****car totaled at repair shop****
I bought a 2005 s2000 in September and took it to a repair shop to get the engine looked at. The owner said it needs to be rebuilt and started the whole process. Three months later, while the car was sitting outside the repair shop without an engine, the car was broken into and insurance claimed it is a total loss.
The shop owner was reluctant to call his insurance after the incident. The shop owner did not give me any form of an estimate or anything in writing. I did not sign anything as well. Throughout the three months, I never really got any breakdown on costs...all I knew is that the repair might be Around $5k.
At this time, Geico wants to take the car WITHOUT the engine but, the shop owner is stating that he has put a mechanic's lien on the car. I have spoken to a few attorney's and they keep saying that insurance should take the car because a mechanic's lien is only valid if the work was completed, which is was definitely not.
Any advice on how I can get my car back?