Finding the lot where the car is being held is the first step to recovering it. Going to the lot and paying any tow fees, storage fees and applicable fines in an accepted payment method should complete the process successfully, according to NYC Finance.
Some owners of parking lots require that the cars there belong to patrons of certain businesses around the lot, and people not using those business can have their cars towed. In many areas, municipalities regulate the fees that towing companies can charge. If that happens, a sign in the lot tells car owners where their cars have been towed, as the Portland Auditor's Office notes. If the car was towed from a lot policed by the city or as a result of excessive parking tickets, it is necessary to find the government tow lot responsible for the area where the car was parked, as NYC Finance explains.
Contacting the lot where the car is allows the owner to find out the required payment. Cash, money orders, certified checks and major credit cards are all accepted by some lots, but it is important to find out the permitted payment forms for the lot in question before going there. If a ticket leads to the tow, it may be necessary to take care of that ticket before reclaiming the vehicle, according to NYC Finance.