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If you are in the unfortunate situation of having your car impounded, it is important to know what to do. The longer you leave your vehicle in the impound, the more it will likely cost to have your vehicle released. Generally speaking, you’re going to have to pay an impound fee as well as a fee for the towing of your vehicle. Impound lots do tend to charge storage fees on a daily basis for holding your vehicle as well. Due to this reason, if your vehicle is impounded, you’re likely going to want to retrieve it as soon as you possibly can.

What Do I Need To Get My Car Out Of The Impound Lot?


There is almost always a serious reason as to why a vehicle is impounded.  If illegal activities were committed, the police might have to hold your vehicle as evidence and you might have to wait to get it for a certain length of time. Once you are allowed to be able to pick up your vehicle from the impound, you must pay outstanding fees. To pick up your vehicle make sure that you bring proof of ownership, proof of who you are, and proof that you registered the vehicle. To be able to pick up your vehicle, you might have to report to the police station beforehand. Once you do so, they should be able to let you know if there is anything else that you need to do before the vehicle can be released.

Can Someone Else Get My Car Out Of Impound?

Yes, someone else can pick up your car from the impound lot. However, in order to do so, you must be able to prove that they have the authorization to do so. Unfortunately, the person who picks up your vehicle must also pay for all of the fees outstanding on your vehicle. Due to this reason, you might have a difficult time getting someone else to pick up your car from the impound. However, it certainly does happen and you might need someone else to do it for you.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Car Out Of Impound?

The total cost for getting your car out of impound really depends on both how long the vehicle was there. If a public agency, like the police, tows your vehicle, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1000 depending on the circumstances. Generally speaking, you can expect the towing charges to be between $100 and $500. Most towing companies will not tow your vehicle much farther than that. After you pay that fee, you will also likely be asked to pay storage fees that range from just a few dollars to as much a hundred dollars a day. Depending on how long your vehicle is in the impound, you can see how the cost of getting your car out of an impound lot can add up quickly.

Who Do I Call If My Car Got Towed?


After your car has been towed, the first step that you should take is calling your local police station. Make sure that you do not call the emergency phone number for the police station. There are other lines available that you can call for problems such as this. The police station should be able to tell you if your vehicle has been towed. Once you contact them, if they tell you that your vehicle has not been towed, you might want to consider calling local towing companies. Your final act should be to call the police station again. This time, report your vehicle as stolen. If no one has any ideas as to where your vehicle is located, this might help you find it.

Can Your Car Get Impounded For No Insurance?

Driving without car insurance in Canada is not a minor thing. There are fines in place throughout Canada that you will have to pay if you’re caught driving without insurance. On top of those fines, your vehicle will also be impounded. It can be impounded for as long as six months. This is likely not even your worst problem. Your driver’s license, if you have one, can be suspended for up to one whole year. Worst case scenario, if you do this more than once, you might not be able to get insurance from an insurance company. You might even go to jail depending on the circumstances.

How Do I Get My Car Out of Impound Without Insurance?

It is actually impossible to get your car out of an impound without insurance. In order to be able to get your car out of the impound, there are several things that you must show them. You have to prove that you have ownership of the vehicle. You have to prove who you are and you have to pay the outstanding fees. On top of this, you also going to have to contact insurance providers to make sure that you have car insurance on the vehicle. If you are having a hard time, which you might, you can contact insurance companies who sell insurance to high-risk clients. Unfortunately, this means that you might have to pay more for your insurance premium. However, you do need insurance to get your vehicle out of the lot.

How To Get Out Of Paying Impound Fees


Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get out of paying impound fees. If you do not pay the fees for your vehicle, the tow yard will then sell your vehicle and they will bill you for whatever is left. Unfortunately, if you do this, you can also receive a summons from the towing yard for abandoning your vehicle. When this occurs, you will likely be hit with a fine that can range in price to as high as $500. Unfortunately, this is not the only thing that you are going to have to worry about. Your driver’s license can be suspended for as much as two years once the police department notifies your province’s service center.

To Conclude:

No one wants to have their vehicle impounded. It takes a fair amount of time and effort to get your vehicle free and out of the lot. Unfortunately, there really is no way to get out of paying the impound fees for the vehicle either. The best way to go your vehicle out of the impound is to do it as fast as possible. Storage fees add up fast and the faster you get your vehicle out, the less you’re going to have to pay.

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