Towing’s Good and Bad Side by Manny Lontok

E and E Towing Services provides towing for Tampa and nearby areas. They also provide fast and professional wrecker service for anyone who needs motorcycle towing, emergency road service, emergency towing, recovery of rollover or junk cars, transport of heavy duty equipment, and private trespass towing.

Towing companies often pose as the villains to a motorist’s life but the situation is manageable as long as you know the right things to do. For those of you who’ve never had your towing incidences, good for you. Keep it up. But here are some tips for whenever/if ever this happens to you.

Stay calm. Don’t panic. You think clearer when you’re calmer. Easier said than done, but try it. Of course, this is applicable for towing situations where you break some traffic rules.

After calming down, call the police station. Towing companies don’t leave nice little notes on the spot where your car used to be to tell you where to come find it. You have to do some investigating. This doesn’t mean calling 911. Police will not write this down as an emergency, just so you know. 411 the police station of the town you’re in. The dispatcher will be able to tell you if your car is in an impound lot somewhere, or if it’s been stolen. You can ask a friend to Google the area towing companies so you could immediately call them. If a friend is not available, the police is your next best chance.

The policy for most towing companies is this: Prior to having access to your vehicle, you need a police release, or else, you will not be allowed to go to the vehicle for any reason if the vehicle has a “hold” or “needs a police release” tag. This is a concrete explanation of why you can’t immediately get your vehicle immediately prior to towing. Also, when you’ve gathered all the necessary papers, remember to bring valid ID upon claiming. A valid Driver’s License is required for anyone wanting to view a vehicle and/or pick up a vehicle from a towing company.

Call someone you trust to come pick you up. You won’t be able to retrieve your vehicle that fast because there are a LOT of processes you have to go through before you are given your car back.

Get cash. Call the lot and double check payment methods before you show up. Most towing companies, or wrecker service companies as they are also known now, won’t take anything other than cold, hard cash. So make sure you find a bank/ATM, and get lots of moolah. It would probably cost you from $120-$300 depending on the circumstances and the place. Most wrecker service providers only accept cash so you should be prepared. The fees that you should expect to pay for are towing fee, administration fee, and daily storage (yes, this too!).

It’s useful to know a bit about the rules of the road of the area you’re driving in. Get a copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) book so you know if you’ve been towed for the right reasons. There is such a thing as non-consensual towing so you have to be careful. Parking rules are very important information related to towing so know your areas’ regulations on this matter.

Of course, breaking traffic rules isn’t the only reason for getting towed or availing the services of a towing company. People also need wrecker service for transporting junk cars or broken down vehicles. Wrecker service providers can help you with motorcycle towing, emergency road service (tire changing, lock out service, etc.), emergency towing during accidents, recovery of rollover or junk cars, transport of heavy duty equipment, and private trespass towing.