Getting your car towed can be a frustrating and time consuming experience. That’s why we’ve put together a post on what to do if your car is towed, making it easier to recover it. Not only can these tips get you your car faster and cheaper, but there are also some fundamental rights you should be aware of in the event your car is towed.
According to eHow, the first thing you should do is call the local police department (on a non-emergency service line if possible). Records are kept of recently towed vehicles, so it should be easy to get the information about if your car was towed and where it is being held.
In order to recover your vehicle you need a valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration card. If this information is inside of the car, the tow personnel at the lot will let you retrieve it. Call your insurance to ensure you in fact have valid coverage if necessary, as the tow lot can hold vehicles otherwise.
Call the tow lot and ask if you need a “tow release.” This is from the city traffic courts, and simply indicates that you can get your car back. Some cities require you pay additional fees or appear in court for certain circumstances.
You will have to pay towing, storage, and ticket fees, though some fees may sometimes be waived or postponed.
There are important things to be aware of when your car is towed. Some areas require that a tow truck driver release your car if you spot them taking your car on PRIVATE property. Tow lots must accept payments, though they do not necessarily have to take cash. Always be prepared with a credit card, debit card, check, or money order.