By Jeezus - Canada - Saint Albert
Today, after a week of waiting to hear something about my stolen car, I got a letter in the mail saying it had been impounded the same day I reported it stolen, but they don't share a database with the police so they never called. Now the impound wants $900 plus $120 for the tow to release it. FML
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Agreed. I had my car stolen not too long ago. It was found parked illegally as the officer was writing a ticket for it. Since it wasn't me who parked it there they threw the ticket out. It would only make sense not to charge OP.

  JMichael  |  25

I agree. OP find a way to prove it was stolen. if they still try to charge you take it to court and see if the police department can pull up the record that it was reported stolen. you shouldn't be charged for something out of your control.

  irishmaiden78  |  23

Actually, not true. I work at a tow yard here in California and the tow yard can still charge you for fees incurred. NOW, I do now that if the vehicle is privately impounded off of private property, here in the states it has to be reported to the local police jurisdiction within an hour of towing. We also have to start the lien paperwork within 24 hours so the owner of the vehicle will be notified of the vehicles where about within a matter of hours instead of days or weeks. This may be different in Canada, but I would assume that as long as OP has full coverage insurance the insurance company will pick up the vehicle and all expenses.

  aruden  |  25

I agree with #22 I did some time working at an impound lot, though our data base worked with the police. If a car was actually stolen the register owner was notified but they only got 3 free days to pick it up. If OP's car was towed and OP reported it as stolen because it was gone (not actually stolen) OP is responsible for all the fees.
I don't know OP's scenario but if OP moved and didn't update their address then a notification could have been sent to an old address (happens a lot).

  jude_iscariot  |  7

Ha, if only that were true.

No, what happens is that you usually end up having to pay it, and if the police catch the person who stole it, you can get your money back. Or, if you have theft coverage on your insurance, they will reimburse you. You definitely have to pay the impound fee, usually.

Now, if you can prove that they should be sharing their list with the police (and they're usually supposed to, just like pawn shops sharing their lists with the police to cross-check for stolen items), then it's on them.

  Ging3rSnap  |  9

I think what happened is the car was towed and impounded. She came out and saw the car was gone and assumed it was stolen, when really she was just illegally parked.

  TheMathMajor  |  26

That's the first thing I think to do, yes. I check for signs around wherever I was parked. It could be, though, that OP's car was stolen from their house and then improperly parked somewhere else.