How Long Can A Mechanic Legally Keep Your Car To Fix

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How long can a dealership hold your car for repair UK?

This guidance is for England, Scotland and Wales When you take your vehicle to a garage for a routine service or for faults to be repaired you are making a legally binding contract. This guide gives information on the legal rights and remedies you have and includes practical examples to explain what you can do if things go wrong.

  1. The law A vehicle is an expensive purchase so it makes good sense to maintain it and hopefully prolong its life by having it regularly serviced.
  2. Most traders are reputable and honest, but there are some traders that will carry out poor quality repairs and servicing at a high price, or charge you for work that has not been carried out.

Knowing your legal rights will help you deal with any problems that may arise. An important element of the contract is that a trader must give you certain pre-contract information as set out in the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.

  • See the guide ‘Buying from business premises: on-premises contracts explained’ for more information on these Regulations.
  • When you take your vehicle to a garage for a routine service or for faults to be repaired you are making a legally binding contract, which is covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

This law gives you rights and remedies against the trader if the service you receive is below the standard you are entitled to expect and if any parts fitted as part of the service or repair fail to meet your expectations, possibly because they are faulty.

the service must be carried out with reasonable care and skill. A trader must carry out the service to the same or similar standard to that which is considered acceptable within the vehicle repair industry information about a trader or service is legally binding. Anything said or written down by a trader (or someone acting on their behalf) about themselves or the service forms part of the contract. Any information you take into consideration before you agree the contract or if you make a decision about the service after the contract is made will also form part of the contract reasonable price to be paid for a service. You are required to pay only a ‘reasonable’ price for the service that a trader provides unless the price (or the way in which the price is worked out) is fixed as part of the contract the service must be carried out within a reasonable time. Sometimes the contract will fix the time that a service must be completed by. If the time has not been fixed then the service must be completed ‘within a reasonable time’

Service (covers vehicle repairs and routine servicing); key remedies:

right to repeat performance. If you are dissatisfied with the way your vehicle has been repaired or serviced (because it has not been carried out with reasonable care and skill or the trader failed to complete the work in line with information they gave you beforehand) then they must perform the service again – for example, carry out a further repair. This should be carried out within a reasonable time, without significant inconvenience and at no cost to you right to a price reduction. If repeat performance of the repair or service fails to resolve the problem (perhaps it is impossible or it cannot be carried out within a reasonable time or without causing you significant inconvenience) then you are entitled to a price reduction, which can be as much as a full refund

See ‘Supply of services: your consumer rights’ for more information. Goods, such as parts, oil or accessories, supplied during the repair or service; key rights:

the trader must have the right to supply the goods to you. If they did not, perhaps they did not actually own them and could not therefore sell them to you. If that is the case then you have a legal remedy the goods must be of satisfactory quality. The description, price, condition of the goods, fitness for purpose, appearance and finish, safety, durability and freedom from minor defects are all important factors when considering quality. Public statements, such as those in advertising or on labelling, made by the trader, the producer or their representative about the goods must be accurate and can also be taken into account when deciding if the goods are of satisfactory quality if you make a trader aware that you want the goods to be fit for a particular purpose, even if it is something that they are not usually supplied for, then you have the right to expect they are fit for that purpose you have the right to expect that the goods are as described. For example, if a part is described as being made by a particular manufacturer, that is what should be supplied if you see or examine a sample, then the goods must match the sample. For example, if you saw a sample tyre, then the tyres fitted to your vehicle must match if you see or examine a model then the goods must match the model

Goods, such as parts, oil or accessories, supplied during the repair or service; key remedies:

short term right to reject the goods and obtain a full refund right to a repair or replacement right to a price reduction or a final right to reject the goods

The ‘Sale and supply of goods: your consumer rights’ guide gives more information. If you pay for the vehicle repair or service by credit card and if the work costs more than £100 but less than £30,000, you are protected by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Section 75 of the Act makes the card provider as responsible as the trader for a breach of contract or a misrepresentation. You are entitled to take action against the trader, the card provider or both. This does not apply to charge cards or debit cards. If you use a debit card to pay for the vehicle repair or service or if you use a credit card and the price of the work is less that £100 (your rights under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 would not apply) you may be able to take advantage of the chargeback scheme.

