Insurance to Recover an Impounded Car


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If your car or van has been seized by the Police and towed away for no tax or no insurance, you need specialist impounded car insurance and QuoteRack can help you to obtain the right impound car or van insurance in order to get your seized car released from the Police car pound. Not all insurers will offer you cover for your seized vehicle, but certain, specialist brokers are able to provide insurance cover sufficient to recover your impounded car.

How to recover your car if it's been seized and impounded

  • The Police will provide you with a form 3708 seizure notice when they take your car or van at the roadside
  • You should attend a Police station (within the Police force area in which your car was seized) within 7 working days to provide the required documentation
  • You will need to show your driving licence and/or other forms of ID
  • If relevant, you will need to show the vehicle's MOT status
  • You will need to show the vehicle's V5C log book
  • Evidence of current road tax on the vehicle
  • You will also need to show proof of current, valid car or van insurance
  • If you took out this insurance policy after the vehicle was seized then you must also declare to the insurer any relevant pending convictions.
  • Once the Police have checked your documents are in order, they will give you a release notice, enabling you to collect your seized car from the relevant pound.
  • It is likely that only the registered keeper of the vehicle will be allowed to retrieve it, other than in exceptional circumstances
  • There will be a release fee - up to £200 - and a daily storage fee to be paid
  • If not collected within 14 days, the car might be scrapped, crushed or auctioned
Barney says: 'If your car has been seized by the Police for no tax, no insurance, being parked illegally or being driven dangerously or by someone without a driving licence, it will be taken to one of the Car Tax Enforcement DVLA Pounds. To get it released, you will need to show your driving licence, the car's V5 and MOT documents and proof of insurance. You can also expect to pay between £100 and £200 to release the car if you collect it within 24 hours of it being seized. Beyond that period, you may have to pay daily storage fees of around £20 per day.'

Annual or Short-term Impound Insurance?

You need access to specialist impounded car insurance cover if you have just had your car seized by the Police, to enable you to get the car released from the compound. If your car has been towed away by the Police, perhaps following a stop for 'no insurance' or 'no tax', immediate insurance cover is available for the car - even after it has been impounded. Before you can reclaim your car back, you will need to show insurance cover is in force for your impounded car for a minimum of 30 days.

Not all insurance policies are suitable for recovering an impounded car - many insurance companies will not provide the insurance cover required to release your impounded car or van and the Police are likely to check that the policy you have is suitable for recovery of your car.

QuoteRack works with expert insurance brokers who specialise in providing immediate short-term impounded car and van insurance, enabling you to get the cover you need to get your car back. To get a quote, simply complete the online proposal form and your details will be sent immediately to a specialist insurance broker who will contact you to discuss your impounded car insurance quote.

Impounded car insurance - resources

HM Government - how to get your impounded car released

Find out what you need to pay and where to get your impounded car released.

See details of the National Wheelclamping Contractor, operating on behalf of the DVLA


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