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How Much Does Towing a Car Cost?

 
low cost5 miles By Tow Truck: $35-$125+average costRent a Car Trailer: $65-$200+ dayhigh cost100 miles by Tow Truck: $275-$600+
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Getting towed involves having a tow truck take a vehicle to a destination, most commonly a repair shop or residence, and is usually no more than a five-mile trip.

Typical costs:

  • Having a tow truck move a disabled vehicle to a repair shop, residence or other destination typically means paying a base rate (sometimes called a hook-up fee) of $35-$100, and $2.50-$5 per mile; the first five to seven miles may be included in the base fee. These are average price ranges; in areas with no legal limits on towing fees and few or no competing tow companies, the cost can be much higher. Generally, a typical tow of five miles or less might cost $35-$125; a 40-mile tow could be $125-$275; a 100-mile tow could cost $275-$600; and having a vehicle towed hundreds of miles could cost $1,000 or more.
  • Some companies charge 20%-25% more for towing a truck or other heavy-duty vehicle. For example, Harris Towing Service & Auto Repair Center[1] in Delaware has a flat rate of $60 for local towing; long-distance is a $75 hook-up fee plus $3.50 per mile; and towing a heavy-duty vehicle has a $150-$175 hook-up fee plus $5.50-$7.00 per mile.
  • If the vehicle to be towed is stuck in mud or off the road in a ditch, total costs may be higher because the vehicle may need to be winched out of wherever it is stuck, and the tow will take longer. This is typically billed at $50-$200 an hour. Phoenix Towing Service[2] in Arizona charges $90-$100 an hour for recoveries using a winch.
  • Some insurance companies offer free towing and other services as part of a roadside assistance package or auto club membership for $15-$360 or more a year, depending on the services provided. This free towing may be linked to the specific vehicle or to the driver regardless of vehicle. GEICO[3] charges its policyholders $14 a year per vehicle for its Emergency Road Service with 24-hour toll-free assistance. Allstate Motor Club[4] costs about $52-$108 annually, with prices varying slightly based on region and services offered The cost of AAA membership[5] varies by region but with five miles free towing it typically costs $49-$69 annually or $91-$114 with 100 miles for one driver; adding more drivers can cost $25-$75 each.
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Additional costs:
  • There may be an overtime charge for tow truck service on nights, weekends or holidays. For example, Ace Towing[6] in North Carolina has flat rates of $83-$90 for up to seven miles, but charges a $135 minimum from 10pm to 7am or on holidays.
Shopping for towing a car:
  • To find a tow truck, ask for a recommendation from a mechanic, friend or neighbor. If far from home, ask the local police to suggest a company that has the requisite training and equipment.
  • When calling for a tow truck, be ready to give an exact description of the vehicle to be towed, its location and the nature of the problem. Members of an auto club or roadside assistance program will typically find the phone number to call for assistance listed on their membership card.
  • If the car is disabled by the side of the road, make sure the vehicle is safely out of the flow of traffic, turn on the hazard lights and, if available, put out flares or warning triangles. While waiting for the tow truck, gather up any personal belongings that shouldn't be left in the vehicle. Most tow companies warn against standing on the side of the road, and recommend waiting inside the vehicle or in a nearby building within sight of the vehicle.
  • For help finding a reliable repair facility, check sites such as the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence[7] or the International Auto Technicians' Network[8] .
