Stolen Cars - Ewing Bros. Towing Scam

Stolen Cars - Ewing Bros. Towing Scam

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Kira-K

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Nov 18, 2009
Police allow stolen vehicles to be delivered and "stolen" a second time by towing yards like Ewing Bros. Inc. and allow them to hold the vehicles ransom via high fees.
The victim of car theft is required to pay whatever the towing yard wants in cash up front only (no checks, credit cards, or payment plans).
The victims the case I am referring to happen to be my unemployed significant other (unemployed for over a year). They are taking his only means finding work because he cant afford their fees to retrieve his stolen car.
After they take it and either scrap or auction it off, then they plan on dinging his credit and sending him to collections to recover the "debt" they decided to charge for a $500 car sitting there for a couple weeks.
We were out of the country while the car was stolen from in front of our house (a quiet and safe neighborhood)- they caught the thieves joy riding and had the car impounded to a private lot owned by Ewing Bros. Inc. who is now allowed to do whatever they want to the vehicle. Is this legal?
Shouldn't stolen vehicles go to a "free" lot where the victims are not "damaged" twice?
1) They are trying to charge over $800 for towing and impound fees for two weeks.(Value of the car was $500 two years ago).
2) If he cant come up with the money, they will take his car.
3) They take only cash - no payment plans or credit.
4) They will probably scrap his car as it is very damaged.
5) Even AFTER they steal his car they will then report this debt on his credit. Further damaging his situation.
6) There is nothing we can do.
We do plan to press charges against the thieves, but they will have already taken his car and charged him for it and damaged his credit by the time we see a day in court or have a chance for restitution to prevail.
"Ewing Bros., Inc. is the largest, oldest family owned Towing Company in Las Vegas."
With a reputation to maintain - why wouldn't they work with "people" who are the victims of crime in the Las Vegas community?
I happen to be pretty upset from this ordeal, we do plan to go to the media, congressmen, legislators, attorneys, friends, family, online communities, review websites, or any other forum that will hear this and do something about it. I am tired of the "greatest country in the world" having the most ridiculous things happen to the law abiding citizens - while the crooks run free.
As you can imagine, without a form of transportation for him to be able to get to a potential job, he will have plenty of time to address this.
I assure you, that cheap little red car is not worth the ransom they are holding it for.
If nothing else, I hope this has been a good laugh. Add this one to the stack of dissatisfied victims.
Doon

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Nov 18, 2009
Thats just bull. They did the same thing to me. My car was stolen when I was out of town and the cops let these boneheads take my car. By the time I got back I owed more than the car was worth. Whats worse is they DO put it on your credit report and theres nothing you can do about it. Why do we put up with this in AMERICA?
outofthecountryf ornow

Lipa City, Philippines

#3 Nov 18, 2009
YOU ARE IN SIN CITY AND IF YOU GOT MONEY YOU CAN HAVE ANY THINGS SO BLAME ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE THEY MADE IT EASY FOR THEM TO TAKE YOUR MONEY GOOD LUCK IN HAVING SOME ONE TAKE NOTICE ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING LIKE EVERY THING ELSE IT WILL BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG WHO WANTS TO RUIN A GOOD THING RIGHT EWING BROS TOWING HOW MUCH YOU PAYING UNDER THE TABLE TO KEP YOU IN BUISNESS
Jason

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Dec 2, 2009
I had my car stolen - totally blows!
Once I realized the police were really not going to do anything about it I did some research and found this website
http://www.stolen-property.com/
you can report a stolen car online and it's free.
PAT

