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Step 2 - Get Your Cover


Step 3 - Recover Your Car


Step 4 - Drive Away

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Why Are Vehicles Put In An Impound?

Authorities such as the police and the DVLA have the right to seize vehicles. There are a number of reasons why your vehicle may be impounded or seized, including:

  • Being uninsured
  • Not paying road tax
  • Parking on private land (while not driving or having tax) without a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
  • Using your vehicle in a dangerous, careless way
  • Driving or being driven by someone without a licence
  • Driving with an invalid or revoked driving licence
  • Parking your vehicle illegally or dangerously

Does Standard Vehicle Insurance Cover You To Collect A Vehicle From An Impound?

If you hold a standard vehicle insurance policy, most insurers will not insure you to retrieve your vehicle out of the impound. You usually need a specialist policy to do so.

What Is Impound Vehicle Insurance?

The purpose of impounded vehicle insurance is to allow you to release a vehicle from the impound. If you need to release your vehicle from the impound, you will have to prove that the vehicle is insured for a minimum of 30 days before it can be released.



How Much Does It Cost To Get A Car Out Of An Impound In The UK?

You will need to call either 101 and ask for the local police, or the NSL if it is related to vehicle tax payments, to find out where your car has been impounded.

Then you need to pay a fine to release the car, which is likely to be between £100 and £200 if you can pay within 24 hours. If not, you usually have to pay extra for storage.

It is important to note that if you don’t go to get your vehicle, it may eventually be destroyed or sold on.

How Do I Get My Vehicle Back From An Impound?

Normally you will receive a notice letter when your vehicle is ready for collection. This letter will contain detailed instructions and let you know which pound your vehicle is being kept at.

If you are unsure, it is best to check with the specific impound before your visit to see what they require. But generally speaking, to reclaim your vehicle from an impound you are likely to need:


Proof of valid insurance


Driving licence


Logbook & valid MOT

Can Someone Else Get My Vehicle Out Of Impound?

If you, as the legal owner of the vehicle, can’t collect an impounded vehicle, then someone else can collect it on your behalf. However, this person must bring the documents listed above, as well as:

  • An authority letter – this is a letter signed by the owner that gives the person the authority to collect on your behalf
  • A copy of your passport or driving licence – this is so that the signature on the letter of authority can be verified
  • A valid certificate of insurance, showing that the driver collecting the vehicle on behalf of the policyholder is also shown as a driver covered under the policy

Find Insurance For Your Impounded Vehicle

Having your car impounded is a major inconvenience and can be a costly one. Thankfully, Be Wiser can provide you with temporary car impound insurance so that you can return to the road with minimal hassle, providing:

  • Instant cover over the phone (insures policyholder only)
  • A minimum of 30 days cover
  • Cover for all drivers from the age of 21-68
  • Cover for drivers with a range of motoring and non-motoring convictions

How Do I Get A Quote To Release My Car From An Impound?

We work with some of the leading impound insurance specialists.

You can also find more information on the .gov website which can be found HERE