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Complaints About Illegal Towing Prompt Police To Investigate Towing Company In Gainesville, Florida

A towing company in Gainesville Florida is under fire for breaking towing laws that relate to towing cars when they were legally parked and also retitling some of the recovered vehicles in the name of the company without going through the proper processes to legally do so. The tow service, Advantage Towing, is being investigated by Gainesville Police for multiple violations and complaints that were received over an extended period.

The most recent step that police have taken in an effort to get to the bottom of the complaints about illegal towing is to undertake a thorough search of the… 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

Canadian ‘Globe And Mail’ Publishes Exposé On Predatory Towing in Ontario

 A recent article in the Canadian periodical, ‘The Globe and Mail’, calls out what it characterizes as widespread predatory towing in the Canadian province of Ontario. The report, published this past Wednesday, discusses a lack of effective towing laws and regulations when it comes to auto towing and vehicle recovery in Ontario. The article uses some great sensationalized language to discuss the problem, including labeling it ‘highway robbery’ and characterizing Canadian tow operators as ‘preying mantises’.

Citing anecdotal evidence, this article talks about the high costs of auto towing in Ontario and how the industry is being taken over… 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

Man Steals Own Car From Impound Lot Of Towing Business

In the towing business, running an impound lot can be a lot of work in and of itself. Running an impound lot can also be a significant expense, partially because of the security that is required in order to protect the cars which are housed there. But, for one man, all of that security wasn’t enough to prevent him from reclaiming his own vehicle from the impound lot of an auto towing service.

A Massachusetts man broke into an impound lot for an auto towing company in order to steal back his car. The man, Damien Ellerbe, decided to take… 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

American Towman ShowPlace Trade Show Gets Underway In Las Vegas From May 16-19

The American Towman ShowPlace trade show will be getting underway from May 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The trade show will feature presentations by towing professionals and exhibitors who will be demoing a wide range of products and services targeted at the towing business. In addition to towing professionals the show is expected to be attended by a number of individuals holding multiple occupations around the towing business.

American Towman is an industry organization which puts out American Towman magazine as well as American Towman TV. The company also organizes the American Towman exposition which is one of… Continue reading