Recovering an impounded vehicle
It’s something no one likes talking about. Having your vehicle impounded is inconvenient in many ways. First of all, your vehicle was probably impounded as a result of something unfortunate. Whether it was illegal parking, a car accident or something else, impounds always occur in the most unfortunate of situations. Second of all, the person whose vehicle has been impounded ends up having to go through the daunting task of recovering their vehcile.
However, depite how unfortunate they are, vehicle impounds happen all the time. Thus, it’s important to know how to get a car out of impound. Your vehicle might never be impounded, but maybe someone you know will have their vehicle impounded. It’s best you are well-informed of the process, for the sake of you and your loved ones.
Locate your vehicle
When you notice that your vehicle is gone, the first thought that’ll cross your mind is that your vehicle has been stolen. While that could be the case, it is more likely it was impounded, especially if you were parked illegally. You can start by asking surrounding stores or people if they saw anything. Someone might be able to tell you which company towed your vehicle.
If no one is able to help you, call the local parking authority. Some DMV offices have impound records; if not, just search for the nearest parking authority online. Make the phone call and have your license plate number and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy, as the agency will need specific vehicle information in order to trace it.
Finally, contact the city police department if the first two efforts aren’t able to help you in locating your vehicle. Make sure to contact the non-emergency hotline, not the 9-1-1 line. Provide the representative with your vehicle information. One of these three options is bound to lead to your vehicle. If none of them do, then your vehicle might have been stolen.
Obtain vehicle release details
Impound lots are often difficult to get a hold of; thus, you’ll want to optimize your conversation once you do get through to someone. Find the address of the impound lot, hours of operation, charges, and paperwork information.
There is a possibility that your vehicle is not at the same place as where you’re making your phone call. Thus, make sure you have the exact address for where you will pick up your vehicle. The hours of operation will inform you of when you can pick it up.
Most importantly, confirm the amount you owe to the impound lot for storing your car. Impound lots will charge a daily storage fee, sometimes as high as $100 per day. They might also charge a gate fee, a tow fee, or other fees. You probably understand why it’s so important to act fast when your car has been impounded. Obtain the exact amount you owe on the day of pickup and confirm payment methods.
Also, over the phone, make sure you verify what documents you’ll need to have your vehicle released. The usual documents include your drivers license, VIN, and proof of insurance. All should be easy to collect and provide.
Retrieve your car
Bring the required documentation and payment to the impound lot and pick up your car. However, note that this process isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s a good chance you’ll be stuck in a long line once you arrive at the lot. Patience is key, but just remember you are moments away from recovering your vehicle.
At MR Towing Services, we hope that you never find yourself in an impound situation. But, if you do, we hope the provided details will help get you through it in a relatively stress-free way. If you need more information, or if you ever find yourself in need of a tow, contact MR Towing Services. We’re here to help!