Getting a vehicle out of impound isn’t always an easy task—you not only have to wait in line to do so, but it requires some money and paperwork. Therefore, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into before you go to get your vehicle after it’s been hauled away by a tow truck company in Salt Lake City, UT.
Here’s what you need to know about how to proceed when your vehicle has been impounded.
Find out where your vehicle is
Your vehicle may be impounded at any number of places, depending on your situation. If you were arrested and your vehicle was impounded after you were taken away by police, the police will be the source you go to for information about where you can pick up your vehicle.
If, however, your car was towed without your consent (say, because you parked illegally somewhere), you might have a hard time figuring out exactly where you should look. Your first step should be to call the city and ask for the clerk to see if your vehicle was listed as being impounded. You can also check for signage in the area to see if they have information about where vehicles towed from the area get taken, or ask the closest business to where you were parked.
If you have a hard time finding your vehicle, wait a few hours and try again. It may take a little bit of time for all the information to be processed and for your vehicle to be listed in the lot where it’s located. There’s also the possibility that your vehicle was stolen, but you should first seriously consider whether you were parked legally and call up all the local impound lots before you report the vehicle to the police as having been stolen.
Know your fees
For every day your vehicle stays locked up in impound, your fees increase. The dollar amounts vary from area to area and lot to lot, but you can expect just about every impound lot to have a daily charge. This means the faster you work to get your vehicle out, the more money you can save. If you have a hard time getting the money together yourself, ask a family member or friend to help you out, or try selling or pawning something of value. Avoid payday loans if at all possible—these tend to be predatory loans with massive interest rates.
Collect your paperwork
There’s going to be a long line at the impound lot, so if you’re going to sit through it, you should at least make sure you’ve got everything you need. Have proof of insurance, your driver’s license, VIN, vehicle registration and the proper form of payment accepted at the impound lot. You can have your insurance carrier fax over proof of insurance on your behalf if needed. Without all the information, you won’t be able to pick up your vehicle.
For more information, visit AMR Auto Repair & Towing or contact our tow truck company in Salt Lake City, UT today.
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