How do I get my vehicle back and how much will it cost?
On or after the 30th day of impound OR if you get your license reinstated, your vehicle will generally be eligible for release to you. To get it back, call 623-222-4333 to request a Post Storage Hearing. At the time of your hearing you must bring with you:

  • A valid driver’s license

  • Valid vehicle insurance

  • Valid vehicle registration

Please note that you may have to go to court or the Motor Vehicle Division first if your license was suspended, revoked or cancelled, and/or if your vehicle registration was expired or cancelled. We cannot release your vehicle to you until these documents are valid and current. NOTE – if your driving privilege cannot be restored by the end of the 30-day impound period (for example, it has been suspended for one year), you may bring a fully licensed driver with you to drive the car upon release. You must still have valid vehicle registration and insurance before the vehicle will be released.

You must pay an administrative fee of $150 to the City of Surprise. Payment must be in the form of cash, money order, cashier’s check or certified check. Upon payment of the fee you will be given a release form that you must take to the towing company. At the towing company, you must pay the towing and storage fees. Payment is made directly to the towing company by money order, certified check or credit card. If you come to the tow yard at other than normal business hours, you may be charged a gate/access fee. You must also present proof of your identity and ownership to the tow company.

If you do not claim your vehicle when it is available for release the towing company will file for abandoned title to the vehicle.

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Q: Why was my vehicle impounded?
Q: How long will my vehicle be impounded for?
Q: How do I get my vehicle back and how much will it cost?
Q: If I am not able to get my vehicle back can I get personal items out of the vehicle?
Q: I was driving and I am the owner of the vehicle. How do I get my vehicle back?
Q: I am the owner of the vehicle but someone else was driving. How do I get my vehicle back?
Q: I am an owner of the vehicle but another owner of the vehicle was driving. How do I get my vehicle back?
Q: To whom can the vehicle be returned?
Q: What will happen if I cannot claim my vehicle?
Q: How do I request a Post Storage hearing?
Q: How long does it take to have a Post Storage hearing scheduled?
Q: Is there a charge to have a Post Storage hearing?
Q: Do I need to have a Post Storage hearing?
Q: Do I need an attorney for the hearing?
Q: Can I bring an attorney for the hearing?
Q: Can an attorney or other person represent me at the hearing in my absence?
Q: How do I get my vehicle back after the 30 day impound period?
Q: How do I get a release authorization?
Q: Who is responsible for the administration fee?
Q: How do I pay the administration fee?
Q: Who is responsible for the towing and storage fees?
Q: How do I pay the towing and storage fees?
Q: If I am granted early release at a Post Storage hearing are the fees waived as well?
Q: I cannot afford to pay the towing and storage fees. Now what?
Q: If there is a lien on my vehicle and I cannot afford the charges what do I do?
Q: Can I still get the car back if I purchased the vehicle but have not yet transferred the title into my name?