Tow truck drivers perform an invaluable service when you become stranded in your vehicle because of an accident, mechanical failure or when you can no longer operate your vehicle safely. However, as with any business, there are the good, the bad and the downright ugly! Once you have been towed to their yard, issues can arise between an insurance company and the tow company over such things as storage fees and towing charges. This can have a serious impact on your ability to get compensation for damage to your vehicle. If you cannot afford the out-of-pocket expense to retrieve your car when these disagreements arise, you may be unable to retrieve your vehicle, the license plates (which may be necessary for a new vehicle or to cancel existing insurance) or your belongings.
Here are some tips to help you minimize or avoid these situations:
- Find a reputable tow company in your area now and keep the number handy in case you have a road emergency
- If your circumstances require your vehicle to be towed by a company that you are unfamiliar with, do not assume anything. Promptly find out where your car is being held and consider getting it relocated to a more suitable location, such as a storage yard you trust or even your own home if space is available.
- Remove your license plates from the vehicle as soon as it can be done legally and safely so that you have them when you need them. Being stuck out on the road can be scary. Additionally, if you have been injured in an accident, your car may be the last thing on your mind. Having the right information before the situation arises can make all the difference.
Of course, as always, we are only a phone call away!