How to Hire a Tow Truck to Get a Lift Into Our Car Shop in Rita Ranch
Whether your transmission went out, your engine overheated, or your car had an electrical fault, one thing is certain – having a car breakdown is downright frustrating. You’re busy! You have places to be and people to see. The last thing you need right now is for your car to fail you.
When the inevitable happens and your car breaks down, you need help – and fast. You know you’ll need to get a tow into our car shop in Rita Ranch, but who do you call? How do you know what tow company is the best one for you?
Here are a few things to consider before you pick up that phone.
Don’t Take the First Truck to Arrive
If an unmarked truck pulls up alongside your broken down vehicle offering you a ride, be wary. The driver might seem nice but do your due diligence before letting him drive away with your vehicle.
A few things you should look for before entrusting your car to the tow company are:
- Federal Department of Transportation ID numbers on the truck;
- License numbers;
- The driver’s ID.
Without these, you run the risk of giving your car to a towing company that isn’t insured or registered. If something goes wrong during the transport over to Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire, you might be paying more than you bargained for.
Sign Where it Matters
The placement of your signature is just as important as signing the document itself. Sign the contract next to or close to the dollar amount for the transport. If the signature line is buried far below that line, initial next to the total quoted price. This will make it much harder for the towing company to tack on extra unexpected expenses.
Moving your car onto and off of the tow truck’s platform is another cause for concern. This is especially concerning if you aren’t going to be at our Rita Ranch car shop when your car arrives to watch the tow company unload your vehicle. If something goes wrong and your car gets scratched, you could be paying for damage caused by the truck company. Taking pictures before your car gets loaded onto and off of the truck will help you in case you need to file any claims.
Check Your Insurance
When looking for a towing company, check with your insurance or any other third-party coverage first. You might have towing included in your policy, which would save you the out of pocket expense. If you already know you have towing included, check to find out which companies you’re allowed to use so you don’t risk getting denied a claim.
If you’re still not sure which towing company to use, ask around. Chances are some of your friends have been in your same position. They can let you know what they loved (or didn’t love) about working with their tow truck company. You can also ask around on Facebook for reviews.
Our Rita Ranch car shop frequently recommends using Red and White Towing. Put their number in your phone for quick access if you get stranded: (520) 881-2277.