The following regulations and fees are
Washington State Law, and we must abide by them at all times. Please don't waist
your time and our by asking us to violate them.
All of the following is required for us to release a vehicle:
- The vehicle must be registered
to the person seeking to redeem it (exception
see: releasing vehicle to friend)
- The registered or legal owner must be present and have valid
- All towing and storage fees must be paid
- You must have a Police Department release
vehicle is under a police hold)
1. The person wishing to redeem the vehicle must be the registered or
legal owner according to Department of Licensing records.
The vehicle must be registered to the person seeking to redeem the
vehicle. If you have purchased the vehicle, but have not yet transferred the
registration into your name, you must do so before attempting to redeem
2. The registered owner,
legal owner, or their agent, must present valid picture
identification such as a drivers license, state identification card,
passport or other verified identification.
The person seeking to redeem the vehicle
must have valid picture identification. No one can claim
a vehicle without valid identification. If you have no valid picture
identification, you must go to a licensing agent and transfer the registration of
the vehicle into the name of someone who does have valid picture identification.
3. All towing and storage fees must be paid before the vehicle can be released from
The minimum fee for a Police Ordered
impound entering our yard is $199.50 plus sales tax. Typical fees are:
- Towing fee is $177 per hour, per WSP
"A" rate schedule.
- Storage fee is $45 per day, calculated to nearest half
day, ($22.50 per half)
An after hours release fee of $88 will be charged if vehicle
or contents are released after normal
business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
The minimum fee for a Private Property impound entering our
yard is $252.50 plus sales tax. Typical fees are:
- Towing fee's is $225.00 per hour, per WSP private class
"A" rate schedule
- Storage Fee is $55.00 per day , Calculated to the nearest
half day ($27.50 per half)
- An after hours release fee of $88 will be charged if
vehicle or contents are released after normal business hours of 8:00am to
5:00pm Monday through Friday.
These rates are current as of
April 15th, 2011 but are subject to change
4. If the vehicle is on a Police Hold
- Vehicles placed on a 30, 60, or 90 day
HOLD require a deposit of 50%
of the towing & storage fees within 5 days of the date of impound,
otherwise the vehicle will be auctioned BEFORE the hold is
up. The registered owner is NOT eligible to purchase the vehicle at
- A Police Department release must be
obtained by the person seeking to redeem a vehicle before we can release the vehicle
- Vehicles impounded for "Driving While License Suspended"
may be subject to a 30, 60, or 90 day hold.
- Vehicles placed on HOLD for investigation of a crime, must
be released by the investigating detective before the vehicle can be
released from impound.
vehicle is not registered to me, but I have the bill-of-sale.
A bill-of-sale does not
constitute proof of ownership in Washington State, and therefore cannot be
used to redeem an impounded vehicle. You must go to a licensing agent and transfer
the vehicles' registration into your name before attempting to redeem the
Releasing the vehicle
or its contents to a friend.
A NOTARIZED letter from the registered or legal owner is
the only acceptable way to
allow another party to claim the vehicle, or its contents. The letter needs to state your name,
license plate number or VIN of the vehicle, name of the person the car or
contents may be
released to, and the NOTORIZED signature of the registered or legal owner. The person redeeming the
vehicle or its contents for the owner must have valid picture
Claiming personal property from
an impounded vehicle
If the vehicle is on a Police hold, NOBODY
can see, touch, or remove
personal property from the vehicle.
Nothing integral or attached to
the vehicle can be removed, these would include, but are not limited to, batteries, tires,
radios, amplifiers, and speakers.
Only personal property such as clothing,
papers, tools, fishing equipment, and baby seats can be removed from the vehicle when the vehicle is not
on a Police Hold. A NOTORIZED letter
from the registered owner or legal owner is required if another party is to
remove the property.
What happens if I fail
to redeem my vehicle?
Impounded vehicles accrue storage fees on a daily
basis, therefore the sooner you pick-up your vehicle, the less it will cost. A
vehicle not redeemed by its owner is put up for public auction in an attempt to recover the towing
& storage fees. Since the registered & legal owners are NOT eligible to
purchase the vehicle at auction, the vehicles sale price rarely matches the fees
against it. After the auction, two things happen:
1. If the vehicle did not sell, or the sale price was not sufficient to cover the
towing & storage fees, collection proceeding are immediately started against
the registered owner for the remaining balance of the towing and storage fees,
plus the costs of collections.
2. The Washington State
Patrol issues the registered owner a citation for "Littering-Abandoned
Vehicle", which carries a $538 fine and eventual license
suspension if restitution is not made to the towing company. You have 15 days to
respond to this citation and pay the towing and storage fees.
we have these stringent state
Quite simply, to protect the owner of the vehicle. We
take many steps to protect your vehicle and its contents, including police
inventory, high wire security fencing, surveillance cameras, and alarms. If your
car is Impounded or towed from an accident, would you really want anybody
to be able to claim your vehicle and its contents? If we released your
vehicle and/or it's contents to someone other then you, and you did not receive them,
that liability would fall on us, and the body that enforces our regulations, Washington
State Patrol. Since Department of Licensing records are the only way to determine
the true owner of the vehicle, the state requires that you prove you are that