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Vehicle Impounds & Releases

FAQHaving 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? 

Where is my vehicle being stored?

If my vehicle is impounded, how do I get it back?

Can I contest the tow?

What if the tow company provided poor customer service?

When is the next scheduled abandoned vehicle auction?

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.


Where is my vehicle being stored?

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) 971-5400

      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?. 

  • 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. 
  • If  you are unsure where you vehicle is located and you know your VIN or Plate information, you can look up your vehicle on the Secretary of State Abandoned Vehicles search website.

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.


Vehicle Auctions

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.










BUDGET TOWING - Wednesday, October 25th @ 9:00am 876 Railroad St. Ypsilanti


2002 Pontiac Grand Am 1G2NW52E42M541398

1997 Ford                            1FDEE1464VHB83905

2003 Mercury                    1MEFM50273A617941

2009 Chevrolet Impala   2G1WT57K791249167

2003 Ford Taurus              1FAFP53U13G204812

1999 Suzuki                         JS1VT52AXX2101927

2003 Ford Focus                1FAFP34P23W126124

2001 Pontiac                       3G7DB03E41S546442

2008 Saturn Vue               3GSDL43N98S532363

2006 Honda Accord         1HGCM55496A038566

1998 Chevrolet                  2G1WL52M5W9160008

2002 Dodge Caravan       1B8GP25B32B609375

2005 Ford Escape             1FMYU031X5KE09173

1992 Mercury                    2MECM75W2NX761191

1997 Lincoln Town Car    1LNLM82W2VY640605

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 1G2WR5213YF144173

2000 Chevrolet                  1G1ND52JXY6282744

2002 Honda Odyssey      5FNRL18612B024728

2001 Mercury                    2MEFM74W91X698437

2001 Ford                            1FAFP53U51G106069

2000 Saturn                        1G8ZK5278YZ255537

1995 Chevrolet                  2GCEK19K5s1227332

2007 Dodge                        1B3HE78K27D256132

1999 Mercury                    4M2XV11TXXDJ43078

2001 Dodge Ram              3B7HC13Z61M559237

1995 Mercury Cougar     1MELM6242SH642503

2006 Cadillac                       1G6DW677X60215063

1999 Ford Taurus              1FAFP53S7XG102905

2004 Chevrolet                  1GNDT13S142177301

2001 Chevrolet                 1G1JC524517299642

2000 Pontiac Sunfire       1G2JB1248Y7167010

1996 BMW                          WBACD4329TAV35040

2002 Buick                           3G5DB03E72S537535

1996 Dodge Ram              3B7HF13Y6TG173854

1996 Chevrolet                  1GCGC24R9TE207729

2003 GMC                           1GKET16S836103670

2002 Ford                            1FAFP53U82G170043

2004 Ford Taurus              1FAFP56S44G155570

2008 Honda Fit                  JHMGD37438S072032

2005 Toyota                        JTLKT324850202923

2006 Pontiac                       2G2WR584761189414

1998 Toyota Corolla         2T1BR18E0WC041473

1998 Chevrolet                  1GCEK14R3WE183159

2003 Hyundai                     KMHCF35C73U271033

2002 Chrysler                     2C3HD56G12H240850

1998 Honda Accord         1HGCG5650WA241313

1978 Buick                           4P69Y8H466297

2001 Kia                            KNAGD12471508004


GLEN ANN TOWING AAPD AUCTION - Wednesday, October 25th @ 10:00am 2115 S. State St. Ann Arbor

1992 HONDA JHMBB225XNC004522
1998 HONDA 1HGCG6679WA028108
1994 HONDA 1HGCD5637RA151653
2005 FORD 1FTRE14W05HA16480
2002 VOLVO YV1RS61R122153098


LOWELL'S TOWING - Friday, October 27 @ 9:00am 900 Minion Dr. Ypsilanti

1997 CHEVROLET 1GNCT18W3VK212722
2001 VOLKSWAGEN 3VWPD69M51M141539
2005 DODGE 1B3EL46J75N616438
1996 JEEP 1J4GZ58Y4TC191043
2004 CHRYSLER 2C4GM68474R581019
2002 MERCURY 1MEFM50U62G651303
2000 LINCOLN 1LNHM87A7YY842539
2003 DODGE 1D4HS38NX3F547327
2001 HONDA 2HGES267X1H519653
2006 HONDA 1HGCM56706A150911
1999 JEEP 1J4FF68S9XL659747
2001 FORD 1FAFP55U11G144105
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