There’s nothing as stressful and frustrating as your car breaking down and leaving you stranded by the roadside. The situation can even become worse when, after calling a towing company, you are left waiting for hours. Of course, the best thing you should always do is being ready and preparing for any car breakdowns. You can avoid such stressful situations by choosing a good towing company that won’t disappoint you in case your vehicle breaks down. Here’s how to find the best towing service.
Research about the Company’s Reputation
Despite the fact that your car has broken down and it looks like you’re in the middle of nowhere, your experience can be less stressful when you start with a research on the different towing companies in your local area. You may consider asking for recommendations from family members and friends before going ahead with your research.
Your first step should be to make sure the company is licensed and insured before asking for details on their pricing. Make sure the towing company you’re choosing operates 24/7 and they have well-maintained trucks and towing equipment. Chances are you’re reading this to learn more on how to handle a car breakdown situation. The best you can do is do your research now and, once you’ve found a good towing service that can be trusted, add their contact details to your contact list. Preparing for an emergency beforehand will make you feel calm and safer than just waiting until you’re stranded.
Don’t give in to a tow truck that shows up unannounced
Yes, you could be stranded and everything seems to be getting out of hand but don’t just agree your vehicle to be towed by a truck that just shows up in an unmarked vehicle. A licensed and reputable company should be able to show their ID number on their trucks. In fact, as long as you didn’t call them and they appeared from nowhere, don’t trust them.
Find out if your insurance provider or auto repair company/mechanic has a preferred towing service provider you can receive a discount with their service. Your insurance company may have a preferred towing company they can dispatch immediately on your behalf hence the need to contact them first. Also note that your insurance policy might provide cover for the breakdown depending on the situation.
When signing the paperwork, be careful to put your signature right below or nearby the amount you’ve agreed with the towing company. Some companies tend to add some other charges without your knowledge. You don’t want to pay more than what you had agreed. And remember to get a copy of your receipt and invoice after the job is done.