towing companies: is there a legal li...

towing companies: is there a legal limit theyre allowed to charge?

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upset

London, KY

#1 Sep 30, 2009
is there a legal limit they can charge to tow your car??? i just got in a wreck recently and the towing fee was kind of higher than what ive ever heard of... just wondering if it illegal to charge so much???
Justathought

Paris, KY

#2 Sep 30, 2009
How much was you charged? Who towed the vehicle?
Parked on blocks

Cynthiana, KY

#3 Sep 30, 2009
Its free enterprise, they can charge whatever they want.
hauler owner

Dyer, TN

#4 Oct 1, 2009
if it is a hauling business, it fits in a different category than towing.
towers can pull wrecks in to the police impound, if a police puts a tag in their window sitting where they are not supposed to be sitting. if no one claims the vehicle in a certain allowed time, towers can go to the impound and pay the fee and the court will give you the vehicle and put it in your name. if you are at the wreck they can pull it to your house and charge you a towing fee.
a hauling business gets jobs off the net or jobs offered to pull 1 or more vehicles and gets paid by the mile by the company, where they pick it up at. a hauler can also pick up a stalled vehicle at the owner's permission and deliver it to where the owner wants for a fee.
The name of the game

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Oct 1, 2009
upset wrote:
is there a legal limit they can charge to tow your car??? i just got in a wreck recently and the towing fee was kind of higher than what ive ever heard of... just wondering if it illegal to charge so much???
Most cities have a limit that towing companies can charge when towing an accident. I know this is the rule in N KY, Cincy and WV. If you belong to a auto club most will reimburse you part or all the money if not a violation of the law. I have heard this complaint more than once about being overcharged or someone had concerns.
tow bill

Parksville, KY

#6 Oct 1, 2009
I had an accident not 3 miles from the towing service, yes it was S& h in corbin. They towed it to thier house and the next day I found a garage to fix it and they towed it probably 6 miles and had to pay them over 800.00 yes that is right. they even had on the bill they had to use oil absorbant and all that crap. well I was there and there was no oil nothing because i was hit on the side and affected the tire. So yeah i think it was pretty rediculous but hey they got a fat wallet because it was an insurance job. it is still wrong and everybody needs to be aware of how they do buisness.
truthful

Kansas City, KS

#7 Oct 1, 2009
If you dont like what they charge you them go and spend you anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand and get your own tow truck and pay high insurance premiums and you can get it done cheaper.
upset wrote:
is there a legal limit they can charge to tow your car??? i just got in a wreck recently and the towing fee was kind of higher than what ive ever heard of... just wondering if it illegal to charge so much???
The name of the game

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Oct 1, 2009
truthful wrote:
If you dont like what they charge you them go and spend you anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand and get your own tow truck and pay high insurance premiums and you can get it done cheaper.<quoted text>
This does not make no sense what so ever. There are so many people that take advantage of the system when towing in accidents. People are already at a disadvantage and their car is held hostage. When your car breaks down you are able to shop around and find the best price however when an accident occurs you have to deal with whoever is called. Everyone understands how much insurance cost with all the on hook and liabilities needed for towing. How can you charge me $50 to tow my car 5 miles when I call you direct and when the police call and you tow my car less than 3 miles you can charge me over $200 dollars?
upset

London, KY

#9 Oct 1, 2009
ok no need for fighting on here... i just wanted to know if its illegal to charge too much, or if there is a certain amount they cannot exceed on charging their customers, or 'victims' should i say.
soso

Somerset, KY

#10 Oct 1, 2009
If you know where you want your car repaired you can tell them where to take it you are going to pay any way, also if your vehicle is drivable then take it you self, oh they will tell you all sorts of stuff so you want do that, like if your air bags are still intact they'll tell you they may blow on you, or other stuff that might happen, the way I see it if it doest happen on impact it more than likely want.
Maybe

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Oct 1, 2009
upset wrote:
ok no need for fighting on here... i just wanted to know if its illegal to charge too much, or if there is a certain amount they cannot exceed on charging their customers, or 'victims' should i say.
The best way is checking with the local police departments. There should be some kind of rules regarding the amount being charged. Good Luck.. As i stated earlier some motor clubs will reimburse partial or the full cost if not covered by the insurance.
upset

London, KY

#12 Oct 1, 2009
Maybe wrote:
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The best way is checking with the local police departments. There should be some kind of rules regarding the amount being charged. Good Luck.. As i stated earlier some motor clubs will reimburse partial or the full cost if not covered by the insurance.
how do you find out which motor clubs will reimburse you? and by motor clubs do you mean they type of motor thats in my car??
Maybe

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Oct 2, 2009
I was talking about Motor clubs like Allstate, GM roadside, AAA, etc. Even if you dont call them direct sometimes you can be reimbursed for out of pocket costs.
OhioTower

Mount Vernon, OH

#14 Sep 11, 2011
upset wrote:
ok no need for fighting on here... i just wanted to know if its illegal to charge too much, or if there is a certain amount they cannot exceed on charging their customers, or 'victims' should i say.
I have been towing all my life in Ohio, Yes there is a cap to how much you are supposed to charge for accident calls. The city you are towing in sets the price. Here in Columbus is is 125.00 just to show up. Then depending on what the operator has to do to get the wrecked vehicle from point A to B safely, there are charges for everything. If I clean up oil there is a charge, secure lose parts there is a charge, winch out there is a charge.... ect, I do know some companies charge for services rendered that were never rendered. We do not do this. Its wrong and simply put if I take care of the person wrecked they will remember my company and call again in the future. Insurance companies pay the bill on these tows for the most part. I rarely have had to ever charge the owner.
dominick albuquerque NM

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jun 29, 2013
i just recently got my car impounded and whats messed up is i had insurance and my license the only thing wrong was my tag was expired they towed my car its been there one night and there charging me 300 dont you think thts a lot too tow about 4 miles
law dog

Liberty, KY

#16 Jun 29, 2013
dominick albuquerque NM wrote:
i just recently got my car impounded and whats messed up is i had insurance and my license the only thing wrong was my tag was expired they towed my car its been there one night and there charging me 300 dont you think thts a lot too tow about 4 miles
They would not have towed your vehicle JUST because you had expired tags. So tell the rest of the story....
Grease Monkey

Harrison, AR

#17 Jul 3, 2013
TJ's Towing is the best in London by far!!!
Ralph

Liberty, KY

#18 Jul 3, 2013
KRS Statutes cover storage, lot, fenced and indoor.

All have prescribed limits. I really think looking these up would be much more effective in court, if it comes to that.

When you answered the lawyer , Yes, I got that from a poster on Topix.

Then again you could tell them the Revised Statute Number, Revisions and effective dates.

Your call.
VoiceOfReasonNKY

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Feb 20, 2014
truthful wrote:
If you dont like what they charge you them go and spend you anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand and get your own tow truck and pay high insurance premiums and you can get it done cheaper.<quoted text>
You are clearly a jackwad tow truck driver/owner. No one is questioning free enterprise and someone charging a fair rate for there services, but when you have someone gouge you because they have you by the short hairs, that should outrage everyone, including owner/operators of towing services. It gives the industry a bad name.
Hhii

Platte City, MO

#21 Sep 15, 2014
law dog wrote:
<quoted text> They would not have towed your vehicle JUST because you had expired tags. So tell the rest of the story....

They towed my car for expired tags

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