Michigan AG issues consumer alert on towing practices in Michigan

Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 10:43:19-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is hoping to educate Michiganders about the state's towing laws following several complaints about towing companies in the state.

In the consumer alert issued by the AG's office, Nessel outlines three different scenarios for towing a vehicle. Those are at the direction of law enforcement, a private property owner or the owner of the vehicle.

If tows are not done at the owner's request, towing fees are typically stet by an agreement between police or the private property owner and the towing company. Vehicle owners should contact the agency that requested the tow to verify its fees.

“Having your car towed without your knowledge is not only disruptive, it’s expensive and creates all kinds of additional problems – financial and logistical. That’s why it’s important Michiganders know their rights,” Nessel said in a release.

Since the beginning of the year, the AG's office has received 10 towing-related complaints.