If your car has been impounded and you don't have auto insurance, what are your options?
While a car can be impounded for myriad reasons, there's only one way to get it out: by paying an impound fee and presenting the required documentation. This documentation usually includes your driver's license, vehicle identification number (VIN), and proof of insurance. If you don't have valid insurance for your impounded vehicle, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to get your car out of impound.
It depends. You can get a ticket for driving without insurance, but it is within the police officer's discretion whether your vehicle will be towed and impounded. Outside of New Hampshire, you're required by law to carry at least the minimum liability insurance. By failing to do so, you risk having your vehicle towed and impounded.
Although your state may only mandate liability coverage, you may be required to carry comprehensive and collision coverage if you drive a leased vehicle.
You will need to show active proof of car insurance to get your vehicle out of impound. Car insurance is a requirement for any vehicle registered in a US state and used on public roads (outside of New Hampshire).
You'll need to show proof of insurance in order to get your vehicle out of impound — which means you'll need to purchase an auto insurance policy. Streamline the process of shopping for car insurance by having the following information at the ready:
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After you’ve received your proof of insurance, call the impound lot and ask whether they accept digital proof-of-insurance. Otherwise, bring a hard copy of your new insurance cards. Your new insurance company can probably fax the information over to impound on your behalf, as well. Ensure the insurance documentation includes the following information:
For most insurance companies, this information will be listed on the ID card, but it's worth double-checking.
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