What Do You Do If Your Car Gets Towed in Boston?

Wait! If your car gets ever towed in Boston, don’t fret. Because, you have a bunch of options to get it back. In this article, we will discuss ways to get your car back.

Reasons your car can get towed!

First things first – some of the most common reasons as stated by the City of Boston for getting towed could be street cleaning or sweeping, illegal parking, and five or more overdue parking tickets. Some other reasons could be –

  • Trespassing  – If you are towed for trespassing on private property, it’s usually done by a private tow company. Private tow companies are regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. If you think you shouldn’t have been towed, you need to file a complaint with the state.
  • Abandonment – Any vehicles left standing on city streets for more than 72 hours can be legally possessed by the City of Boston. If an abandoned car isn’t removed from the public way, it is towed it to the Boston Transportation Department Tow Lot (200 Frontage Road, Boston, MA 02118).

Which Authorities Do You Reach Out To?

Lets say you are finding a parking spot on a weekend night, luckily you got a parking spot perfect enough for you to forget about parking problems for the whole evening. Now, it’s time to go back but you can’t find your car!! Well, you just realized that the place you parked your car has a ‘No Parking’ signboard situated at the corner. Your car most probably has been towed. Now the question arises, how to get your car back and which authorities to reach? Given below are some steps you would need to go through:

  • Call the Boston Police Tow Line at 617-343-4629 or the Boston Tow Lot at 617-635-3900. You need to tell them your license plate number and they will share information regarding the location of your car and information on who to contact next.
  • Next, you can also go to the City Hall or the Tow Lot to pay the towing and storage charges. You need to hold on to the receipt from the City Hall in order to pay the charges.

Any info on the amount the fines would cost?

Parking tickets should be paid within 21 days. The fee for paying the ticket in Boston is $90 which is the tow fee charged that includes a $3 storage fee, per hour. You can pay with cash, a money order, a cashier’s check, or a debit or credit card. If you pay by card, you will be subject to a 2.5 percent fee.

We know it’s very difficult to be careful with all these rules pertaining to parking within the city. If you think that it is a hassle you would want to avoid completely then off-street parking spots could be a good option for you. Parkaze is an online marketplace for hosting and renting private off-street parking spots. With Parkaze, you can make your parking experience safe, affordable and hassle-free by pre-booking your spot wherever you go and whenever you are on the go!

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