Illegally Parked Car & Vehicle Towing Rights
Graphical representation of a car being towed from private property.

What can you do if someone parks on your property and then leaves it there? Can you tow a vehicle from such a parking spot if they just run in for a few minutes? Or what happens when they come back during the process of towing?

You might be tempted to tow the car yourself but in most cases, self-help would not be the best remedy since this could lead to further problems arising with the person whose car you were attempting to tow. Given below are three options that you could follow instead:

1Calling the Cops

This is a good option in case where you want the car on your property to be taken off. It would be a case of trespass over your private property and calling the cops would make it a safer option for you since it would include legal paperwork. This would also mean that if the towing is done at the police’s request, the car owner would not come after you in case of damage to his/her car.

In cases of theft, this would be an excellent option since the police check DMV records before towing a car away. If a car was stolen, the police could find out during this process of towing. Moreover, if the owner comes to you with aggression, you can point him/her towards the direction of the police.

2Calling a Towing Company

This option is almost as good as calling the cops since a towing company would do a much more professional job at taking the car off of your property than you would do yourself. Additionally, such companies will also charge them when they go for claiming their vehicle back. However, the downside of this would be that you might be charged by the towing company as well.

3Don’t take matters in your own hands

The laws for towing vehicles from your private property are different than towing a vehicle from a public street. Stiff fines can be imposed if you illegally remove a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. You could end up having an ugly confrontation. Or in case the vehicle gets damaged, you might have to end up paying damages. In majority of states, dumping is a crime. This essentially means that if you were to move the vehicle, you cannot simply dump it somewhere on another person’s property.

Thus, in cases where you need to tow a vehicle away from your property, it is best to get professional help since that would ensure that you do not end up getting into more problems with the vehicle owner or any kind of damages cause to it.

Originally posted 2017-08-10 00:27:36.


  1. My neighbor’s car has been parked at the front of my driveway even though there’s a sign from the town county that says that he’s not allowed to do so, and he’s been doing this for three weeks already just so he can avoid parking his car somewhere else because his wife got her own car and has been parking her vehicle in their driveway. Since you said that a towing company can do a professional job at taking his car off my property, maybe this will teach him a lesson. I think he’ll finally learn to follow the law and to avoid disturbing his neighbors once I have that done tomorrow when I find someone to hire.

  2. It’s great to know that it is perfectly fine to hire a towing service to get rid of a car even if I haven’t had any contact with its owner. There is car in front of my property that’s been parked there for almost two weeks now and it gets in the way whenever I get deliveries from my online shopping. If the car is still there for one more week, I will definitely just get it towed to get it over with.


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