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Understanding Florida’s Towing Laws: Legal Steps for Victims of Illegal Vehicle Sales

By July 3, 2024No Comments

TowingNavigating the complexities of Florida’s towing laws can be daunting, especially if you find yourself a victim of unlawful vehicle sales under section 713 of Florida statutes. At Ayala, we understand the frustration and confusion that can accompany such situations.  

This blog post aims to clarify what constitutes a 713 tow case, outline the legal steps available to victims, and empower you with the knowledge needed to protect your rights. 

What is a 713 Tow Case? 

In Florida, a 713 tow case refers to the unauthorized sale of a vehicle that has been towed and stored by a towing company. According to Florida Statutes section 713.78, towing companies are required to follow specific procedures before selling a vehicle to recover towing and storage fees. Failure to comply with these procedures can result in the unlawful sale of a vehicle, leaving the owner without their vehicle and potentially facing financial losses. 

Identifying Signs of Unlawful Vehicle Sales 

If your vehicle has been towed and you suspect it may have been unlawfully sold, there are several signs to watch for: 

  1. Lack of Notification: You were not properly notified of the towing and storage fees or the intention to sell the vehicle. 
  2. Shortened Time Frame: The towing company sold your vehicle before the statutory timeframes for notification and sale elapsed. 
  3. Non-compliance with Procedures: The towing company failed to adhere to the procedural requirements outlined in Florida Statutes section 713.78. 

Legal Steps for Victims 

If you believe your vehicle has been unlawfully sold under a 713 tow case, it’s essential to take immediate legal action to protect your rights. Here are the recommended steps: 

Step 1: Gather Documentation 

Collect all relevant documentation related to the towing and sale of your vehicle. This may include towing receipts, communication with the towing company, and any paperwork related to the sale. 

Step 2: Consult with an Experienced Attorney 

Contact a knowledgeable attorney specializing in towing laws and consumer protection. A legal expert can assess your case, advise you on your rights, and determine the best course of action to reclaim your vehicle and seek compensation for damages. 

Step 3: File a Claim 

Your attorney will help you file a claim against the towing company for unlawful vehicle sale under section 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. This may involve demanding the return of your vehicle, seeking compensation for financial losses, and pursuing legal remedies available under the law. 

Step 4: Litigation and Resolution 

If necessary, your attorney will represent you in litigation proceedings to resolve the matter. This may include negotiating with the towing company, participating in mediation sessions, or pursuing a lawsuit in court to enforce your rights and recover damages. 


Understanding Florida’s 713 tow cases and the legal steps available to victims is crucial for protecting your rights as a vehicle owner. At Ayala, we are committed to assisting individuals facing unlawful vehicle sales and providing them with effective legal representation.  

If you have been affected by a 713 tow case or have questions about your legal options,  contact one of our experienced attorneys at 305-570-2208. You can also email our lead attorney Eduardo directly at  

You can also download our free legal guide on how to reclaim your high-value vehicle from illegal towing, here. 

We at Ayala Law PA are passionate about helping those in legal need, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a case evaluation with us online here.  

[The opinions in this blog are not intended to be legal advice. You should consult with an attorney about the particulars of your case]. 

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