Currently, repair shops in Oregon have a right to file a lien on vehicles in their possession if the owner of the vehicle does not pay the authorized bill. A new Oregon law is intended to address the issue of a few unscrupulous shops that abuse these liens by overbilling for work done so they can take ownership of the customer's vehicle.
Effective Jan. 1, all automotive repair shops in Oregon must purchase a $20,000 bond in order to exercise their right to place a lien on a customer's vehicle. The bond costs will vary and are determined by the automotive repair shop's credit rating.
If you need help with the bond, please contact Northwest Automotive Trades Association's insurance partner, Derek Aldrich with EPB&B at (503)445-8403 or email@example.com. He can help you through this process.