While there are two types of mechanics’ liens in Ohio, they’re not related to each other in any way. Traditional mechanics’ liens happen when a mechanic who works on motor vehicles repairs a vehicle, and the vehicle owner doesn’t pay for the repairs. The mechanic can then keep possession of the vehicle, and this is called a traditional mechanics’ lien. The other type of mechanics’ lien in the state of Ohio is a lien for labor or materials that were provided to an improvement project on real estate or a building. This is sometimes referred to as a real estate mechanics’ lien.