Phoenix, AZ asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Arizona

Q: So I sold my SUV to someone he gets a flat tire on the highway and he leaves couple of hours and gets towed as abandoned

How long does it have to be there to be considered abandoned and what's the impound fee law

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The duration a vehicle must be left unattended before it is considered abandoned on the highway can vary depending on local laws. Typically, a car might be tagged as abandoned if left unattended on public property for a period that could range from 24 hours to several days. It's important to check with the local department of motor vehicles or highway patrol for specific rules in your area.

Regarding impound fees, they can also differ greatly depending on the municipality or jurisdiction that has towed the vehicle. Fees might include towing charges, daily storage fees, and possibly administrative fees. These costs can accumulate daily, making it important to act quickly to retrieve the vehicle.

To resolve this situation, contacting the local police department or the agency responsible for towing and impoundment as soon as possible is advisable. They can provide detailed information on the steps needed to reclaim the vehicle and the associated costs. Remember, prompt action can help minimize the expenses and complications involved in getting the vehicle back.

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