Chargeback is the term used by card providers for reclaiming a card payment from the trader’s bank. If you can provide evidence of a breach of contract – for example, if the repair is substandard or the trader has ceased trading – you can ask your card provider to attempt to recover the payment.

Check with your card provider as to how the scheme rules apply to your card and what the time limit is for making a claim. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 prohibit commercial practices that are unfair to consumers. If a trader misleads you (for example, charging you for work it has not done, fitting inferior parts when you only agreed to have a particular manufacturer’s parts, or fitting second-hand parts and claiming they are new) or engages in aggressive commercial practices, they may be in breach of the Regulations.

You should report unfair practices to the Citizens Advice consumer service for referral to trading standards. If you enter a contract because a trader misled you or because the trader used an aggressive commercial practice, the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 give you rights to redress: the right to unwind the contract, the right to a discount and the right to damages.

credit, debit or charge cards e-payment services such as Paypal Apple pay, Android pay or other similar payment methods

Traders can impose a surcharge for other methods of payment, but the amount must not be excessive; it must reflect the actual cost to the trader of processing the payment. The Regulations apply to most sales and service contracts. The Regulations give you rights of redress.

Any requirement to pay a banned surcharge or the part of a surcharge that is excessive, is unenforceable by the trader. This means you do not have to pay. If you have already paid the surcharge or the excess, you are entitled to a refund. If you have a complaint about surcharges, report it to the Citizens Advice consumer service.

How do I check if a trader is reputable? The quality of service provided, the range of parts on offer and the price charged can vary from trader to trader so it is wise to shop around for the best deal. Take note of the following points before going ahead:

check to see if the trader is a member of a trade association such as the National Body Repair Association, The Motor Ombudsman, Bosch Car Service, the Retail Motor Industry Federation or a trading standards approved scheme such as ‘Buy with Confidence’, The National Body Repair Association, The Motor Ombudsman and Bosch Car Service have codes of practice that have been approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute ask friends and family if they can recommend a good trader to you or warn you against using a disreputable one if you drive an electric or hybrid vehicle, make sure the the trader has the capability, qualifications and equipment to carry out the repair or service ensure that the trader offers you clear information on repair and servicing options, together with prices, so you can make an informed decision before you go ahead if the trader offers you a service plan to spread the cost of servicing bills across monthly instalments, check the terms and conditions carefully and find out if your money is protected should the trader cease trading make sure the trader obtains your permission to do extra work beyond what was originally agreed; you should remember to leave contact details in case problems develop consider asking the trader to provide photographs or a video of the fault and the work carried out; this can give you confidence in the trader and the repairs the trader should give you a written quotation (a fixed price) if you ask for one; if this is not possible you should obtain a written estimate. You may wish to give a maximum amount for repairs that the trader can carry out before contacting you for authorisation the trader should give you a written invoice that itemises all materials, parts fitted and their costs, as well as labour charges if a trader cannot resolve a dispute with you they should refer you to a relevant alternative dispute resolution body. Some trade associations have alternative dispute resolution schemes the trader should give you the old parts back if you ask for them. It is best to make sure you have made the trader aware of this before any work starts check beforehand if the trader gives a guarantee or warranty on parts and/or service, although you should remember that these are in addition to your usual consumer rights and the trader cannot take those rights away the trader should tell you how long the work will take to complete and may offer you a courtesy car in the meantime; always check the terms and conditions attached to the supply of a courtesy car before going ahead if a fault diagnosis is required, the trader should explain the procedure to you and tell you the cost (if any)

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If the trader is not willing to comply with your requests, or you are unhappy with the suggested repairs or their cost, be prepared to take your vehicle elsewhere. What if things go wrong? THE VEHICLE IS NOT REPAIRED PROPERLY If a fault is not correctly diagnosed or is not properly repaired (in other words, the work has not been carried out with reasonable care and skill) you are entitled to ask the trader to carry it out again.

This repeat performance should be carried out within a reasonable time, without significant inconvenience and at no cost to you. If the fault is still apparent you may be entitled to a price reduction (the difference between the contract price and the value of the work performed), which may be as much as a full refund if you have had no benefit from the work at all.

The ‘Supply of services: what to do if things go wrong’ guide sets out the practical steps you can take when complaining to the trader. A PART FITTED BY A TRADER IS FAULTY If a trader supplies and fits a part that is faulty, you have 30 days from the day after the part was supplied to reject it for a full refund.

