Answers to Some Common Towing Questions
Question: My car is all-wheel-drive,
does it require a flatbed tow truck?
Answer: No. Conventional tow trucks are capable of lifting all wheels off the
Question: My car has an automatic transmission, can it be towed
with the drive wheels on the ground?
Answer: Probably, Most manufactures say yes, for a limited speed and distance.
Question: With so many makes and models,
how do you remember each vehicles towing procedure?
Answer: Every manufacturer establishes towing guidelines, several companies
compile these guidelines into an annual publication that is standard equipment
for today's tow truck driver.
Question: Is towing rough on my car?
Answer: No. Quite the opposite. Since your car is lifted by it's tires, it is
riding on your own suspension. And the tow trucks suspension absorbs most of the
Question: Do tow truck drivers have special training?
Answer: Yes. Our drivers begin by receiving a week of intensive specialized training at
training school, then they are teamed with an experienced driver on the job
until able to perform every aspect of the job with competence. Finally they are
tested and certified by the Towing and Recovery Association of
America. Drivers must also attend annual training refresher courses to brush-up
and learn new techniques.
Question: Do tow truck drivers need a special license?
Answer: No. Not for light duty tow trucks. However, our company requires drivers
to have a flawless driving record and attend annual defensive driving classes.
Question: Are tow trucks inspected for road worthiness?
Answer: Yes. Since our trucks are approved to tow for the Washington State
Patrol, our trucks must pass a WSP inspection and a DOT inspection annually.
Question: Does it cost more to get towed
on a weekend or a holiday?
Answer: No. Not at Bill's Towing. We actually prefer the lighter weekend
traffic because we can finish your tow quicker.
Question: My car is lowered, can it still
Answer: Yes, most lowered cars can be safely towed with a conventional
Question: How many different ways are
there to tow a car?
Answer: Many. Check out our Towing
Methods page to learn how we do it.
Question: I've heard that it's better to
let my insured car go to the tow yard after an accident, why?
Answer: There are several reasons. 1. You do not have to pay the tow bill.
2. The insurance adjuster will inspect your car and other cars involved sooner
to avoid storage fees. 3. No ugly wreck at your house.
Question: Can you tow motorcycles?
Answer: Yes, we carry all needed equipment necessary to tow motorcycles
without damage. Take a look at our Towing Methods
Question: Can you unlock my car with
electric locks or side-impact airbags?
Answer: Yes. Our drivers are trained locksmiths who carry an ever
increasing array of vehicle unlocking tools. NEVER let an untrained person
attempt to unlock your vehicle! Your doors internal mechanisms and wires are
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