How to Choose A Wrecker Service
You don't want your car breaking
down during late hours and having
to call an unknown wrecker service. That's why it's important to be
aware of at least a couple of towing services in your area before you
Calling your local police station
and insurance agent and asking
who they would recommend is a
wise idea. Knowing that you will be
serviced by someone with a good
reputation gives you peace of mind.
Although the advice from police
stations and your insurance agency
is reassuring, what about price?
Keep in mind that these wrecker
services are probably providing them
bulk pricing for repeat business, not
for individual drivers.
Keep in mind that whichever
wrecker service your insurance
company is familiar with will make it
easier to be reimbursed if your car is
damaged while being towed.
Since the insurance company
knows how the wrecker service
operates, and what policies and
procedures they adhere to, it will be
easier to calculate any damage cost
and resolve the situation.
You may want to know what towing device the wrecker uses, as some
now use flat-bed trucks to keep the
car off the ground, preventing any
damage. Some wrecker companies
continue using the old chain-lift tow
Keep in mind that any present
damage on the vehicle should be
reported to the wrecker company.
Taking photos of any previous damage would be a great way to compare after the tow.
Wrecker services are usually aware
that their reputation affects the bottom line and will take good care of
customers. Sometimes the unforeseen happens and vehicles will be
damaged while towing, so having
documented proof of the condition
of your car will give you peace of
As with other services we will
eventually need, price is always a
top consideration. Make sure that
the wrecker service quotes you a
price when they show up to help
you, not after.
Make sure that the wrecker driver
will tow the vehicle to a repair shop
you choose. While most wrecker
services will deliver the vehicle wherever you want, some will try to steer
you to mechanics they refer work
Getting a reputable wrecker service lined up before trouble arises is
vital. Take time to investigate which
company would be best for you and
One other tip: If you've found a
good wrecker service, make sure
you write down their phone number
and put it on a card in your vehicle's
glove box. There's nothing worse
than knowing what wrecker company you want, but not having their
number in the middle of the night.
It can be a difficult decision to
find a reliable towing service, but it
is best to be proactive now before
you are stranded and at the mercy
of whatever wrecker shows up.
Things to Remember:
When you are in a wreck
the authorities can call a towing agency. There is a rotating on call list.
What most people do not
know is that they can always
request a towing service that
they would like to use.
People are usually shook
up and don't know these
facts and are good to keep in