Paying the Storage Facility in a Total Loss Case
A cost that you need to be aware of is the vehicle storage fee. According to the Vehicle Storage Facility Act, the storage yard that has been holding your car still must be paid even in total loss cases. Since insurance adjusters tend to delay payments, your storage bill can get pretty huge. By law, vehicle storage facilities in Texas are allowed to charge:
- A notification fee
- An impoundment fee
- A daily storage fee
- Any fee that is required to be submitted to a government or law enforcement agency
- Any fee that is required by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation
You shouldn’t have to pay this expense out of your pocket, especially if the insurance adjuster was dragging their feet. They should be responsible for the storage facility bill they let rack up while you were waiting for your claim to settle.
Texas Occupation Code section 2303.156(b) states that “An insurance company that pays a claim of total loss on a vehicle in a vehicle storage facility is liable to the operator of the facility for any money owed to the operator in relation to delivery of the vehicle or to storage of the vehicle in the facility regardless of whether an amount was accrued before the insurance company paid the claim.”
In other words, the insurance company can be held responsible for your storage fees.
For more information on pursuing a property damage claim related to your Tarrant County car accident, you can request a free copy of my Texas Property Damage Guide.
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