No one likes having their car towed away. You did not wake up this morning and think, it would be great if my car was towed away while I went to work. But these things can happen, especially if you made a mistake regarding parking tickets or where you parked your car.
There is a good and bad way to handle such a situation. If you choose the former, then you will get your car back within a few hours. But if you create a bigger hassle by acting in bad faith, then you may be car-less for a lot longer than you had imagined.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts related to your car being towed away:
Take a moment to understand why you were towed. If you are lucky, a sheet with some information will be left from the spot where your car was towed. It should indicate your license plate number and give you a number to call for more information.
Even if no sheet is left, you can take a guess as to why you were towed. Look at the space where you parked. Was it a special parking spot where you were not meant to park? If that is the case, then you can pretty much guess why your car was taken away.
Do not make the mistake of calling 911. It is amazing how many people think it is a good idea. Your car was towed away, it is not an emergency. And even if your car was stolen not towed, calling 911 is not going to do anything. What you need to do is get the number to your local police department. Or go visit them in person.
Collect all the documentation related to your car. You should have your driver’s license, insurance information, registration details and license plate number handy when you are inquiring about your car. If some of those details were left in your car, just take whatever you have. Ideally, you should have photocopies of any original documents you keep in your car, in case it is towed or stolen.
Have a bad attitude when you go to speak with someone about your car. Whether you head to the spot where illegally parked cars are towed or you need to speak with your local police department, always be polite and courteous. Yes, you are frustrated. Yes, you would rather be elsewhere. But I am sure we can say the same for the people you are being rude towards.