Vehicle Impounds & Releases
Having your vehicle towed and impounded is typically unpleasant, regardless of the circumstances. This information will give you a better understanding of what to expect and how to redeem your vehicle. It is in your best interest to get your car out of impound as soon as you can to limit the storage fees which accrue daily.
Why was my vehicle towed?
There are a number of reasons vehicles are towed:
If your vehicle is no longer where you left it, there is a good possibility it was parked in a private lot and a tow company removed it and impounded it under a contract with a private business. This is known as a Private Property Impound. The Sheriff’s Office has little to no involvement in this type of impound but we are able to confirm it has been impounded.
If you parked illegally (i.e. in a handicap spot, loading zone, expired meter, etc.), your vehicle was probably cited for illegal parking and impounded.
If you were involved in an accident and your vehicle was removed from the scene, your vehicle is being stored at a tow company. Towing charges will need to be paid by you or your insurance company but your vehicle is not impounded as long as you were not involved in a criminal act such as driving under the influence or a crash involving critical injury or death.
Your car was considered abandoned as defined under MCL 257.252 and a law enforcement agency impounded your vehicle.
If your vehicle was used in the commission of a crime, a law enforcement agency impounded your vehicle and it is being stored at a tow company under contract with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office or at a Sheriff's storage facility.
If your vehicle was impounded as a Private Property Impound it is at the tow company under contract with the private business. If your vehicle was impounded by a law enforcement agency your vehicle is being stored at one of the towing companies under contract with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office listed below.
Brewer's Inc. (734) 665-8888
1763 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor 48105
- Budget Stadium Towing (734) 274-4293
876 Railroad St., Ypsilanti 48197
- Don's Body Shop & Towing (734) 449-4484
7986 Coyle Rd., Whitmore Lake 48189
- Grant's Auto & Truck Towing (734) 272-4470
6550 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor 48103
- Manchester Towing (734) 428-9538
18481 W. Austin Rd., Manchester 48158
- Sakstrup's (734) 971-400
5600 S. State St., Ann Arbor 48108
- Smith's Service Station (734) 475-8580
11453 Jackson Rd., Dexter 48130
- Triangle Towing (734) 761-5696
191 Hiscock St., Ann Arbor 48103
If my vehicle was impounded, how do I get it back?
Verify if your vehicle has been impounded by contacting the Sheriff’s Office Service Desk at (734) 973-4691 during the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Call Metro Dispatch after hours and during the weekend at (734) 994-2911.
A Sheriff’s Office employee will let you know where your vehicle is being stored or if there is an investigative hold on your vehicle.
If there is an investigative hold on your vehicle it cannot be released until the hold has been lifted by the law enforcement agency.
You will be directed to go to the tow company storing your vehicle. Once you arrive, the tow company will contact Metro Dispatch. An employee from Metro Dispatch will send a vehicle release to the tow company via email as long as there are not any type of "holds" or restrictions on the vehicle.
IMPORTANT – you must provide proof of ownership of the vehicle (title or registration) or have authorization from the owner before the vehicle is released. If you are the owner, you must possess a valid drivers license and have valid insurance on the vehicle. If you have questions about the required documents for obtaining your vehicle, please contact the service desk at 734-973-4691.
Can I contest the tow or impound?
You may file a petition with the court having jurisdiction over the location from which the vehicle was removed.
You must do this by mail or in person at that court within 20 days from the date of the notice sent by the Secretary of State.
That notice includes a petition requesting a hearing with the court.
The courts charge a fee equal to $40 plus the accrued towing and storage fees, which must be paid when filing the petition.
Before the hearing, you may redeem your vehicle by posting a bond with the court equal to $40 plus the accrued towing and storage fees. If you do not redeem the vehicle, storage charges may continue to accrue.
If you do not request a hearing, you may redeem your vehicle by paying the towing, storage and abandoned vehicle fees to the vehicle’s custodian.
