Having your car towed can be very confusing, frustrating, and expensive. No matter what the reason is, you will need to stay calm and think about what you need to do next. Sometimes, towing situations can be complicated, so staying calm helps you to deal with the incident with a level head. Getting your car back, or getting a new car is important, so knowing what you can do in this situation is essential.
First off, you need to know the reasons why your car could be towed. If for some reason you do not have a license or it has been suspended, you are then driving illegally. The police cannot continue to let you drive since you could be a liability and possibly a threat to everyone else on the road. If you have been arrested, you car is then left unattended and possibly parked on either private property, or on a public road. You car will be acquired by the police since it is parked illegally and because the car cannot be moved. These are just a few reasons; you will need to check with the state and/or the city in which you will be driving to find out about any other laws that could result in your car being towed.
If you aren’t sure that your car has in fact been towed, you can call information and tell them you think that it has been. The operator will then transfer you to someone who works for Streets and Sanitation who will then be able to help you further. They may ask you for either your license plate number or your vehicle identification number (VIN). Once they have this information they should be able to figure out if it has been towed, what towing company, and possibly what impound lot. There may be several impound lots in one city, so they should be able to help you figure out exactly which lot your vehicle may be at. The only thing is that if the towing happened just a few minutes ago, then the tow truck may not have made it to the lot yet, which means you may have to call back later or wait.
Once you have figured out where your vehicle may be, check the scene to figure out if your car has been taken illegally or not. Of course, if you were in an accident that resulted in the towing of your car, then you should already know that it was a legal towing. Look to see if you were parked illegally of not. This could mean you have parked in a handicap spot, parked in a no parking zone, or are parked somewhere that is not designated visitor, event, or employee parking.
If you have auto insurance, check to see if your policy covers you in the event that you are towed, and if you are covered if any damage happens in the process. For most insurance policies, you have to pay extra to have any towing costs covered. The amount that the company may pay for will depend from company to company. Most impound companies will not bill your insurance company directly, you will be responsible for paying the bill then submitting the information to get reimbursed by your insurance provider. Hopefully you will be able to get your car back from the impound lot. However, if you were in an accident and your car is no longer safe to drive, then you will probably need to go look for a new car loan quote to get your new car.