How to Get Your Car Out of Impound

Parker Towing Denver towingFind out how to get your car out of impound with this guide from Parker Towing. Sometimes life takes you in challenging directions, so if your vehicle has been impounded for parking in tow-away zone, you are going to have to tackle the process getting it out. Each day that it sits there, your vehicle racking up more fees. So, before just showing up at the impound lot, be sure to have all of your ducks in a row.

Read on to learn how to get your car out of impound.

Find the Vehicle

Finding your vehicle can be the most challenging part. Start with the reason for the impound. If the car was impounded after an arrest, the police should give you the impound information. On the other hand, if your car was towed without your consent, that is much harder. If the vehicle was towed due to illegal parking, check the nearby signage to see who to contact about the towing or ask the closest business if they know. You can also call the city office and ask the clerk to see if your car was impounded.

The system takes a bit to update so give it some time, at least a few hours, to register and call back and ask if your towed vehicle is listed in their lot. If you have given the impound lots a thorough look, there is a chance that your vehicle was not towed, but stolen. You can notify the police of a stolen vehicle but be aware that you may discover it has just been impounded. 

Pay the Fees

Whether your car was towed to a city or private lot, most impound lots charge daily, so the longer your vehicle sits there, the more expensive it will be for you to retrieve it. Impound fees vary, but it’s not cheap. If you are in a sticky situation, ask a friend or family member. If that is not an option, raise the money you need by selling something of value. If no other option remains, check out your local payday loan office – this should always be a last resort, payday loans come with steep charges.

Provide the Paperwork

Get paperwork in order as soon as possible. Also, don’t show up without everything you need or a ride to get back, just in case you don’t have sufficient documentation. You can even call the lot and ask:

  • If your car was towed to their lot and hours of operation
  • The exact amount owed on day of pick up
  • Payment forms accepted, such as cash, credit, or check
  • If proof of insurance needs to be printed or if you can show a digital format
  • Precisely what other paperwork you will need to provide to get your vehicle out
  • Fax number in case you cannot get a hard copy of any particular document

Most likely, you will absolutely have to have proof of insurance to get your car out of impound. If you do not already have insurance, shop quickly and smartly, especially if you need SR-22 insurance.

With these tips on how to get your car out of impound, you will have a much higher chance of doing it successfully the first time around. Good luck from the team here at Parker Towing.

Towing Services Beyond Roadside Assistance

Towing Services Beyond Roadside Assistance Parker Towing DenverThe team at Parker Towing in Parker, Colorado are called upon for towing services beyond roadside assistance. While we prefer swooping in to help local drivers with a breakdown or flat tire, having this knowledge in your back pocket can help you avoid getting your vehicle towed in other situations.

Obstruction of Road or Walkway

Even though this seems like a minor offense, your car can get towed if it is blocking an access point for either vehicles or pedestrians. So, even if you think that you can beat the clock and no one will notice your car parked while you run inside for a moment, beware that many business owners are at the ready to call in and have any vehicle towed that blocks their business or walkway.

Violation of Private Property

The same goes for parking on someone’s property. They have the right to have your car towed if it is on their property for any length of time. They don’t need to have any reason except that it is parked on their property.

Parking Illegally

Parking in any tow away zones, accessible parking spaces, ambulance loading zones, or in front of fire hydrants without any special permit will all easily lead to your vehicle getting towed away.

Disabled Vehicle

If pulled over, a police officer can have your vehicle towed if they feel that it is unsafe to be on the road. If your car breaks down and is sitting on the side of the road for any length of time, it is liable to get towed as well.

Registration Expired

If your vehicle registration is expired more than 6 months, police can have your vehicle towed without notifying you first – that means it can be towed while parked on a public street. Then you must bring proof of current registration and get your vehicle out of the impound lot.

Too Many Traffic Violations

That’s right; if you have too many tickets, parking or otherwise, that are unpaid, your vehicle could get towed away. Make sure to pay all tickets before your car or truck is at risk of being towed.

