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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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Car's engine died, towed to repair shop.
Amount: $35.00
Posted by: Vinh in Colby, KS.Posted: March 12th, 2017 11:03AM
Tow Company: S&M Repair
USAA covered 14 miles and hook up fee. Towing distance is 25 miles. I paid for 11 miles, which come to 35$.
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Towing in Garner Texas
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: John Hiland in Garner, NC.Posted: February 22nd, 2017 07:02PM
Tow Company: A&E Towing
Friendly prompt, cash price. Towed my Mercury 15 miles. Gave my wife and I a ride to our hotel no extra charge. Not all tow trucks are scumbags.
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I GOT EVERYONE BEAT
Amount: $2,935.00
Posted by: toyota in middletown, SC.Posted: January 3rd, 2017 03:01PM
Type of Vehicle: PKUP TRUCKDistance Towed: 5 MILES
Tow Company: CAROLINA TOWING
Got in a roll over accident.totalled my toyota tundra,26' camper, and atv.tow company towed toyota with a roll back,towed camper with a wrecker,and atv with another wrecker. I helped them to do the hook up with atv because driver had no clue what he was doing.went to shop next day to get my atv and all my belongings from camper. they said you are not getting anything till you pay $2935.00 rite now.i said I'm traveling threw the state on vacation with nothing but cloths on my back due to you have everything of mine in lock up.and you can have my camper its to damaged to take with.I said where do you get this price? thats my rates, pay it.had no choice to pay and fight later...WHAT A TOTAL RIP OFF.Every state/county has set rates. so i guess I'm going after him with a civil suit...
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Over cost for towing
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Karson Wong in Irvine, CA.Posted: December 4th, 2016 11:12PM
Type of Vehicle: Toyota PriusDistance Towed: 8 miles
Tow Company: B & A Towing
I want to share one of towed my car’s experience. On Dec 2, 2016, my Toyota (Prius) broke down on my driveway. I called AutoNation Toyota Irvine and as for tow my car to repairing. They gave me the tow car company telephone number they usually use to me but the company said no driver available that day. So I go to the website to search and type “towing in Irvine.” Google search gave me the first place to choose was “Greentow.com” on this site it show four green promise. The two of these are 1 Faster than our competitors less than 30min arrival, the other is Honest pricing policy fixed price no hidden costs. But these all lie…………
I called the phone number on the page. A lady picked up the phone. I told her I need a tow car and gave her my location and need tow to Irvine Toyota and ask the estimate cost. She said I can’t tell your right now, the driver will tell you after he arrived and he will call before 10 minutes he reach. She asked my phone number and credit card number said to pro
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Was not charged what I was quoted
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: Feli in Houston, TX.Posted: November 25th, 2016 08:11AM
Tow Company: Medina contracted thru Delta
My Nissan Armada was stalled at a repair shop and needed to be towed to the dealership day after Thanksgiving because the repair shop couldn’t complete the repairs. I found Delta towing on the Internet and called them. All I heard the service rep quote me was $55 for the first 10 miles then $3 for every mile after that. The tow ended up being 9 miles. The receipt shows $55 wrecker service, $65 Tow, there's an unexplained $27 charge on the receipt, $3.25 toll, and $12 for taxes. Receiving an accurate quote helps. I would've called another company or waited to schedule the tow for a later date. I still have to be able to afford the repairs on my truck. So budgeting carefully is very important especially since the repair shop charged me as well.
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Expensive Police Towing
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: a user in Champaign, IL.Posted: September 26th, 2016 03:09PM
Type of Vehicle: 2015 Subaru WRXDistance Towed: 2 miles
Tow Company: Tatmans Towing
Towed for being in a no parking zone - surprised at the cost for towing 2 miles.