As an alternative to rejecting the part for a refund, you have the option to ask for (or agree to) a repair or replacement part. From this time to the point that the part is repaired or replaced is called the ‘waiting period’. If the repairs do not work or the replacement part is faulty you have seven days after the end of the waiting period or the remainder of your 30 days (extended by the waiting period) if it is later, to reject the part for a refund.

After the 30 day time limit has passed, you can ask the trader to repair or replace the part at their expense. This must be carried out within a reasonable time and without causing you significant inconvenience. You do not have to give the trader more than one chance to repair or replace the part if it is faulty.

If the repair or replacement is unsuccessful then you are entitled to ask for either a price reduction or claim your final right to reject the part. There is nothing to prevent you giving the trader more chances to repair or replace the part if you decide to do so. Take note that if you want to reject the faulty part within 30 days for a full refund, you may have to prove that it was faulty when it was fitted, unless the fault is obvious.

However, if within six months from when a part was supplied you discover a problem and you are prepared to accept a repair or replacement, in most cases you do not have to prove fault. It is for the trader to prove otherwise. This is called the ‘reversed burden of proof’.

After six months, the burden of proof reverts back to you. The ‘Sale and supply of goods: what to do if things go wrong’ guide sets out the practical steps you can take when complaining to the trader. THE VEHICLE IS NOT READY BY THE AGREED DATE If you and the trader did not fix a time for repairs to be completed, then they must be completed ‘within a reasonable time’.

What is reasonable depends on the facts of the contract. Discuss your concerns with the trader and if necessary follow up with an email or letter making time of the essence (give a deadline) for the repairs to be completed. If the vehicle is still not ready, you are entitled end the contract, but you may have to pay for any work that has been carried out at that point.

The ‘Writing an effective complaint’ guide gives more information and has template letters you can use. REPAIRS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT WITHOUT MY PERMISSION This can be problematic, especially with verbal contracts, as it can be very difficult to prove that the trader carried out the work without your authority.

If the trader carried out unauthorised work, you could ask them to put the vehicle back to its original condition. This course of action can create problems, especially if it would leave your vehicle in a worse condition or even render it unroadworthy.

  1. The trader may also refuse to undo the work or release the car without payment.
  2. If improvements have been made, the trader is entitled to exercise a lien over the vehicle (this is a legal right to hold disputed goods until payment is made).
  3. In these circumstances the only way you can recover possession of your vehicle is to ‘pay under protest’ and to pursue your claim for reimbursement.

It is important that you seek advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service before paying under protest. Ask the trader to arrange alternative dispute resolution. They may be a member of a trade association that offers an alternative dispute resolution service, which can help sort out your complaint.

As a last resort, you can take legal action against the trader in court. See ‘Thinking of suing in court?’ for more information. THE TRADER DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUBSTANDARD REPAIRS Complain to the trader in writing. The ‘Writing an effective complaint’ guide includes template letters. You may need to obtain a written report from an independent engineer to provide technical evidence to back up your claim.

If the trader does not respond to your complaint, you may need to have the faults fixed by another trader. You will have to pay for the repair and then claim the repair costs back. You may wish to consider alternative dispute resolution or take legal action in court.

  • The court may not accept a report you have obtained prior to taking legal action and may direct you and the trader to appoint a single expert.
  • If you and the trader cannot agree on the choice of expert or the arrangements for paying the expert’s fee, then you or the trader must apply to the court for further directions.

The court would then make a decision about the expert. THE COST OF THE REPAIR IS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED You are only obliged to pay a ‘reasonable price’ for the service that a trader provides unless the price of the service (or the way in which the price is worked out) is fixed as part of the contract.

So if you have not agreed a price up front, what you are asked to pay must be reasonable. What is a reasonable price? This depends on the facts of each contract but as a guide it may be the average price charged by other traders providing the same service in that area. If you are in dispute and refuse to pay the price the trader is charging, the trader may be entitled to exercise a lien over your vehicle (a right to keep possession of your vehicle until payment is made).

In these circumstances the only way you can recover possession is to ‘pay under protest’ and to make a claim for your costs to be reimbursed. If you decide to pay under protest, make this clear in writing at the time of payment. It is important that you seek advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service before paying under protest.

