When Can You Tow a Car Legally?


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It is legal to tow a car if the vehicle is unoccupied and if the car owner has requested a tow. State laws also allow towing a car when it is involved in an accident or has stalled along a highway, according to the Daily Herald.

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Several states across the United States have laws that regulate when a car may be towed to prevent predatory towing. Private or public parking facilities may tow illegally parked vehicles, according to the Daily Herald. It is legal to tow a car illegally parked on private property only with the consent of the registered owner of the vehicle or any other legally authorized person. Some states, such as Florida, require that the towed car be stored within a 10- or 15-mile radius depending on the county's population, as stated by the Florida State Legislature.

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