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Impounded Car in Nevada? Get It Back Fast! Here’s How

To retrieve an impounded car in Nevada, you need to provide proof of ownership (such as the vehicle title or registration), a valid photo ID, and proof of insurance. Pay all associated towing and storage fees at the impound lot. Contact the impound lot beforehand to confirm any additional requirements or paperwork needed.
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Common Reasons for Vehicle Impoundment in Nevada

Vehicles are frequently towed and impounded in Nevada under various circumstances, including:

  • DUI Arrests: When a driver is arrested for driving under the influence.
  • Car Accidents: Following a collision.
  • Illegal Parking: Vehicles parked illegally, such as in handicap spaces or no-parking zones in public lots or garages.
  • Speed Contests: Arrests related to unauthorized speed contests, as outlined in NRS 484B.653.
  • Contraband: Discovery of illegal items like firearms or drugs inside the vehicle.

According to BLLG, the decision to impound a vehicle is usually at the discretion of the police department. Sometimes, they may issue a ticket instead of calling a tow truck operator to remove the vehicle. However, if the motor vehicle is required as evidence, local law enforcement may need a tow truck [1].

Impounded vehicles are kept in a designated lot until reclaimed by the owner or sold at auction. The impound lot retains the vehicle until all outstanding fees and charges are paid.

When Can a Vehicle be Towed from an Apartment Complex in Nevada?

Understanding the circumstances under which a vehicle can be towed in an apartment complex is crucial for tenants. Typically, towing occurs due to parking violations and safety concerns. Here are common scenarios when a vehicle may be towed and impounded in an apartment complex:

Parking in Fire Lanes:
One of the most common reasons for towing is parking in designated fire lanes. Fire lanes are crucial for emergency vehicle access, and any vehicle obstructing these areas may be towed to ensure unimpeded access during emergencies.

Blocking Access Points:
Vehicles obstructing entrances, exits, or driveways may be towed. Such blockages hinder traffic flow and pose safety risks within the apartment complex.

Violating Parking Regulations:
Parking in reserved spaces, exceeding time limits, or violating other parking rules outlined in the lease agreement or posted signage can lead to towing.

Designated Parking Spaces:
Unauthorized parking in assigned spots or blocking another tenant’s space may result in towing. Each tenant’s designated space must be respected.

Unlawful Parking:
Parking in “No Parking” zones, on sidewalks, or other restricted areas can lead to towing. These actions violate both complex rules and local traffic laws.

Expired Tags or Inspection Stickers:
Vehicles with expired registration tags or inspection stickers may be towed to enforce state regulations and ensure legal compliance for all vehicles on the property.

How to Locate and Retrieve a Towed Vehicle in Nevada

According to SCLG, if your vehicle was towed for illegal parking, look for a phone number on the no-parking sign to call for information [2]. Otherwise, the best way to locate your towed vehicle is by calling the local police department at 311. Have the vehicle’s make, model, VIN, and license plate number ready if possible.

Las Vegas Towing Lots:

  • Ewing Brothers at 1200 A Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106; (702) 382-9261
  • Quality Towing at 4100 East Cheyenne, Las Vegas, NV 89115; (702) 649-5711
  • Fast Towing at 2201 N. Commerce St., Las Vegas, NV 89102; (702) 383-3278

Reno Towing Lots:

  • Milne Towing at 1700 Marietta Way, Sparks, NV 89431; (775) 359-0106
  • A&A Towing at 1395 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512; (775) 348-6565
  • Silver State Towing at 5301 Longley Lane Building E, Suite 183, Reno, NV 89511; (775) 348-8333
  • Nevada Towing, Inc. at 13855 Mount Anderson Street, Reno, NV 89506; (775) 747-1818
  • All Points Towing at 2801-B Vassar Street, Reno, NV 89502; (775) 323-4002

Steps to Retrieve Your Car:

  • Contact the impound lot for specific instructions.
  • The registered vehicle owner must appear in person to sign the release form. Sending someone else is usually not allowed unless specified by the lot.
  • Provide proof of legal title, such as current registration and a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license).
  • Pay all accrued fees. Fees increase the longer the vehicle remains impounded. Payment methods typically include cash, credit/debit cards, money orders, and electronic transfers.

Impound Fees:
On average, impounded vehicles incur about $30 in daily fees, excluding the initial towing fee. If the owner is notified by the towing company, daily fees continue to accrue until the vehicle is retrieved or sold at auction. If the owner is not notified, daily fees cap after:

  • 21 days for vehicles involved in a crash and impounded at police request.
  • 15 days for all other vehicles.
  • Some auto insurance policies may cover towing and storage fees.

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