Top Four Roadside Assistance Hustles To Avoid
There are few things more frustrating than getting stuck on the side of the ride. You need roadside assistance but you don’t want to get ripped.
Vehicle problems are never planned and never welcome. You have things to do and places to be and the last thing you want is to be stranded and vulnerable on the road.
Depending on where your vehicle breaks down, you may have a major safety concern, too.
While we really do believe that most professionals will do their best to take care of you in your moment of need, the reality is that many see your position as an opportunity.
Just because your stuck doesn’t mean you have to be taken advantage of. Stay on the up and up with our top 4 roadside assistance hustles.
The Tow Truck You Never Called
Beware of tow trucks that seem to be in the perfect place at the perfect time. Whether you find yourself out on empty backroads or in the heart of downtown Denver you might find that a truck “appears” just when you need them and offers to help.
Often times, these might not even be actual wreckers and just a random heavy-duty truck. Or if it is a proper tow truck it might be completely unlabeled with no branding or phone number.
Sadly, when something seems too good to be true it often is and in this case, this unreputable driver is going to charge you an arm and a leg for their service. Many times, they’ll take your vehicle to a shop or impound lot of their choosing for the sole purpose of holding your vehicle hostage.
Always stick with a reputable towing service and agree on terms and pricing upfront.
Incomplete Quotes and Surprise Charges
We’ve seen too many companies essentially pull a bait and switch where they give customers only a partial quote or incomplete quote while leaving out exorbitant fuel or mileage charges. Car problems are always unexpected and that means it’s always an unexpected expense.
You want to try to save money and get your problem solved. Many companies take advantage of this by giving you an extremely low hook-up quote but then charging 5x as much as the competition by hitting you with an insane per mile charge.
Always get the full picture over the phone and ask questions about mileage and fuel fees upfront.
Adding on to the last scam, some companies may give a legitimate quote on the phone only to switch the price on the paperwork. Before your car gets hooked up, make sure you’ve got a printed invoice for service.
Don’t let them tell you about an “unexpected” fees or charges.
Single Destination Towing Services
We highly suggest that you don’t work with a company that only tows to one location. While these companies are sometimes cheaper, you generally get what you pay for.
Usually, they say they tow to a preferred jump or their yard only. But the problem arises when you have to pay charges for storing your vehicle that are far more than the actual cost of the tow.
It’s your vehicle and you should always be the one who decides where it goes. Don’t accept anything less.
Don’t Get Scammed
Just because you’re in a tough spot doesn’t mean you need to let someone make it worse. Just by checking out this blog you’re already ahead of many consumers.
While knowing the scams is a good start, you can avoid a lot of them by working with a trusted towing company. Trolling Towing has three locations across the Denver metro area and a perfect 5-star rating.
We’ve got a reputation you can trust. But even if you don’t go with us, don’t let an unreputable towing service take advantage of you!