Most of us have had to call for a towing service at least once, usually preceded by an unexpected car collision or an overheated vehicle. While awaiting towing, be aware of the current roadway racket. Towing scams are all too real in and around Lynnwood and across the country.
How Towing Scams Work
Accident chasers/towing companies either listen to police scanners and then show up at crash sites or watch for vehicles pulled over on the roadside. The tow truck companies charge inflated fees, either attempting to steal from insurance companies or car owners who don’t have insurance. If you can’t provide payment, they may hold your vehicle hostage until you can.
Many “bandit” tow drivers also seek out parked cars on company premises and concoct bogus excuses for towing them.
How to Avoid Scammers
Your first line of defense is to only accept towing from the towing company you called. If your insurance provider arranges towing for you, get the name of the tow company.
Second, when the authorized tower arrives, don’t allow your vehicle to be hooked to the truck until you see the printed invoice. This should outline the total fee, how much insurance covers, etc. Before the tow truck leaves, know exactly where the driver is taking your vehicle.
We provide towing as part of our additional services. We have a partnership with Simon & Sons towing service, so politely turn down passing tow trucks with any other company name. The tow truck will bring your car to Absolute Auto Body where we perform collision and auto paint repairs. Keep these cautions in mind; don’t become a victim of towing scams. Contact us today to learn about our limited lifetime warranty.
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