Your car got damaged while it was in the shop. Or after a valet took it and parked it. Or during an oil change. They’ll all deny they are liable but they are wrong. And here’s why.

I wrote about this topic a while back but I still get asked about it. There is a law in Michigan (and similar laws in most other states) that makes the Garage Keeper liable for damages happening to your car while it is in their care or control.

There is some nuance to it but suffice it to say you can ignore the sign on the wall that says they have no liability. And the same goes for the “Contractual” language on the back of the ticket stub you get when they park your car. It’s just there to scare off the naive. The point here is that you need to make sure you are not the naive one.

I explain the law and tell a few horror stories. Here is the audio:


And the video:

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 24 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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