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 - 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