Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota

Q: in minn. can a tow co. keep my personal property that is in my car until i pay the initial $588 fee i cant afford?

there are no illegal actions alleged in this event on my part. the state patrol found it necessary to have car towed "without regard for the owners expense" as state patrol proper procedure states. car was in ditch locked and unattended.i did not have a phone to call for help after i hit a deer slightly,and walked to the nearest house to call people to help.i did not think to leave a note and thought i could have car back on the road within 3 to 4 hrs. the car was towed 2 1/2 hrs after i left by a tow company 40 miles away that charged $588.00 as the beginning fee without the $35.00 storage per day accumulating since. the trooper could have had a contract approved tow company less than 2 miles away that was available at the time to do the tow, and for some reason he has not explained to me why, other than it is within his authority and judgement to remove vehicle after 2 hrs. the tow company told me when i called them that i could not get my property out of my car unless i pay the $588

2 Lawyer Answers
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: First, try the state police--as to getting your stuff. Second if you have collision that should cover tow and storage. Third, if you can borrow the money then argue--at 35 a day before you know it it's over 1k. Better to have the car, then argue than have a gigantic bill and if you lose the argument......

Towing is often a rip, storage definitely. You can also contact whatever Minnesota agency governs/licenses towers.

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Sally A. Roberts
Sally A. Roberts
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Hartford, CT

A: The storage fees will keep accumulating - and it adds up fast. Since you hit a deer, you insurance company might cover it under collision. Best to pay the money now so the storage fees don't continue to accrue.

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