Driving Without a License

If you happen to get pulled over and don’t have a license, forgot your license somewhere, or it’s expired, your vehicle may get towed. There is little to no tolerance for driving without a license in any state, especially Colorado. This is where we get a lot of calls for towing services beyond roadside assistance.

Evidence at a Crime Scene

If your vehicle is suspect of being involved in a crime, police may impound the vehicle for evidence or inspection, if they have a court order. It makes no difference where it is parked or stored.

At Parker Towing, we hope that you never have to deal with any of these towing services beyond roadside assistance. However, just in case it happens, you can rest assured that we will treat your vehicle like our own and keep it safe until you have the situation cleared up.

Safer Driving on Winter Roads

Safer Driving on Winter Roads Parker Towing DenverFor safer driving on winter roads this season, Parker Towing offers a few pointers to our customers in Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch and beyond. There are many ways to avoid problems while driving in snow or other inclement conditions, and if you do experience an issue, even more ways to ensure your safety, such as calling for a tow instead of bearing the brunt of bad weather.

Be Prepared

The best strategy for winter driving is to be prepared. Stock non-perishable snacks, drinking water, blankets, extra clothes, flashlights, flares, phone charger, batteries, jumper cables, reflective triangles, reflective vest, ice scraper, snow shovel, and kitty litter or sand for tire traction if your car gets stuck. Before heading out, make sure your gas tank is full and use either all-season tires or snow chains.


Check how your battery is working before heading out into the cold. Turn on the headlights and start your car’s engine. If your headlights brighten up when the engine starts, then it is a good idea to bring it in for a recharge or a completely new battery. Be sure to check antifreeze and windshield fluid levels while you are at it. There are a number of de-icing windshield fluid brands for severe weather.


It’s always a good idea to clear off your windshield as much as possible before heading out onto the road. Having the most visibility will increase the chances of a safe journey wherever you are headed. Defrosting and de-icing before you hit the road is safer than while driving. Clear snow or slush off of the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. Use your headlights, even in the daytime, to make sure that you are visible to other drivers.

Slow and Steady

Even if you have all-wheel drive, a slow even acceleration and deceleration is the key to safer driving on winter roads. Avoid spinning tires as much as possible. Especially if you only have 2-wheel drive, plan to leave early and take it slow a route.

Braking is going to be different in snow and icy conditions. Most likely, your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS). This will help to keep it from skidding, allowing you to continue steering during sketchy situations in which you must brake hard. In this case, “stomp, stay, and steer.” If you have to brake hard, you will feel a thumping sensation below the foot pedal. This is completely normal with ABS and actually helps with the mechanism.

Practice steering around obstacles instead of heading straight towards them. Even though it sounds like a no-brainer, our instincts to evade don’t always kick in when the moment arises.


If you find yourself in a skidding situation, turn the wheel in the same direction as the rear of the vehicle is going. Otherwise, a skid could turn into a spin and even a car accident.

As you can see, there are few precautions to take for safer driving on winter roads. No matter what happens though, Parker Towing is here to help, anytime day or night. Just give us a call.

When to Call for Towing Services

When to Call for Towing Services Parker Towing DenverNo one ever wants to have to, but knowing when to call for towing services will save you time and headaches in the process. At Parker Towing, we want you to know just what to do in a situation that requires a tow truck, and with 24-hour emergency towing services available, we always have your back with friendly service and honest pricing.

Check out these circumstances so you’ll know when to call for towing services.

Engine Overheats

If you notice that your vehicle’s temperature is rising and have already tried turning on the heater to stop the overheating and nothing is working to cool it down, you must stop the vehicle to avoid causing costly and irreparable damage. Running out of coolant or water is one thing, continuing to drive the car without it is another. Pull off of the road to a safe distance from traffic, as well as possible, to avoid danger and call for assistance. Towing your vehicle to the nearest mechanic or your trusted auto repair specialist will save you money, no doubt!