  • For tips on choosing a good mechanic, visit AutoEducation.com[9] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Picked up an HD from roadside, took to tow co 1 mile away out in 3 hrs. $600.00
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Mary L. bf now deceased, unrelated cause in Oregon City, OR.Posted: March 1st, 2014 01:03AM
Type of Vehicle: harley davidson deuceDistance Towed: almost a mile
Tow Company: Bud's Towing Oregon City, OR
My B.F. cracked his ocular socket and suffered a concussion in a single vehicle accident. Zero memory of details, curved road prevented any acceleration over 40-50 mph MAX. Plus he was always careful. When his brothers heard and showed up at the tow yard within 3 hours of the tow, were told that the cost was high due to"no insurance".That took about 20 minutes to disprove,ending with a personal call by the agent to the tow yard(which showed up in his next statement as a separate charge) After that, they said that since police were called by their driver, THAT was an additional charge of 150.00 His brothers were more worried about his condition than the bike, and scraped up 600.00 ransom and left with the bike.I've asked for itemized statements,records,pics,ANYthing that could possibly warrant their charges, but the "person that handles that" is ALWAYS 'out of the office','just left,'on vacation or some bs story.They see PREY with an HD,is the simple bottom line. I throw stuff at em'
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Towing rip off
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: alonzo j gladden in north charleston, SC.Posted: February 2nd, 2014 09:02AM
Tow Company: pride towing
In a shopping mart across the street from the nightclub where they had a small sign on the ground of one entrance that said no parking after midnight. I had to pay $150.00 just to let them unhook my suv. That was crazy and the police let them do it.
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pulled out of sandy on the side of the road
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Really Upset in rt 62, CA.Posted: November 6th, 2013 09:11PM
Type of Vehicle: chevolet impalaDistance Towed: was not towed
Tow Company: Bailey's
This is the biggest rip off, my insurance company only pays $75.00 to $100.00 to tow a car and this was not even a tow. My insurance company said they have never heard about this type of thing. The state of California should take better care of their roads.
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Great Experience in Charlotte, NC
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Mike Wenger in Charlotte, NC.Posted: August 26th, 2013 07:08PM
Type of Vehicle: Chevy Astro VanDistance Towed: 5
Tow Company: Independence Towing
My 17 year old son is a new driver and had a mechanical breakdown in a busy intersection in South Charlotte by Providence Promenade. When I got to the scene, I let my son leave and I got into the van. I searched Google on my Blackberry and found CharlotteAutoTowingNow.Com. This service immediately connected me to Independence Towing, (704)780-1755. Independence took the call immediately, GPS’d my location, gave me an estimated time and arrived on time. When they arrived, quickly and carefully pulled my car out of danger and onto the truck. On the spot took my credit card and took my car where I asked them to. Very professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
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Towed by flatbed
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Rayk in Concord, NC.Posted: March 12th, 2013 10:03AM
Tow Company: Bam bam towing
Cat had electrical short 2006 Toyota matrix. Towed on flatbed from home to shop about 20 miles. Price was about what I expected. Repair cost me another 320$
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Ripped Off by Schlier's Towing in the Poconos
Amount: $247.50
Posted by: College student in E Stroudsburg, PA.Posted: March 9th, 2013 12:03PM
Type of Vehicle: Jeep LibertyDistance Towed: 3 miles
Tow Company: Schlier's Towing
I was at Pocono Medical Center doing a research for a college project. The sign clearly states parking for patients/visitors only. I took a picture of that sign as well. They towed my car and I was charged 127.50 for the tow, 65.00 for the operator, 15.00 for the three miles and 40.00 for storage (it was there for three hours). I called five different towing companies in the area and was quoted between $65 and $125. Nothing else I can do but take them to civil court since these are not reasonable and customary charges and get some sort of reduction of the charges. I will research this further and hopefully stop this practice. I knew that paralegal degree would come in handy some day.
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Staeline Towing
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Lyn S. in Baker, CA.Posted: February 20th, 2013 09:02AM
Tow Company: Stateline Towing
I haven't paid & will now lose my 1989 Musrang Conv.rnThis place towed my car. Took me 2 wks. To find it. Now they want $895.00 for srealing it & $50.00 pee day for storage.What the heck. Is this even legal ?
