Here are my charges for the case in question. My vehicle was parked for less than 2 hours before it was towed. Storage Fee: $20.00? for 1 day in storage? It was less than 2 hours.Impound Fee: $20.00Tax @ 8.25%: $3.30Towing Fee: $155.00 (different than the posted $143.50)City Fee: $20.00 (No such fee listed on posted regulated fees)$218.30 Total. The city fee is not a listed regulated charge and my car was in their impound yard for less than 3 hours. Do I have a legal complaint based on these charges?
Hello,Let us compare that with the allowed rates.$143.50 Nonconsent Tow Fee in Houston$15.00 Per day charge at Licensed Vehicle Storage Facility in Houston$50.00 Notification Fee from Storage Lot if they have to notify you after 24 hours that your car has been towed there.$20.00 Impound fee.Storage Fee: $20.00? for 1 day in storage? It was less than 2 hours. Once they get it in there, it counts, I am sorry to say.Impound Fee: $20.00 Max per law, allowed.Towing Fee: $155.00 They are $7 over, which you can contest if you feel it is worth it.City Fee: $20.00 (No such fee listed on posted regulated fees) Make sure you were not towed in a sub-section like Heights or West U. But if not, you can contest this.Do you have a legal complaint? If the vehicle was generally towed without cause (as we discussed in previous question), yes. If the amount is simply about $30 or so over what they can charge, you may wish to simply write off the loss and go - it is not worth your trouble to mix in with this. The business is dirty and unpleasant.I hope this finds you well. Please continue the conversation to keep talking, or rate my answer when we are finished. Kindly rate my answer as one of the top three faces when you are ready – I do not get credit for my time with you if you choose the lower two. I work very hard to formulate an informative answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith. (You may always ask follow ups free after rating.)
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