Pottsville, PA asked in Consumer Law, Tax Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania

Q: Tow Company sold my vehicle and possessions with no notice and no title change. What can I do?

Was in a minor vehicle accident which led to a tow company towing and subsequently storing my vehicle. When I called to find out about retrieving my truck and personal property within, I was told that they sold the truck to a local fire co for use in a training exercise and then it was scrapped. I received zero communication from the tow company until i called to retrieve.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In this situation, it appears that the tow company may have violated certain legal procedures. Generally, tow companies are required to provide notice before disposing of a vehicle, and they must follow specific protocols for the sale or scrapping of vehicles, including handling any personal possessions inside.

Since you were not given any notice, this could constitute a breach of your rights as the vehicle owner. You may have grounds for a legal claim against the tow company for the value of the vehicle and the personal property that was inside it.

It's important to gather all relevant information, including any documentation related to the towing and storage of your vehicle. Consider contacting an attorney who has experience with consumer law and property rights. They can help you understand your rights and options, and guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your losses.

Taking prompt action is crucial, as there may be time limits for filing a claim in such cases. Your attorney can also assist in investigating the tow company's compliance with state laws and regulations regarding the handling of towed vehicles.

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