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The Hidden Costs of Towing and How to Avoid Them

July 12, 2023 re Comments Off

When your vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident, getting it to a repair shop is the top priority. A tow truck often comes to the rescue in such situations. However, the cost of towing can be a rude awakening, particularly if you haven’t previously considered it. This article will help you understand the potential hidden costs of towing and how to avoid them.

Understanding the Cost of Towing

Towing companies typically charge a base fee or “hook-up” fee plus a per-mile charge. The base fee and the per-mile charge can range differently depending on your location, the vehicle, and the towing company.

But there’s more to the cost than just the tow. There are often additional charges that can add up, including:

  1. After-Hours Fees: Many towing companies charge extra for services provided after regular business hours, on weekends, or during holidays.
  2. Off-Road Recovery: If your vehicle is stuck off the road, in a ditch, or in any difficult-to-access area, the tow company may charge extra for the recovery effort.
  3. Distance: The further you need to have your car towed, the more it will cost. If you need to be towed to a specific mechanic but it’s further than the nearest one, you’ll pay for those extra miles.
  4. Vehicle Type: Towing costs can also depend on the type of vehicle. Larger or heavier vehicles usually cost more to tow due to their size and weight.
  5. Storage Fees: If your car is stored at the tow yard before it’s picked up, you may be charged a daily storage fee.

Avoiding Unnecessary Towing Expenses

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from unexpected and excessive towing costs. We try to simplify all costs upfront and be as transparent with our clients as possible to create long-lasting relationships and satisfaction.

  1. Roadside Assistance Membership: Consider subscribing to a roadside assistance service. They often cover the cost of towing up to a certain mileage and can offer additional services such as fuel delivery, tire changes, and lock-out service. This membership is often cost-effective and provides peace of mind.
  2. Insurance Coverage: Check with your car insurance provider to see if they offer a towing and labor coverage add-on. If your policy includes comprehensive and collision coverage, it may already cover some towing costs associated with an accident.
  3. Pre-Approved Towing Companies: Know our contact information and call us anytime for a free quote. Some less scrupulous tow companies may overcharge or provide poor or delayed service.
  4. Regular Vehicle Maintenance: Preventing a breakdown in the first place is the best way to avoid towing costs. Regular maintenance, like oil changes, tire rotations, and brake checks can keep your car running smoothly.
  5. Drive Safely: Adhering to the rules of the road can prevent accidents and the need for a tow truck. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and always obey traffic laws.

In conclusion, while predicting all vehicle breakdowns or accidents is impossible, being prepared can save you a lot of stress and potential expense. Regular car maintenance, safe driving habits, a roadside assistance plan, or suitable insurance coverage can all shield you from the hidden costs of towing. Knowing your options, asking the right questions, and staying informed can help you avoid unexpected expenses when you need a tow.