My car was illegally towed while I was a hotel guest. What can I do to get my car out of tow lot ASAP? Recoup any losses?
While a guest at a hotel in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, I had to have the windshield replaced on my car. I notified the hotel upon checkin, & parked my car in an area of the back lot, on the end of an isle, ensuring enough room for repairs. The repairman who'd begun to install my windshield in afternoon wasn't able to finish before dark- tells me he'd have to finish it in the morning- so unprofessional! I was outraged, as he actually removed my damaged windshield, left it next to the car, without any temp.cover in meantime! I had to say OK & wait overnight with my car sans windshield. The next day, this repairman wasn't able to fit me in as an appointment! My fiancÚ and I decided to drive the vehicle to another parking space near our rental to keep eye on it, and the battery died after moving it a few yards. We would have to have it towed, if repairs weren't done next day, since we were checking out of hotel. Repairman didn't return calls. After work, we go to check on car and wait for AAA-it's gone! Turns out hotel had it towed just a few hours prior! They were apologetic when they realized what they'd done- but offered no help. And the reason the tow co. had been enlisted to remove my car from the lot was they had thought it was an Abandoned Vehicle.! But per California Vehicle Code definitions, and the fact it's a 2008 Corolla in otherwise great condition, the car was obviously not abandoned and undergoing small-but-important repairs. It had been 1 full day where the car was without a windshield- parked with permission in the hotel lot being I was a hotel guest. Now, the bigger problem is that the tow lot wants to charge crazy, exorbitant fees to me, to the tune of $52/day for storage- when my car shouldn't have EVER been towed by their corrupt company under false pretenses! What do I do to recoup fees and avoid the tow lot selling my car?! I've paid more to keep a rental car thru this & lost work wages dealing with these scandalous characters- from the repairman, to hotel management, to the shady tow company!! Help- I need to get my car back!! Thanks for your time, in advance..