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Recovering your vehicle from the impound will cost you (even) more starting this Friday

Dangerous parking, driving without a driver's license or while drunk, there are many reasons why the authorities can impound your vehicle.

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Recovering your vehicle from the impound will cost you (even) more starting this Friday

Dangerous parking, driving without a driver's license or while drunk, there are many reasons why the authorities can impound your vehicle. Motorists must then take out their checkbook to retrieve their car. And the bill will be even higher from March 1st.

Please note first of all, the prices for preliminary operations and material immobilization remain unchanged. Installing a clog always costs 15.20 euros, to which are added 7.20 euros in costs regardless of the location. On the other hand, the removal of a car by a crane truck goes from 121.27 euros to 127.65 euros. You will have to hurry even more to come and collect it since the daily care costs are also increasing. You will have to pay the sum of 6.75 euros compared to 6.42 euros previously. Please note, without action on your part after three days, an expert must come and assess the condition of the vehicle to indicate whether it is still roadworthy. An expertise at your expense can cost you 61 euros.

It is in metropolises that costs will particularly increase. In cities with more than 400,000 inhabitants such as Marseille, Lyon or Toulouse, if the removal costs the same price as elsewhere, the daily custody costs rise to 10 euros. The worst off are the Parisians who have to pay the highest impound fees in France. Removal remains charged at 150 euros and daily care costs reach 29 euros per day in the capital. Prices that residents have already been accustomed to for several years.

The only reason for celebration is that for motorcycles and scooters, prices will not increase. The material immobilization always costs 7.60 euros, as do the preliminary operations. For the removal of the machine, count 45.70 euros or 49 euros in the capital. The daily custody costs are 3 euros, or even 10 euros, if the impounding takes place in Paris.

For representatives of the profession, the revaluation of maximum prices was “highly awaited” by car impounds but constitutes “a gesture far from sufficient” we read in the Mobilians press release. The union specifies that “the regulated prices had not been revised since 2020”. That being said, “in a context of persistent inflation, the absence of revaluation has had a significant impact threatening the sustainability of the activity. Indeed, it must be remembered that the majority of automobile impounds are companies with fewer than 11 employees, very sensitive to economic uncertainties and having to endure a certain number of constraints” recalling in passing the important role of the profession during the riots of 2023.

Please note that as long as two wheels of your vehicle have not been removed by the impound, you can oppose the removal, for 15.20 euros. Be careful, if this is not the case, the bill could reach new heights. “You cannot oppose the removal of your vehicle for impoundment, under penalty of 3 months of imprisonment and a fine of €3,750. Additional penalties may be imposed,” we can read on the government website.

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