$140 base city charge
$60 dolly for all wheel drive
$25 admin fee
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Towed
Amount: $279.00
Posted by: Jonathon Crystal in Thayer, MO.Posted: August 15th, 2016 10:08PM
Tow Company: Lynn towing Salem arkansas
My car went off road in heavy rain and got stuck cop called tow company told him ionly had a ten on me cop left tow company came told them I could not pay now he hooked up anyway I asked how much told me he didn't know got car out then said I had to pay 200 now orr they will take car I only had ten and still a week till next paycheck that was Saturday could not get ahold of them till Monday they told me now it would cost 279 to get it out today tomorrow 35 rollers more then 70 dollars a day after that luckily my Dad got the money up and paid them then said they didn't have key there its iin another truck going to another city had to wait 3 hour to get my car after all was paid to get it out what a scam folks if the grass would of been dry i could of drove out
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rip off
Amount: $229.00
Posted by: kido in columbia, SC.Posted: June 25th, 2015 07:06AM
Type of Vehicle: carDistance Towed: 5 miles
Tow Company: County Towing
Charged 200.00 to tow 5 miles and 29.00 storage. Car was at tow place for 12 hours
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My car was towed
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Ram car in Modesto, CA.Posted: June 10th, 2015 11:06AM
Tow Company: Allright tow
Man I was having some drinks with some friends. George axes me,if I had more coke. I say yes, it's in my car. I'm walking around looking for my car. It's not there. I called the police and say. Where's my car. They say to mee. I don't know. I go back inside to the bar and ax the bartender. Where's my car. He says I don't no. He does tell me that I shouldn't have parked on a handicap parking. He tells me it probably got towed, hands me a card for Allright towing. I pick up my car next morning for free. The owner said thanks for the gift and did not charge me anything. I never did find my coke.
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Tow from Nat'l Park
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: park mishaps in Northfield, OH.Posted: May 11th, 2015 12:05PM
Type of Vehicle: Ford SUVDistance Towed: 30 feet
Tow Company: Interstate Towing & Transport Specialist
Got stuck off-road in national park, tow truck came, drove 100 yard through short grass, pulled me 30 feet out of a mud puddle, then charged me 400. I got it down to 300 cash.
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Shark Recovery in San Antonio is Excellent
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: David210 in San Antonio, TX.Posted: April 15th, 2015 06:04AM
Type of Vehicle: Toyota CorollaDistance Towed: 11 Miles
Tow Company: Shark Recovery
My radiator went out in San Antonio while on my way to work. Called around for pricing and either they didnt answer the phone or it was over $100. This company answered in the first few rings, and showed up in about 30 minutes. The guy driving the truck even dropped me off at work. Cant believe this place was so helpful. Check them out at http://sharktowingsanantonio.com
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Towing Ripoff
Amount: $417.50
Posted by: NEB101 in Jefferson, NH.Posted: March 13th, 2015 03:03AM
Tow Company: Dick's Truck Sales
Had a handicapped van, was taking sick dog to vet. Van broke down, State Trooper wouldn't wait for Roadside Assistance because of vehicle's location. Tow truck driver said the cost was a couple of hundred dollars to tow (13 miles). Not happy but had no choice because once on scene, he hooked up to the vehicle. Tow Truck driver wanted to take vehicle to his shop. We asked to tow it to ours. That night I offered to pay for the tow and was told that they hadn't finished figuring it out yet and would leave it to be collected by the shop where it was towed. Repair shop refused to collect bill because it was excessive for a late afternoon tow. Now being sued because I refused to pay that amount.
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over priced down right taken advantage of
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: Corey in Pendagrass, GA.Posted: March 4th, 2015 04:03AM
Tow Company: I 85 towing pendagrass
Truck was on the side of rd hit a phone pole driver/owner wouldn't give a on site price towed truck 2 miles and said he's going to have surgery so he's letting his help price everything. I called him he answered and showed up. The whole tow only took about 45min. Half of that was a inexperienced drive.
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Out ragious
Amount: $380.00
Posted by: Reginald Greene in Tuscaloosa, AL.Posted: March 3rd, 2015 08:03AM
Type of Vehicle: MotorcycleDistance Towed: less than 25 miles
Tow Company: Bambarbarger Wrecker Serv.
Motorcycle was towed due to several traffic violations. Cops told tow driver the bike wasnt insured. Tow company charged $260 for the tow for less than 26 miles. Motorcycle was in storage for 4 days at a rate of $30 a day. This isnt a car. They charge more if it was a truck vs. a car due to size and weight. To charge a motorcycle at a rate this high is price gouging. They had inside knowledge that the motorcycle wasnt insured and took advantage of that fact, not fearing legal action from an insurance company. I was unable to pay such and outrageous price and lost my investment.
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Best towing company anywhere
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: Mike2323 in Seatac, WA.Posted: January 26th, 2015 01:01AM
Tow Company: TUKWILA TOWING
This is the best Towing company I have ever see in my hole life, the drivers are very professional and thay know cars, driver told me if I fix your car w/out towing I'll get the bonus from the boss, unbelievable, He took out obd scanner took him 5 minutes to fix my car and charged me only $65 including the parts, Just to let people in South Seattle Know about Tukwila Towing and my expirisnce,
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response from towing company to brian lonergans post
Amount: $510.00
Posted by: marty mcgrath in clay twp. michigan, MI.Posted: November 5th, 2014 02:11PM
Type of Vehicle: envoyDistance Towed: 15 miles
Tow Company: southside towing
owner neglected to state that vehicle was locked in park in 4 wheel drive with the front wheels turned all the way one way ,that the vehicle was stuck to the axles in a 5 ft ditch, t5hat I the driver have never been convicted of any felony's policed contract won't allow a felon to tow and that the police agency had put a three day hold on the vehicle we are a reputable police towing contractor with over 50 yrs in the business . this customer is just upset that his son got drunk smashed his vehicle and then took off running from the police received a leaving the scene of an accident ticket and had to pay for a professional service !!!!
