Getting your vehicle impounded is never an experience people are eager to have gone through. Vehicles that impounded are legally placed in tow yards until they are returned to owners, auctions, recycled, or completely destroyed. Before a vehicle is impounded, the impounding agency must have legal rights to do so. Once found on the list of automobiles set for impounding, agents will tow the vehicle. Additionally, private entities and law enforcement have the right to have vehicles impounded for violating any laws and have them stored in the yard. The law gives them the opportunity to have the impounded vehicles stored until all fees and charges are paid in full. Today, we at Citywide Towing would like to continue to elaborate briefly on impounded vehicles.
Abandoned Cars & Vehicles
In the event you believe your automobile was impounded unlawfully, you can hire an attorney represent you in court. Abandoned vehicles that get impounded are frequently auctioned to help assist in recovery of revenue used for towing and storing the vehicle in question in the yard. The automobile is typically considered abandoned if the owner is not found, if the vehicle has stayed over the allotted time frame, or the owner no longer wants it.
Reasons Why Cars are Impounded
Retrieving an impounded vehicle is a lot easier done understanding the nature as to why it was impounded to begin with to help you better prepare yourself for the recovery of your impounded vehicle. Common reasons vehicles are impounded:
– Violating traffic rules
– Vehicles that are nor roadworthy
– Vehicle was in an accident
– Vehicle was found abandoned on the roadside
– Vehicle is a potential health hazard or high risk
– Vehicle involved in assault or other crimes
– Illegal Parking
– Having outstanding parking fines
– Excessive speeding
– Driving with expired registration
– Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
– Driving under suspension
– Caught driving without a license
– Caught driving an uninsured vehicle
– Car is listed as stolen
How to Get Car Out of Impound
Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you fight for your lawful rights in cases where vehicles were impounded illegally. People will often get collection letters after making claims of ownership after their vehicles have become impounded. Generally, once your vehicle has been towed to the impound station, you will need proof of identity and ownership of the vehicle to get your vehicle back. However, in some situations, you may not be able to retrieve your car by yourself due to unavoidable circumstances. In those circumstances, you can often send someone on your behalf along with letter of authorization signed by you, a copy of your driving license and an insurance certificate to prove your identity; in addition to other documentation by the individual impounding yard.
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Keep in mind retrieving your automobile after it was impounded for free is rare and nearly impossible. Before you get the car back the fees must be paid in full. Law enforcement or private entities charge towing and storage fees. You can only get your impounded vehicle once these fees are cleared. Abandoning the vehicle to avoid paying these charges is not advisable. After abandonment, the vehicle could be destroyed or auctioned, leaving you no claim for the car, but awarding the money from auction to the impounding agency, and still leaving you with owed debt. Citywide Towing helps you find this information useful should your car ever get impounded. We can help you avoid it! Contact us if your vehicle is not roadworthy, has been in an accident, you have abandoned it because it’s not drivable or any other reason you need a tow. Citywide Towing can handle all your towing and roadside assistance needs!