Originally Posted by willwren
You should have refused payment for unauthorized service, and called the police to force release of your car.
That'* a law that was in your favor, and you didn't take advantage of it when you had the chance.
As soon as I read the first post of this thread, this is exactly what I was going to say. They have NO right to hold your property hostage. I would have called the cops when they refused to give you your car back. I guarantee if you did you would not have had to pay $700.
Sorry about your situation though. I'd definitely "write it off," though I'm sure it'* not easy to let a scummy shop like that get away with 'robbery.'