Lexington, KY asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Kentucky

Q: In kentucky can a tow company refuse to release my car if I have a licensed driver to get it off the lot?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Kentucky, like many other states, a tow company can refuse to release your car under certain circumstances. The most common reason for refusal is non-payment of towing or storage fees. Before a tow company releases your vehicle, you need to ensure all associated fees are paid. Additionally, proper documentation proving your ownership of the vehicle is necessary. Without these documents, the tow company may have grounds to retain the vehicle.

Tow companies operate under specific state laws and regulations, which grant them certain rights and responsibilities. If they believe releasing the vehicle would be unsafe, or if they haven't received payment, they can legally refuse to release the car. It's crucial to settle any disputes regarding payment and ensure all necessary documents are in order to retrieve your vehicle.

If you're facing difficulties, you have options. You can negotiate directly with the tow company or propose a payment plan. If disputes continue, you might consider legal assistance or mediation. Understanding your rights and the tow company's rights is vital in resolving these issues. Remember, tow companies are regulated and must comply with state laws, so having knowledge on your side can be beneficial.

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