Towing, storage bill for stolen car nearly $6,000

Full story: Columbus Dispatch

He thought his car was gone for good, then he got the bad news when it was found.
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Hedley

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Sep 24, 2009
 
The shop should pay the towing fee. Also, what about his insurance? Just wondering why the reporter did not ask about the shop nor the owner's coverage?
Marcy

Columbus, OH

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Sep 24, 2009
 
Here in columbus OH If you have a copy of the police report, copy of the insure for the car it will cost $50-75 to get it back, this man should just get his car out. So what if it was billed for that much, they are offering him to get it out for a hell of alot cheeper, Take it dumbass
WHY

Columbus, OH

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#3
Sep 24, 2009
 
i too had the same probem in columbus
something needs fixed
mike

Athens, OH

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#4
Sep 24, 2009
 
What about the insurance of the business?
Brew

Eden Prairie, MN

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#5
Sep 24, 2009
 
Same thing happeneed to me here in C-bus. Why doesn't the impound lot report the vin's directly to the PD, who knows. I was without a car for about a month, the impound lot received my car 2 days after it was stolen, for being parked on the side of the street when it was being cleaned. Seems like this systems needs an update!!
Chris

Columbus, OH

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#6
Sep 24, 2009
 
If your car is towed, it's actually more than 200.00 to get it back from the city impound lot.
John

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Sep 24, 2009
 
Marcy wrote:
Here in columbus OH If you have a copy of the police report, copy of the insure for the car it will cost $50-75 to get it back, this man should just get his car out. So what if it was billed for that much, they are offering him to get it out for a hell of alot cheeper, Take it ****
Did I read this correctly, "So what if it was billed for that much, they are offering him to get it out for a hell of alot cheeper, Take it."

So what? I is wrong to bill him you idiot.

Since: Sep 09

Powell, OH

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Sep 24, 2009
 

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This is absurd...only in Columbus, Ohio could this happen....wake up and look at how bad public relations effect Columbus..
Read the byline first

Mansfield, OH

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#9
Sep 24, 2009
 
First of all you need to see that this happened in Cincinnati. NOT COLUMBUS. I don't think he should have to pay a darn thing. His car was stolen. It's not like he left it out in the open with the keys in it which would say "take me, my owner doesn't want me anymore."
Steve

Gallipolis, OH

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#10
Sep 24, 2009
 
Mr. Ondja is partially correct....He probably shouldn't pay the storage bill. But, this story leaves out many important things...First, when the car was stolen did Mr. Ondja file an official stolen report with his local police department? If so, WHY didn't that agency enter the car into the police stolen car database so when another agency checked the license plate, THEY would have realized it was stolen.If Ondja reported the car as stolen did he collect an insurance check for it being stolen stolen? Again, if he did, it isn't his car any longer. It now belongs to the insurance company that PAID him off for it. They owe the "tow" bill. These kinds of stories are nice for "fluff" or to fill in space in the paper, but don't really tells us, as readers much of anything...
OINK

Chillicothe, OH

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Sep 24, 2009
 
Steve wrote:
Mr. Ondja is partially correct....He probably shouldn't pay the storage bill. But, this story leaves out many important things...First, when the car was stolen did Mr. Ondja file an official stolen report with his local police department? If so, WHY didn't that agency enter the car into the police stolen car database so when another agency checked the license plate, THEY would have realized it was stolen.If Ondja reported the car as stolen did he collect an insurance check for it being stolen stolen? Again, if he did, it isn't his car any longer. It now belongs to the insurance company that PAID him off for it. They owe the "tow" bill. These kinds of stories are nice for "fluff" or to fill in space in the paper, but don't really tells us, as readers much of anything...
I agree with Steve. The Car belongs to the Insurance Co. Looks like a ripoff to me. I'd say keep it!!~!
Dawn

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#12
Sep 24, 2009
 
Being a 13 year old car, it's unlikely he carried insurance that would cover it being stolen. The story doesn't give enough details, b/c I think those who have asked abt the SHOP'S insurance are asking a good question. I certainly expect to pay NOTHING if I'm the victim of a crime. Thinking it's a "good deal" to get it back for less than $200 is asinine.
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#13
Sep 24, 2009
 
Everytime a car is towed from city street or private property, the vin# and veh info is called into the police of the city it was towed from. Tow companies shouldnt be the blame for it taking a long time for the owner to be notified the veh has been recovered. Tow companies charge owners of stolen cars because the driver & company needs to be paid for the service. If the owner has insurance then insurance will pay the tow & storage.
Tow Reform Needed in Ohio

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Sep 25, 2009
 

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We need serious towing reform in Ohio. These tow companies have are abusing customers and holding cars hostage. Due to the nature of my work, I see tow bills everyday.$150 for the basic tow,$50 for labor,$50 for an adminstration fee, then add mileage charges ontop of that!!! Tow company abuse must stop now!! It's nothing for these sleezy companies to charge $300-$400 for a basic tow, then charge $25/day for it to sit on your overgrown trash lot.
Stu Price

Columbus, OH

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#15
Jan 18, 2010
 
We're in a stolen cop car with what is sure to be a missing child in the back. What part of this is cool?
Nicholas

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#16
Oct 25, 2010
 
I just had my car stolen in Palm Beach County FL. Stolen August 23rd. Did not have theft insurance did not get a penny. A tow company towed it on Oct 17th and I received a letter in the mail on October 22nd and the bill was already $400.00. I went to go see if it ran and my property was inside the car and they would not let me even see it. Only they told me it had "not been involved in a car accident". This is wrong.
chuck b

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Feb 4, 2011
 
Nicholas wrote:
I just had my car stolen in Palm Beach County FL. Stolen August 23rd. Did not have theft insurance did not get a penny. A tow company towed it on Oct 17th and I received a letter in the mail on October 22nd and the bill was already $400.00. I went to go see if it ran and my property was inside the car and they would not let me even see it. Only they told me it had "not been involved in a car accident". This is wrong.
I just recently had my car stolen and palm beach police department called and told me it had been fold in Boca and to go to a tow company where it was located. When I got there this morning they said I could not ouch the car until the police department came and released the car. We don't have full coverage on this car and they have not said how much it is going to cost to get the car back.. I agree 100% the system is f* up. It's not your fault if some ignorant human being stole your car... in these cases fees sould be dropped. The damage to the car alone is enough to have to pay for.
Annie

Youngstown, OH

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#18
Nov 3, 2012
 
So....The towing company is entitled to a towing fee,but as weeks and months pass buy and you are more than willing to go get the car out of inpound,but are denied,or better yet no one even contacts you.how is that the owners fault?

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