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    Default Legal Owner's Responsibility for Towing and Impound Fees

    My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: CA

    In the event where the registered owner is not able to pay for the towing and storage charge because the car was impounded, which leads to a lien sale by the towing company to recoup the cost, is the legal owner responsible to pay the difference in case the car selling price does not cover the total cost?

    Given the fact that the legal owner was notified by mail to an old address where he moved 8 years ago, is the towing company responsible to track down the legal owner new address or just mailing to notice to the last known address is sufficient. Since the legal owner did not receive the mail until 3 months later, the cost of the storage fees has staggered much higher than the cost of the vehicle. Is he responsible for all the charges given the circumstances? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Legal Owner's Responsibility for Towing and Impound Fees

    If the sale price of the car is not sufficient to cover your debt, you will owe the balance of your debt.

    Why did the notice go to the wrong address? Because that was the address to which the car was registered? If you fail to update your address, this is what can happen.

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