Top 4 Tow Truck Scams to Watch Out For

Posted: April 24, 2020

Calling a tow truck will get you out of a sticky situation but sometimes you can fail to see a scam. Setup Towing wants to help you avoid these scams by letting you know what to watch out for.

1. Surprise Tow Truck

Are you stuck at the side of the road only to discover that a tow truck has suddenly arrived, asking you if you need help, without having been called? You might think you are in luck but getting a tow from an unmarked tow truck that has just shown up is not a good idea. You could become part of a scam.

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Accepting a random tow could cost you more than you think. The driver could be a criminal trying to get a hold of your credit card information or be someone who doesn’t know how to tow properly, causing damage to your vehicle.

2. Specific Shop

Is the tow truck driver insisting on taking your stranded car to his/her shop? Don’t give in to the persuasive methods the driver is using but make sure the driver takes your vehicle to a professional mechanical shop. Why? A professional towing service is bound by laws and regulations that state they must take you to wherever you need to go.

They should not be soliciting their own, possible fly-by-night garage. Get your vehicle fixed properly by a reputable repair shop without risking outrageous fees or damage to your car from some unknown backyard mechanic.

3. Personal Information

Have you been asked by your tow truck driver for your automobile insurance? Avoid giving this information out as the driver might just be pretending to be a tow truck operator. A professional towing company will never ask for this specific personal information.

4. Paperwork

Make sure your tow truck driver provides you with all the paperwork you need before having your vehicle towed. The documents you are given should clearly indicate the price for the tow, the name, address, and phone number of the company, and where your vehicle is being taken.

If you are not given any paperwork, you might be the victim of a scam. Protect yourself by ensuring your tow truck company is in business to help you and avoid the possibility of losing your car to a thief.

You have been smart and avoided what you believe to be a scam. Now, take the time to call the police and report this occurrence to help others avoid becoming a victim.