CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Cape Coral towing company is under fire again, accused of charging drivers too much money. The city has an ordinance in place to protect your wallet if your vehicle is towed. But we've learned America Towing Auto Sales isn't following the rules.
The ordinance, referred to as the "predatory towing act" caps the towing fee at $100 dollars and mandates that private businesses have more visible "tow zone" signs.
"It's basically to keep people from overcharging on non-consensual tows." Wes Dale with NAPA Auto Care helped write the ordinance more than two years ago. "So it's not just a fly-by night towing company coming in setting up a little deal on a special event, with you know... ok.. this is a no tow zone and snatching everybody's cars. It has to be set up with the city," Dale said.
But Cape Coral police say America Towing Auto Sales, Inc. has not followed the rules of the road. We're told the company was the reason the city passed the ordinance in the first place. And since then, Cape Coral's police chief says its been the only company to violate it.
It was suspended for 30 days in April 2012 for not updating its registration information and for charging people excessive fees. Today the company is facing another violation for again charging people too much money. It will be suspended for 60 days starting January 24th.
We wanted answers and went to the business to ask questions. A truck was parked out front, but no one opened the door.
As for Dale, he knows someone who was personally towed by the company, and charged too much.
The company can appeal its case before the city. Strike three will get the company a one year suspension. A fourth time means their license will be taken away.
If you've had your car towed by this company and feel you've been charged too much, you are asked to call the Cape Coral Police Department.