We’ve all read the headlines denouncing towing scams and the unscrupulous companies that operate them, yet these firms continue to roam the city streets looking to take advantage of drivers in their hour of need. Sadly, they’re all too successful. The best way to avoid being caught up in a towing scam is to be prepared. To give you a helping hand, Towing Berkeley has put together a quick guide designed to help you avoid getting ripped off.
Here are five tips to help you avoid towing scams.
Get a Recommendation From a Friend
First thing’s first, if you find yourself needing a tow, you need to find a reputable company. The best thing you can do this is by asking a friend / family member / colleague for a recommendation. Anybody that’s ever used a towing firm will be able to tell you if they’re any good or not.
Consider a Firm’s Online Presence
If you don’t know anybody that’s used a towing company, or if no positive recommendations are forthcoming, you’ll need to browse the Yellow Pages or Google. One quick search will serve you up an almost endless supply of options, so picking the right one can be tricky. As you search, be sure to check a company’s web presence – an active website and social media pages suggests that the company is above board, or the comments on those pages will act as a deterrent.
Clarify The Price up Front
Once you’ve found a company you like the look of, make the call. Before you agree to use their services though, be sure to clarify how much the total cost of the tow will be. Towing Berkeley is up front with all its charges, but not every towing company is. The last thing you want is to be hit with hidden costs.
Check Credentials on Arrival
When the tow truck arrives, be sure to confirm that it is in fact the company you were expecting. Some unscrupulous firms scan radio frequencies looking to swoop in on unsuspecting drivers, and then hit them with huge costs. Ask for the operator’s driving license and towing license, while also checking the decals / logos on the truck itself.
Always Park Legally
Finally, parking illegally can get your vehicle towed. Some devious tow companies wait for you to illegally park and then tow you without waiting the allotted time. Getting your vehicle back will then cost you a pretty penny. To avoid this, always ensure you’re parked legally. It may take longer to find a good spot, but at least your vehicle won’t be headed for the pound.
Towing Berkeley has built its reputation on honesty and trust. If you’re based in or around Berkeley, California, be sure to come straight to us when you need towing assistance. Call us on: (510) 336-4860