Portland, OR

#5 Mar 21, 2010
SEEMS EVERYONE WANTS TO BLAME THE TOW COMPANY BUT IS YOUR CAR FULLY INSURED?? CAUSE IF IT WAS YOU COULD HAVE HAD THEM DEAL WITH IT, BUT INSTEAD YOU WERE CHEAP AND DIDNT GET FULL COVERAGE SO NOW THE LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS! NO ONE ELSES. EWING BROS GIVES THE "VICTIMS" 3 DAYS FREE STORAGE BEFORE THEY CAHRGE YOU THAT IS THE PART YOUR NOT MENTIONING AND THEY ARE THE "PRIVATE" AGENCY IN THIS SO THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY. DO YOU EXPECT THE POWER COMPANIES TO GIVE YOU "FREE" ELECTRICITY CAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB? BE A GROWN UP AND PAY FOR THE PROPER INSURANCE AND YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE TO MAKE YOURSELF SUFFER, STOP BEING CHEAP AND IGNORANT AND BLAMING EVERYBODY BUT YOURSELF
Vegas Native

Frisco, TX

#7 Mar 23, 2010
Pat you are a tool! Ewing bros. Has been doing this for years. In the early 90's my car broke down on i95. It was towed to Ewing bro. Yard. The next day I went to get it out and all my stereo equipment had been stolen! Pat in the future please think before you post. And btw... Why would someone carry full coverage insurance on a car valued under $500? You sound like the ignorant one to me.
Vegas Native

Frisco, TX

#8 Mar 23, 2010
Good luck to you and your husband Kira.
New To Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Mar 29, 2010
PAT wrote:
SEEMS EVERYONE WANTS TO BLAME THE TOW COMPANY BUT IS YOUR CAR FULLY INSURED?? CAUSE IF IT WAS YOU COULD HAVE HAD THEM DEAL WITH IT, BUT INSTEAD YOU WERE CHEAP AND DIDNT GET FULL COVERAGE SO NOW THE LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS! NO ONE ELSES. EWING BROS GIVES THE "VICTIMS" 3 DAYS FREE STORAGE BEFORE THEY CAHRGE YOU THAT IS THE PART YOUR NOT MENTIONING AND THEY ARE THE "PRIVATE" AGENCY IN THIS SO THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY. DO YOU EXPECT THE POWER COMPANIES TO GIVE YOU "FREE" ELECTRICITY CAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB? BE A GROWN UP AND PAY FOR THE PROPER INSURANCE AND YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE TO MAKE YOURSELF SUFFER, STOP BEING CHEAP AND IGNORANT AND BLAMING EVERYBODY BUT YOURSELF
"Gee Pat, being cheap or economically deprived? Is it a crime to only be able to afford liability on a vehicle that is paid off? You must be one of those folks that was born with a silver spoon up your a$$. I mean I work hard and support my family on a single income and do everything I can for my family but can only afford liability for my vehicle. Does that mean I am cheap? Do you expect someone to steal your car? Maybe its were you live. I live in a decent community, and pay my taxes but that doesn't leave much more for extras. Tow yards all around the US have been taking advantage of economic disadvantage citizens for many years. Think before you speak!!!!"
Kira K

Henderson, NV

#10 Apr 23, 2010
UPDATE ** Thanks for all the comments from non-retards.

Just so you know. My main point may have been lost in translation.
My BIGGEST point is that police recovered STOLEN vehicles should not be allowed to be towed to paid lots where the victim's credit and financial ability is challenged further.

We ended up buying new car. He got a job. Everything worked out in the end. BUT...

One of the thieves that were caught joy riding in the car were ordered to pay $3k in restitution, which he has not seen a dime of. The girl in the passenger seat spent a couple weeks in jail. The guy in the drivers seat still hasn't seen his day in court or been convicted.

Bottom line is THAT car was stolen again by Ewing Bros. Towing.
Before creating the initial post my significant other went down there in person and offered to sign the car over to them for free to avoid his credit being dinged and additional fees being incurred, but they declined and they wanted $800 and the car's title. Is this a fair practice? I am not saying they don't deserve to make money, but this is holding someones livelihood hostage. In this economy, I would expect some thing better.

Again, he didn't have the money - so they just got to keep it and rack up thousands of dollars in fees charged to his name before they ended up scraping the car.

His credit is still damaged through this incident and they still charged him after he attempted to deal with the situation's loss.
You tell me why all those employees are behind bullet proof glass and have escorts to and from the building?