Flat Tire

As a prevalent problem to have out on the road, flat tires have happened to all of us. If you don’t have an adequate spare tire or are just not in the mood to change a tire, never hesitate to call for a tow service. Never drive on a flat tire as this can cause irreparable damage, costing much more money than a simple flat tire will. Getting off of the road and to safety should always be your priority, especially if you have passengers. Parker Towing can always help with fast, efficient towing services for all situations.

Out of Gas

Of all of the reasons to break down on the side of any road, running out of gas may be the best one, or maybe it’s the worst reason because you forgot to fill up! Either way, a tow truck can be called for either towing services or a gas refill service. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix and a good lesson to learn next time you head out on the road.


In most instances of a collision, you will need to call a tow truck for assistance. Hopefully, you and your passengers are unharmed in the accident, and you are entirely able to call for the help you need in this instance. Otherwise, those involved, the police or bystanders can make the call for you to help out in a challenging and frightening situation, such as a collision.


No matter what type of breakdown your vehicle is experiencing, if you find yourself on the side of the road with an inoperational car, calling a tow service will be the best option considering the circumstances. Be sure to grab all of your belongings and valuables from the vehicle, as you never know for how long it will be in the repair shop.

Knowing when to call for towing services right way will save you additional time spent guessing at the problem. The reliable team at Parker Towing is here to help with 24-hour towing services in Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and nearby areas. Call us whenever you need help of any kind, and we will be there!

Must Haves for Safe Winter Driving

Parker TowingMust Haves for Safe Winter Driving Parker Towing Denver in Parker, Colorado wants all of our customers to be aware of the must haves for safe winter driving. While we provide fast, friendly towing service when things go wrong, we’d rather that you and your family be safe, helping you avoid preventable incidents. Here we suggest 10 items to keep on hand if you get stuck on the side of the road this winter.

Access to Help

When you are stuck on the side of the road, the main thing that you need is access to help. A cell phone with a spare battery is always a good idea to keep on hand. Another good option is to purchase a roadside assistance plan that includes towing. Even if you just use it once, it typically pays for itself, and the peace of mind is invaluable.

A Shovel

In some cases, you may be able to dig yourself out without having to call for help. However, you will only be able to do this if you have the right equipment in your car. To save space, you can purchase a collapsible shovel that you can leave in your vehicle at all times.

Kitty Litter or Sand

One of the unusual must haves for safe winter driving it kitty litter. Throwing it on icy patches can help your tires gain traction. Depending on how you are stuck this might be all you need to get back on the road.

Ice Scraper

Visibility is always important, but even more so in dangerous driving conditions. Sometimes, though, your windshield can get covered over with a sheet of ice that utterly destroys the visibility. Windshield wipers aren’t usually strong enough to break the ice so you’ll need an ice scraper to get the job done right.


If you are waiting for tow truck services, especially at night when the temperature drops, you will appreciate a way to keep warm without having to waste gas keeping the car’s heater running. Keep 2 or 3 blankets just in case you have passengers.

First Aid Kit

If you are in an accident, a first aid kit will come in handy for bandaging up minor wounds.

Safety Flares or Reflective Triangles

Visibility is often reduced in the wintertime. Safety flares or reflective triangles provide a way to warn other drivers that you are there. They also help roadside assistance find you.

Jumper Cables

It is harder to start a cold engine. Sometimes all you need is a jump from a kind passerby to get going again. You’ll need good quality jumper cables.

Flashlight and Batteries

Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries on hand. There’s nothing worse than trying to change a tire or look under the hood when it’s completely dark out.


Keeping a few healthy granola bars on hand will help if you get stranded. Not only is it nice to not be hungry, but food will also help your body stay warm.

Even if you have all these must haves for safe winter driving in your vehicle at all times, you still may end up in trouble. Don’t worry, just remain calm and give us a call here at Parker Towing. We’ll be out to help as quickly as we safely can.

