There are more things you need to know to avoid tow truck scams. Continue reading to learn tips for preventing towing scams from happening to you or your loved ones.
Tow Truck Scam Tips
Tow truck scams usually involve some sort of passive-aggressive financial inflation and/or deceit. This includes charging outrageous prices for small-duty tow services, adding in hidden fees to final invoices, and holding vehicles hostage in their storage lots. For example, a simple flat tire can end up costing a person over $1,000 if they are conned into storage fees, lot charges, and more. Here is how to avoid letting something like this happen to you or your family:
• Choose a licensed, experienced, and well-established towing company.
• Choose a towing company that has been pre-screened and approved by your roadside assistance carrier.
• If you or law enforcement did not call the tow truck driver on location, do not give them permission to take your vehicle to their lot.
• Always have a vehicle towed directly to a private residence or auto repair shop. Never have a vehicle towed to a towing lot unless you have no other option.
• Do not give insurance information to a tow truck operator.
• Double-check that the name, logos, and signs on the company vehicle and paperwork are consistent.
• Request a printed copy of written documentation stating where the vehicle is being towed to, as well as, a price list of all fees and charges.
• Always sign below the quoted price or dollar amount, not on the dotted line. Scam artists can go back and add on extra charges after a person signs their agreement at the bottom of the paperwork.