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5 Tips For Long Distance Towing

There are many reasons why you may need to get your car towed long distance. Perhaps you recently took a job and needed to relocate quickly, without all the trouble of moving all of your stuff and, in the process, you left your car behind. You could always get a friend to drive your car to you, but that might be a high order if you have moved from one coast to another. Not to mention the fact that the gas cost alone may be so expensive that it is more cost efficient to pay a towing company.

So, once you have made the decision to get your vehicle towed long distance you may not know where to begin in order to figure out exactly how (and with what tow service) to do this. It’s not a transaction that most people do very often. Here, then, are 5 tips to make sure that you make the best decision and get the most bang for your buck when towing long distance.

  1. Decide whether you want to have the car towed using a two-wheel tow dolly, or on the back of a flat-bed tow truck. In most cases the latter option will be a bit safer (less of a chance for damage to your vehicle), but may also be more expensive. If you opt for the first option, you may want to investigate insurance in case of any damage to your car. Most companies will make you sign a waiver saying that they are not responsible for damages, so look out for this to see what the situation is.
  2. Shop around to find the best price for a long-distance tow service. You are probably going to be looking at larger companies providing a service like this, since most local towing company businesses will lack the resources or time to devote to something like this. In any case, make sure you do some research on the towing company beforehand. Look at customer reviews on the internet to establish the general reputation of the company. In order to get the best price, then you may want to utilize a site like uShip which allows you to get quotes from many different companies for your tow. Remember, competition lowers costs.

    If you are already paying a moving service, see if you can add your vehicle tow on for a discount. (photo by TheMuuj via Flickr)

    If you are already paying a moving service, see if you can add your vehicle tow on for a discount. (photo by TheMuuj via Flickr)

  3. Read the fine print on any contract. This goes without saying. We have a very bad habit in our culture of failing to read contracts that we sign. Don’t forget that your signature on a contract is legally binding. If you neglect to get insurance on the vehicle for example and there is damage that occurs in the towing process, you need to know if you are liable (most likely the answer is yes, which also means you should probably get insurance). Again, read the contract in full and ask questions about any clauses that are confusing. Knowledge is power, after all.
  4. Know what the time guarantees are. If you need your vehicle by a specific date and time, choose a tow service which can get it to you within that timeframe. But, make sure that they guarantee that timeframe. This goes along with the previous tip. You need to know if the timeframe for getting your vehicle to its destination is merely a quoted estimate, or a guarantee.
  5. If you are shipping other items along with your vehicle, see if you can get discount from your current moving company if you add vehicle towing into that package. They may or may not have an advertised package that includes vehicle towing at a discounted rate compared to getting the tow service a la carte. Even if the company does not have an advertised package or price which is cheaper, talk to a company representative about seeing if you can swing a deal anyway. It never hurts to ask. If the first person you speak to isn’t too keen on the idea, try escalating to a supervisor. Don’t forget, companies want to demonstrate their customer service to you to keep you as a long-term customer. Take advantage of this desire.

There you have it. A few simple tips to select the right tow service for your long distance vehicle towing needs.

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