This is a follow-up to California: A mechanic serviced Bob's car, has it in his shop, and verbally agreed to buy it from him. Is Bob liable for accidents before it's sold? and it contains a lot more context, but here is the tl;dr version:
Bob took his car in to a mechanic (“M”). After M worked on it, Bob decided to sell it to M. It's currently in M’s shop but it'll take Bob over two weeks to sign over the title.
Due to the holidays, Bob won't be in town for a few days and M is very busy. Bob's been doing his best to keep everything in writing (text messages and emails) but M's not responding to any of them. M picks up the phone when Bob calls, though.
Bob asked him at least four times (on separate days) for an itemized list of the work M already put into the car and Bob has not received it.
If M doesn't get back to Bob before Bob's trip, can M charge him for storage? Bob texted and emailed him this:
If M decides to hold onto the car, Bob will not be responsible for storage fees, but Bob is more than happy to pick up the car today.
Obviously I don't know if that holds water otherwise I wouldn't be asking this question. Can he charge Bob for storage even though Bob's been proactive about taking it off his hands before his trip?