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Hiring the Right Tow Truck after a Car Breakdown or Accident

Posted on 02 June 2018 by admin (0)

What happens after your car breaks down or you’ve been involved in an accident while heading to that important meeting or event? The next thing that comes in your mind is trying to figure out how you can get back on the road as soon as possible, right? In such cases, you’re likely not to have much of a choice on the towing service that comes to help.

Cases where more than one vehicle is involved in an accident usually involve fire departments, legal authorities, and other emergency services. However, when it comes to scenarios where it’s only your car that’s been involved in an accident, has engine trouble, slide-offs, or breaks down, you want to hire a reliable towing service that will provide you with the support you need to have a less stressful experience. Truth be told, you never get to decide when your car will break down. Accidents or car breakdowns can happen any time. Here’s how you can get the most from your towing service buck before you contact a towing company.

Research the Reputation of the Towing Company

No matter the professional service you’re looking for, reputation is one of the most important factors to consider. It’s crucial that you find a towing service you can trust. Remember you’re stranded on the road and you need all the support and help you can get. It’s, therefore, a good idea to always keep the contact information of a reputable towing company in your car. No one knows when they might need a tow truck.

When researching on different towing companies, be sure to ask for details on pricing and the type of services offered. Find out if the towing service accepts credit cards. Check reviews and see what previous clients have said about the company’s service. Asking for a list of references can also help you know what to expect. Once you’ve found a professional towing company that has a good reputation, keep their number in your vehicle just in case you need it.

Don’t Blindly Give in or Trust a Towing Company that Just Shows Up

Understand that there are tow trucks that are always waiting to scam on unsuspecting car owners. I know Eric at Quincy Tree Service had a situation where a tire blew out on one of their service trucks along the interstate.  As mentioned, after a car accident or collision, you’re likely not to have much choice on the company that tows your vehicle, especially if the tow truck has been dispatched by emergency services. However, when having engine trouble and your car can’t move or involved in a slide-off, don’t blindly trust anyone who shows up from nowhere and offers to tow your vehicle.

A reputable towing company will have its transportation ID number displayed on their truck and won’t show up in an unmarked vehicle. Be wary of any truck that wants to help yet you didn’t call them. You want to work with a licensed and insured towing company for your safety and protection should anything go wrong.

Snap a Picture of your Vehicle

Snapping a picture of your vehicle isn’t just another way of having fun at this time. You want to capture your vehicle’s condition before it’s towed to your auto shop or preferred destination. This documentation will help you determine if there were any unexplained damages as your car was being towed to your destination.

Don’t be in a Hurry to Sign the Paperwork

You must be careful when signing the paperwork. First, ensure you’ve read through the document and are fully aware and in agreement with everything written in it. When signing, ensure your signature is positioned right below or nearby the agreed amount. You don’t want any changes to be made on the dollar amount without your knowledge, do you?

Finally, it’s important that you get a copy of the receipt once your vehicle has been safely towed away and the work is completed. The receipt will help you know whether or not you’ve been billed the agreed-upon charges.