Frequently Ask Questions

A tow truck (also called a wrecker, a breakdown truck, recovery vehicle or a breakdown lorry) is a truck used to move disabled, improperly parked, impounded, or otherwise indisposed motor vehicles.

Flatbed Towing

 

A flatbed tow truck uses a mechanical system to angle its bed like a ramp, and the car needing a tow is then maneuvered onto the bed. The car’s wheels are fastened with chains running through them that attach to the flatbed.

Light Duty These fit the classic image of a tow truck as a sort of over-sized pickup with a boom and cable on the back. They have a gross vehicle weight of at least 5 tons and a towing capacity of 7,000 to 11,000 pounds. Compact and maneuverable, they’re the most common type for passenger cars and small trucks

As for regular towing, heavy duty tow trucks should cost about $175 to $250 per hour, port to port (round trip) or about $150 to hookup and $6 or $7 per mile in tow.

The average cost to hire a tow truck service is $75 to $125. Most towing companies have a minimum charge of $50 for the first 5 to 10 miles, then $2 to $4 per mile after. Factors to consider in towing a car are distance, type of vehicle, and the time of day.

Remember, tow trucks have to obviously pay for their gas in their truck (which isn’t cheap), they have that extra load (your vehicle) which is using even more gas, it’s straining the drivetrain of their truck so the possibility of them having to soon replace a transmission ($1800+ easily) or so is much higher

Of course you can try to negotiate, and you should. The fine cannot be negotiated except in court. The storage charges can also be negotiated. But if you and the towing company are unable to agree to terms, you will legally owe whatever they demand.

Can you tow an uninsured car? … When using a tow-bar the towed vehicle will be legally classed as a trailer, so provided your own car insurance policy includes cover for pulling a trailer (or you take out a standalone trailer insurance policy) the towed vehicle won’t need its own car insurance policy.

Yes… The idea is if the engine is running, the transmission pump will circulate the trans fluid (trans pump is driven off the torque converter). I towed this way for a total of about 14,000 miles and never had a problem.

Is it bad to tow a car in neutral?

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