As a driver, there are several popular towing scams that you should be aware of, including the following:
- This refers to when a towing firm monitors police scanners and shows up at accident scenes unannounced. The towing company will then try to convince drivers to get towed to a body shop, even if it’s unnecessary.
- Inflated fees. Tow truck companies will sometimes increase fees when they believe the towing is going to be part of an insurance claim. These can be expensive and unnecessary fees like gate, labour and release fees to drive up prices.
- Added damage. In extreme cases, certain body shops give tow truck drivers a commission for bringing them business. These body shops will then hold cars for extended periods of time to drive up prices or even purposely completing unnecessary repairs to increase repair costs.
To avoid these scams, it’s important to be informed. Never utilize a tow truck that shows up at a scene unannounced, always request a printed price list of transportation and storage fees prior to committing to the tow and have your vehicle towed to a body shop of your choice. These steps will ensure that you are less likely to become a victim of these scams!