Bandit Tow Trucks – You Want to Stay Away From These

It’s deep winter, and your car stalls in the middle of nowhere. What should you do when a tow truck driver looks in asking if you need help? If the experience of many people that have been burned by an towing experience like this is anything to go by, not only will the company offering these tow trucks charge you prices that could qualify as highly robbery, they’ll keep your car with them until you pay those fees. If you merely ran out of gas or blew a tire, it could well end up costing more than $1000 for the towing, and for the time they keep the car until you pay up. There was even a warning that the insurer Allstate published recently that said that they encountered these tow trucks often. They call them bandit tow trucks.

Why would Allstate be so interested in having their customers stay safe from unethical operators of tow trucks? It’s just that when customers with comprehensive insurance or with collision insurance engage these bandit tow trucks, it’s the insurance company that has to pay the claim in the end. And of course when their costs rise, they’ll make up for it by raising premiums across the board. So how should you do to avoid being taken advantage of when you are stuck on the road and vulnerable?

If a tow truck comes by that you didn’t call or that a police officer didn’t call for, never give them permission to help you. If you want to call the towing operator, make sure that you use only a service that is screened and okayed by a roadside assistance program that you’ve signed up for. When you call a tow truck operator, make sure that the one that shows up is indeed the one you called. Whatever happens, make sure that you don’t give your truck operator any information to do with your insurance.

What you’re looking for even if you are stuck and you really wish to get home quickly, is for a tow company that will take your car to the repair shop you usually go to or a tow truck that will take you home. If they take you to a strange repair shop, chances are they’ll charge you for every hour they keep the car. Sometimes they take your car not to a repair shop at all, but to a parking lot where they keep imponded cars. All they are looking for is a chance to charge you car storage fees.

When a tow truck does show up that you called for, make sure that you ask for a proper printed price list that clearly states what kind of charges apply. You also want the documents to mention where the car will be towed. Make sure that you only sign right next to where it states what you will be charged. Leave some room at the bottom of the paper, and they can fill in whatever they want in the space you’ve given them.

 

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