If my car was recently towed by the county during a blizzard, is it legal to withhold personal items?

I have to pay $220 to take my personal items out of my vehicle.

Asked on February 5, 2016 under Business Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In most states, you cannot be charged for retrieving your personal items from a car that has been towed. However, the towing company might be authorized by state law to charge you a "reasonable storage fee" for the vehicle that it towed. That having been said, the fee must be reasonable.


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