Little Rock, AR asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Gov & Administrative Law for Arkansas

Q: I had a vehicle stolen . It was recovered yesterday in a church parking lot in saline county, ar. I'm in Pulaski county.

Why do I have to pay 420 dollars for 1 day in impound when the officer told them it was recovered stolen vehicle.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In cases where a stolen vehicle is recovered and impounded, the impound fees are typically the responsibility of the vehicle owner. This policy might seem unfair, especially when you're already dealing with the stress of having your vehicle stolen, but it's a common practice.

The fee you're being asked to pay likely covers the cost of towing and storage of your vehicle at the impound lot. Even though the vehicle was stolen, these fees accrue from the moment it's towed and stored, regardless of the circumstances leading to its impoundment.

It's important to check with your insurance policy. Some policies cover impound fees, especially if you have comprehensive coverage. Contact your insurance provider to see if these costs can be reimbursed under your policy.

If you believe the fee is unjust or excessively high, you might want to discuss this with local law enforcement or the impound lot. Sometimes, explaining the situation and negotiating can lead to a reduction or waiver of fees, although this isn’t guaranteed.

Lastly, consider seeking legal advice. An attorney can provide guidance specific to your situation and local laws, potentially helping you mitigate these costs. They can also help you understand your rights and any possible avenues for recourse.

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