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Technical Ca Issues towed projects

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by carpunk, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. carpunk
    Joined: Sep 13, 2004
    Posts: 83


    sorry if this is the wrong area to post?

    So a buddy calls me from
    and says his friend went on vacation and was told by a neighbor That 3 cars were towed from his place no notice no stickers nothing the issue is ( I'm told) that because 2 never got registered to him as they were yard find projects he can't even get them back / collect them! And the one that is in his name AND REGISTERED they still towed it ! he can collect that one but they won't allow anybody else even if he authorizes it to collect it and will keep charging untill he himself is available in person when he gets back from vacation. They have been there like 2 days and they want $540 per car plus some other bs fees and it gos up I think like $100 each day they also close at 5pm if I go remove them for him first thing tmw it's $605 for one.
    So any regular working guy can't even do anything about it and if they do come to let you in after 5pm it's another $110. is this Normal? I've never had to deal with it but I have heard other stories
  2. I see project cars in people's driveways and yards all over California.
    California is super hot rod friendly. You can register your cars easily without inspections, cops seems to give you the thumbs up wherever you go etc.
    Sounds like he either has a neighbor with a bone to pick, or lives in a neighborhood with CC&R's.
  3. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,187

    Jalopy Joker

    imagine that there is more to this story than stated. but, know of people that have had to remove vehicles from public view on their property. know of another that had to remove vehicles from private property not visible by public because they were deteriorating and gas and coolant leaking out.
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  4. I am not 100% sure about cali
    But here in AZ if vehicle impounded you MUST have proof of ownership in your name or notarized power of attorney from owner with title or current registration before car is released.
    But I bet it is close to same.
    As stated above does this guy live in a HOA?

  5. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,363


    We had a city official in cahoots with a less than stellar towing outfit that was towing project cars out of people's driveways a few years ago. It was under the guise of them being derilect vehicles but they tangled with the wrong people when they towed my friends 56 Chev from his driveway and his dad who had some serious political clout nailed them to the wall. They ended up having to return several cars to the owners before it was over. Had trouble with some local busy body biddies in McGregor Tx years ago but I did have plates and current tabs for that car. There as long as it had current tabs the city wouldn't bother you.

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  6. It depends on the city you live in. In some cities you cannot even work on your car in the driveway. Others don't give a shit. Bottom line here is, if you have cars, or projects that don't run, keep them behind a fence, out of public view.
  7. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 805


    You must live in a different Calif than the one I do..........
  8. 31hotrodguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
    Posts: 1,834


    I’m curious to know what part of California??? That would help. Yes, different areas have different laws regarding “front yard art.”

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  9. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,804

    from Nicasio Ca

    I got cited for parking on gravel. Vehicles must be parked on pavement or concrete. Move or tow.
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  10. $um Fun
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 522

    $um Fun
    from Nor Cal

    If the tags are not up to date you can get ticketed and towed. The Peoples Republic California I live in gave me a ticket for doing a oil change in my driveway. Need to be in the garage with the door closed.
  11. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 648


    Sounds like they were parked on the street or public property. Not licensed+parked on the street=towed.
  12. I agree, must be a little more to the story. I feel for anyone who is forced to live in a place where there is any kind of HOA. Those things seem to breed wackos.
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  13. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,513


    That is a local issue, not a state issue.
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  14. I could never live there.:D
  15. Raising the brown flag here. California has no such law. Maybe you were in violation of local ordinance. The cops don't enforce HOA or CC&Rs. They also don't bust people for talking in the library or reading magazines at the 7-11
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  16. First thing I would do is find out who initiated this thing and if they had any authority to do so. There are numerous towing scams going on these days.
  17. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 336


    I think it's in Sacramento. There was stuff getting posted all over the internet about a new ordinance where you had to perform any "normal maintenance" inside your garage.
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  18. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,804

    from Nicasio Ca


    Mass protest oil change in the governor's driveway! Don't forget the catch pan.
  19. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,115


    Cripes, is checking your oil/coolant/washer fluid considered normal maintenance?

    And what the heck is a CC&R?
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  20. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 623


    What's not being told that could be the problem here.
    It is highly probable that the City had served notice on the offender, and it was ignored

    But ,If your buddy is representing the truth as you explained , my advice is to "Lawyer up" and go for the throat. There are plenty of Ambulance chasers that would love a case like that.

    Under the California Constitution lies a Declaration of Rights that refers to a process known as “due process.” Section 1 states, “A person may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or denied equal protection of the laws.” Due process can be found in the 5th and 14th amendments on federal, state, and local governmental levels.

    City bylaws [eg: public eyesore] does not give them the right to override constitutional law.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
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  21. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,943

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Convenents; Conditions and Rules

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  22. Road Racer
    Joined: Jan 29, 2017
    Posts: 38

    Road Racer

    In Ca if it is visible, like a driveway, and not registered, they can ticket and tow it. A lot of cities in CA have laws regarding parking, storage, and servicing of vehicles. In some communities you can not have any truck with a commercial registration in the driveway, including your run of the mill f250 or duramax full size
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  24. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,773

    Bandit Billy

    Close. Codes, Covenants and "Restrictions". The latter being much stronger than "rules".
    As a mortgage banker for 29 years and running, I read a lot of them and I am on the architectural committee in my subdivision so I have to not only read them but enforce them. I had to go down the street tonight to see a yard where one of the neighbors plans a 2 car shop of sorts. Finished to resemble the house and not visible from the street I approved. Don't leave cars in your driveway in this subdivision, they wont fair well.
  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,773

    Bandit Billy

  26. Yeah Buddy....I'm a contractor and I deal with the CC&Rs on a daily basis. So, when I saw that I had to chime in.
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  27. 31hotrodguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
    Posts: 1,834


    I live in the county so it is a little better......then again the people I bought my 57 4dr hardtop from live in the county and they had to clean out their yard thus why I got it so cheap.

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  28. carpunk
    Joined: Sep 13, 2004
    Posts: 83


    What I know ( am told) so far
    It's in Sacramento
    2 of the cars were registered tagged only a month ago they run and drive just dusty from not being used as he's away a lot. I'm not sure on the others
    The tow place claims these charges are nothing to do with them but just chp (imo I'm not buying this)
    The cars were not on the street but in residential complex in a designated parking spot
    The guy leaves town Tuesday and within hours a ticket was placed on them then Wednesday they're all towed
    He has titles but must be present to collect them
    He is getting legal advice.
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  29. +1 for the legal advice.
  30. Nobody is forced to live where a HOA exists. When you buy property in a HOA community you are provided a copy of the CC&R's along with the rest of the escrow papers. Don't like what you see? Cancel the escrow before it closes.

    I keep my junk in my garage and occasionally work on it in the driveway. Never had a problem
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