How Much Are Towing Fees?

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Millions of vehicles are towed in the US each year. Nearly every car owner has needed at least one tow in their lifetime. Towing fees can be costly if you do not have roadside assistance or an emergency fund. Many people do not realize tow services include more than transporting a vehicle from one place to another. The fees charged by tow companies can vary depending on your circumstances, where you live, and the tow company.

What Services Do Tow Companies Offer?

  • Gas Delivery
  • Jump Start
  • Unlock Door
  • Tire Change
  • Transport a Vehicle
  • Pull You Out If Stuck

How Much Are Towing Fees

If you check directly on a tow company's website for pricing, you will probably be hard pressed to find a dollar amount. I checked several and not one listed their prices. However, luckily tow prices come fairly standard so I can at least get you a ball park figure. Towing fees often start at $50 and can quickly get as high as $100 depending on the type of tow and where you are located.

Often the base fee for coming out is $50, regardless if you need your vehicle towed one mile or twenty. More mileage does often come with a higher price tag. A standard tow is usually cheaper than a flatbed tow. A tow due to a car accident can be substantially higher. The cost for having your vehicle towed and impounded can also be substantially higher.

Roadside Assistance

Roadside assistance can seriously come in handy at a time like this. Options for roadside assistance coverage vary from policy to policy. Some car insurance carriers offer $50, $100, and $150 limits of coverage. The dollar amounts of coverage can come with a mileage limit too. For example: $50 of coverage for up to a 20 mile tow.

Sometimes mileage is what the coverage is based upon instead of a dollar amount. Some insurance policies my be setup to cover a 100 mile tow regardless of the amount of the charge from the tow company. It is important to understand your coverage at the time you purchase it so you are not confused about how much is covered and what to do at the time of a loss.

If your vehicle needed to be towed after a covered loss accident, most likely your car insurance policy will cover the cost of the tow within your claim, even without having selected roadside assistance. It is a nice coverage to have since tows at the scene of an accident often cost a whole lot more than a standard mechanical problem tow.

If you have questions about your roadside assistance coverage, you should call your car insurance agent. Sometimes your agent may be able to file your claim for you and have a tow truck sent out to your location. It all depends on your policy. Hopefully, you will be on your way in no time with a quick call to the tow service, just make sure to keep your receipt if you hope to file a claim on your car insurance.

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