The Truth About Cars » Parking Ticket http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 03:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Parking Ticket http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Not my Ticket, Not my Problem? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-not-my-ticket-not-my-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-not-my-ticket-not-my-problem/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:23:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474573 Bryan writes: A question I’d love to see posed to the Best and Brightest: What to do when you’re sent tickets for a car you’re not liable for? I just got two tickets this morning, for parking infractions that occurred 9.5 years ago, under a previous owner of a car that I bought 9 years […]

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Bryan writes:

A question I’d love to see posed to the Best and Brightest: What to do when you’re sent tickets for a car you’re not liable for?

I just got two tickets this morning, for parking infractions that occurred 9.5 years ago, under a previous owner of a car that I bought 9 years ago. I’m not going to pay them just to quell the payment demands, since I consider this extortion.

So, is it better for me to simply never acknowledge receipt of the tickets, since they’re not my liability? Or will that put a black mark on my credit rating? I’m concerned that trying to rationally explain things to the parking enforcement company will only get me stuck deeper in the problem – they don’t care about the truth, they just want to get paid.

This has happened to my parents twice before, so I think it’s a common problem – but I don’t know what the best thing to do is, and I’d love to see how the Best and Brightest have dealt with it.

Sajeev answers:

When can you ever ignore an infraction from a law enforcement organization?

Well, definitely not here. And it isn’t extortion, it’s a clerical error. Probably. Hopefully.

I had this problem with a car (Fox Body, ‘natch) I once sold, as I never filled out some paperwork with TxDOT that officially released the vehicle from my name. And the kid that bought it? He decided to run it up and down the Sam Houston Tollway with my license plates.  So some official TxDOT paperwork sent to the billing peeps at the Tollway cleared it up.

More important point: depending on the people behind those tickets, yes, it very well could hurt your credit rating via collection agency.  You need to show proof of ownership (title transfer docs, etc.) and discuss it with the parking enforcement people.  If you still think they aren’t playing fair, talk to a lawyer who specializes in ticket dismissal.   Of course, all of this depends on your ability to prove ownership of the vehicle after the tickets were issued.

Get the paperwork, who knows what else happened with this car before you had it!

 

Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry.

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Denver Boot Still Sees Action In Namesake City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/denver-boot-still-sees-action-in-namesake-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/denver-boot-still-sees-action-in-namesake-city/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 18:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395293 Invented by a Denver Symphony Orchestra violinist in the 1950s, the Denver Boot now immobilizes parking scofflaws worldwide. While not used as frequently as, say, parking-ticket-revenue-obsessed San Francisco, the Boot still makes regular appearances in the city that gave its name to the device. The owner of this Tahoe was probably feeling carefree on a […]

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Invented by a Denver Symphony Orchestra violinist in the 1950s, the Denver Boot now immobilizes parking scofflaws worldwide. While not used as frequently as, say, parking-ticket-revenue-obsessed San Francisco, the Boot still makes regular appearances in the city that gave its name to the device.

The owner of this Tahoe was probably feeling carefree on a beautiful Colorado spring day… until he or she saw this.

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