I was parked in an area that had no visable signs. It was at a Apartment complex. I was parked in a area where other vehicles have been parked before I know they have their renters parking but this was in an area unmarked and no Unauthorized signs viseable! My vehicle was parked about 5 hrs when I went to leave it was missing I was told it was Towed. It cost me 390.00 dollars to get it back, what can I do if anything?
Not too much . . . you can pay the money and ask the tow yard to prove why the vehicle was towed, but you may not get far.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced attorney to be fully aware of your rights. Finally, please forgive any typographical errors in my note!
You can take them to small claims court to recoup the money if you win, but if small a claims court in Washington is anything like it is in New York, then the aggravation alone is enough to just pay it an move on.
Actually Washington has a statute Rcw 42.55.070 which describes the posting requirements. If your car was impounded, you have the right to contest the impound in court. This is not small claims type court but is similar. The process is set out by statute RCW 46.55.120. There are short time limits on filing for the hearing but it must be on the notice of impound sent it given to you by the tow company. Keep in mind the tow company is only required to notify you at the address on the registration so if you did not update your address you may not get the notice. Even without the notice you can still ask for the impound hearing in district or municipal court.
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