All they need is to ensure the government paid contractors are required to offer COMMON SENSE payment options so that tax paying victims are not caught in this situation ever again.

Also, how are you expected to pay for "full coverage insurance" on a $500 car when you have been unemployed for a year? That doesn't make sense.

We were given the run around and no police ever called us back to date.

The stolen car situation in Las Vegas is perpetuated by the police mishandling, towing scam, and the politicians unwillingness to do anything about it.

Don't get me started on the lack of time the criminals get for stealing cars - a slap on the wrist.

I hope no other people get suckered by the Las Vegas stolen car scams. Unfortunately, I know they will.
Kira K

Henderson, NV

#11 Apr 23, 2010
PAT wrote:
SEEMS EVERYONE WANTS TO BLAME THE TOW COMPANY BUT IS YOUR CAR FULLY INSURED?? CAUSE IF IT WAS YOU COULD HAVE HAD THEM DEAL WITH IT, BUT INSTEAD YOU WERE CHEAP AND DIDNT GET FULL COVERAGE SO NOW THE LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS! NO ONE ELSES. EWING BROS GIVES THE "VICTIMS" 3 DAYS FREE STORAGE BEFORE THEY CAHRGE YOU THAT IS THE PART YOUR NOT MENTIONING AND THEY ARE THE "PRIVATE" AGENCY IN THIS SO THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY. DO YOU EXPECT THE POWER COMPANIES TO GIVE YOU "FREE" ELECTRICITY CAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB? BE A GROWN UP AND PAY FOR THE PROPER INSURANCE AND YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE TO MAKE YOURSELF SUFFER, STOP BEING CHEAP AND IGNORANT AND BLAMING EVERYBODY BUT YOURSELF
No I don't expect any "free service". But unfortunately, towing is not a service I agreed to pay for. As a "private" agency, they are contracting work from our government. That means they receive money from tax payers to do this scam.

Even with full coverage insurance the typical deductible is $500 anyways - which would have been the majority of the towing fine. Restitution is slow to come, if they ever catch the criminal.

They can make money as a tow yard doing private towing all day long and should charge how they please. I would not complain.

This was done against our will by the police while we were on vacation. I have since learned there is a "free yard" where police tow cars that were in accidents. Why are wrecked cars from victims of accidents treated differently than stolen cars?

Also, I want to make it clear that my employment was never under question. I have a new car that is fully insured. His car is the one in question. This has nothing to do with laziness, ignorance, or cheapness. It's only principal - and an example of a system that should be adjusted.

I suppose you work for a towing yard or have never had a stolen car? When you get your car stolen, I hope you don't blink an eye at paying $800 to get it out - or if it makes you feel better $500 deductible to the insurance company.
Jacked Car

United States

#12 Apr 23, 2010
the Ewing Bros Predator service
is ran by Thugs, believe me ..Its a heartless shark infested lucrative business with no market end. It does provide a service but GOUGES the little ppl who have had misfortune with cars thru thelf accident or breakdown...to be charged high exsorbent fees to get their transportation back. That is if they are lucky and have enough money or a job then great....if not then a couple of weeks and your car has gone into economic a whirlpool to resurface at auction. Your misfortune is going to add money to there pockets. We need towing but at more reasonable rates and storage fees. Slim chance though, at least they dont use a gun and give you the "Jesse James". Its all phat legal like. Juicey and Unlikely 2 Reform!
Randy

Smithfield, VA

#13 Apr 23, 2010
If you think Ewing Brothers is bad, try dealing with Silver State Towing! Those guys are a bunch of rip off artists! I was parked in a two hour parking only spot. I was only there less than an hour, when I came back my car was gone. I called the police and after an hour wait, I was informed that my car had been towed for violating the time limit. I explained over and over that I was only in the two hour zone for less then an hour, only to have it fall on deaf ears. When I went to get my car, I had to pay over $300! When I got my car, the stereo was gone! As I yelled at the manager and demanded Silver State Towing pay for my stereo, he just pointed at a sign that said they were not liable for any items lost or stolen! I called the idiots at Las Vegas PD and demanded an auto burglary report be taken, only to be told this was a civil matter between Silver State Towing and myself!