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Tow rates
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Victimizd in Long beach, CA.Posted: October 18th, 2014 12:10AM
Tow Company: all and any
Mabe if the tow rates were more afodable more people would use them but with there high bills (ya who doesnt)and the price to get a car out asfar as im concerned its gta some one takes ur car u have to go find it and pay to get it back should be flat rate and yes I have had my car towed and stuff taken from it hard to prove but cars for pick a parts big money its all about politics air resorces board get thecar charge to much car goes to junk yard u need trans get another car pay reg fees taxes not to mention the price of the ride but thats the loop and the money in some politicians pocket for stealing ur ride
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Towing
Amount: $826.00
Posted by: Royally Pissed in Kent, WA.Posted: July 29th, 2014 11:07AM
Tow Company: 1Stop Towing &Recovery
My car was parked on a private property. The car was half way hooked up, And was asked if The could he drop the car the car. The driver which is the owner also gave a price of $263. No one had that kind of money. So another person called tge driver and asked about the same service and he said $70 and did not realize he was talking to someone that was standing there. He figured it out because they seen himbon the phone and he abruptly hung the phone up. So i called the next day and this owner went in on my about my parenting skills because supposedly son was angry about the whole thing and cursed. He told me my car was $326 the following day. So all while im getting up money to get the car out it was going up in storage fees end result $826.
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over inflated towing fees
Amount: $510.00
Posted by: brian lonergan in clay twsp, MI.Posted: June 9th, 2014 12:06PM
Type of Vehicle: gmc envoyDistance Towed: 3 miles
Tow Company: southside towing
my sons friend put our vehicle on this side of the road where it was muddy and could not get out police assumed it was abandoned within 15 min our local convicted felon tow truck driver came and pulled it out of mud and charged $225 for answering call and another $200 to put it on and off truck was at minis collision from 7am sat morn and went to pick up mon morn as soon as they opened and was charged 3 days of storage truck was there less than 48 hrs and charged for 3 days beware in Michigan of minis collision and southside towing in which the owner is a convicted felon
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tow fees
Amount: $78.00
Posted by: TJR in any, CA.Posted: May 24th, 2014 09:05PM
AAA in Southern Ca is 49.00 a year for 7 miles towing with 4 service calls for any vehicle the member is with at the time of service for $78.00 the tow mileage is 100 miles
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Rip Off
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in Watertown, NY.Posted: May 8th, 2014 08:05AM
Type of Vehicle: small suvDistance Towed: 5.3 miles
Tow Company: Upstate Towing
Car wasn't even there for 8hrs they said standard rate was $250 they didn't even have a lot or a credit card machine
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TOWING MAJOR OVERCHARGE- CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS NEEDED
Amount: $264.00
Posted by: SHELLY LYNN in OGDEN, UT.Posted: April 21st, 2014 08:04AM
Type of Vehicle: pONTIAC sUNFIREDistance Towed: 9
Tow Company: BRONCO TOWING, OGDEN
EASTER FRIDAY MY MOM HAD MAJOR SHOTS TO HER BACK. SHE PARKED IN FRONT OF OUR TRAILOR AT WASHINGTON ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE VEHCLES ON THE ROAD PAST 11:00 pm. MY MOM AFTER RECOUPING FROM HER SURGERY WENT OUT AT 11:25 AND THE CAR HAD BEEN TOWED. SHES 73 YEARS OLD, SS INCOME. THEY CHARGED 264.00 FOR THE TOW AND KEEPING IT OVER THE WEEKEND. TRIED TO GET IT SATURDAY, BUT NO ONE SPOKE ENGLISH THAT COULD HELP US. NOT RIGHT! I DO BELIEVE THE PARK GETS A CUT OF THE TAKE FOR TOWING!!!! ILLIGAL
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Most Reasonable
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Norm in Millville, NJ.Posted: March 24th, 2014 11:03AM
Type of Vehicle: 2002 JeepDistance Towed: 100 miles
Tow Company: Busy Bee Towing
This company drove 70 miles to get my car, then towed it 100 miles to my home. They were very courtious and on time
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