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How to get a car out of impound

Recovering an impounded vehicle

This is an unsettling topic. A vehicle impound is an inconvenience in so many ways. First off, your vehicle was impounded as a result of some unfortunate occurrence. Whether it was illegal parking, a car accident, an arrest…impounds always occur based on bad happenings. Secondly, the person responsible for the impound is in for a miserable process in recovering his/her vehicle.

However, as regrettable as vehicle impounds are, they happen all the time. Therefore, everyone needs to be aware of how to get a car out of impound. Your vehicle may never be impounded, but your friend’s might, or one of your relative’s. Someone could come to you for help, so it’s best you are well-informed of the process.

Impounded Car

Locate your vehicle

By this time, you’ve realized that your vehicle is gone. The first thought is that your vehicle has been stolen. Though, that could be the case, it is more likely it was impounded, especially if you remember being parked illegally, or if you broke the law in some way. You can start by asking surrounding stores or businesses if they saw anything. Someone may be able to at least give you the name of the company that towed your vehicle away.

If this effort leads to a dead end, call the local parking authority. Some DMV offices have impound records; otherwise, just search for the nearest parking authority via the web. Place 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.

Lastly, contact the city police department if the first two efforts do not lead to your car. Contact the non-emergency hotline, not the 9-1-1 line. Provide the representative with your vehicle information. One of these three options will lead to your vehicle. If none of them do, then your vehicle may have been stolen.


Obtain vehicle release details

Impound lots are often difficult to get a hold of; therefore, you’ll want to optimize your conversation once you do get through to someone. Obtain the address of the impound lot, hours of operation, charges, and paperwork info.

There is a possibility that your vehicle is not at the same place as where your phone call is being made to. Thus, make sure you have the SPECIFIC address for where you will pick up your vehicle. The hours of operation will inform you of when you can pick up your vehicle.

Also, over the phone, make sure you verify what documents you need to have your vehicle released. The common documents include your drivers license, VIN, and proof of insurance. All should be easy to collect and provide.


Go get your car

Bring the needed documentation and payment to the impound lot and pick up your car. Be warned, this process is not as easy flowing as it seems. There’s a good chance you’ll be stuck in a long line once you arrive at the lot. Bring a book to read or find some fun apps to play on your phone while you are waiting. Patience is key, but just remember you are moments away from recovering one of your most valued possessions.

We at Chavez Towing hope you never find yourself in an impound situation. However, 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 Chavez Towing. We’re here to help!

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