by Julie Boehlke
Reasons why the police can impound a car.
There are several reasons why the police can impound a car. Perhaps the driver of the car has racked up too many unpaid traffic tickets. If a driver is stopped on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer will order that the vehicle be impounded in the police parking lot. If a vehicle owner does not make scheduled payments, a repossession order will be placed. If the vehicle has been involved in a crime or accident, the police may impound it until a full investigation is carried out. If a car is impounded by the police, the only way to get it back is to pay the fines or, if necessary, meet certain requirements set by a judge.
How can the police impound a car?
When a repossession order has been issued, a towing company outsourced by the police department will go ahead. The information is provided by the police officer who made the police report, the financial institution that owns the vehicle, or the court that has the recovery order signed by the judge. The towing company takes possession of it. The impounded vehicle is taken to the police impound lot and locked to prevent access by unauthorized users.
Recover a car from the police impound lot.
To get the vehicle back, the vehicle owner must first meet certain requirements. Follow the instructions in the court order. If the driver is behind on payments, all arrears, plus late fees and towing fees, must be prepaid and approved by the lender. In cases where the vehicle is severely damaged and needs repairs, communication with the impounded lot and the body shop is essential so that everything is done in a timely manner. In foul play situations, all possession orders must be signed by a judge. Owners are charged for each day the car is stored in the impounded lot, so act promptly.