How To Protect Your Car From Being Damaged When Being Towed

Posted on: 13 July 2015


If you are going to be calling a towing company to have your vehicle towed, you might be worried about it getting damaged in the process. Luckily, following a few simple tips can help prevent this from happening.

Turn On Your Hazard Lights

If you are on the side of the road, especially at nighttime, it can be difficult for the tow truck operator to see you. By putting your hazard lights on, you can help prevent both the tow truck operator and other drivers on the road from accidentally hitting your vehicle while you are waiting to be towed. Plus, having the hazard lights on will make it easier for the tow truck driver to see your car and pull his or her truck into the right place and position for towing.

Put Your Vehicle in Neutral

Your vehicle needs to be put in neutral to be pulled without causing damage to your car. If you need to have your keys in the ignition in order to pop it into neutral, make sure that your keys are available for the tow truck operator to use. Also, make sure that you disable the parking brake.

Take Out All Valuables

Make sure that you take all of your valuables out of your car before having it towed. This means that you'll want to grab any cash, debit or credit cards, GPS navigation systems, stereo faceplates, mp3 players and other items that might be tempting to a thief. Even though you should not have anything to be concerned about if you pick a trustworthy, reliable towing company, you can help prevent theft and gain peace of mind by grabbing these items now.

Snap a Few Pictures

If possible, it's a good idea to use your smartphone or other device to snap a few pictures of all four sides of your vehicle before having it picked up. Then, you will have proof of what your vehicle looked like when it was picked up by the tow truck operator, and you can increase your chances of holding the towing company responsible in the event that your car is damaged while being towed or while otherwise in the possession of the towing company, such as while it's on the lot.

Having your car towed is the best -- or only -- solution in many cases. This doesn't mean that you aren't worried about your car, but following a few tips can help you prevent it from being damaged when calling an emergency towing company. If you're looking for a towing company near you, visit Larry Menz Towing Services Inc.