Thompson Enterprises is a towing and impound facility for local law enforcement. The decision for your vehicle to be towed was made by a local law enforcement agency who dispatched us to the scene. The Following are rules and laws you need to fully understand.
1. Once we are dispatched by a local law enforcement agency to tow a vehicle, we are not permitted under any circumstances to tow that vehicle to any other location (homes, dealerships, repair shops, etc..) except to our impound lot.
2. In order for a vehicle to be accessed, released or picked up once it is at our lot, the registered owner must come, in person, with a photo id and registration, OR sign and have notarized a Hold Harmless Form that appoints someone else to access/release/pick up the vehicle on your behalf.
3. Your vehicle, any charges, and making sure the insurance company is notified (if applicable) is your responsibility. If you were in an accident and have full coverage insurance or there was an at-fault party involved that has insurance, they will typically handle everything (including fees) for you. It is advised you contact them immediately so they can help you with this matter.
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions.
You will need to come to our facility at 7600 Bailey Body Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32216, during normal business hours (M-F 8am-5pm.) and bring with you:
Only the registered owner may have access to the vehicle unless a Hold Harmless Form has been completed and notarized by the registered owner. If you are the registered owner and need to retrieve personal items or releasing your vehicle to a licensed and insured tow company, please complete the Impound Vehicle Release Form at our facility.
Due to insurance regulations no work to the vehicle or removal of interior or exterior components, of any kind, may be performed on the property. No exceptions.
Impounded vehicles may only be removed from property by a licensed and insured tow truck. No exceptions will be made for any reason. Thompson Enterprises is available to tow your vehicle from our impound lot to a residence, body shop, or salvage yard of your choosing. Please ask our office staff for towing rates and availability.
You are responsible for making sure your vehicle leaves this facility. This is not a junk yard and vehicles that are abandoned here will eventually go to auction, usually 35-90 days after the initial tow, depending on circumstances. A wrecker lien for outstanding charges will then be placed against you and the total charges will be sent to a collection agency. *These fees are based on the Duval County pricing index (see tow charges below).
Tow companies use crash wrap after a motor vehicle collision to secure and protect your vehicle's interior from inclement weather and to secure loose parts on your vehicle for safety during transportation to the impound lot.
Instances where crash wrap would be used:
Additional winching is a commonly used method in the recovery and/or retrieval of motor vehicles and vessels after a motor vehicle accident, stolen recovery (with or without keys,) vehicle abandonment, and/or any circumstances where a tow truck company or wrecker service is needed.
This method would be common when the vehicle cannot be immediately loaded onto the tow truck without advanced positioning or recovery from non-accessible areas such as: roadway medians, retention pond embankments, non-roadway accessible areas.
Traditionally, extra winching charges incur when the tow company is required to use snatch blocks, wheel chocks, wheel lifts, or extended strapping/cables for retrieval and/or rigging of the vehicle in need of recovery.
At the time of the accident, when law enforcement called to have the vehicle towed, the registered owner of the vehicle would have received a signature form from law enforcement. This form contains a notice to the owner concerning their impounded vehicle. This is general information concerning auto accident impounds.
A. You are hereby notified your vehicle is being impounded pursuant to Jacksonville Ordinance, Chapter 804. Towing and storage charges will be assessed against your vehicle by the Wrecker Firm towing your vehicle. If you wish to contest the impoundment of your vehicle and/or your liability for towing and storage charges, you have the right to claim and regain possession of your vehicle, at the location to which it is being removed for storage, without prepayment of towing and storage charges upon posting with the custodian of the vehicle, a cash or surety bond in the amount of the accrued towing and storage charges. You may request a hearing as to the propriety of the impoundment and as to the owner's liability for the towing and storage charges. A hearing date may be obtained by the vehicle owner appearing at the Vehicle Storage and Recovery Unit, Police Memorial Building, 501 E. Bay Street, and producing the following:
B. Failure by the owner to request a hearing within five (5) days after receipt of this notice may act as a waiver of his right to a hearing.