Silver State Towing is illegally impounding vehicles, then the management and employees are stealing property out of the impounded cars! Unfortunately, court costs make it impossible for us to sue them without it costing more money than it is worth!
Since 1976

United States

#14 Apr 24, 2010
Guys and Gals:
Had the same problem with my wife's car. Before we were married, her car was stolen. Police said "oh yes, we will call you when we find it so you can have your own service tow it". That was load of crap. I had since learned that Metro had a crime victims fund that would have paid some of the charges.
To all those self righteous morons; tow rates are set by the PSC.(Or at least it was last time I checked.) The "folks" that own these outfits are well connected, as many things in Vegas are. They tow with impunity because the know they can get away with it.
What to do? Call the PSC and complain. Hold Metro accountable. If a stolen car is found, why isn't the owner immediately notified?(There should be no excuses in this era of cell phones.) Call Channel 8. Play off the fact that a working stiff barely getting by should not have to put up with these confiscatory fees. Call a lawyer.(See if a class action law suit can be placed.) Even if you dont earn a cent, rest assured that you made the mobsters pay.
And if that doesnt do it, pay a tow driver to tow the cars of the owners of SS or EB.
Randy

Columbus, OH

#15 May 1, 2010
I think tow companies are regulated by the Nevada Transportation Authority. That might be the best place to complain.
Jacked Car

Fort Morgan, CO

#16 May 3, 2010
yeah! "Since1976"... local commercial hoods and business thugs network !

c/s "The "folks" that own these outfits are well connected, as many things in Vegs are! " and they are going to feed in the area LEGAL transactions Troff.

that means you pay up, complain a little then Shut UP...business will continue as usual. there are plenty of cars in the herds of Vegas.
Truth

Las Vegas, NV

#17 May 6, 2010
Well the truth is, Metro has a contract with two tow companies in Vegas. Unless stated to the police dept where you want your vehicle towed if recovered, whoever is on tow duty for Metro , they will call for pick up. The vehicle sits for five (5) days before it begins to be processed by the company and ownership searched through DMV to give the victim time to get the vehicle out of impound, unfortunately the victim does have to pay the tow fee but the other fees are removed..so if the vehicle is claimed within the first 5 days the tow fee is the only fee required..As far as collections, recovered stolen vehicles are no longer sent to collections and at the moment have to be cancelled with the collection company..SO if you have been sent to the collection company, you need to provide them with your police report so they will cancel the collection...Hope this sheds a bit of light on the situation...but remember , it is a business, and they are there to make money...Yes sometimes it does seem to be a bit heartless...and most of the time if you want to make payments it still will not help because as long as the vehicle remains in impound, the fees will continue to accrue . But I do see how feeling victimized twice seems to be what it truly is...

Since: Apr 10

Charlotte, NC

#18 May 7, 2010
I had my car towed from my apartment complex twice. The first time i paid to get it back. The second time i just let them keep it. That was 5 years and 5 months ago and i have been car free ever since. They may have done me a favor. I save about $6,000.00 a year and ride my bike for short trips or ride the bus. Tue was the first time i rode the bus this year.

Towing cars is a rip off and a easy way for these companies to make money.
wow

Philadelphia, PA

#19 May 7, 2010
whod a thunk it

Since: Apr 10

Charlotte, NC

#20 May 7, 2010
BTW, I live in Las Vegas on Nellis Blvd.
anonymous

United States

#21 Jun 3, 2010
Just had this happen to me. Car was in accident, I asked if the lot was secure and was advised by the driver and a woman in dispatch that the lot was under 24 hr video monitoring. When the insurance adjuster moved the car to their lot, a full inventory of every item in the car was done, down to specific receipts. Of course the brand new amp and speakers were missing. They even noted that only wires protruded in the trunk. When I contacted Ewing they told me to come down and file a complaint. When I arrived, I was met with only attitude from what was supposed to be a supervisor. We shall see what comes of this situation.

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