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Okay. So you got pulled over by the police. You
got a ticket for driving with no insurance. Worse
yet, you got a ticket for driving while suspended.
In Oregon, a police officer has the authority to
have your car towed from the point where you were
detained, leaving you stranded. Yep, walking home,
calling for a ride. Embarrassing, huh?
Oregon has one of the strictest auto insurance requirement laws in the nation. Just about every state in the United States requires a car to have insurance. Each state has different laws and limits. The fines vary greatly from one state to the next. Fines for driving without insurance and driving while suspended in Oregon range from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars. In addition, the cost of the towing of your car ranges from $200 to $500. The towing company can also charge you administrative and storage fees, depending on how long it takes you to get your car out of impound. This could range in the thousands. You will find that it is always cheaper to keep your car insured!
Now, your car is in impound. How do you get it out?
Regardless of the reason your car was impounded, this is a time-consuming and difficult situation, and we will offer you some pointers here and get back on the road as quickly as possible.
An additional thing to consider. Just because your car is worth less than all the costs to get it out, does not mean you should just ignore the towing company. They can still sue you for their costs exceeding what they are able to get for selling or auctioning off your car. Be sure to contact them and come to an agreement. It will cost you less in the long run.
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