THE VEHICLE WAS DAMAGED BY THE TRADER The trader has a general duty of care to look after your vehicle while it is in their possession. If the vehicle is damaged, possibly due to the negligence of the staff, the trader may be responsible for carrying out the repairs at no cost to you or compensating you for the cost of having the repairs done elsewhere.

Last reviewed / updated: September 2022 Key legislation

Consumer Credit Act 1974 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations 2012 Consumer Rights Act 2015

Please note This information is intended for guidance; only the courts can give an authoritative interpretation of the law. The guide’s ‘Key legislation’ links may only show the original version of the legislation, although some amending legislation is linked to separately where it is directly related to the content of a guide.

  • Information on amendments to legislation can be found on each link’s ‘More Resources’ tab.
  • For further information in England and Wales contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 2231133.
  • In Scotland contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000.
  • Both provide free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues.

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How long can a mechanic legally keep your car to fix Australia?

Paying for repairs – If you’re not able to pay cash, make sure you agree on a different method with the repairer before any work is carried out to your vehicle. The repairer can keep your vehicle until the invoice has been paid (possessory lien). Tip: When a repairer applies a lien the owner can sue them for the return of the vehicle.

How long is too long in the car?

How many miles should you drive a day on a road trip? – Many experts say that as a general rule, you shouldn’t drive more than 8 hours a day. I’ll be honest though, I drive much further than that all the time. I frequently make road trips where I’m driving 10-12 hours a day.

One of the most important things is to make sure you stop every 2-3 hours for at least 15 minutes to stretch, use the toilet, get food, fill up the gas tank, etc. This is not only good for your body but for your mind too. Keep yourself hydrated and bring healthy food to keep up your energy and your ability to focus. If you have another person sharing the driving time, switch back and forth often to give each other a break and let the passenger take a nap, eat something, or navigate. It also keeps you from getting bored. Probably the most important tip is this: never drive when you’re too tired. Your safety and the safety of your passengers and others on the road should always come first. If you’re tired, pull over and rest. It’s not worth it to press on when you shouldn’t.

How long do most cars sit on dealer lots?

Tracking the Lot Time of Used Cars Can Save You Money 8.4K Views Going to visit a dealer on a rainy day or the third Sunday after a holiday might not help you get a better deal on a used car, but tracking how long it’s been sitting on the lot may work in your favor.

Aged inventory takes up valuable lot space while interest adds up every day motivating most dealers to drop the price to sell it quickly. Most cars arrive on a dealer lot arrive from wholesale auctions or customer trade-in and are paid out from dealer funds or by a loan through floorplan financing. As with most loans, interest and fees are paid until the loan is satisfied for the floorplan.

Each day of interest cuts into the potential profit for a vehicle so dealers try to move inventory as quickly as possible. Friends often tell me that they have seen the car they want sitting on a lot for a month or so and ask why it isn’t deeply discounted already since it’s been there for a long time in their eyes.

Dealers have a slightly different definition of a long time on the lot and month old inventory is right in its sweet spot to sell. Generally speaking, dealers consider a unit as old inventory once it passes the 3 month mark. The first round of pricing on a vehicle is usually set on the expensive end with the hope someone will come in who hasn’t researched the pricing or really wants that specific model — but as it’s set hopefully high, it only lasts for a couple of weeks.

The price gets reduced closer to the market average around weeks 3 and 4 and stays in that range until it hits the 60 day mark. Some dealers reduce the price once more at this point. However, the biggest reductions usually occur once the car has been on the lot for 90 days.

Generally the vehicle gets reduced very close to cost once it hits the 90 day mark in the hope that it will sell without having to go to wholesale auction. Some dealers will send cars to auction on the first available date once they pass the 90 day threshold, but others may wait 120 or 150 days and try their chances to break even.

This is the best period to buy the car as most dealers will be willing to sell it between the auction value and their cost so they can at least save on the auction fees. The risky part is that most vehicles will sell well before hitting this range and you may miss out on the vehicle you are looking for.

  • Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are a special case as they require a specific measure of reconditioning to be performed along with a certification fee of $500 to $2,500 to be paid to the manufacturer.
  • In some cases, if these vehicles are slow sellers, the dealer may roll back the certification if the manufacturer allows it and sell it as a standard used car.
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Once the CPO certification is removed, the vehicle loses the attached warranty and the dealer is not required to pay the certification fee. There are exceptions to these guidelines as I have seen dealers stubbornly hold on to a vehicle at a set price because they have too much time or money invested into it and don’t want to feel the loss.

