Your fine will go up
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.
You could lose your car entirely
Ignore a parking ticket for long enough, and you could lose worse than just a couple hundred extra bucks—the state could seize your vehicle. In New York, for example, the city holds auctions to sell vehicles that owners chose to give up instead of paying their fines. (Avoid getting parking tickets in the first place with this new Google Maps feature that helps you find valid parking in minutes.)
You might end up in court
Collection agencies might get involved
Your city’s parking enforcement bureau doesn’t want to deal with you forever, so it might hand your case over to a collection agency. Those debt collectors could inundate you with letters, phone calls—even on your office or cell number—or even show up at your home. (When it comes to speeding, memorize these words that can get you out of a speeding ticket.)
Your credit score could go down
Beware of parking ticket debt if you’re planning to buy a house. Having a debt collection show up on your account already looks bad for your credit score, but it gets worse. The parking violations bureau could report your misdemeanor to a credit bureau, which is sure to harm your credit score. St. Petersburg, Florida, parking division manager Keith Glasgow says that can put a dent in your attempts to buy a house. People will call to say, “I’m trying to get a house, but I have a parking ticket. Can you please take it off?” Glasgow tells The Penny Hoarder. Undo the damage with these 11 tips for improving your credit score.
You could lose that money during tax season
Your registration won’t be renewed
Your state’s department of motor vehicles isn’t in charge of collecting parking fines, but it could get involved. The city could get in touch with the DMV, which would in turn refuse to renew your vehicle registration, or even suspend it before its time is up. Driving without registration could lead to points on your license or higher car insurance rates.