What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in Mud

What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in MudWith the rainy season coming upon us, Parker Towing has some tips on what to do if your car gets stuck in mud. It can happen to any of us, so be prepared and know what to do just in case. 

Be Prepared

Fall and winter are particularly dangerous times for getting stuck in the mud, so it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle for emergencies. You don’t need full survival gear, just a flashlight, a shovel, and a traction mat. Gloves, a rain poncho, and reflective triangles can also come in handy for safety and keeping dry while getting the vehicle unstuck. 

So, now that you’re prepared with supplies, do you know what to do if your car gets stuck in mud? Follow the steps below to see if you can get your vehicle out of the mud without help from one of our tow truck crews. 

First things first, lay off the accelerator as soon as you realize you’ve gotten stuck. Stomping down aggressively on the accelerator will only cause your tires to spin and bury themselves deeper into the mud. You’ll only make getting out more difficult. 

Step 1: Try to go in the opposite direction that you were going when you got stuck. Keep your wheels straight and gently back up if you were moving forward, or go forward if you were backing up. If you are unsuccessful in this attempt, proceed to the next step. 

Step 2: Put the vehicle in a lower gear if it’s a manual and get a little aggressive with the accelerator, but not too much or you’ll bury the car deeper as we mentioned before. If it still doesn’t come out try the next step. 

Step 3: You can try to rock the vehicle out by going forward and then backward quickly. Don’t do this too much or too aggressively as it can be hard on your transmission. Sometimes just a few times back and forth is enough to get your vehicle out of the mud. If not, there’s one more thing you can try.

Step 4: Use that traction mat from your emergency kit, or if you didn’t put one in your vehicle, use the floor mats from your car. They’re not as effective, but something is better than nothing. Center it next to the tire in the direction that you want to go and try to move the vehicle. If the mats work, do not stop moving until you’re completely out of the mud or you risk getting stuck again. If they don’t work, it’s time to call in the car towing professionals.

We hope this guide about what to do if your car gets stuck in mud is helpful to you in case you ever get stuck in this unfortunate situation. However, if you’re unable to get your vehicle out, feel free to give us a call here at Parker Towing. We’ll send out one of our friendly professionals to help you get your vehicle out and have you on your way again in a jiffy!

What You Need to Know About Flat Tires

What You Need to Know About Flat TiresIn this article by Parker Towing in Colorado we explain what you need to know about flat tires. A flat tire can happen unexpectedly at any time and for any number of reasons. Knowing what to do if it happens to you can be a great benefit and even save you money in the long run.

Don’t Drive on a Flat Tire

First things first, if your tire goes flat do NOT try to continue driving your vehicle. Many people may think that it’s okay to forego a calling for a tow and instead driving slowly to the nearest repair shop, but it’s not a great strategy.

A flat tire doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to buy a new tire. Often, flats are caused by small punctures from a nail or screw that can inexpensively be repaired without having to fork out the extra cash for a new one. However, if you keep driving on a low-pressure tire, you can end up causing more extensive damage that will require a whole new tire.

The improper pressure on the sidewalls can cause them to rupture and if you keep driving long enough that the tire breaks apart the flailing pieces can cause costly damage to other nearby important parts of the car. For example, brakes, rotors, calipers, or parts of the suspension, can be damaged, putting you in danger of an accident because the car does not respond correctly.

Call a Tow Truck, or Put on your Spare

So, if you can’t drive your car, what should you do? If you have a spare tire available, and the know-how to change it correctly a good option is to change the tire out for your spare. Keep in mind that spare tires are usually not replacement tires and you should only use it to get your vehicle to a tire repair center. Don’t drive your car for an extended period using a spare.

If you don’t have a spare or don’t know how to change it, the other option is to call Parker Towing here in Parker and serving Lone Tree, Aurora, Littleton, Castle Rock, Centennial, Franktown, Elizabeth and Highlands Ranch. Keep our phone number handy and give us a call, we will be happy to help. Our fast, friendly service will get you and your vehicle safely to a reputable tire repair center quickly so you can get back on the road again as soon as possible.

