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By Wally Cass, Independent Towing Business Owner/Operator and Instructor

How I got started in the
towing business

I have been driving trucks all my life but I started in the towing industry in 1987 at the age of 30. I began working for a large towing company in San Diego, CA. They had a fleet of over a hundred trucks and eight impound yards.

fleet of tow trucks

I started out driving tow trucks in the light duty class. I attended training classes and was certified by CTTA to recover vehicles in the heavy duty class.

heavy duty recovery tow truck

These vehicles were usually involved in accidents and roll over's. Training included safety and proper winching techniques.

It was a challenge to work with the heavy duty recoveries but it was also exciting. Every call was different which required some ingenuity to come up with the best solution for the task at hand.

Although I had experience driving every tow truck in their fleet my favorite truck was a Peterbuilt 18 speed with a telescoping boom and long reach underlift. This tow truck could perform any heavy duty task.

peterbuilt tow truck

After seven years with this employer I left to start my own independent towing business in my home state of Washington.

Starting my own business was a real challenge but it was the best decision I ever made. The rewards of working for myself and the independence that came with it made it all worthwhile.

As a bonus you can read more about how I started my towing business and how my experience may help you.
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Next are two commercial towing trailers that I designed and built for my business in 1997 and 1998.

two hydraulic tilt trailers that I built

The trailers performed perfectly! They were not only good looking but they were also fast to load and unload. They were designed with a super low profile loading angle which allowed me to tow expensive exotic cars very easily like this Willy's Coupe.

tow truck flat bed trailer

Image below is the same trailer that I built in 1998, although the color was changed to match the truck. Extended cab trucks are long but the trailer handles it nicely.

tow truck with hydraulic tilt car trailer

Unloading a truck at a dealership above and unloading a car at a dealership Below.

tow truck loaded with a car

It's great driving a fifth wheel gooseneck trailer. I can jack knife the trailer and get into some really tight spaces.

tow truck jack knifed

 

tow truck and car trailer

 

hydraulic tilt car trailer unloading car

commercial  gooseneck tilt car trailer

tow trailer hydraulic tilt

hydraulic tilt flatbed trailer


Mt Rainier in my home State of WA.

My Tow Truck at  Mt Rainier

After starting my own towing business I could not imagine working for anyone ever again. I was feeling the pride of ownership and the independence and gratification that came with it.

If you want independence for yourself then get my towing training course. It may be one of the best decisions you will ever make and besides It's guaranteed 100% satisfaction or your money back.

After two years of teaching hundreds of people online, refunds are practically non existent. The simple reason is that this information is valuable.

If you have any questions please contact

Wally@howtotow.com

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How to Start and Operate a Towing Business

If you are thinking about starting a towing business then You will want the best information possible to ultimately succeed in your towing business. The best information should come from someone who is highly professional and has many years of hands on experience in all aspects of the towing industry. This will save you untold amounts of money and time from the experiences of trial and error.

I am going to share with you everything that I know about the towing business, as an employee and business owner of 25 years. My online towing course has been over two years in development and provides over 24 topics, videos, instructions, forms, illustrations, hydraulic tilt trailer plans, Motor-Club information, phone numbers, addresses and much more, that you can access online anytime and learn at your own pace. This towing information is great whether you are new to towing or already established in the towing industry.

 

My Towing Business Preferences

I do not have a impound yard or repossess vehicles. I like to work solely for the motor clubs, local businesses and retail accounts. My customers are friendly and happy to see me pull up and help rescue them (unlike impounds and repossessions) and I wouldn't want to operate my business any other way. However you may like the excitement that goes along with repossessions or impounds and willing to put up with customers that are upset because you took their vehicle away, but this is a individual choice and we all have our own preferences for business. Another major factor to consider is the expensive start up costs associated with a impound yard. I like to operate from my home which is not only convenient but it is also cost effective with no overhead costs. There are also other benefits as well such as deducting part of my mortgage come tax time as a home office.