  1. Nowing the general schedule is helpful but most people are not willing to drive by a dealership every week to record how long a car has been on the lot.
  2. In this case, using online tools is very helpful.
  3. An easy first check is to look at the Carfax report if it’s available as it will usually show an entry stating “Vehicle offered for sale” which will match the first day that the vehicle is available on the lot.

I also like to use as they show a breakdown of how long a vehicle has been listed there and a history of the price drops and increases. Tracking the car price and waiting is beneficial if you are not in a hurry to buy or the car is plentiful, but the best path to purchase is to research a fair price and offer that to the dealer.

What is the hardest car repair?

Fewer people these days are choosing to repair their own cars, instead of wisely choosing to bring their vehicles to a car service technician. This is partly due to the complexity of automobiles in today’s world, while cars thirty years ago could be repaired by most car owners handy with tools and a bit of car knowledge.

After surveying a variety of testimonials from automotive mechanics, they were widely claimed to be the most difficult car repairs to perform. If you decide to undergo an auto mechanic apprenticeship, you might want to keep these four challenging repairs in mind for the future. Clutch As a “wear and tear” part in a vehicle, the clutch may need to be replaced as often as every 30,000 km, depending on your handling.

The less common reason for repairing the clutch is the improper fitting resulting in oil leakage. Repairing the clutch involves removing the transmission, which is what makes it so difficult to repair. Spark Plugs The spark plug is responsible for the ignition of the gas vapors and the operation of the engine.

  • While the spark plug is not an expensive repair, it is a necessary one as the spark plugs are often worn with use.
  • The difficulty lies in their small size, coupled with the fact that they are known to be found nestled in the areas of a car that are hard to reach.
  • Some engine compartments are more crammed than others, so depending on your car, this could end up being a simple repair, or I Spy’s two-hour game.

Transmission Transmission repairs are known to be expensive, so mechanics may find that some customers are reluctant to address these issues until they are at a crisis stage. Leaking transmission fluid is the easiest way to know that something isn’t right.

  1. Manually, problems with gear changes may arise from low transmission fluids or incorrectly adjusted shift cables or clutch connections.
  2. The overheating fluid, the slipping gear and the dreaded dragging clutch all require professional attention.
  3. Engine Replacement People who have experienced the agony of replacing the engine, whether it’s your average Joe or a certified auto technician, will say that this is the biggest challenge in any car.

Cars are expensive, and you can change your engine instead of buying a whole new vehicle. Powering your car with a company remanufactured engine is, in many cases, the most cost-effective long-term option for your vehicle. While the cost may be between $2,000 and 4,000, this is only about 10-20 percent of the cost of buying a new vehicle.

  1. Repair, however, is not as simple as falling into a new engine (which, in itself, is a difficult procedure).
  2. Depending on the amount of mileage racked up on your old engine, you may need to replace some of the connecting parts which have also accumulated mileage, such as the transmission.
  3. Repairing Or Recharging An Air Conditioner Setting aside the thorny issues involving Freon for now, working with the A / C system still involves very specific high pressures and lots of tubing and odd components (some of which are hopelessly buried in a dash or linked to a computer) and other tangential issues related to the first law of thermodynamics.

If you just had to go look up the first thermodynamics law, you probably don’t have any business in there. Body Work There is a reason that Bondo is still available despite the revulsion associated with that word, and that’s because bodywork is classically hard: demanding, intolerance to minor mistakes, often physically hard.

The handling of sheet metal is a fine art. If you want to make it look right, find someone who can make it look right. If you’re an old batter, go nuts with your sledgehammer. Straightening A Frame Provided that a tweaked frame does not result in a car being a complete write-off, getting it straightened again requires massive amounts of force to be directed in very accurate directions.

Beyond the reach of someone who’s not willing to pony up for a huge, expensive machine, you hope you’ll never have to use it more than once, if at all. This is the most unrealistic home repair job on this list.

Can a garage refuse to release your car UK?

What to do if the garage has not fixed the fault – If you have trusted a garage to find and fix a fault, but it is still present, you may have grounds for complaint, unless the garage can prove that the new fault is a separate issue, or outside of the scope of work authorised.