Avoid a Flat

There are a few simple things that you can do to avoid a flat in the first place. Be sure that your tires are properly inflated and are maintaining the correct inflation pressure, have them rotated and inspected regularly, keep them properly aligned and maintain responsible driving habits.

We hope this article has helped you learn what you need to know about flat tires. Following the advice offered here will help you avoid a flat but if you do find yourself in this unfortunate predicament and don’t have a spare tire on hand, then just give us a call here at Parker Towing.

Four Great Reasons to Visit Parker, Colorado

Four Great Reasons to Visit Parker, ColoradoIn case you’re looking for a new adventure, here are four great reasons to visit Parker, Colorado brought to you by the Parker Towing team of friendly towing professionals. We are a family-owned and operated towing company that’s been offering our top-notch services since 1984. We’ve got your back should you run into any car troubles during your visit to our beloved town or the surrounding areas.

Awesome Microbrewery

In Parker’s industrial zone, Elk Mountain Brewery proudly offers free tastings of their trademark brews. Once you find your favorite, you can buy a case or two or few to take home with you. Even if you or someone in your party doesn’t drink alcohol, you can still participate in tasting the company’s locally brewed root beer. For more information, check them out their website here.

Great Hiking and Biking Trails

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on one of the many trails that Parker boasts. There are about 12 miles of paved trails that offer access to some of Parker’s most scenic areas. Everything is kept up nicely and maintained by Parker’s Recreation Department.

The trails can be utilized by hikers, bikers, joggers and even horseback riders in certain areas. Not only are the trails well-maintained but there is also trailhead parking available in various locations as well as bathrooms and picnic areas. We make it easy to spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying nature’s beauty! You can find more information here.

Quaint Country Market

For those of you that enjoy browsing through an interesting and diverse inventory of items, the Parker Country Market is just for you! You can find all sorts of items ranging from antiques to jewelry to metal sculptures and Mexican pottery. The inventory is always changing due to high turnover so there is always something new and exciting to see. Check out their website for more information or just head down there ASAP to find some awesome hidden treasure!

Interesting Historical Sites

Of course, Parker has a rich Native American (First Nation) history as tribes hunted in this area for centuries. The first settlement of white men wasn’t founded until 1863, but there is plenty to see.

You can find the Parker Area Historical Society in an old schoolhouse in downtown Parker. The public can visit on Saturday mornings to see a variety of interesting ancient artifacts and learn about the area’s history. You can also check out the many historical sites on your own with information from the society’s website. Most of them are easily accessible and even viewable directly from a road, so they aren’t hard to find or access.

We hope these four great reasons to visit Parker, Colorado has inspired you to come and check out our town. As proud business owners of Parker Towing and longtime residents of the area, Parker and its people are near and dear to our hearts. Of course, if you have any car troubles here in Parker or while passing through on other adventures, simply call us for fast and professional towing services.

A Day in the Life of a Tow Truck Driver

A Day in the Life of a Tow Truck DriverEver wondered about a day in the life of a tow truck driver? Today, the staff at Parker Towing gives you a peek into our operations. As you know, tow truck drivers can be both the hero, rescuing people from the side of the road, or the villain, hauling off illegally parked vehicles. This variety of reactions when we arrive at the scene can be both rewarding and frustrating, but we’re passionate about what we do and helping people out when they find themselves stranded.

So, what do we do all day? Do we just sit around waiting for someone to call and have need of their services? Or do we “patrol” areas with the idea of being close by when needed? 

Heavy Machinery

A day in the life of a tow truck driver comes with a variety of responsibilities. The first and most obvious is learning to properly operate the heavy machinery used to move heavy vehicles from one place to another. Improperly handling this machinery can lead to serious injury so this step is, of course, crucial. 