 

There are many things you need to know about the towing business

If you want to learn how to operate a successful and safe towing business or perform roadside services then I highly advise you to take a look at this detailed towing information. The time you spend learning all you can prior to starting or operating a towing business will benefit you more than I can say. Atleast you will know exactly what it takes to start and operate a towing business and then you can decide if the towing business is right for you.

"It has taken me a lifetime to gather this towing business information from personal experience as an employee and a long time towing business owner".

I began towing in 1987 and started my own independent towing business in 1995. I have had 25 rewarding years in the towing industry. I have recently retired due to some physical limitations. I have been very reluctant to give it all up because I really enjoyed what I do, such as helping people while seeing new places and especially working for myself. I am now dedicating my time to helping others by sharing everything I know about the towing business.

I have had contracts with several motor clubs and a dozen local business accounts and I have never had a damage claim since I started my towing business. I have had a few prior damage claims while working as an employee but I learned not to repeat the same mistakes. I will tell you what I did wrong so you can also learn from these common mistakes. Damage claims are expensive and can even lead to court. I will show you how to avoid all damage claims by hooking up properly with safety in mind and provide the proper forms to fill out prior to hooking up the vehicle. Documenting prior vehicle damage is very important so that the vehicles owner can not come back to you stating that you damaged their vehicle and this holds more true if you impound vehicles.

 

What would all this knowledge be worth to you If you could save money and time?

If after reviewing all my materials including my personal videos and let's say you did not have damage claims to contend with or you could unlock any vehicle in under three minutes without damage and tasks were completed safer and faster then how much would this information be worth to you? How much could you save if you trained your employees with my detailed instructions, videos, and safety procedures? My videos not only show you to hook up to a vehicle but what NOT to do during a hook up. I list my "must have requirements" for towing equipment, safety gear, tools and many additional helpful items. I will show you the modern way to unlock a vehicle in under three minutes, the best way to perform service calls. I will also show you my favorite ways to get business accounts. How to bill your wholesale accounts. How to sign up with the motor clubs (including phone numbers and addresses) and what they expect from you and what you can expect from them. I discuss my personal billing rates with the motor clubs and tell you what is common or how to improve your billing rates. I also discuss proper winch out and recovery techniques with safety in mind (which are also available in the videos), how to perform service calls with the right equipment and how to avoid costly mistakes or even injury. I talk about the office work that needs to be done such as accounting, record keeping, invoicing, billing and discuss a little on taxes and employees. I also tell you my favorite place to advertise and it's absolutely FREE! I basically tell you everything I know in the operation of my towing business.

 

What is not included

I will not give you advice on impound yards or repossessions. You will have to check with your state and local agencies regarding this information. All states have different requirements, rules and regulations. However if you want to operate a towing business providing towing and roadside services for the motor clubs, local businesses and retail accounts then this is my area of expertise!

 

You won't find this information anywhere else!

I have searched the internet and I can't find any detailed information related to operating a towing business. If you find any information it is probably minimal and not like the extensive towing information I have laid out for you. Besides, who else is going to give you the support you need, answer your towing related questions promptly and for free?

 

Why am I sharing all my information?

I am retired now and I feel this information should be available for people who are interested in starting their own towing business. Besides I wish I had a mentor or access to this type of information when I decided to start my towing business. It would have saved me a lot of headaches rather than trying to learn it all on my own. I actually learned the hard way by trial and error until I figured out what worked best. I can save you a lot of time and money by sharing with you what has worked best for me in all areas of the towing business. The information I am going to share with you didn't come out of a book or some bits and pieces of information off the internet. The information comes exclusively from myself and my own experience as a towing business owner and operator. This is what I do full time now, helping others to succeed in their own towing business. I am available to answer your questions anytime and I usually respond right away.

