Not all tow truck services are created equal, and not all tow truck quotes are equal in cost. You would do well to obtain pricing on towing services and ensure you are getting a good deal. The best deal means the best service for the best rate. If you opt for an exceptionally low-budget towing service, you might find yourself dealing with an amateurish tow truck operator or operation that doesn’t do good work and might damage your vehicle. Instead, you should try to get tow truck quotes from licensed and reputable service providers who have the right equipment and well-trained operators capable of providing top-notch towing services.
Two of the best ways to get tow truck quotes is to confer with your auto insurance provider or, better still, your auto club if you belong to one. Each maintains a database of preferred tow truck companies in your area. The companies your insurer or auto club prefers are those known to provide good service without damaging vehicles or charging too much. They might not be the absolute cheapest, but they will be among the best towing companies in your community.
Another way for you to ensure you are getting towing service quotes from a good, reputable company is to check with your local Better Business Bureau and online sources. The Better Business Bureau can tell you if a local towing company is registered with it and has a good or bad reputation for service. Likewise, you can check online sources, like Google, Yelp and RipOff Report, to see if any companies have generally good or bad ratings from members of your local community. Once you are armed with a list of reputable towing companies, you can call them and get tow truck quotes while increasing the odds of having a positive experience.
You should be able to get quotes on the specific types of towing services provided. The towing company can tell you if there is a fee for simply showing up, a fee for hooking up your vehicle and a per-mile fee for the actual towing. The quote might vary based upon the type of tow truck sent, too. If a flatbed shows up, it might have a different rate than if you have a wheel-lift tow truck arrive. A flatbed generally is the safest for your vehicle, though, because your car will be on the flatbed and not dragged behind the tow truck. A wheel-lift is the next best tow truck. It has a hook-and-chain, which makes it the least desirable when you want to prevent your vehicle from suffering more damage. If your car has been in an accident and already needs work, however, a hook-and-chain tow truck would work fine.
The best way to get a good deal when you search for tow truck quotes is to belong to an auto club. AAA and other auto clubs will work out special rates with local towing companies they know are among the best. The towing companies are willing to charge a lower rate knowing they likely will get more business and stand a much better chance of being paid. As an auto club member, you benefit by having easier access to affordable and professional towing services that likely won’t damage your vehicle and by dealing with a professional tow truck driver.