Mechanic’s Garage and Stored Vehicle Liens

A vehicle may be acquired and sold by a mechanic's garage, public parking garage and storage entities for non-payment of repair or storage fees. The documents required to transfer ownership may vary according to the instructions set out in the Court Order. For example, a judge may order the garage or storage facility to either keep the vehicle in lieu of payment, sell the vehicle to recoup losses, or have the Sheriff seize the vehicle and sell it at public auction.


To transfer ownership, a copy of the Court Order is always required. Depending on the details of the order, other documents may be required, such as a copy of the Execution or a Sheriff's Bill of Sale, will also be required.

For more information on liens by garage and storage entities, please see Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 255 Section 25. For more information on the enforcement of these liens, please see Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 255 Section 26.

 

For more information on storage of property and liens, please see Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 239 Section 4.