Tips to Find a Good Towing Company

A red tow truck in Fairfax is towing a white car down the streetA good tow truck company can be hard to find. If your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road or you become involved in a car accident, you want a towing company that will provide fast and efficient service. Unfortunately, not all tow truck businesses are honest and reliable. To find a good local towing company, follow these important tips.

Ask Friends and Family for References

Word of mouth is an excellent way to find a good towing company. If someone that you know and trust recommends a certain towing company, you can usually confirm that you going to receive satisfactory service. You can also check for reviews online to see the experience of other customers who have used the company’s service in the past.

Confirm Licensing and Insurance

When shopping around for tow truck companies, make sure that the company you choose is licensed and insured. A professional towing company should be registered with the state and possess a license number. If a towing company is working without a license stay away. You do not want to be held liable in the event of an accident or damage done to your vehicle.

Determine the Efficiency of the Company

While you can’t always determine how fast a tow truck company will react until you’re face to face with a problem, you can ask for an average estimate. When interviewing a tow truck company for their services, ask how long it usually takes to arrive to the scene. Once on site, how long does it typically take for the technician to prepare your vehicle to be towed? By asking these types of questions you can be better prepared if you should ever need a tow truck.A white car that has been in an accident is in the process of being loading on to a flatbed tow truck from Fairfax Tow Truck

Choose an Established Towing Company

When choosing a tow truck company, opt for a business that has several years of experience. Experienced tow truck companies will have extensive knowledge of how to tow a vehicle without causing damage and will understand how to get the job done as fast and efficiently as possible. Local tow truck companies will also have knowledge of the area to ensure that you are found quickly wherever you may wind up.

Opt for a Company that Offers Multiple Services

While having a designated tow truck company can be handy, it is often more convenient to work with a towing company that offers multiple services. In addition to towing your broken down vehicle, some tow truck companies can also provide other services, such as roadside assistance. Have a flat tire? Run out of gas on the side of the road? A roadside assistance technician can travel to wherever you are to remedy the problem.

You just never know when you’re going to need a tow truck company to get you out of a bind. Before you experience your next catastrophe, be sure to have a reliable towing company saved in your contact list. A bad situation can become much worse unless you have a professional on your side.

33 thoughts on “Tips to Find a Good Towing Company

  1. Hey great information here, no one wants to put their second most valuable asset in the hands of an inexperienced or uninsured tow company. My car is like my baby so, I do not think I would just trust it with anyone. Thanks for the information you provided, I am sure that I will make the right choice and ask the right questions in any future towing situations.


  2. Great information on this post.

    I know if I broke down, or my wife or family member then we would want somebody who was trusted and ethical.

    The last thing you need when you’re feeling vulnerable is some uninsured or inexperienced creepy guy turning up.

    Also, like you say it’s great to know one that could fix a tyre at the roadside for you, or bring a can of fuel if you run out rather than just hooking your car up and towing it away.

    Sure, it might cost a little more, but better that and having the confidence to know somebody trustworthy is going to turn up.

  3. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for that informative post. When something tragic like an accident happens- even if it is a minor one- there’s always a degree of trauma to a victim. If then one makes a mistake in their choice of towing company to engage, the situation worsens tremendously. Thanks a lot for those informative tips to finding a good towing company- and also the reminder that we need to shop before any need arises as this eliminates a big measure of stress. Thanks a lot,

  4. I hear that Australia has just this week announced that they plan to regulate their towing industry. Too many cowboys holding cars ransom for ridiculous amounts of money.
    I have always been lucky when calling on towies, but it can be pretty hit and miss at the best of times.
    Maybe the grumpy old man razor sharp attitude of not taking prisoners and treading on people finally pays off.

  5. I agree that references are important when choosing a good towing service. It would be good to consider what others have to say in order to ensure that they are well liked by their past clients. My husband and I are looking for a towing service, so we’ll have to consider their references first.

  6. My car is pretty old, and I’m worried it could break down at any time on the road, so I want to find a good tow company to call in case this happens. Your article had some great tips for choosing a towing company, and I liked how you said to choose a company that has several years of experience so they know how to tow your vehicle without damaging it. Thanks; I’ll keep this in mind when choosing the tow company best for my needs.

  7. Thank you for this good post! I just heard a story how my friend had to order towing services and I realized that I don’t have any number to call in case my car needs towing. I need to find a reliable towing company so these tips are very useful for me. It would indeed be a good idea to choose a company which has multiple services. Thank you again!

  8. I appreciate the tip you gave about making sure the company is licensed and insured when looking for a towing service. Accidents are so unexpected, so it’s a good idea to find a reliable towing service to work with in the future. If I were to get into an accident resulting in the immobilization of my car, I would hire a reputable towing service as fast as I could.

  9. I’ve never thought of asking for an estimation of how long it will take the company to respond to your emergency. This is something I’ll have to keep in mind as I search for the right towing company to come and remove a car from the front of my house. I’ll have to do some research and find the best towing company in my area.

  10. My husband and I are stuck on the side of the road and need a towing company to come and get our car. Thank you for pointing out that I should make sure and get one with years of experience. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best towing company in my area

  11. I agree that you want to make sure to find a licensed and insured towing service. It would make sense to find someone who is licensed in order to know they are qualified. My husband and I are looking for a towing service, so we’ll have to check their license.

