towed cars debt?

by Lori
(Sacramento, CA)

I've had two cars towed and the companies say I owe money. One happened in 2006 and the other was in 2008. How should I handle these? I was reading about a statute of limitations and I'm wondering if these are included? I'm in California. Also, will these stay on my credit report for 7 years?

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Jul 28, 2010
Statute of limitations in CA on towed car debt
by: Mary

Thanks for getting in touch.

My sources indicate that the statute of limitations on debt related to a towed car is 4 years. Therefore the statute of limitations on the 2008 debt has not expired and the statute of limitations for the 2010 debt may still be in effect.

While the statute of limitations on these debts remains in effect, the tow companies or debt collectors trying to collect on the debts are legally entitled to sue you for the money you owe. Once the statute of limitation on each debt has expired, you cannot be sued for the debt, but the tow companies or debt collectors can continue contacting you about paying it.

I cannot say for sure if the debts you are writing about are in your credit histories or not. It will depend on whether the tow companies or any debt collectors who may be involved are reporting those debts to the credit bureaus. If you want to know for sure, I suggest that you order a free copy of each of your three credit reports at

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