How to Avoid a Towing Scam
Nov 9, 2016
Nov 9, 2016
When your vehicle is broken down in the middle of nowhere, the appearance of a tow truck is like water in the middle of the desert. Oh, such relief! But many scammers will take advantage of your desperation, and you may end up the victim of a towing scam. That could end up costing you a lot of money!
Below, we’ve got everything you need to know about how to recognize and avoid a towing scam:
Recognizing Bandit Tow Trucks – A “bandit tow truck” is the name given to dishonest towers, those who take advantage of helpless car owners to overcharge for their services. If you see a tow truck just “happen” to show up in the middle of nowhere, you’d do well to be leery of their services. The only tow truck you can be sure to trust is the one sent out by your insurance company.
To ensure that you’re getting a legitimate service—one that’s not a scam that will cost you a fortune—do the following things:
If you want to be 100% certain you’re not going to fall prey to a towing scam, you may want to consider a roadside assistance service (if it’s not included in your vehicle insurance). Roadside assistance will provide you with the help you need no matter what car trouble or accident you suffer.