My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Illinois
Ok this is going to be a somewhat long post...
This all started when I took my 1991 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo with already over $26k in performance mods invested into it to a local shop on 1/15/2007 to do some minor upgrades to the car including suspension, gauges dressing up the motor and what not.
(Not to mention when they first got the car they put it together and fired it up as is before they started on it and it didnt crank over so.... what did they do? they did some diagnositc to see why it didnt crank then charged me $300 for it and I didnt know that until after aug came up... so anyway after they did that and it still didnt start THEN they decide to call me and I told them the car had been sitting for like 6 months it had bad gas, they drain it put new gas in and it fired right up)
So I get an estimate of right around $3500 (Sadly I dont have the est. paper anymore so thats not good) anyway so i add a few more things on and the cost is going up and by 3/15/2007 I've paid them exactly $5155 but my bill to even up was $8599 and so 7/2007 comes along and they finally get it ready to start it up and It starts but runs like absolute crap.... then they call me over (Basically im starting to feel like the mechanic) and I knew exactly what had happened because its done this before, It was my ECU the capacitor had blown and leaked all over the circuts. So they say "Ok we'll look for a new ECU" so im like "ok" then leave and a few weeks later as i call and check up on them one day they tell me "You have to find a new ECU otherwise we will have to start charging storage fee's" and At the time I really was tight on money since im a mortgage broker and the whole guidline crisist was killing me. I told them ill look for one (as im trying to work at the same time) then they start charging me for a month and at that time i dont have the money to square up with them, They start asking me to send them the title to my car month after month after month. So i only owe'd $3069 starting July right? Nov. comes along and I have $4500 to settle and they were telling me i now owe over $7200 and im pissed.... So im trying to catch up with my own bills and make money for these ass holes and now to date I now owe them $10,245.... Please help me im really really just stuck here. I mean I have other people telling me to just go there with the police and get my keys and tow it out and settle the original cost, Legally I just dont know what to do because IDK if that is even legal. They keep asking for the title to my car, they wont put a lein on it, I've never signed a thing, not a estimate or a reciept NOTHING, but i do want to pay them for the work they did, just not this crazy shit. The car isnt even done, I didnt know they could charge me or repo my car if they didnt even finish the work. The car will not start, They also told me they lost my ECU... My car with over $32k invested in performance now sits outside in crazy weather for months... I've owned it for over 4yrs and always did my own work to the car and i took a leap of faith because i because busy to put it in a shop. They wonr budge on stirage fee's they told me this a month after they started charging them.