  1. If a new fault has developed, speak to the garage immediately, and if possible book it in with the expressed notification that you require them to inspect their previous work, and you are not to be billed for any more diagnostic time.
  2. Bear in mind that due to the complexity of many systems, it’s possible that the new fault was not directly caused by the garage, and is the result of deferred repairs.

Can a mechanic keep my car if I refuse to pay? In a word, yes. In the UK until a bill has been paid the garage can keep the car as a “Lien”, which is the right to keep the property until a debt is paid. It’s a necessary tool for garages to have, as once the work is completed, they have no power to ensure payment by the customer.

The waters are muddied slightly if the work carried out is in dispute over any of the issues we’ve already discussed, including quality, price or time, where you may want and need your car back as soon as possible, but don’t want to accept the work completed by paying the bill. One way to get your car back, but not forgo the right to contest the level of service provided, is to pay the bill as ‘under protest’.

This way the payment of the bill is not a marker of you agreeing with the transaction, if the complaint was to be elevated.

How long can a dealership hold your car for repair in CT?

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Automobile – Used Car Warranty

The Department of Motor Vehicles has jurisdiction. Since October 1987, the Connecticut Used Car Warranty Law has covered certain used cars purchased from licensed Connecticut dealers. The law covers mechanical and operational defects at the time of purchase, if the owner has met all of the following conditions:

The owner has paid at least $3,000 for the vehicle. The vehicle is six years old or less. The vehicle is used for personal purposes or family or household use. The dealer must repair the vehicle at no charge up to 30 days (or 1,500 miles) after the purchase date if the owner paid at least $3,000, and up to 60 days (or 3,000 miles) after the purchase date if the owner paid at least $5,000.

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Who pays for the repairs on the repair shop?

Deep in the Sussex countryside, there is a place where no heirloom is beyond saving. The Repair Shop, which airs every weekday on BBC One, takes on the impressive task of fixing old, broken or damaged treasures. But the show has left many viewers asking the question: who pays for the repairs? Well, no-one does.

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“We don’t charge for repairs. If people wish to make a donation to charity we’re very happy with that, but it’s by no means necessary.” What’s more, the Repair Shop is not, in fact, an operational business. Many of the experts featured on the show – the professionals who specialise in fields like woodwork, toys, or jukeboxes – do, however, run their own private shops, separate to the one seen on the programme.

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What if I refuse to pay the mechanic?

Paying for services and repairs –

Before you pay, obtain an itemised account listing the work undertaken and how the costs were calculated. Get a receipt and keep it safe, in case of future problems. A clear record of regular servicing and repairs may add to your car’s resale value. If you cannot pay for the work and you have not come to any financial arrangement, the mechanic has the right to keep your car until you can pay. This is called a ‘mechanic’s lien’. In some cases, the mechanic can also charge a storage fee. Your best option may be to try negotiating instalment payments prior to agreeing to the work.

Can a mechanic keep your car UK?

Can garages keep my car if I don’t pay? – Yes. Do be aware however that under UK law, mechanics can put a lien on your car if you don’t pay the bill in full within 30 days. That could mean leaving your car in the garage until the bill is fully paid. To avoid that happening you might want to put part of the bill on a credit card or consider a dedicated auto repair loan.

How long does a car service take?

Generally, a car service takes around three to five hours. However, this depends on its make and model, condition, the kind of repairs needed, and which service is due. Basic services like an oil and filter inspection, topping up fluids, tire pressure check, and basic cleaning won’t take much time.

How long is too long without driving a car?

How long can a car sit before the battery dies? – If you’re not driving that much or thinking of taking a vacay longer than two weeks, you want to know how long can a car sit before the battery dies? The answer can vary depending on your car battery age, type of vehicle, and the weather.

  1. Typically, your car can sit about four weeks to two months without driving before the battery dies.
  2. The reason your car can sit only for so long before it dies is the fact that your car battery is in use even when you’re not behind the wheel.
  3. For example, even when your car is off, your car battery is powering the dashboard clock, alarm, and radio.
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Also, if you accidentally leave the lights on, you can find yourself with a dead battery the next day. This can be referred to as “parasitic drain” or “parasitic draw.” According to RepairPal, “parasitic draw or drain is a term for an electrical component consuming electricity when it should not, even after it and the vehicle has been shut off.” On top of parasitic drain affecting battery efficiency, how well your battery works can change based on the weather.