  12. You made a great point about confirming license and insurance to make sure they can legally tow. My husband and I are looking for a blocked driveway towing service that can help us get rid of the car that has been parked in front of our house for the past few days. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  13. I am thinking that it is going to be helpful for us to consider the tip that you gave to choose a towing company that has several years of experience. I think that one who is experienced will be able to best help us because it must mean that they have a good quality of work. My wife and I have been talking about finding a towing company to help us get our car home because we had to leave it on the side of the road when it broke down last night, and it will be important for us to be confident in our choice of who to hire. To be sure that they are going to be good, I will check their experience level.

  14. My aunt drives a lot and the main car that she drives is a really old Chevy truck that rattles when the engine starts and has been having a hard time starting up. She would really like to get some help from a professional so that if she does break down she can get help. I liked what you said about how she can ask how long it will take them to arrive on the side as an estimate.

  15. You made a good point when you explained that it is a good idea to find a towing service that is local so that they can find you quickly. In addition to that, I would say that it would be a good idea to know of a local towing company that can help transport vehicles in the event they get wrecked in an accident. It would be important to be able to have these vehicles transported without receiving any more damage.

  16. My brother has been driving a truck that is as old as he is and he thinks that it is going to break down on him but he thinks that it might. Getting some help from a professional could be really useful and allow him to get the help he needs when it breaks down. I liked what you said about how they should have a license number and be registered in the state while having the right amount of experience.

  17. It’s good to know that you can find a good towing company by word of the mouth. My car recently broke down a couple of days ago and is stuck out in the front of my home, and I want to look into hiring a towing company that can tow it to an auto service shop to get fixed. I’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as I search for a towing company that can help me.

  18. I agree with what you said that it’s important to ask a towing service how much time they usually take to arrive at the scene to ensure that they can get to me fast. My car has been having issues lately, but I still can’t afford to take it to an auto mechanic. I’m looking for a roadside assistance service now as a back-up, so I can have their number saved on my phone if an emergency happens. I’ll take note of what you when I start calling the services available in our area. Thanks!

  19. You make a very good point that it is important to choose a towing company that is registered with the state as well as licensed and insured. I have an old 1965 pickup truck that I inherited from my grandpa, and I’m worried that it might break down on the road while I’m driving to work. It would definitely give me peace of mind to find a towing company now so that I have their number in case anything happens.

  20. I like your tip to find a tow truck company that will react quickly when you have a problem so that you aren’t stuck on the side of the road. My husband and I would like to go on a road trip along the coast. I will have to find a towing company for each major city so that we can make sure we’ll be covered in case of any issues with our old sedan.

  21. I agree that it would be a good idea to ask what the eta is until the towing company can get to your location. My sister and I are about to start a long cross country trip, and want to make sure we are prepared in case anything goes wrong along the way. Would it be a good idea to do our research ahead of time, and have a list of towing companies along our path of travel?

  22. I recently bought my first car and I’m making a list of the most used services when something goes wrong, and I’m looking for advice to hire a towing service. You made a great point when you recommended choosing an established company so you can opt for a company that is reliable. I will start doing deep research and I will follow your advice to choose the best towing company possible.

  23. It really can be scary when you don’t know the area – and a lot of towing services and tow trucks are only out for themselves. We’re in Tulsa, and we’ve found that a lot of people call us after they’ve been through the ringer with another company. Sometimes the tow truck takes HOURS to show up … and some don’t even show up at all.

  24. I love that you mentioned how you can find out whether or not a towing service is reputable based on the feedback they have received on the internet. Ever since my brother’s engine overheated while he was on his way home from a business trip last night, he has been trying to find a way to take his vehicle home so that he will be able to attend our cousin’s wedding this weekend. He should contact a professional that is known for handling problems correctly.

  25. I like how you talked about hiring a towing business that has a lot of experience and that is knowledgeable about towing. My husband’s truck tends to break down pretty often and it is helpful to know these tips for finding a good towing company. Next time that happens I will be sure to look into reputable truck towing services.

  26. It was mentioned that it is important to choose a towing company that has several years of experience. We recently moved to a new state and want to be prepared in case anything were to happen to any of our vehicles. I will have to keep these tips in mind such as, looking for a company who offers multiple services, as we try to find the right one for us.

  27. It’s great that this article mentions that a towing service can help you in the event that your car breaks down on the road. My car has been having some engine problems for the past few weeks, so I’m considering finding a towing company that I can call if it breaks down. I’m going to look for a good provider of towing services in the area that I can use.

  28. It’s interesting that you mention that a towing service can help you if your vehicle breaks down on the road. My new car has been having engine troubles lately, so I’m thinking about finding a towing company to call if it breaks down. I’m going to look for a reputable provider of towing services in the area that I can use.

  29. My husband always go for whichever tow truck company as long it has a good feedback from someone we know. He also choose one with multiple services offered at an affordable price.

  30. I’m glad you talked about towing companies and how it’s important to check their certifications when hiring one. Recently, one of my uncles mentioned he needs to find a specialized towing service. My uncle just arrived in town, so he’s not familiar with our surroundings, but I think this article could help him with his towing problem. Thanks for the information on towing services and their best qualities.

  31. I like your tip about asking my friends and family for recommendations to a good towing company to find one where we can receive satisfactory services. My dad would benefit from this advice since he’s looking for a towing service because our family car is currently on a ditch at the outskirts of the town. We were involved in a minor car accident, and now, we need to find a towing service to retrieve our car. Thanks for this.

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