How To Find My Towed Car
Updated: May 17, 2022
To minimize storage fee's and acquire you vehicle as fast as possible, it is necessary to follow these steps below to locate your towed vehicle.
The Many Reasons Why Your Vehicle May Have Been Towed
There are several different reason why you may have had your car towed and not have known the location of it afterwards. These situations can be frustrating and a major inconvenience. The first step in locating the towed vehicle, is understanding why it was towed.
Private Property Parking Violation
Involved in an accident or wreck
An arrest or seizure from Law Enforcement
Private Property Parking Violation:
The most common reason why your vehicle may have been towed is due to a private property parking violation. What does this mean? If you live in an apartment complex, HOA, or park your vehicle on private property, you may be succumbing to particular rules they have set forth with their residents and a partnered towing company. Things such as Handicap Parking, No Parking Zones, Fire Lanes, Assign Parking Spots, and Tow Away Zones are the most common reasons why a vehicle may be towed from private property.
Action Step: If your vehicle was towed from an apartment complex, or another known business location, the first step is to get in touch with the management of the property to find out if they had the vehicle towed themselves or if they have a towing company that is contracted to patrol for towing violations. If so, they will have the contact info to the company so that you can retrieve your vehicle.
Involved In An Accident or Wreck:
Accidents are stressful enough, locating your vehicle should not add to this, but unfortunately it can. If you are involved in an accident, and your vehicle gets towed, it's most likely because the police work with partnered towing company's that are required to clear the roads as fast as possible and are called out as soon as the accident is reported. There are many things that you can do in order to prevent this entirely.
Action Step: You have the RIGHT to call the towing company of your CHOICE after an accident. In most states you have between 15min-30min to get the towing company of your choice onsite before the police call to have one of their contracted partners come out. Most law enforcement agencies will give you an accident report onsite or will have one available up to 3 days after the accident that lists the towing company who towed the vehicle. This can cause a delay and as the towing company is charging storage for everyday it sits on their lot, the price could be significantly higher by the time you find out who has the vehicle.
An Arrest or Seizure From Law Enforcement:
If you were arrested or had your vehicle impounded from the police, the best way to find out where they have it and who towed it is to call the non emergency number to whichever Law Enforcement agency did the arrest. From there you should be able to find the location of the vehicle.
Action Step: Call local law enforcement NON emergency numbers to locate the towing company information.
Before reporting the vehicle stolen or calling law enforcement its always best to make sure that you are up to date on your car payments and your insurance has not lapsed. Many Buy Here Pay Here car lots do not give a grace period and by law can repossess a vehicle the first day you are late. Many used car lots will also reposes the vehicle if your insurance has lapsed or you have taken off a full coverage policy that they require you to have.
Action Step: Call the business you purchased the vehicle from to see if they contracted a towing company to repo the vehicle. If they did not or are not the lien holder on the title, then they can possibly tell you who is. If there is a lien holder involved such as a bank or credit union, they should be able to give you their contact information so that you may be able to ask them the same questions.
When All Else Fails
When all else fails and you cannot find out where your vehicle is or who towed it, call the NON EMERGENCY Police number in the city or county the vehicle was towed from.
If you were towed in the Gaston County Area call the Gaston County Police Non Emergency Number from their website