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How to Locate a Towed Vehicle

by Cameron Holmes

Panic and anxiety will definitely set in if you walk out of a vicinity to then notice your car is gone. If you have determined it not stolen, you could have been in violation of a city parking code, thus having it impounded. More than likely, the business establishment where the car was towed from will be able to provide the tow company's contact information. If it can't, then there are a few methods you can take to quickly locate your car.

Ask which towing company the place of business uses when cars are in violation. This way, you will have enough information to be able to contact them, to inquire about your towed vehicle.

Visit the city's towed vehicle locator website, as most cities have one. In order to look up the towed vehicle online, you will need the vehicle's VIN number and/or license plate number.

Contact the city's information hotline by dialing 311. This number comes in handy if you do not know your VIN or license plate number off hand. Provide your name, the make and model, insurance policy, car year or in some cases, your driver's license number, so that the operator can find the precise company that impounded your vehicle manually.

Tip

  • If the city where the car was impounded does not have a 311 line, you should call the local police station--not 911--to inquire about a towed car.

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About the Author

Cameron Holmes is a freelance writer, actress and model. Since 2009 Holmes has published numerous articles in topics ranging from entertainment to travel on various websites. Holmes earned an English degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and specializes in health, wellness and fitness topics.

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