IMPOUNDED VEHICLES

Stored / Impounded Vehicles

(Vehicles removed from private property or Towed and Stored by a police agency)

In addition to your hourly impoundment fee, vehicles will accrue a daily storage fee and lien fees. You will be notified of lien sale via postal service at the address on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you fail to redeem your vehicle, the vehicle will be sold at public auction in attempt to recover the outstanding towing, storage, and lien fees. If you are the responsible party of the vehicle, it is in your best interest to redeem the vehicle as soon as possible or make other arrangements. This will eliminate any further liability to you.

If you fail to redeem your vehicle, it will be considered abandoned. California Motor Vehicle Code 22523 (b) states “No person shall abandon a vehicle upon public or private property without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the property.”
YOU DO NOT HAVE OUR PERMISSION TO ABANDON YOUR VEHICLE UPON OUR PROPERTY!
It is our policy to pursue all means necessary to resolve your legal obligation. We have the right to take you, and all parties listed by DMV to have an interest in the vehicle, to small claims court. We also have the right to refer this matter to a collection agency for the balance owed and report any unpaid debt to credit reporting agencies.

We will also attempt to place a lien on other property or possessions you may have. California Motor Vehicle Code Section 22523 contains many provisions regarding imposition of infractions/fines for those that abandon their vehicle. Please consult your attorney to see if you come within the provisions of this code.

Vehicles sold at auction rarely sell for the amount of charges outstanding. The sale price of the vehicle is deducted from the total bill and the remaining outstanding amount will be processed to our collections department. California Civil Code 3068.2 makes the registered owner(s) responsible for the towing, storage and lien sale charges less the amount we receive from the sale.

Property Release Procedures

Providing that your vehicle has not been placed on an evidence hold, you may redeem personal property during regular business hours (8am – 5pm) Monday – Friday, excluding state holidays. Property releases outside of the regular business hours will incur a gate fee.

The following requirements MUST be met:

  1. Verify if a property release is required from the police agency that requested the tow.
  2. You MUST be the current registered owner. A bill-of-sale does NOT imply ownership. A husband/wife will not be permitted to redeem any property unless they are listed on the current registration.
  3. You must have valid photo identification. (state or government issued)
  4. Personal property is considered to be items which are not affixed to the vehicle. Anything attached by means of screws, bolts, wires, tied, or affixed in any fashion will not be permitted to be removed.
  5. If you are redeeming personal property outside of the regular business hours the gate fee MUST be paid at the time of the property release.

A person other than the registered or legal owner can claim personal property from the vehicle on your behalf, the following requirements MUST be met:

  1. A NOTARIZED letter from the current registered owner must be provided. The letter shall include; the current registered owners full name, make and model of vehicle, vehicle identification number or license plate number, and name of the person(s) authorized to redeem personal property.
  2. Person(s) redeeming personal property MUST have valid photo identification.
  3. Person(s) redeeming personal property must sign an itemized property release form, which will be provided.
  4. If personal property is being redeemed outside of the regular business hours, a gate fee MUST be paid at the time of the property release.

Vehicle / Civil codes

Here is a list of some common vehicle / civil codes used in the towing industry, these vehicle codes are not all inclusive and Central Towing & Transport LLC shall not be held liable for any errors or omissions in the information.