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So, your recourse is to contact the Suffolk County Police and find out what if any fee is set for towing charges. If the fee is less than what the tow service is charging, ask the police to investigate. Assuming that they do, then this issue may be resolved without further legal action. Otherwise, the only way you can recover the vehicle, and any belongings inside the vehicle, is to pay the tow service's fee and the sue the service in small claims court to recover damages for the unreasonable fees.
Messy, but this appears to be the law -- and it's probably why the tow service acts with such impunity -- no one ever fights back.
Hope this helps.
what repercussions will occur if i refuse to foot the bill other than them selling off?
*At this point it make no sense to pay $1200 as of today for release then a couple of hundreds for tow to my mechanic then thousands more to fix. if they could sell it off for their expenses.
Thank you very much you've been tremendously helpful. They refuse to give back my personal belongings from the car, is that legal? How else would I be able to claim my personal property and that of the passenger with me at the time?
Thank you very much
They refuse to let me anywhere close to the car or make a reasonable offer. Do they have the right to keep the license plates registered to my name even after they put a lien on it and how long? Aren't they legally obliged to return my belongings and the plate after the car has become an asset to the company?
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