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What to Do if Your Car is Towed in Atlanta

What to Do if Your Car Is Towed in Atlanta

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There’s nothing worse than that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach when you return to your car to find it missing. Fortunately, if your car is missing in Atlanta, the city makes it pretty easy to track down your car.

How to Find Out Where Your Car Is

Unless the car is specifically impound by the Atlanta PD as evidence or part of a crime, towing in Atlanta is handled by A-Tow. There’s a couple different ways you can check with them:

  • In-Person – 180 Harriett Street SE Atlanta, GA 30315
  • On the Phone – 404-577-6566

Make sure that you have your license plate or VIN available so they can look up your car.

Fees & Penalties

In order for your car to be released, you’re going to have to pay for all the citations on the vehicle, including the one that you got when your car got towed. You have to do this before you go to get your car released. You can pay using a variety of methods:

  • Phone – The automated system is available 24/7 at 888‐266‐1360.
  • Online – Go to the official website, then select “Pay Parking Tickets” under the online services menu.
  • In-Person – At the Municipal Court of Atlanta 150 Garnett Street, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303

Once all of your existing parking citations are paid, you’ll get an Impound Release that you can take to A-Tow. When you’re at A-Tow, you may still have to pay impound fees. Currently, these fees are:

  • Impounds –  $105
  • Booting Fee –  $50
  • Daily Storage Fee –  $15

Booted Vehicles

Your vehicle will get booted if your vehicle has three or more unpaid citations. If this happens, make sure you pay your old citations soon, since your car will get towed in 24 hours.

Private Property Towing

The State of Georgie requires private towing companies to register with them, and state law caps the amount that they can charge you if you’re towed. Different cities can set lower caps, so the amount may change depending where you are in the Atlanta Metro Area.

If you feel like you were overcharged, review the ordinances in the area you were towed, then contact the towing company. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, then you can file a complaint with the local law enforcement.

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