Towing a car, as you can imagine, is a heavily documented process. Someone cannot simply show up and move your several-thousand dollar car without following a precise set of rules.
While many of those rules and laws are written in the convoluted way most laws are, some of them are surprisingly simple to understand.
Having a basic understanding of some of the key points in the Jacksonville, FL towing process can save you headaches, big bucks and hopefully get your car back when it has been taken, so let’s learn!
What To Know
What we want to know are rules in the Jacksonville city ordinance (ordinance section 804.1303 to be exact) that you can use to protect yourself from scams, illegal tows and any other kind of program designed to separate you from your hard-earned cash.
While there are many fine points in the city ordinance pertaining to what you can and can’t do to tow a car, you don’t need to know all of them. What you should know are these fine points:
The Police Have To Know
The first section of the Jacksonville city towing ordinance states that “prior to the trespass towing of any vehicle, the property owner of the real property and the towing service shall have executed a written agreement which shall at a minimum contain the following provisions.”
Then it lists a lot of provisions such as address of the property, duration of the agreement and several other common sense things you don’t need to worry about.
What you should know is that further down, the ordinance states that “prior to the trespass towing of any vehicle, a copy of the executed agreement described above shall be filed by the towing service with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Storage and Recovery Unit.”
So, according to city law, the property owner trying to move your car has to have a written agreement with the towing company they’ve hired and that written agreement has to be filed ahead of time with the police.
Now the next time you find your car has been moved, before you pay anyone some sort of fee for your car or their services, verify with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that they have a copy of the written agreement.
If they don’t, then the property owner had no legal right to move your car. Bad news for them, good news for you!
I Fought The Law…But I Won!
You can familiarize yourself with the rest of the city ordinance on our website, but we’ll be taking a look at other important parts over the coming weeks to make sure you, as the consumer, are protected against any towing violations.
In the meantime, feel free to look over the entire city ordinance on our website here. And if you have any questions about towing, be sure to give us a call at 904-771-0790!
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