Acquiring Accurate Tow Estimates

April 6, 2015

Breaking down in a busy intersection can be quite hectic. Many people get overwhelmed and do not know what to do. If you find your vehicle broken down during rush hour traffic, you will need to have the car towed as soon as possible. In order to get the vehicle towed quickly, there is pertinent information you need to provide to the towing company so they may to provide tow estimates to you. Use the following guide to learn what key details the towing company will need to know.

Your Location

When you call for a tow truck, you need to specify the street you are broken down on, but many people do not realize that they need to specify the side of the road they are broken down on. You will more than likely be holding up traffic, and the tow truck driver needs to know in advance if he or she should be in the left or right lanes so that they do not have to try to fight traffic to get to you.

Vehicle Information

Tow truck drivers cannot tow lowered vehicles with traditional tow trucks because it will damage the undercarriage of the vehicle. The tow truck driver will need to bring a flatbed tow truck to your location, rather than a standard tow truck. You will be able to get tow estimates for what it will cost to have the lowered car towed because it may cost a bit more than a traditional tow, given its more complex nature.

Number of Passengers

If you have additional passengers in your car, you need to let the dispatcher at the tow company know. No one will be able to ride in the vehicle that is being towed, so the driver needs to be sure there is room for the people who will be riding in the cab or that you are able to find someone to pick them up. Typically, a tow truck driver will be able to transport two additional people in his or her tow truck with them.

If you take the time to specify all of this information to the dispatcher, you can get accurate tow estimates and have your car towed quickly.

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