Repairer's Lien Seizures - A Repairer's Lien occurs under any of the following situations:
- Money, skill, or materials are placed on a motor vehicle, aircraft, boat or an outboard motor which has altered and improved its properties, or increased its values.
Note: If you release the vehicle or furnish the parts or complete repairs off-site, you have 21 days to register your lien on the asset. To register your lien in the BC PPSA Registry you must have the invoice, or other statement of account disclosing the amount owing to you which is signed by your customer prior to releasing the vehicle, aircraft, boat or outboard motor to them. Your lien continues for 180 days after registration, to which you must seize the vehicle in this period of time. You may make an application to the court to extend your lien for a further 180 days, if you apply prior to the initial 180 day period has ended. NPL Services can assist you with extending your lien upon request.
Ownership of Vehicle / Value of Vehicle:
- Upon seizure of the vehicle even when in your possession, THE OWNERSHIP REMAINS WITH THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE VEHICLE UNTIL ALL SEIZURE AND SALE PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO THE REPAIRERS LIEN ACT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED.
DECISION TO SEIZE
When you the client instruct our office you will require to provide instructions about what your wishes are for us to do with the goods after they have been seized. We require you to provide us full instructions at the commencement of the seizure which will assist us in reducing the risk of insuring unnecessary storage fees.
- Are you aware of the location of the vehicle? (ie: Physical location)
- Does the Debtor name on the warrant for seizure match the name of the owner or person requesting the repairs set out on the signed invoice or other statement of account?
- Upon seizing the vehicle, aircraft, boat or outboard motor in question and being paid its fees for the seizure our bailiffs are required by law to deliver the seized vehicle, to you so that you may proceed with the sale of it.
- We will conduct lien searches and serial number searches prior to commencing an attempt to seize the vehicle as these searches will identify claims of other creditors to the vehicle.
- When the seized motor vehicle, aircraft, boat or outboard motor is delivered to your possession by our bailiffs you may proceed to sell it in the manner set out in section 2 of the Repairers Lien Act