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Towing a car on drive way
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: hung_ng672@me.com in Dayton, OH.Posted: December 19th, 2012 11:12AM
Tow Company: Charley
About 4 mile
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tow truck towed
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: a user in denver, CO.Posted: June 4th, 2012 07:06PM
Type of Vehicle: c5500 tow truckDistance Towed: 20
Tow Company: dont want to say
we are a towing company and it cost us 600.00 us dollars to be towed by a bigger truck.rnWow you people have no idea how much it cost us as tow companies to meet local and state regulations or how much 1 truck cost to run or maintain.rn1 truck cost us around 5000.00 in insureance that is what roadside assistance with your insurance companies requires us to carry and a another 500.00 in a asurety bond just to meet their needs. which can vary from state to state.rnthen we need shopkeepers, this is incase that tire falls off after we change it ect. 1500.00rnfuel 100.00 plus a day every dayrnrepairs god knows? lets just say a tire for the truck is 200.00 to 300.00...rnthe drive wages lets just say 10.00 an hour.rnphones, rent on a yard ect,rn.........And u want us to do a job for less then the price of a good meal?rnrealy.rnall my company does is roadside help. rnbut thats going to change due to well the money..the state says here we can charge 154.00 just to hook up to a car in a hadicap. then the miles and storage.rnor 85.00 to drop on the spot and move.rnguess no more nice guy any more. maybe or maybe not i still have to sleep and look in the miror.rnwhile my kids go with out.rnAND YOU COMPLAIN!!!!
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Car got pulled out of mud
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: car10 in ridgeway ontario, VT.Posted: November 29th, 2011 10:11AM
Type of Vehicle: 2004 corolaDistance Towed:
Tow Company: topps towing
My car was pulled out of the mud..I was not on a paved road..it was a rainy day and a muddy road..pull took 20 mins max..guy wanted 400$..suggestions?
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grones brothers more like rip off brothers
Amount: $287.00
Posted by: mr.and mrs. neveragain in tomsriver, NJ.Posted: September 11th, 2011 06:09PM
Type of Vehicle: foresterDistance Towed: 3 miles
Tow Company: grones brothers tomsriver NJ
Grones brothers of tomsriver Nj towed my car from an apartment complex for being parked in a reserved spot I was visiting a friend who forgot to tell me that 2 days before the parking arrangments were changed! I called grones 5 mins after they towed my car and they told me it was 287.00 to get it back and they only except cash! When I checked ther website they state that they except visa,mastercard and discover so some one lied! I also called local towing companies and all 4 told me that their fees were half of that! So please do yourself a favor and go somewhere else I have heard story after story of peole who were ripped off by this company in one way or another....it just really upsets me that companies like this are allowed to take advantage of us hard working people and I can promise this isn't the last they will hear from me I won't stop untill they do!!!
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George Slater
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: a user in Hopkinsville, KY.Posted: February 5th, 2011 10:02PM
Type of Vehicle: 2011 ford f-450Distance Towed: 15 miles
Tow Company: Hopkinsville Towing
Guys were very knowlogable about towing large trucks, and were very nice to tow my vehicle at 3:15am. These guys and gals were here in 5 min and had my truck loaded in 30sec, wow thats what I call service!
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Unbelievable! (not in a good way)
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: CrabbyTowedGirl in Chandler, AZ.Posted: January 17th, 2011 02:01AM
Type of Vehicle: HyundaiDistance Towed: 50 feet
Tow Company: ??
Um, our HOA towed our car because it was left out overnight. My hubby caught them at the gate as they were leaving and they charged him $200 release it. I could just spit at that company (and our HOA). While I guess we have to take some blame for leaving it out, we pay $110 a month to live here and they tow our car for being out once overnight?!! What a crock of c-r-a-p!!!
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Towing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: kariered in Spring/Humble, TX.Posted: June 24th, 2010 03:06PM
Type of Vehicle: PT Cruiser 2002Distance Towed: 20 miles
Tow Company: AAA
I have had my Cruiser towed this far twice this year. I work 20 miles from my mechanic. AAA is really worth it especially if you drive a used car and/or are prone to car problems. I am a member of AAA plus.
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