If your car got into trouble and was towed by a tow company, or maybe it wasn’t the fault of your car and was towed wrongly. Getting it out of the company will have you spend some cash that you never intend to. Therefore, this article will guide you on how to get your towed car back without paying.
Can you negotiate towing fees?
Towing fee is not negotiable directly with a towing company unless first presented by the towing company. In many states across the US, towing fees are high and the towing companies are always securitized by the government.
Therefore, it’s difficult to bring the negotiation to the table if your car gets towed. But you have the option of negotiating your fine in court.
How to Get a Towed Car Back Without Paying
The steps discussed below will guide you to get your towed car back without paying.
1. Determine The Cause
At first, you should find the reason why you were towed. The reasons why your car is towed could be as follows:
- Unpaid vehicle insurance
- Unpaid tickets, etc.
- Unlawful parking
- Criminal offense
Beware that if your car was towed due to criminal activity, no attorney or NGO will likely get involved to recover it, and also, you can only recover it after proving innocence.
1. Investigate Your Violation
After the first step, you should check if there’s any law you violated with your vehicle to know if your car was towed wrongly or not.
Assuming the towing agent claimed you parked your car wrongly, go back to the spot to confirm if there was any parking sign placed there or not to avoid paying them.
Depending on the company that towed your car, you should file a complaint to the managers to determine the reason(s) why they towed your car and where they have taken your car to.
1. Review Your State’s Towing Law
Knowing your state laws is another means to avoid paying when your car is towed. The towing company might be at fault and you won’t have to pay.
1. Make A Report To The Police
Assuming you come out of the store and couldn’t find your car anymore, whether it was towed or whatever, you should file a report of a missing car to the nearest police station.
The police will help find your car and if you violate any of the state car parking laws, the police can’t order the release of your car, rather, they will act as middlemen between you and the towing company.
1. Find Out About the Towing Plans
Most times, finding the towing plans of the towing company might solve the issue without you paying huge money as many towing firms has low payment plans which will prevent you from spending huge money to recover your towed vehicle. Also, some tow firms give options to compensate for your towed car without paying.
1. Contact the Church
By going through a local church charity program, you can recover your car without paying the towing company. Churches like the Salvation Army help drivers get their towed cars without paying.
1. Beg or Borrow Money
If you don’t have money to pay the towing firm, you can borrow from family or friends to recover your car.
1. Obtain a Payday Loan
Another step to recovering your car might be applying for a payday loan if you have a low credit score. And you will have to repay your loan on your next paycheck.
1. Get A Title Loan
A title loan may be preferable or you pawn your car title to lay off the tow fee. Visit the nearest pawnshop in your area to know how they operate and recover your vehicle.
1. Non-Profit Organisation Assistance
If you’re a private driver and dedicate your car to your office work, you will likely get support from an NGO to recover your towed vehicle. Though, this option is scarce in many states.
1. Request Free Legal Assistance
You can request free legal assistance if the towing company wants to reap off your skin with charges. If the legal action favors you, you won’t have to pay to recover your car.
Also, note that if your car gets involved in criminal activity, the chances of recovering it without paying are high. And also note that no NGO will likely want to get involved when your car is towed due to criminal suspicion. Therefore, you can with an attorney if you’re sure you never got involved with a criminal activity using your car.