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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) 971-400

      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.


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 Auction - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:00am

876 Railroad St. Ypsilanti, MI

2003 Chevrolet Malibu                   1G1NE52J43M686527

1977 Skylark                                       163795

2000 GMC Yukon                              1GKEK63R1YR223401

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix                2G2WP552661312371

1995 Toyota Corolla                         1NXAE09B1SZ275474

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix                1G2WJ12M5RF322113

1999 Ford Contour                           1FAFP66LXXK125909

2005 Chrysler Pacifica                     2C4GF68455R526578

2002 Ford Taurus                              1FAFP55272A244485.

2001 Subaru                                       4S3BH896717667910

1991 Chevrolet Caprice                  1G1BN53EXMW137716

1999 Ford                                            1FAFP13P4XW265408

1999 Jeep Cherokee                       1J4FF68S9XL525160

2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette         1GHDX13E21D213322

1997 Toyota                                        1NXBB02E1VZ511675

2003 Ford Focus                                1FAFP38393W259311

1999 Dodge Stratus                         1B3EJ56H0XN519867

2000 Mercury Sable                        1MEFM55S0YG623903

1989 Buick Lesabre                          1G4HR54C1KH458608

1997 Honda                                        1HGCD5659VA070293

2000 Lexus                                          JT8BF28G6Y0275970

1999 Land Rover                               SALTY1249XA218995

2000 Honda Accord                         1HGCG567XYA047389

1998 Suzuki Sidekick                       JS3TD21V6W4107175

2001 Jaguar                                         SAJDA14C51LF32812

2000 Lexus                                          JT8BF28G1Y0278839

2000 Dodge                                        1B4GP44L7YB630309

2003 Dodge                                        1D4GP45373B186863

2006 Pontiac G6                                1G2ZF55B664227874



WCSO AND AAPD AUCTION – Next Auction Thursday, November 17, 2016


The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public auction on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

The first sale will be held at Sakstrups Towing, 5600 S State, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Vehicles may be inspected starting at 8:00 a.m.  This sale will begin at 8:30 a.m.

1996 Jeep                                           1J4GZ58S8TC180137

2003 Ford Windstar                        2FMZA51403BA76836

1997 Ford Ranger                            1FTCR10A1VTA47111

2003 Pontiac Montana                  1GMDU03EX3D248679

2000 Oldsmobile                             1G3NF12E3YC421675

2003 Pontiac Grand Prix               1G2WP52K63F152565

2004 Pantera                                     L4BSRG29X4Y010044

1997 Toyota Camry                         4T1BG22K8VU177924

2001 Lincoln Town Car                   1LNHM82W31Y732855

2005 Toyota                                        JTKDE167950035147

1993 Mitsubishi 3000 GT                JA3BN74K4PY009888

2006 Jeep Commander                  1J8HG48K96C268721

1999 Mercury Grand Marquis      2MEFM74W7XX693021

2004 Chrysler Sebring                     1C3EL55R54N107222

2005 Chrysler Sebring                     1C3EL46X35N664493

1994 Ford F350                                  2FDKF37H3RCA53071


The second sale will be held at Triangle Towing (& Don’s Towing), 2040 Federal, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Vehicles may be inspected starting at 9:00 a.m. This sale will begin at 9:30 a.m.

2003 Ford Focus                                1FAFP34P43W211806

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee          1J4GZ58S2TC205548

2003 Honda Civic                              1HGES16503L019600

2001 Buick Century                          2G4WS52J511176003

1991 Toyota Camry                          4T1SV21E1MU443624

1996 Mercury                                     2MELM75W3TX666801

1998 Toyota                                        1NXBR12E4WZ076315

1994 Toyota Corolla                        1NXAE04B7RZ198370

2003 Saturn Vue                                5GZCZ23D53S825648

2006 Ford Escape                              1FMCU96H16KA30751

1997 Ford                                             1FMDU34E9VZB05793

2009 Mazda                                         JM1BK32F391225915

2003 Chevrolet                                  1G1JC52F437270735

2000 Dodge                                         2B4FP25B4YR661220

1994 Ford                                             1FTEX15Y6RKB32493

2008 Chevrolet                                  1GNDV33148D186873

2000 Ford                                             1FAFP42X6YF215243

2006 Buddy Moped                          RFVPAP5A261001195

2014 Moped                                        L9NTEACB2E1175709


The third sale will be held at Brewer's North Campus BP, 1763 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Vehicles may be inspected starting at 10:00 a.m. This sale will begin at 10:30 a.m.

1996 Ford Windstar                         2FMDA5148TBA31055

2002 Ford Escape                             1FMYU03122KC10386

2001 Buick                                           2G4WS52J111209790

1996 Geo Prizm                                 1Y1SK5263TZ003830

1992 Oldsmobile                              1G3BP8373NW303855

2000 Pontiac Grand Am                 1G2NW12EXYM876098

1996 Geo Metro                               2C1MR2295T6784084

1996 Honda Accord                         1HGCD7231TA028021

2005 Dodge                                        1D4HB58D15F565818

1999 Chevrolet                                  1GCCS1441X8113381

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee          1J4GW48S6YC202209

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