If you are searching for a local tow truck to get your broken down vehicle, but are also worried about what it's going to cost you, read on. There are a few things you want to consider before you hand the tow truck company your credit card, or before you pay for the service out of your pocket.
If you have a few minutes or some time before you need to have the vehicle hauled away, or if you haven't gotten a hold of a tow truck service yet, you'll want to make the following phone calls.
Your Auto Insurance
Do you pay for tow truck assistance every month when you make your auto insurance payment? If you don't know, it's worth taking the time to ask. Even if you don't pay for the coverage, your auto insurance company may offer you a discounted rate, and they may suggest a trustworthy tow truck company (such as Car And Truck Services Inc.) in the area that they have their clients use.
A Credit Card Provider
Do you have a few credit cards in your wallet? Towing services may be one of the hidden perks you don't know that you have as an owner of the cards. Call the customer service information line on the back of your cards, or go to their website to see if you can get free towing, or if they will pay for a portion of the expense if you use that card.
The Service Repair Shop
Do you already know where you are going to take the vehicle to have it towed? If so, you'll want to call them to see if they have a tow truck. Since you are taking the tow truck to their shop location to be repaired, they may offer a cheaper tow than other competing companies. They also may make you a priority, so you get your vehicle towed and worked on faster.
You shouldn't just pay cash for a tow and assume that it's going to be lost money, find out first if you can get a discount or get the tow paid for. If your vehicle is on the side of the road or in a parking lot and needs to be towed right away, you can still make these different phone calls very quickly to determine if you can save. Call around and get different quotes if you do have to pay for the service in order to get the best deal.