How do you know that your car has been towed?

How can I find out if my car was towed? I went out to lunch, and when I came outside, my car was gone! I don't know if it was stolen or towed. What should I do?

Joshua Levy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Oh no! I’m sure that was a terrible feeling. Thankfully, there are resources to figure out if your car was towed.
To figure out if your car has been towed, you can call 311 or visit your city’s towed vehicle locator website. Both resources will be equally effective for you, but each will require a different set of information.
The towed vehicle locator website will only need your:
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • License plate number
However, 311 will need your:
If you give them the correct information, both these resources will direct you to the company that towed your truck or the impound location. From there, you can communicate directly with the towing company about retrieving your car.
The process can definitely be frustrating, but you’ll have no problem getting your car back so long as you’re
If you don’t have insurance, then you’ll be forced to buy a new policy before you can get your car out of impound. To get the best deal on the coverage you need as quickly as possible, check out the
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Good luck with finding your car—you’ve got this!
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