My question involves towing in the state of: California
My car was stolen and recovered a month later about 2 hours away. CHP notified me the next day (Phew! Not like other stories I read on here). Called towing place to see how much everything cost. Lady who answered said $350 for towing, $45 each day for storing fee. I initially wanted to hand the title over to the tow place but debating about it now because of the mass numbers of stories saying that they got billed hundreds of dollars even after doing so. The next day (Saturday), I was told by the guy who towed my car that the lady yesterday mistakenly read the amount because towing is $450. I asked why the amount was so high and he replied that it was because it took him over 2 hours to get my car back (40 miles roundtrip); plus time that was spent to do all the paper and wait for the person who wanted to meet up at the shop to perform an investigation. TOTAL= $450 plus $45/day for storage fee. I then requested a Towing Fee and Access Notice from the company and was denied it. I'd like to quote the lady on the phone: "You know what? Why don't you just come and see the car for yourself then? I'm so tired of having to deal with you and this car. I don't see the purpose of your dispute."
I apologized to her for wanting a bit of information before I made a 2-hour trip. I don't mind paying to get my car back but I feel $450 for towing is kind of excessive. What do you think? Any ideas or advice?