Q: My car was stolen in Michigan and I reported it the same day.
I was notified on a Friday by the 12th precinct that my car was recovered on Thursday (the day before) and now was in their custody at a tow yard. I had to pay almost $300 to get it back, but shouldn’t I have been notified the Thursday they found it so I could have the option to tow it to my home on my own since it wasn’t stripped or anything?
A: There is no statute which requires the police to notify you that quickly or that requires them to leave the vehicle where it is found, notify you, and wait for you to tow it. It could be in a dangerous place, on someone else's property, or pose a risk to traffic. They tow the vehicle to secure it from further loss, or to preserve it for evidence. Giving you notice within a day is a very good response time. You may wish to present the towing charge to your insurance carrier for payment. They should be happy to do so, since they don't have to pay to replace the whole car.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.