Everything You Need to Know If You’ve Been Towed
If you don’t pay attention you sometimes break the law without realizing it. Perhaps you are on your way to get dinner with some friends and you are chatting in the car. You park the car, lock it and walk inside. After a meal and some drinks you pay the check and exit the restaurant only to find your car is gone.
You look at the parking sign for the section you parked in and realize it was a tow zone. Your car has been towed.
What do you do now? Let’s have a look.
For those of you who have never had this happen to you, this information should prepare you for the situation in case it happens to you one day. If it has happened to you, you may or may not know how to properly handle the situation when your car is towed.
Here are the proper steps to take if you think your car has been towed:
1. Stay Calm
You won’t be thinking clearly if you panic and the stress will be unpleasant. Your car has been towed. Stressing won’t help the situation. This can be difficult but it’s essential. If you do begin to panic, take a seat and give yourself time to calm down.
2. Contact the Tow Company or the Police
At this point you don’t know where your car is and the towing company hasn’t left you a card with this information. Check the tow sign in the parking lot. Does it list the tow company’s name and/or phone number? If so, call them and see if they have your vehicle. If not, it’s time for some investigation. Even though it may feel like an emergency, in the eyes of the police it is not so this is not an appropriate time to call 911. Unless you need your car immediately to tend to someone’s health or another serious matter, it’s important to stay calm and call the police station.
If you don’t know the number dial 411 to get it. It’s likely that the dispatcher will be able to tell you where your car is or if it has not been towed. In this case, it is likely that your car has been stole.
You could also Google local towing companies and call them to find out if they have your car.
3. Call Someone to Pick You Up
You will be stressed so try to think of someone you trust who won’t yell at you or make you feel worse than you already may. If you know someone who wouldn’t mind taking you to find the impound lot, try them first so that you can get your car back that day or night. Some impound lots charge holding fees if the vehicle is left there for a certain amount of time.
4. Get the Funds
Different impound lots take different forms of payment. Once you discover which lot has your car, ask them which payment forms they accept. It’s not uncommon for a towing company to only accept cash. In this case, find out how much it will cost and find the nearest ATM machine. Towing lots can cost as much as $300, but the cost will vary depending on the city and the circumstances.
While having your car towed is an inconvenience, it can also been seen as a lesson. While it’s unfortunate that it happened once, this experience can serve as a reminder for you to pay attention next time or to not risk it when you see the signs.
If this happens, try to stay calm and call the police. Find out if your car has been stolen or towed. If it’s been towed, locate the lot it has been taken to, contact the towing company to find out how much it will cost and what forms of payment they accept. Make sure you have the correct means for payment and then call a trusted friend to pick you up and take you to the impound lot. Give yourself some time to forgive yourself.