Needing to have your car towed is not usually a good thing. Reasons for needing a tow include, having an accident, your car won’t start or is not functioning in some other way. For the most part the reasons for needing to have a car towed are not always good, so the last thing you need is more problems from the tow company you call. But there are ways you can avoid problems with the tow company. One simple way is to just ask them some important questions before you use them.

You need to make sure that the tow company you use is registered and insured. Furthermore, you should make sure that the tow company has a physical business location that they work out of. Knowing these things can save you a lot of trouble if something goes wrong. If for some reason you end up having to file a claim with the company, it’s much easier to do it with a company instead of through an individual with no physical business location.

It is your responsibility to make sure your vehicle is not damaged so make sure the tow company you call has the right type of vehicle to tow your car or truck. Today, most tow companies have flatbed tow trucks which load your car onto the back of the tow truck. These trucks are highly preferred, as they are much less likely to damage your car or truck as when being towed behind.

Depending on how much of an emergency you may be in, it doesn’t hurt to shop around for a good price. There are many factors that influence the price of the tow, with mileage being one of the biggest. Finding out which tow company is nearest can probably save you money.

Hopefully you won’t need to have your car or truck towed any time soon, but if you do, remember to be smart about it.