How To Release A Vehicle

If you’ve had your car seized and impounded, you will be wondering what to do next. This guide will break it down for you.

1. Whenever the police seizes a vehicle, they have to give the driver what’s know as a seizure notice. If you haven’t got this for whatever reason, contact your local police station and quote your vehicle registration number.

2. Now in possession of your seizure notice, it will list what documents you need to present to the police to get your impounded car back. It typically includes a covernote of insurance, your driving licence and proof of ownership.

3. Before going to the police station, you will need special insurance that covers impounded cars. You can get cheap impounded car insurance for 30 days by either following the ‘get quote’ link above or giving us a call.

4. When you pay for your impounded car insurance, ask for a covenote of insurance to be emailed to you as soon as possible.

5. Take your certificate of insurance for your impounded car, proof of ownership (you will need your V5 logbook or some other DVLA type document) and driving licence to the police station listed on the seizure notice.

6. The police station staff will check your documents against the Police National Computer and Motor Insurance Database (MID). If your documents are correct and what they requested on the seizure notice, then  the notice will be stamped.

7. From here, you can take your stamped seizure notice to the police impound to retrieve your impounded car.

8. Before you can release your impounded car, you will need to pay off any remaining costs that you have incurred whilst your car has been secured in the police pound. This may be expensive so make sure you have plenty of cash on you.

9. Once you have paid this, you will  be able to collect your car and drive away.

10. Finally, remember to drive safe in the future. The police are always getting more sophisticated detection measures so if you’re driving uninsured there’s a high chance you might get caught.

Why vehicles get impounded

You might be wondering why cars get impounded in the first place. This is due to the Road Traffic Act 1998 (section 165a) which grants the police the powers to seize a vehicle if a driver is uninsured and can’t prove that insurance is in place. In recent years the police’s powers have been extended so that a vehicle can be seized at roadside. This is a result of new technology allowing the police to check a database to see whether insurance is in place.

Once seized, the police will contract a towing company to clamp the vehicle and transport it to a secure compound. It will stay here until you either provide the documents listed on your seizure notice or the vehicle is disposed of. The police only has to give seven days for the correct documentation to be provided and then a further seven days for you to collect the car. After this time, the police can dispose of the vehicle by selling it or scrapping it and you won’t get any of the proceeds.

Further help and advice

If you’re still experiencing difficulties with releasing your impounded car, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. You may be able to find the answer to your question by visiting our FAQ page. If in doubt, get our details from our contact us page and give us a call.