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How long must a tow company keep personal belongings that were left in an impounded car after the lien sale date and how may they dispose of them?


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2015-07-15 19:26:48
2015-07-15 19:26:48

In MOST states, 60 days. Dispose?? Usually have to pay the waste company to cart it off. PP in the repo or wrecker biz is NOT a get rich quick deal.


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No, because your belongings are YOURS. If the belongings were theirs being kept in your home / bedroom, then yes they can because the items are only being held in your vicinity. But something that is YOUR property belongs to you, and only you can make a decision about whether or not to dispose of it.

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