If it’s extremely hot or near freezing, your battery may not be as efficient. If you go without driving for too long, it can impact your battery due to your car battery’s symbiotic relationship with the alternator. Your car’s alternator ensures your battery stays charged, and everything runs smoothly.

According to Matthews Tire, “The alternator, kicked in by the start of your battery, generates electricity to continuously power your battery. When the two are working properly, they achieve the perfect combination of power, creating a circuit of electricity that feeds itself for long-sustaining performance.”​​

What is the longest you can drive without a break?

If you’re driving at night – Our internal body clocks are naturally programmed to expect sleep during the night, so it’s no secret that driving after sundown can be a lot trickier than cruising at midday. Increased tiredness can, obviously, have really bad implications when it comes to driving (which we’ll get to a little later on), so expect to have to stop more frequently to ensure you stay alert enough to continue travelling. guteksk7/

How long can you drive on a spare?

How Long Can You Drive On a Spare Tire Myth: You can drive normally on a smaller-sized spare tire. Fact: The spare tire enables you to drive to the nearest repair shop to have the flat tire inspected and either repaired or replaced. You should not drive over 50 mph and no more than 50 miles with a donut-type spare tire.

What time of year are car dealers slowest?

The months of January through April are generally slow-selling ones and have the smallest discounts off MSRP. In fact, the month with the smallest amount off MSRP is February, with an average discount of about 5.7%.

What is the busiest day for car dealerships?

Worst Day To Buy a Car: Saturday – As expected, Saturdays are likely to be the busiest day at a car dealership. With all the other buyers there, sales staff might be more rushed in working with you. “Typically, weekends, especially Saturdays, tend to be the busiest and most crowded days at car dealerships,” Musica said.”This high foot traffic can result in longer wait times and less individual attention from salespeople.

What time of year is best to car shop?

When Is the Best Time To Buy Cars? (2023 Guide) Sky-high car prices present a challenge to many Americans planning to buy a car in 2023. Waiting until the end of the year could be the best bet for getting a better deal

New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve are the best holidays for car buying. Shop in the fall to get discounts on existing stock before new models come in. Depending on the location, Monday or Tuesday can be the best time to shop every week.

Buying a car is one of the biggest investments you can make, so it’s important to save as much money as you can. In this article, we at the Guides Auto team will tell you the best times of the week, month and year to buy a car. We’ll also break down the best holiday deals.

It’s especially important to look for the best times of year to buy because the auto market is struggling with inflation, supply-chain issues like the microchip shortage and more. “Projections for car prices in 2023 are dicey, at best,” says Julie Bausch, managing editor of, the companion website for the long-running NPR show of the same name.

“The industry is still recovering from the production issues and shortages caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. There is a little evidence that prices are beginning to ease, but things are still a bit inflated for the moment.” According to Kelley Blue Book, the average new car in the U.S.

  • Sold for $49,507 in December 2022,,
  • While prices fell for the next two months, February’s average of $48,763 was still than the figure in February 2021.
  • BB also reports that the in the U.S.
  • Cost $27,143 in December 2022, down $1,050 from the same time in 2021.
  • In January, dipping to $26,510.
  • In general, it’s best to wait until the end of the year to buy a car.

But if you can’t wait that long, there are other times of year when you can still get great car deals, incentives and rebates. The best time of year to buy a car is from October through January 1, with December as the standout. This is usually the case for both new and, Car prices drop toward the end of the year because auto salespeople are in hyperdrive to push inventory out before the new year and meet their sales quotas so they can earn hefty cash bonuses.

How long should a car stay on?

Is It Bad To Leave Your Car Running? Since the dawn of automobiles, there’s been one question on carpoolers’ minds: Is it bad to leave my car running? The answer might surprise you. Yes and no —an idle engine can be a bad idea, but it depends on the situation.

Bad” is a vague term. The true products of a running engine include air pollution, wasting gas, and frequent oil changes. If you take anything away, just know it’s never good to run an engine for long periods of time. Ready to learn all the effects of engine idling?, the comparison, has just the guide for you.

We suggest cutting the engine before you start reading. Nothing good —leaving your car running for long periods can damage your engine and fuel injection system. But that’s just the start! Let’s boil it down. To create energy, your vehicle’s engine is constantly working.

