Redeeming Auto

If your vehicle has been impounded, there are certain regulations and fees that are implemented by Florida State Law that we must follow and abide by.

How to redeem your impounded vehicle

In order for you vehicle to be released by Parker Wrecker Service Inc.
  1. The person who is seeking to redeem the vehicle must be the registered person associated with the vehicle. ( Exception: See Releasing Vehicle to a Friend)
  2. Valid picture identification must be presented by the registered or legal owner of the vehicle
  3. All towing and storage fees have to be paid in full
  4. A Police Department Release must be retrieved if your vehicle is under polic hold
*Also see
  • The vehicle is not registered to me, but I have a bill of sale
  • Release the vehicle or its contents to a friend
  • Claiming property from an impounded vehicle
  • What happens if I fail to redeem my vehicle?
  • Why do we have these stringent state regulations?

The person who wants to redeem their vehicle must be the registered or legal person on the Department of Licensing records.

Whomever is seeking to redeem their vehicle, must have the registration in their name before attempting to reclaim their vehicle. A valid picture identification such as a drivers license, state identification card, passport must be presented by the registered owner, legal owner or their agent. No one will be allowed to reclaim a vehicle without proper identification.

If you do not have valid picture identification, you must go through a licensing agent to transfer the registration of the vehicle to someone who does have valid picture identification. All towing and storage fees must be paid in full before being released.

If the vehicle is on a Police Hold for a investigation of a crime, it has to be released by the investing detective before being released from the impound. The investigating detective will alert the owner when the hold can be released.


Releasing to a Friend

The only acceptable way to allow another party to claim the vehicle or it contents is by a notarized letter from the registered or legal owner. The letter has to state your name, license plate number, and the notarized signature of the registered or legal owner. The person who redeems the vehicle or its contents on behalf of the owner must present valid picture identification.

Claiming Personal Property from an Impounded Vehicle

  • If the vehicle has been placed on on a Police Hold, NO ONE can see, touch or remove property from the vehicle.
  • Nothing from inside or attached to the vehicle can be removed such as (but not limited to) batteries, tires, radios, amplifiers, and speakers.
  • The only personal property that can be removed is: clothing, papers, tools, fishing equipment and baby seats if the vehicle is not on police hold. A notarized letter is needed if another person that is not the legal owner or registered is removing the property.

What happens if I fail to redeem my vehicle?

An impounded vehicle accumulates daily storage fees so the sooner you reclaim your vehicle, the better and less it will cost you. If your vehcile is not reclaimed, it will be put up for public auction to recover all towing and storage fees.

The registered or legal owner will not be eligible to purchase the vehicle at auction.

After Auction, one thing will happen

The proceedings are initiated against the registered owner for the cost of towing and storage fees. All vehicles that are towed or abandoned by the legal owner, will have a lien placed against their car tag or driver's licences for:
  • All Towing charges
  • 7 days of storage
  • Pursuant to
s.713.78 (13) (B) Florida Statutes
s.320.03 (8) Florida Statutes
The registered or legal owner will receive notice of the wrecker lien placed against their license plates or revalidation stickers. With this lien, the registered owner will not be able to purchase or renew their tag or sticker.

Why are these stringent state regulations?

We take numerous steps to protect your vehicle and its contents, including police inventory. We implement certain security measures to ensure that all vehicles are secure and safe while in our care. The Department of Licensing Records are the only certain way to determine the legal owner of the vehicle so the state requires we go through them to prove that a person is who they say they are.