How Much Does It Cost To Tow A Car?

How Much Does It Cost To Tow A Car

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The Cost To Tow A Car

The Cost To Tow A Car

If you’re like most people, knowing how much it’s going to cost to tow a car is not something you automatically know. You know that the cost for a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop is around $3. You understand that a gallon of milk is going to run you about $4, and the price per gallon of gas is easily ascertained by driving by the nearest convenience store. But, the price for towing your car from its breakdown location to the repair shop is not as readily available. Of course, you could simply call a local towing company and ask how much it would cost to tow your car. The only problem is the towing rates can vary from towing business to towing business. And, depending on the many variables that exist around the cost of towing, you could end up paying more in the long run just to get your vehicle towed.

In this article we’re going to discuss the various aspects surrounding the cost of towing, the tow truck services offered, local towing versus long-distance towing, and much more. So, before you hire a tow company to come on over and haul your vehicle off of the side of the road, take the time to educate yourself on towing company rates.

  1. Towing companies offer a wide range of towing and roadside assistance services. If your car is in your garage and needs to be towed to a local repair shop, the towing rate is much less than if your car has been involved in an accident and must be recovered before it can be towed. So, just know that the cost of having a car towed is dependent on the type of service required before the tow can be performed. Many motorists don’t understand the cost of accident recovery is separate from the cost of a simple tow.
  2. The price for towing also depends on how far you want your car towed. Some companies charge a hook-up fee as well as a cost per mile towed. Other companies charge an hourly rate, while still others charge a flat fee. Some towing companies offer a discount if it is a long-distance towing service. Say for example a local tow might cost you $85 for the hook-up fee and $4 per mile. So local towing for a car that needs to be towed 10 miles would cost $125. But, if your car needs to be towed 250 miles the towing company may knock that price down to an $85 hook-up fee and $3 per mile.
  3. The average cost for having your car towed in the Dallas area is around $125. The factors that figure into this number are numerous. A towing company knows that not only are they incurring expenses such as fuel, insurance, payroll, and others, but they’re also setting money aside for repairs, maintenance, and purchasing another truck.
  4. You can find cheap towing service. Of course, if you search hard enough you’re going to find a young naive tow company owner who doesn’t understand his numbers, and you might be able to get away paying less for your tow, but we wouldn’t suggest it. If they shirk their responsibility and don’t know their numbers, there’s a good chance they may skimp on insurance as well. This may mean that choosing a cheap towing service may cost you much more in the long run.
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How Much Does An Accident Cost?

Cost To Tow A Car Dallas

Car Accident Recovery Fees

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and need to have your car recovered and towed, the cost of these services will, most likely, be covered by your insurance company. However, there have many many occasions when motorists carry liability only on their vehicle, and they are either fully or partially responsible for the cost of towing and recovery. Contact your insurance company prior to being involved in an accident for clarity about your coverage limits. As mentioned previously, the cost of accident recovery is not the same as the price for towing. The reason for this discrepancy is because there are millions of various circumstances that can cause the accident recovery to be more labor-intensive and require more equipment and manpower than what it would take for a simple tow to the repair shop. Below are some of the factors to consider when determining the cost of accident recovery fees.

  • Off Road Accident Recovery. If your vehicle is involved in an accident and winds up 100 yards down an embankment, or stuck in a concrete ravine, getting to your vehicle and removing what’s left of it is more time-consuming than simply picking your car up from the shoulder of the highway.
  • Rollover Truck Cargo Recovery. When a tractor-trailer is involved in an accident, there’s a chance that it will rollover. If the trailer is full of cargo, it is the responsibility of the towing company to remove the cargo from the roadway and secure it for the truck owner. This is highly labor-intensive work and may require another truck and trailer. All of these factors and more can increase the cost of towing.
  • Gas And Oil Spills. Many times when responding to a motor vehicle collision, we are confronted with a gas or oil spill. On most occasions, we can simply spread Oil Dry on the spill, wait for it to absorb the pollutant, and then remove the material that way. At other times the cost of accident recovery can increase if the spill is larger than expected or poses a threat to the environment.
  • The Size Of The Vehicles Involved In The Accident. Another factor to consider when determining the cost of vehicle accident recovery is the sizes of the vehicles involved. When responding to accidents involving passenger cars, a regular-sized wrecker or flatbed can be used. However, when responding to accidents involving large trucks or tractor-trailers, we must use larger, more expensive heavy-duty wreckers. This, of course, increases the cost of the towing fees and accident recovery fees.
Cost To Tow A Car Dallas

Flatbed Towing Rates

When flatbed tow trucks were introduced to customers in the towing industry, many towing company owners decided to charge an extra fee for towing a vehicle on a flatbed tow truck. But, as the popularity of car carriers increased the cost for towing a vehicle on a flatbed or a wrecker equipped with a wheel-lift became the same. So, if you’re asking the towing company dispatcher how much to tow a car and they ask if you prefer a wrecker or a flatbed, because there’s a difference in the towing fee for each, hang up and call another towing company.

While a good tow truck operator can tow any passenger vehicle with either type of tow truck, the best tow truck to use can vary on a case-by-case basis. Below are some of the reasons why it might cost more or less for a tow depending on the circumstances surrounding the need for a tow.

  • Car In A Parking Garage. If your car is in a parking garage, in most instances, the clearance will be too low for a flatbed tow truck to perform the tow. Most towing companies will have a low clearance tow truck that has the ability to get to your car. If not, they can send a couple of people out to physically move your vehicle outside of the garage for loading onto a flatbed tow truck. Of course, this will increase the fee associated with the towing service.
  • Car Parked Between To Cars. If your vehicle is parked on the street in a metered parking spot between two other vehicles and must be removed a flatbed tow truck is not going to have the ability to load your vehicle onto the bed. Either a wrecker equipped with an autoloader, or other special equipment is necessary to properly tow your vehicle.
  • Missing Wheel Or Wheel Hub. If your vehicle has been involved in an accident and is missing a wheel, the difficulties surrounding loading your vehicle onto a flatbed increase. In order to avoid additional damage to your car, the tow truck operator must use specialized equipment and take great care when loading and unloading your vehicle from the flatbed of the tow truck. This additional manpower and equipment used will tend to increase the towing fee slightly.
  • Disabled Vehicle With No Road Access. If your vehicle is stuck in the mud out in a pasture or in the woods where there is no road access recovering it is going to pose a problem. We’re not saying that it can’t be towed, we’re simply stating that it becomes highly difficult. Our tow trucks weigh a minimum of 13,000 pounds, and regardless of if you operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle or not, a truck that heavy is going to get stuck. To avoid the cost of this type of towing recovery, we suggest that you not venture onto damp areas with no road access.
Cost To Tow A Car Dallas
Cost To Tow A Car Dallas

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Car breakdowns never happen at a time that’s convenient. And, they always seem to happen when you can least afford the repair bill let alone the cost for the towing service. Well don’t let the cost of towing get you down, Dallas Towboys offers very affordable towing rates. Call us now and receive fast roadside assistance and towing services.

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Now that you understand the costs associated with the various types of car towing and accident recovery services you have the ability to choose the right towing company. Choose Dallas Towboys Towing for all your towing-related needs.

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