UPDATE: I am excited to let members know that I Just added my exclusive trailer building plans! I have tons of information for you. See the trailer to the left? Now you have access to the plans to build this trailer that I built in 1998 which has never before been released. Warning! The trailer plans are not made by a professional plans drafter but I did my best to give my own drawings, dimensions and describing how I built it. If you are looking to sign up strictly and only for the purpose of obtaining true professional tilt trailer drafting blue prints then please do not order. The cost to hire a professional drafter to draw up blue prints would be staggering and that's not what this course is about. I want to keep the cost low and affordable so everyone has a chance to receive this information.

I actually built two custom flatbed hydraulic tilt trailers. The one on my web site was built back in 1998 and still going strong. You can check out my web site if you like for reference. TowingTransport.com . (I recently sold the trailer to a member who drove from Colorado to WA state. to purchase it and he was really happy with it).

When I built this tilt trailer my objective was to create the lowest possible loading angle and this trailer is very low. The trailer only sits 17.5 inches off the ground and therefore only needs to tilt 1.5 feet to hit the ground. Usually when you gain something in one area you lose in another area such as producing a low loading angle should make the fender height rise and make it harder to open the vehicles doors but not in this case. The car doors clear the fenders easily and we still gain the initial low profile loading angle. If you decide to build this trailer you will be happy with the looks and performance!

 

How to Order and Gain Immediate Online Access

All I ask is that you do not give this information away or sell any part of the contents. You can however train employees with the material. I have received positive feedback from employers who use the material to train their employees with positive results. Get the information your looking for and earn the living that you deserve! Once you see what's in the members area I know that you will enjoy the information and I think you will agree that this is valuable information.

Paypal accepted! Once payment is received you will be automatically redirected to the members area where you can view all the information and instructional videos instantly online anytime 24/7 and remember to save the link, bookmark or add it to your favorites within your browser.

I sincerely wish you all the success in your towing business. You can also contact me anytime with questions and I will be more than happy to help you. Please contact me by email: Wally@howtotow.com or support@howtotow.com

I am so confident that you will benefit from this information that I am willing to make your purchase absolutely risk free! If for some reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, I will promptly issue a refund, no questions asked. I simply refuse to accept your payment unless you are 100% satisfied.

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I am including a free bonus in the members area after you sign up for the towing course. The bonus includes a total of 84 legal forms and 597 business letters that you can download and use in any type of business and also for your personal use.


If your interested in what members have to say about the towing information then scroll down to the testimonial section. All statements are left in tact as the author wrote them.


tow truck cartoon

I really did enjoy the towing information that you put together. It was very informative and I feel it will help me with my future endeavor.

Thank You!

Kevin Cardin


I purchased the course a few weeks ago and after reading through it and viewing the videos I must say that it has been most informative.

Orlando R. Price


By the way it is a great course. I learned a lot about how to secure the car properly and what kind of trailer to look for.

Bob Float



Thank you for your site as well as your advise...the phone is beginning to ring! I am now part of QWEST's network. I have applied and/or contacted all other motor clubs.


Thanks,
Shawn Looram


I think the towing information is great.

Clancy Phillips


Thanks Wally,
I purchased last night, pretty good stuff, I have been researching towing for the past year and this is by far the most info I have found, specially on the roadside part of the business which is what I am aiming for. Anyway thanks Wally

Luis Vazquez


I thought it was fantastic, it's very easy to use and gave me a lot of knowledge on everything dealing that I'm starting out and the price was fine and I gave you guys a little extra. I was hoping that this would help and it did a lot thank you. Yes, I would recommend to anyone.

Ethan R.


I want to thank you for your website and the material on it. Too often people are unwilling to share the processes they went through to become a success and I am very grateful that you are not one of those people.

Allen


I'm excited about finding this towing information that you have made available because I asked a friend (that has his own towing service) if there was anywhere I could get towing training beforehand and he told me there was no type of training available other than hands on working with or for someone already in business. That bothered me, so I searched on line to see for myself if it was so and I came across your site and I got excited and shared this with him. I told him that this could help him also to build his knowledge on towing. He was so surprised and told me thanks for letting him know about it. So I will be forwarding this site information to him.

