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It will soon cost more for drivers who park illegally to get their car out of Kansas City's impound lot.  Tow fees are going up, which means drivers will have to pay up to get their car back. It will soon cost more for drivers who park illegally to get their car out of Kansas City's impound lot. Tow fees are going up, which means drivers will have to pay up to get their car back.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It will soon cost more for drivers who park illegally to get their car out of Kansas City's impound lot.

Tow fees are going up, which means drivers will have to pay up to get their car back.

Starting Tuesday, the city will raise the tow fee from $200 to $240 for regular-sized cars and trucks.

Medium-duty tows or cars and trucks that are between 10,001 to 26,000 pounds will cost $340 instead of $300. Heavy-duty tows will cost $415.

Every year, about 16,000 cars and trucks wind up at Kansas City's impound lot at 7750 E. Front St. The vehicles are towed there for a number of reasons.

"Arrests, homicides, there are car accidents ... simple things such as illegally parked vehicles, abandoned vehicles. Every year, we have snow storms ... there are a number of vehicles left on the road blocking snow plows," Pare said.

"Our goal at the tow lot is not to make money, but it is also not to lose money. It is important for us to find that balance of breaking even each year. In order to be able to operate and cover our own expenses," Pare said.

The fee increases aren't sitting well with every driver, including Jane Gilkey who was recently in a car crash.

"My car was totaled, so it had to be towed. I think there is no point in raising the cost of it. It is sort of an emotional tragedy to go through in the first place," Gilkey said.

Pare said they have to raise the fee to keep their doors open.

"They need a place to store these vehicles to get them off the streets to protect the public safety," Pare said.

According to AutoReturn, a national municipal tow management company, the city of Indianapolis charges a $90 tow fee.

San Diego charges $178 for a regular tow. San Francisco charges $218.

All other fees, like storage fees, are staying the same. For more information on the city's tow lot, visit http://kcmo.gov/neighborhoods/vehicles.

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