Disciplinary actions: Vehicle transport and disposal

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

July 2016

Sparky’s Towing — Lynnwood, WA

  • Finding: Abandoned Vehicle Report submitted 7 days late; failure to indicate daily storage rate, number of storage days assessed against the lien, and total combined towing and storage assessed against the lien; sent Notice of Custody and Sale of Abandoned Vehicle Notice to owner prior to receiving information from the Department; failure to auction vehicle within 90 days of impound; failure to include sale price and date of sale on Affidavit of Sale.
  • Action: Fined $7,000 and 7 day suspension of tow truck operator license.

Patriot Recovery — Lacey, WA

  • Finding: Failure to auction 7 vehicles within 90 days of impound.
  • Action: Fined $1,000.

June 2016

Paulson’s Towing, Inc. — Lynnwood, WA

  • Finding: Overcharge of towing and storage fees.
  • Action: Fined $1000, which is stayed for 1 year.

April 2016

Bajio Towing — Burlington, WA

  • Finding: Failure to auction a vehicle within 90 days of impound.
  • Action: Fined $1000.

March 2016

Scotty’s Towing — Freeland, WA

  • Finding: Failure to process Abandoned Vehicle Report, failure to enter required information on three invoices, failure to sell impounded vehicle within 90 days, failure to enter arrival time of two impounded vehicles.
  • Action: Fined $1,000.

Inter–County Towing — Bothell, WA

  • Finding: Conducted 7 private property impounds without proper authorization, failed to maintain Authorization to Impound forms in transaction files, unlawful impound of vehicle and issuance of additional charges due to customers credit card declined, failed to maintain a copy of Private Property Impound contracts for 3 vehicles, failure to transfer title of 6 vehicles within 45 days.
  • Action: Fined $3,000.

February 2016

Mary’s Towing - Everett, WA

  • Finding: Unlawful private property impound.
  • Action: Fined $1,000, $500 is stayed for 1 year pending no similar violations.

January 2016

A & J Towing — Arlington, WA

  • Finding: Failure to pay fine from previous Administrative Action and failure to remit Surplus Funds from an abandoned vehicle auction.
  • Action: Ordered to pay $1,500 fine in installments and to remit Surplus Funds of $2,222.50.

Harry’s Towing — Marysville, WA

  • Finding: Improper impound of vehicle to collect a debt, failure to obtain Authorization to Impound, and failure to remit Surplus Funds from the abandoned vehicle auction.
  • Action: Ordered to pay $2,000 fine and to remit Surplus Funds of $265.47.

Sparky’s Towing & Recovery — Spokane Valley, WA

  • Finding: Failure to submit surplus funds from an abandoned vehicle auction.
  • Action: Ordered to submit surplus funds in the amount of $47 and to pay fine of $500.

December 2015

Inter-County Towing II, Everett, WA

  • Finding: Conducted 17 unauthorized private property impounds, overcharge of storage fees, failure to maintain required records.
  • Action: Fined $3500.

November 2015

American Towing, Everett, WA

  • Finding: Failure to enter vehicles in the Master Log, late submission of Abandoned Vehicle Report, failure to timely send a Custody and Sale of Abandoned Vehicle Notice to the last registered owner, failure to maintain itemized invoices within transaction files, and failure to remit Surplus Funds from abandoned vehicle auctions to Department.
  • Action: Fined $3500, 3 day suspension of license, and ordered to remit surplus funds to Department in the amount of $10,107.

August 2015

A & J Towing — Marysville, WA

  • Finding: Failure to submit surplus funds from abandoned vehicle auction, over-charging of storage fees, and failure to charge the correct Private Property Impound rate.
  • Action: Fined $1,500.

Inter-County Towing II — Everett, WA

  • Finding: Towing of vehicle with improper authorization, failure to maintain impoundment authorization forms, impounding vehicles without the presence of the person requesting impound, failure to retain Private Property Impound contract on file, overcharge of impound fees.
  • Action: Fined $5,000.

Gerber Towing — Shoreline, WA

  • Finding: Failure to submit surplus funds from abandoned vehicle auction, overcharge of towing fees, unauthorized charging of $15 redemption fee.
  • Action: Fined $1,500.

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