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We Check And Illegal Towing

We Check was started for a number of reasons. Firstly, we wanted to create a place where towers could come to read news about the towing industry and to discuss issues that relate to their jobs and their everyday work. This was one of our major goals as a website and as a company. But, there was another major impetus for the creation of the We Check website. That was to act as a watchdog organization to make sure that every towing company was operating legally and ethically so that no particular company had an advantage over another by skirting… Continue reading

Thinking About A Small Business?

We hear that the economy is in recovery, but more than ever, people are stepping out and taking their future in their hands by starting a small business. Consumers are also changing their buying habits and shopping local, using local services, and investing in small business. We see shopping habits cutting down on big box store purchases and taking economic recovery by the horn by supporting small business. The concept of “Small Business Saturdays” no longer applies to the weekend, consumers are making it a daily practice.

When you consider opening a small business, what are you thinking about? Is… Continue reading

Where Are Towing Fees the Highest?

morningscape #1As we all know the cost of living varies greatly from state to state, and city to city, but what about the cost of towing? After doing some research I was able to find two cities where the cost of a tow is considered to be the highest.
The cost of a tow varies and is based upon many different factors. Depending on the reason for the tow, how far the vehicle is being towed, what type of vehicle is being towed and the equipment needed for the tow are a few of the things that are added up to… Continue reading

Bringing More Positive Press To The Towing Industry

One of the most interesting things about covering the towing industry is that just by looking at news coverage you might get the impression that towing services are almost universally reviled. That’s because there seems to be much more negative press coverage than positive press coverage of towers and the towing industry. Part of this may be explained by the fact that the towing industry doesn’t seem to be newsworthy unless someone is hurt, killed or ripped off. So, when one is browsing the news and every article about towing seems to fall under one of these three categories, it… Continue reading

Chicago Police Officer Pleads Guilty In Tow Company Extortion Case

In towing news, a Chicago police officer has pled guilty in an extortion case involving several members of the Chicago police department who had attempted to extract cash bribes from a towing business in exchange for steering city business their way. The officer, whose name is Ali Haleem, plead guilty to charges of extortion and bribery which carried a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

Haleem is the 11th officer to be charged after a FBI probe into the matter uncovered the solicitation of bribes in several instances from towers. The… Continue reading

Embracing Competition And Cooperation Within The Towing Industry

Within any industry there is always a constant balance between competition and cooperation. The towing industry is no different. The basis of our economy, it is often said, is competition and free enterprise. While, it is certainly true that competition and a constant striving to get ahead has forced towing services and other businesses to constantly work harder and more efficiently, it is also important that the industry has a level of cooperation that is facilitated by good communication and a continuing desire to do business better.

Local towers are often in direct competition with one another for jobs and… Continue reading

High Storage And Impounding Costs Not Always The Fault Of The Towing Company

There are many different duties and responsibilities that a towing company has to balance. For many tow services, one of these is impounding and storing vehicles that were after an accident. In many situations, when the police and insurance companies get involved, things can get a bit difficult and often times expensive for the vehicle owner.

When a car is towed after a collision because it is immobilized and requires repair, it often ends up in an impound lot. The only problem in this situation is that the owner of the car is often forced to wait for a police… Continue reading

Towing In Suspicious Circumstances

There are all kinds of reasons why drivers need the assistance of a tow operator. Maybe they locked themselves out of the car and just need someone to help them get the door open. Perhaps they got stuck in a ditch and need a tow truck to help pull them out. Then, of course, there are the automobile accidents which result in one or multiple vehicles being un-drivable and requiring towing away from the scene.

These are some of the more common and normal circumstances in which a tow operator may find himself when called to provide towing services. But,… Continue reading

Illinois Towing Company Sues City For Favoritism

A towing company near Chicago is suing the city of Island Lake over the lack of business being referred to his tow service by the town. The owner, Mike Johnson, of Mike’s Towing is alleging that the city is showing favoritism to his competitor, Sharp Towing, based on the company’s connection to politically significant individuals in the area.

Johnson says that his towing company has been repeatedly passed over for city-initiated towing jobs which were instead given to Sharp Towing based on the connections that they have. The Police Chief confirmed that Sharp Towing was their preferred go-to company for… Continue reading

We Check Changes Name to We Check USA, Goes National

We Check, Inc. was founded to be an organization that could provide towing news and information to both towing professionals and consumers. We Check was to act as a watchdog organization for Colorado towing businesses and a place for towers to develop a community as well as to provide information and news related to the towing business. We Check has now decided that in order to extend this mission to a larger audience, we will be welcoming in all of our fellow towers across America and expanding from covering only Colorado towing to catering to the towing community throughout the… Continue reading