What if the tow company provided poor customer service?
In an effort to meet our mission of providing quality service, the WCSO has established a Towing Complaint Hotline. This hotline is for citizens to report poor customer service from a contracting tow company. We understand having a vehicle impounded can be a stressful event and receiving poor customer service from a tow company can make matters worse. We require our contracting partners to provide quality service and want to hear from you if you experienced poor customer service. Please call (734) 973-4969 to leave a message and someone will return your call.
If you have questions, please call Teresa Fox at (734) 973-4394.
All vehicles are being held under the provision of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, MCL 257.1, et seq or revised judicature act, MCL 600.6001 et seq. The starting bid of each vehicle is based upon the towing and storage charges due.
Note: any one of the vehicles listed herein may not be available the day of the sale. This is due to the fact that any of the vehicles may be claimed by the registered owner, or the LEIN holder, up to the time of the auction.
NOTE: ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PAID FOR AT TIME OF AUCTION CASH ONLY.
BUDGET TOWING Auction -
WCSO AND AAPD AUCTION – Next Auction Thursday, January 26, 2017
Sakstrups Towing 5600 S State, Ann Arbor - 8:30 a.m
2000 Ford 1FAFP55U7YG196204
1998 Buick 2G4WF5216W1438073
2002 Ford 1FAFP36332W150019
2000 Honda 1HGCG5672YA079205
1995 Honda 1HGEJ1227SL046936
1996 Chevrolet 1GCCS14X7TK115787
2005 Dodge 1D4GP25R15B179483
2002 Dodge 1B3EL46X62N236426
2003 Mercury 1MEHM55S43G622917
Triangle Towing 2040 Federal, Ann Arbor - 9:30 a.m.
2001 Chevrolet 2G1WL52J011108587
2000 Chevrolet 2G1WF52E4Y9367346
1999 Pontiac 1G2NE52TXXM927431
2004 Ford 1FMZU73K54UB21862
2013 Kia KNADM4A3XD6203581 (RELEASED/NO LONGER IN AUCTION)
2002 Ford 1FAFP55U42A190256
2001 Chevrolet 1G1ND52J21M644146
2007 Suzuki JS1VS55A772111748
2006 Chevrolet 3GNDA23P86S679124 (RELEASED/NO LONGER IN AUCTION)
1995 Lexus JT8UF22EXS0015076
2005 Ford 1FAHP24165G174950
2002 Buick 2G4WS52J321181542
1995 Ford 1FTCR14A1SPA56034
Brewer's North Campus BP 1763 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor - 10:30 a.m.
1998 Honda 1HGCG1654WA072129
1992 GMC 2GTEC19K6N1529262
2003 Mercury 4M2ZU86K53UJ15347
2001 Dodge 2B8GP44G81R144679
2002 Ford 1FMZU75E82UB16112
1995 Chevrolet 1GNCS13W6SK161366
2003 Chevrolet 2G1WH52K939441157
2006 Saab YS3FD49Y861019373
2007 Cadillac 1GYEE637X70187559
2001 Toyota 1NXBR12E21Z537424
1992 Chevrolet 1GCCS14Z2N8163070
1998 Buick 2G4WB52K0W1524290
2003 Honda 1HGES16503L037241
1996 BMW WBAGJ8325TDL39709
1989 Merc WDBEA30D9KA899041
2006 Ford 1FAFP56U06A141592
2007 Ford 1FAFP34N67W136417
2004 Ford 2FMDA58254BB05733
2004 Ford 1FAFP55S74G148842
1999 Chevrolet 1GNCT18W2XK240658
2006 Chrysler 3A4FY58B76T201728
2005 Ford 1FTNE24W05HA37544
2000 Buick 1G4HP54K3YU352187
1996 Ford 1FDEE14H0THB40533
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33 N. Staebler Ann Arbor, MI 48103 - Next Auction January 25, 2017