Re: If I Received a Check for the Damage to My Car Do I Have to Repair It
get serious. Suggesting somebody might take an unlawful act, especially one that might cause injury or death is defamatory.
Im just scared if i dont pay this man what he wants he will not release my car to me and/or might cut my breaks.
and to him not releasing it: actually likely to happen. He is going to argue you authorized the work. You will deny. If he wants to argue it enough, you will have to go to court and ask a judge to decide who wins.
due to what STATcom spoke of (quantum meruit), it is likely the judge will require you to pay for all the work, especially since none of it is actually coming out of your pocket. You would be asking the body shop to take a loss and you gain a windfall due to the error. Unjust enrichment is the result, another basis for the shop to win.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.