THANKS,
KAMCHASKA ALEXANDER


Thanks again for all the info you have taken the time to put together. I have found it very useful in my business planning. I am currently trying to startup a roadside assistance business. I am in Raleigh N.C. Thanks again!!!

Mark E.


Wally,

Just want to tell you how valuable your information has been to us. I'm not sure what would have happened to our start up towing business had I not found your website.

We started "towing" 3 months ago and thanks to your advise about motor clubs we've barely missed a lick.

Thanks and God Bless!
Jimmy and Rhonda Frady
Johnson City Towing
Johnson City, Tx


Love your website, lots of good information, thank you.

RON BILLINGS


I bought this towing membership about 14 months ago with no experience, and followed it to a T. I first contacted roadside company using the list that was provided. I stay busy with the roadside until I could attain local garages contracts. This has been the best money ever spent.

LMAUTORESCUE


I am starting up a towing business and I must say I am glad I found you. The information you have provided has been extremely helpful.

Adrian Platt


WOW Wally Cass! Super impressed with all the terrific information you have compiled over your career in your fantastic A-Z on Towing! Just what I was looking for as I am launching Tow Ladies of America in our Nation's Capitol. Female Military Veteran Owned Small Business who is saluting our military veterans, active troops & their families. Thanks a $million! Sincerely, Polly Johnson-Founder/CEO & Chairman of the Board (Facebook-Polly Johnson)


I love youre website it's teaching me everything. I'm from west philadelphia, just purchased my first tow truck which is a flat bed and I know nothing about towing but you're web site is so detailed and helpful. Before I found youre website I was begging other tow operators for knowledge and they have been so mean and hateful.. This was the best $40.00 investment ever. Mamasboytowing


"Wow, wally , I am Luis Chacon and I purchased 1 flatbed on Ebay about 10 months ago. I paid for your website and to become a member. I read every word in it and followed your direction and instruction. My son asked me "dad you think we can do this ?" I told him wally said we can and if he did it so can we , we just need to be "about the business," our business . The tow truck I purchased was a 99 chevy c6500 for $8000 in basalt Colorado , we drove up there and drove it 1500 Miles back to San Antonio Texas in one of the worst snow storms Colorado had, after that trip I told my son this, " Josh , the determination we showed just to drive that truck and get home in one piece is the same determination we need to put into the business. Wally we had never ever been in the tow business before. We had never even been in a tow truck, but with your advice and our determination we now have 3 trucks, 4 service trucks and we are buying another truck in the next week or so. We will do around $350,000.00 in our first year! I called all the motor clubs, I called every garage, I called every company in the city , I called every tow truck company and told them if they get backed up I can help them at a discount rate. I worked 24/7 and I haven't taken a day off , and I haven't accepted no as an answer to anything, I have made friends and enemies , I have been able to have my wife quite her job and work with us. I have been able to send one of my son's to school , and I have 7 children. Wally I never post and I rarely look at website anymore, not because I don't want to but because I am always towing. Wally I just want to tell you this: You changed my life, and I never said thank you, so here it is "THANK YOU WALLY CASS" .....it is 4:36 am I am writing you at this hour because I just got home from towing and 4 of my employees are still working. Can you believe that I have employees now . Because I listened to you. Please share this with everyone that subscribe to your site."

Luis Chacon

tow truck on flaybed

 


My closest competitor has been in business since the 70's and they have three trucks. A 3/4 ton pickup with a car trailer, a chevy C5500 rollback and an F550 4x4 twin line recovery truck with a sling and wheel lift. That seems to be a good combination of equipment. I have been in situations where each type of truck has a big advantage. The pickup with trailer gets good fuel mileage on long tows and gets by the weigh stations. The rollback looks professional and loads cars quick. The recovery truck pulls trucks out of the lake and gets in tight spaces. I found your site as I was opening my business. I have made money with the information I learned here. The membership fee is a good investment. I made the fee back many times over.

Scott


Please let others know how you have benefited from this towing information.
Please send me your testimonial and thanks to all who have done so. We all appreciate it!


 

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