Your fine will go up
Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Don’t procrastinate on sending in the money. Parking tickets give a deadline for the money, likely within two weeks or a month. Even if you had the best intentions but just missed that cutoff date, you could get an extra penalty. For instance, in New York City, ignoring a parking ticket for more than 90 days could add an extra $60 in penalties to your first ticket cost. After 100 days, you’ll have to pay 9 percent interest for every year it goes unpaid. In California, a late fine could mean paying a “civil assessment” of up to $300. (If you’re more worried about speeding tickets than parking fines, read these surprising things that could get you a speeding ticket besides your speed.)
Your car could get stuck
If you’re notorious for getting parking tickets (and leaving them unpaid), don’t be surprised if your vehicle gets towed or “booted”—even when you’re not doing anything wrong. After all, the police have your license plate on file. According to DC ‘s Department of Motor Vehicles, “Your vehicle may be booted if you have two or more outstanding parking and/or photo enforcement tickets—even if you are legally parked at the time the car is booted.” In Seattle, though, you’ll need four or more unpaid tickets before you get stuck. Either way, you’ll have to pay up if you want it off. Don’t miss these other 45 things police officers wish you knew.