If you’re looking to make it in the towing world, you’re going to need a steady supply of towing jobs. One way to keep the towing jobs steady is to get tow contracts, meaning that you have an agreement with someone else to do towing for them. You will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the contract in order to tow for that company, but first of all, you might be wondering where to get these tow contracts. We’re going to go over 6 different places that could offer contracts for your business.
6 places to get tow contracts.
Here are some different options for getting tow contracts:
- Municipalities (City/County)
- Roadside assistance/Motor clubs
- Police departments (County/State)
- Local businesses (Shopping Malls/Apartment complexes/Public Parking )
- Insurance companies
Now let’s take an in-depth look at what it means to tow for each of these places.
1. Municipalities. (City/County)
Municipalities (cities) often have a significant need for tow trucks. Many cities contract with outside tow companies to assist them with improperly or illegally parked or abandoned vehicles on city property. You might be able to help out with that – the city would call you and you’d go take care of the job.
Another reason cities might need tow trucks is due to accidents. Depending on the jurisdiction, cities will be responsible. This is also called rotation. They’ll need tow trucks to help clear cars following wrecks or mechanical breakdowns on local streets and roadways, and they’ll need for the scene to be cleared and cleaned safely. (Sometimes law enforcement is also involved in this process.)
Anyways, municipalities are always in need of quality towing services to help keep the streets safe for all drivers. Check and see what requirements are needed by your city and your county to get a towing contract with them.
2. Roadside assistance or motor clubs.
Motor clubs offer emergency roadside assistance services. Drivers who are members simply call when they’re having trouble with their car and a tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle comes to the rescue. The job could be changing a flat tire, a battery jump, a lock-out, or towing a disabled car to an auto repair shop. The key component is tow trucks. These motor clubs need vehicles and drivers in order to provide these services so this could be a viable option for you. Keep in mind that motor clubs usually require the towing operators who work for them to carry specific levels of tow truck insurance.
3. Police departments. (State/County )
Police departments at the state and county level also need help from tow people. They need tow trucks to move cars that they’ve impounded, move cars that broke down on the side of the highway, or clear an accident outside the city limits. So, law enforcement could be another option to consider getting a towing contract.
4. Local businesses. (Shopping Malls/Apartment complexes /Public Parking )
Some businesses don’t allow parking between certain hours, so they may need a towing company to take care of the odd car that’s parked on their property that shouldn’t be there.
You could also consider going into repo – collecting cars whose owners have not made their payment. Banks often send repo drivers to take vehicles back if the driver has not made payments.
Keep in mind that repo comes with a fair amount of risk. People get angry when their cars get taken away, and they could become violent towards you or your driver. You could also get into a sticky situation if you accidentally take a car you weren’t supposed to (called wrongful repossession.) For example, if a driver makes their payment between the time the bank asks you to take a car and when you go to take it – meaning that you’ve taken a car that’s actually been paid for. However, wrongful repo insurance can help you out there and cover that particular risk.
6. Insurance companies.
Many insurance companies offer roadside assistance services to their clients. They also need tow trucks to provide these services, so you could consider towing for an insurance company.
Towing business can get tow contracts to create a steady stream of business. There are lots of places you can consider when looking at contracts – it just depends on the type of work you want to do.
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