Your vehicle's impounded... now what?

For whatever reason, your vehicle was towed and is now impounded. It happens all the time, and what happens more than you think is some of those vehicles get sold.

Posted: Sep 6, 2017 8:44 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2017 12:56 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - For whatever reason, your vehicle was towed and is now impounded. It happens all the time, and what happens more than you think is some of those vehicles get sold.

The criminal case against Bob Durr, where he faces 90 counts connected to illegally selling vehicles, brings to light what you should do in case your vehicle is impounded.

AAA Towing in Terre Haute says the first thing you should receive from a towing company is something called a 72-hour notice. Even if you don't get that, police say it's ultimately up to you to find your vehicle so you can get it back.

"First thing you need to do is actually check on your vehicle," said Det. Brad Rumsey of the Terre Haute Police Department. "Find out what it's going to cost to get it out, and get it out."

Rumsey says paying the impound fee as quickly as possible ensures you vehicle returns to you. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting a lien in the mail. This is something the towing company mails to you after about 30 days of possession.

"It clearly specifies that you have a certain length of time to come and get your vehicle," Rumsey said.

If you don't pay the fee in time, the towing company will legally own the vehicle and can sell it at auction.

Rumsey says if you've moved since renewing or buying license plates for your vehicle, it's a good idea to update your records with the BMV. That's the address towing companies use to send the 72-hour notice and any liens. Rumsey says it happens often that people never see these notices because they failed to update their records with the BMV.

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