Minor Mechanics

They also serve as minor mechanics. Sometimes, when you have a simple issue that doesn’t require being in a garage to fix, like a flat tire or dead battery, drivers can resolve your problem right there on the side of the road without having to haul your car anywhere. That is a sweet relief on the pocketbook and also takes up a lot less time. Our primary goal, after all, is to get you safely on the road again.

Clean-up Crew

When collisions leave damaged vehicles blocking traffic, tow truck drivers serve as the cleanup crew. Once the police and EMTs have performed their duties, tow truck drivers move in to get everything cleaned up and traffic flowing smoothly again.

Office Work

Even though much of their time is spent on the road, there is still a fair amount of paperwork that’s included throughout the day in the life of a tow truck driver. When impounding cars that have been illegally parked, the tow truck company is responsible for finding the owner and notifying them where their vehicle is and how to retrieve it. If they are picking up a vehicle involved in an accident that the police are investigating, the driver takes the vehicle to their evidence or salvage yard.

Many times, small tow truck companies offer their dedicated services to companies. Whenever receiving a call from one of these companies to collect an illegally parked or abandoned vehicle, the driver must fill out a report before leaving the office.

In short, a day in the life of a tow truck driver isn’t as mundane as you may have thought and we get to enjoy at least a little bit of variety within the job description. If you have any more questions about the services that we offer here at Parker Towing, feel free to contact us, and one of our staff will be happy to answer all your questions or send out one of our friendly, professional drivers.

Never Ignore a Blinking Check Engine Light

Never Ignore a Blinking Check Engine LightAt Parker Towing Inc. we recommend that you never ignore a blinking check engine light, as you could end up causing extensive damage to the vehicle, and even worse, wind up stranded on the side of the road. Sometimes people are hesitant to have their car checked when the check engine light comes on because they think it’s not a big a deal and hope it will just go away on its own. And if they anticipate a costly repair bill, some people just want to put it off as long as possible. Not a great plan.

There are several reasons that a check engine light can come on. Sometimes it’s an easy, inexpensive fix and sometimes it does end up costing more money. But it is always better to get it taken care of sooner rather than later as the check engine light sometimes serves as a warning that something pretty bad is happening inside your engine. If you take action right away, there’s a chance to avoid complete disaster and having to call us to come out and give you a tow – we are available 24/7 nonetheless.

A Steady Check Engine Light vs. Blinking

There’s typically a big difference between a steady and blinking check engine light. When it begins to flash, a situation is occurring in your engine that could possibly damage your catalytic converter, a very expensive and important component. This is why you never ignore a blinking check engine light. With that light flashing, you will likely notice that the car is performing differently.

As soon as you safely can, pull over, turn your engine off and give us a call for a tow. We service Parker, Lone Tree, Aurora, Littleton, Castle Rock, Centennial, Franktown, Elizabeth, Highlands Ranch. Now, if you decide to “limp” home, you could be looking at hundreds even thousands of dollars to replace a catalytic converter depending on the car you drive. Hopefully, that puts the cost of towing into perspective.

Here’s What’s Causing the Blinking Light

In most cases, the actual cause of the problem and the cost for repair is far less catastrophic than if you let it reach your catalytic converter. By getting a tow and immediate repairs, you’ll likely avoid such an expensive fix. So, take a look at this list of what might be causing the check engine light to blink:

  • Engine valves have gone bad
  • A spark plug has gone out
  • A spark plug wire is not functioning properly
  • The engine computer has failed
  • The fuel injector is malfunctioning
  • The ignition coil has failed


Now that you understand why you should never ignore a blinking check engine light, be sure to keep our number handy in case this happens. One of the friendly staff members from Parker Towing will quickly and efficiently get your car safely to a repair shop. Remember, even if you think you’re close enough to keep driving to a shop, the cost of a new catalytic converter will outweigh our reasonable towing prices. It’s better to be safe than sorry (and broke)!