Energy production generates heat. That’s why you need a cooling system to prevent overheating. Some cooling systems use coolant, while others use airflow. Stop moving? There goes some of your airflow. Generally, it’s not bad to let your car idle at a stop light or intersection (though some newer cars have auto start-stop functionality).

Leaving the car running while parked, in a confined space, or for long periods of time, however, can have a disastrous outcome. So, if you’re asking, “Can I leave my car running?” There’s your basic answer. Below we break down each major effect. An idling car wastes about a gallon of gas every hour,

So, for purely practical reasons, those with a small gas tank or older vehicle should avoid idling. Some claim that running the engine is a good way to, This too can be debunked. Experts claim you only need about 30 seconds to warm up a cold car, getting the fluid flowing. Idling for more than 30 seconds can damage your engine.

In 2009, an EPA study that found decreasing idling would save Americans an enormous $5.9 billion in fuel costs alone. Want a safe engine and a healthy environment? Don’t worry—these two passions go hand and hand! Not only should you be concerned with damage to your car, but idling vehicles also release harmful emissions (like carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere for no good reason,

The EPA estimates that idling for 10 seconds creates more pollution than restarting your engine. Furthermore, personal vehicle idling generates around 30 tons of CO2 each year, Those numbers add up. Considering global warming, creating a sustainable planet has never been more important, Want your kids to enjoy the same driving experience (and ice caps) as you? Maybe cut back on unnecessary vehicle idling.

Back to basics. Engine idling can decrease performance and cause lasting car engine damage. Over time, idling overheats your engine. The more you do it, the quicker overheating occurs. So what’s the issue with a little heat? The answer: a lot, For starters, excessive heat damages head gaskets, spark plugs, radiators, and cylinder rings,

The lack of essential components obviously worsens performance. What’s more is that overheating impacts the exhaust system, alternator, and oil, Letting the engine run can burn off oil more quickly, leaving behind a sticky, gunky buildup. In short, letting your car run for long periods can damage its most essential elements—necessitating repairs and demolishing your engine health.

Update: Idling does not charge your battery ! In fact, you’re losing about as much battery life (if not more) than you would in park. Depending on your vehicle’s age, this can create a lot of drain. Only idling when absolutely necessary is the best road to a healthy battery.

  1. The EPA recommends you leave your engine idling for no more than 30 seconds, which wastes more gas than restarting the vehicle.
  2. This may seem extreme.
  3. But it’s nothing compared to the 6 billion gallons of fuel modern cars waste each year.
  4. Idling doesn’t just waste an enormous amount of fuel, drain your battery, or damage your car—it can also hurt you.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real fear that happens when a car continues to run in a confined space. To avoid build-up, do not leave your car running in a house or garage. Once in your bloodstream, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal in less than an hour.

  1. So, vacate to an open area if you get a headache near a running vehicle.
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What happens if my car can’t be fixed?

What happens if my car can’t be repaired?

  • If your car can’t be repaired or the cost of repairing it is more than its value then it will be deemed a total loss.
  • When this happens, you will be compensated based on the value of your car, allowing you to get back on the road as quickly as possible.
  • Please note that your excess will also be deducted from this figure.
  • Is my policy automatically cancelled if my vehicle is written off?

No. Even if your vehicle is written off, your policy will stay active unless you ask us to cancel it. This is because you can change your vehicle and stay on cover for the rest of the year if you’d like. You can also choose to repair your vehicle yourself, at your own cost, and then provide us with an independent engineer’s report to show the vehicle is now roadworthy.

  • When we pay out for your claim, you owe us your full premium for the year even if you cancel the policy.
  • If you would prefer to cancel, please,
  • Is my direct debit automatically cancelled? No – if you’re a monthly payer, your direct debit will stay active until your claim is settled.
  • For total loss claims, your outstanding premium (the amount left to pay us for the year) will normally be deducted from your claim payout.

Once we receive this payment, we will close your direct debit agreement and email you to confirm. Will my policy renew if my vehicle is written off? Yes it will. If your claim is still being processed, or you change your vehicle, you will most likely be invited to renew your policy with us.

  1. More information on how long your claim might take can be found

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How long does a car need to be driven?

While your vehicle can sit in your garage for weeks with no problems, it’s better to drive it regularly. You’ll want to drive your vehicle a couple of times each month and for at least 10 miles, with some speeds over 50 mph if possible.