Don’t Leave Your Car in Impound or You Could Lose it Forever
Dealing with tow yards can be a major hassle, but if your vehicle has been impounded you should retrieve it as soon as you are able. If you leave your car sitting in the tow yard, you will have to pay storage fees for the time it remained sitting and, even worse, it can be considered abandoned property and sold at auction.
By law, the yard will not have to release your vehicle until the storage fees have been paid. The storage fees can range anywhere from $10-$30 per day. Therefore, be sure to reclaim your car as soon as the police hold is lifted.
If you do not claim your vehicle after 30 days of impoundment, the towing company may apply for an abandoned title to the vehicle and then auction it off or sell it as scrap metal. If you intend to reclaim your vehicle but cannot pick it up after 30 days, contact the towing company and tell them that you want to retain ownership of your vehicle. Be sure to document this request by sending this request by facsimile, e-mail or certified letter. It will be your burden to prove that such a request was made on the tow company. I would not leave such an important request to simply a phone call. The lack of written proof may make it difficult to prove later in court that you, in fact, made a request for retention of the vehicle.
The Legal Jargon: Arizona revised statute § 28 – 4838 and §§ 28 – 3511- 3514.
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