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Can a towing company refuse to give you back your car if you don't pay their fees in NJ?

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My car was towed not by the police but by a private towing company. I am refusing to pay their high fees. Can they refuse to give me back my car and the personal property in it?

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Unfortunately, yes they can. Perhaps you can negotiate a payment plan.

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Assuming a vehicle is lawfully towed, then yes, the towing company can retain possession if the car's owner refuses to pay.

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