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Question DetailsAsked on 3/27/2018

How much should a tow truck driver receive?

Short transport of vehicle and lift . Also consider smell of cigarettes in the cab.

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Depends on your locale of course, and whether an established company with multiple trucks and dispatcher and 24-hour service, or a "lone wolf" gas station guy with one truck who does occasional calls. But "typical" numbers ranging from low-cost to higher-cost areas - around $50-100 for a callout, which would probably typically include a few gallons of gas or a quick jump start if needed.

Hookup charge (to put your car on the flatbed or hook it up for towing/dollying) - typically around $75 give or take.

Then transport charge - typically around $2-4/mile.

Additional, commonly pretty steep charges if "recovery" was required - dragging your car out of the ditch or such back onto the road, rather than just driving up to it on the road.

Also additional charges if they have to sweep up glass from an accident.

In a few areas there is also a police support fee which can run as much as around $200 - for a police car to "guard" the hookup, on busier roads.

Plus in some states around $25-50 to also transport you (the car driver) in the tow truck cab - in other sttes charging for that is illegal or such transport is flat out prohibited.

So - assuming maybe a 5 mile transport - maybe around $135-245 would be the range I would expect to see for just a "dead" car towing job. This presuming you are talking (presumably a good guess since you rode along) that you are talking a breakdown or fail to start call by you - if the car was impounded by the police or recovered at a wreck at the direction of the police rather than called by you, can be an much as another $500 or so in impound fees plus as much as about $50-100/day storage fees in some ripoff areas.

For the smell of smoking I doubt you would be charged more ;>) , but tow trucks are not taxicabs so you really can't expect anything off the bill for that - you had the choice of getting out and calling a cab.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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