State departments license private companies to tow vehicles. When you need a vehicle to be towed, either your own or the vehicle of someone else, you can choose between a licensed towing company and one of the unlicensed companies available. Licensed towing companies are a much better option for several reasons.
Identifying Licensed And Unlicensed Companies
It is sometimes required for a towing company to be licensed to tow in certain states. There are some towing companies that are exempt from this requirement. They will need a sticker on their vehicles to identify that they are exempt. For vehicles that are licensed, there will be a company name, address, phone number and DCA license medallion. The medallion will have a number that you should keep a record of in case you later need to report which towing company moved the vehicle.
If your car breaks down, depending on which state you are in, you may be required to use a specific type of towing service. For instance, you may be required to use a licensed towing service if your car has broken down on a highway.
Licensed Companies Will Have The Appropriate Level Of Insurance
Licensed towing companies need to keep the appropriate level of insurance. Also, only licensed towing companies can receive full coverage since insurance companies will not insure unlicensed tow truck drivers. To maintain the license number, the driver also needs to have their equipment inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good working order.
Licensed Companies Are Held To Much Higher Standards
To become licensed, a tow truck company is subjected to much higher standards than an unlicensed towing company. It is more expensive to hire a licensed tow truck driver, but there are severe problems that can result from having your vehicle towed by an inexperienced driver. For example, if your vehicle is not hooked up properly it could become damaged. Experienced tow truck drivers almost always become licensed. Not only will they be certified, but likely have larger and more established businesses that are available 24/7. Therefore, if you need a vehicle towed at an odd hour, the service will still be available.
A licensed towing company may strongly encourage you to have your vehicle repaired by their firm. However, you are under no obligation to accept this offer. Still, you may want to consider the offer from a licensed towing company, which will make the process much easier. Whether you need a light or a heavy duty towing job, licensed companies should be considered.