Almost everyone has experienced the misfortune of a vehicle breaking down. It tends to happen when you least expect it, and it is never fun to deal with. The usual response to these situations, particularly if you are on the road, is to call a towing service to take your vehicle to a repair shop. Normally, people only see a towing company as a means to get a disabled vehicle from point A to point B, and that’s the end of it. However, a high-end company may provide much more. Other times to consider contacting an automotive towing company:
- Keys Locked Inside a Vehicle. A fairly common occurrence, where the first instinct is to call a spouse or family member to bring a spare. However, a spare key is not always available, and a good towing company can usually respond in minutes with the tools required to quickly unlock a vehicle.
- Jump-Start / Fuel Delivery. In these circumstances, a person does not need to go through the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous process of trying to solicit a jump-start from a stranger, nor do they need to walk miles to get fuel from the nearest gas station. Towing companies can usually fix these issues within minutes.
- Tire Changing. Often times, switching out a flat tire for a spare tire is not as easy as one would think, and can be dangerous if on the side of a busy road. Calling a towing company is often the quickest and safest way to have a spare tire installed.
- Semi Truck and Trailer Towing & Recovery. It’s not always passenger vehicles that need help on the roadways. Some towing companies are equipped to handle semi truck and trailer towing and recovery. There may even be more serious issues where a crane is necessary to extricate a large semi truck. A quality towing company should offer this service.
- Load Shifting & Restacking Cargo. A well equipped towing service should also have the ability to realign and restack an uneven load being carried by a semi truck.
- Off-Road & Underwater Recovery. Not all breakdowns and accidents happen on the road. A well equipped towing service will be able to reach your vehicle wherever it may have ended up.
- Vehicle Auctions. Occasionally, these companies will come across vehicles that have ben abandoned and need to be removed. This will often lead to a towing company offering an auction for abandoned vehicles. If a person is in the market for a new vehicle, these towing auctions may be a great place to buy at very low cost. Beware that these vehicles usually do not come with any type warranty or guarantee.
These are just some of the services that a quality towing company will offer beyond the usual towing a broken down car to a repair shop that people think of. Keep these in mind next time you have a vehicular need.