Impound: To seize and retain in legal custody. (You probably already knew that part.)
There are two kinds of impounds in Alaska: Law Enforcement Impounds, and Private Property Impounds, or PPIs, sometimes called Private Party Impounds. Both are also called Non-consensual Towing.
Law Enforcement Impounds are those impounds ordered by a law enforcement officer. Around Fairbanks, this could mean the Fairbanks City Police, North Pole Police, the Alaska State Troopers, Airport Police, or University of Alaska Police.
Private Property Impounds are vehicles impounded at the request of private individuals. In Alaska, it is illegal to park a vehicle on private property without permission. Period.
Alaska law provides for private party impoundment as a remedy for illegal parking. Police can not involve themselves in private parking issues, nor can they write tickets for illegally parking on private property. Impoundment is a property owner's only recourse for removing unwanted vehicles from their driveways or parking areas.
Private property and parking laws are often misunderstood, but in a nutshell, your vehicle can be impounded by a property owner or their agent if:
Remember, "Public" parking lots are rarely public property--some business or entity owns them, which makes them technically private. Although many lots post parking notices, they are not required to do so.
The bottom line: If you don't have clear permission to park somewhere, you risk having your vehicle impounded at the request of the property owner!
Here's the worst part: Not only can your car get towed away, it will be very expensive to get it back. In most cases, your towing insurance won't cover the fees. So be careful where you park your car!
What happens to impounded cars? Regardless of whether a vehicle is impounded by law enforcement or a private business, if can usually redeemed by the owner for a fee. If not redeemed, it will be disposed of, along with it's contents, after undergoing proper legal processes. By law, impounded vehicles must be offered for sale through a public auto auction or other sale, or disposed.
Badger Towing sells vehicles impounded in the Fairbanks area via public auto auction advertised on this web page. Any auto auction or towing auction is likely to include impounded cars.
Badger Towing performs Impounds
If you need a vehicle towed from your property,
Or, you think we may have impounded your vehicle
call 457-4357 (457-HELP)
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