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In just about any case, getting your car towed will ruin your day. However, Baltimore City’s government now wants to meet those unlucky drivers halfway by helping them to locate their vehicles with a new online registry.

“Find My Tow,” unveiled yesterday by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, lets anyone whose car was towed search for it online. By typing in the license plate number, state of registration and/or VIN number, the owner can track down exactly where the city’s tow trucks hid their car.

Beyond losing one’s mode of personal transport, getting towed is also terrible because of the associated costs of retrieval. But DOT’s new site also lends a hand in that realm with a calculator to add up the fees before the driver arrives, so they’ll know what to expect.

This tool won’t help you find your car if it was towed by a private company like Greenwood or Frankford Towing, but it will assist you if the city’s tow trucks moved it to the DOT’s lots at either 6700 Pulaski Highway or 410 Fallsway (beneath the interstate).

If you’re one of the unlucky ones, give it a try today.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...