This is just a question...something I am wondering about that I heard about and am trying to figure out what the law is. Ok...say someone takes their car into a mechanic shop to have it fixed. Lets say for the sake of facts that shop has a several bay shop surrounded by a lot which is fenced in with 6 or 8 foot high chain link fence which is locked at night. Say this person takes the car in over a year ago to get the car fixed but it is taking time because they cant afford to fix it all at once and the mechanic is nice enough to let them leave it on his lot and just pay a bit each month until they can get it all paid off. (I dont know if it is fixed or if it is not completely fixed) Obviously with the number of cars a mechanic is fixing in over a years time, he cannot put this one car into his shop every night. This car will just be sitting inside the fenced area as if it is being stored. Lets say that one night someone breaks into his fence...climbs it, cuts it, or somehow gets into the lot and damages several of the cars left on this lot that are left for repair or have been repaired and are awaiting pick up. Who is at fault besides the hoodlums who did the deed? Lets also mention that the idiots who took their car in for repair and left it for that year took their insurance off it since they wouldnt be driving it for that year! Yeah...can we say dumb! I am pretty darned sure the Mechanic had a sign up saying they werent responsible for items stolen from vehicles. I have never been to one that didnt have that sign. Personally, I think the mechanic didnt do anything negligent so he may not be held liable. Especially since he allowed them to leave the car so long. Now if the car was outside a fence, maybe it was negligent. What do you think?