’s been repaired.
In California, the mechanic’s mechanics lient is a “consumer” lien.
The California Vehicle Code allows the mechanic to take possession of the vehicle by filing a mechanic lien on the title of the car.
California law states that a mechanic can get his/her lien in two ways.
First, the mechanics lite can be filed with the California Division of Motor Vehicles.
Second, the California Attorney General can initiate a lien action against a mechanic who is not authorized to perform the repair or service under the mechanic lient.
The first type of mechanic’s liens are issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicle.
These lien documents are usually not as lengthy as a lient filed by a mechanic, but they may give the California DMV authority to enforce the mechanics liens.
For example, the DMV may issue a mechanic liens against a person who fails to pay a liens balance.
The DMV may also issue a liange lien against a vehicle owner who fails or refuses to maintain the vehicle.
For a list of all California DMV lien actions and penalties, go to DMV’s Lien Enforcement page.
The third type of mechanics liegts are filed with a local sheriff.
The county where the mechanic resides will issue the mechanic liends against the vehicle owner.
For a list, go here.
The fourth type of lien has the state of California issuing a mechanic tien for a vehicle’s maintenance and repair costs.
The tien is issued by a state court, and is not issued by DMV.
The state of CA does not issue tienes for repairs for vehicles that are covered under the state’s Vehicle Code.
The fifth type of liens can be issued by any local government agency.
These liens usually do not include any monetary amounts or damages, and are only intended to secure the vehicle’s upkeep and repair, such as to replace a vehicle that is not covered under state or federal safety standards.
If a mechanic fails to maintain his/hers lien by the expiration date of the lien or if the vehicle is a covered vehicle, the state can issue a civil penalty.
For information on California liens, go To the California Vehicle Codes.
For more information about the California repair industry, visit the California State Labor Relations Board (SCLRB).