operating a tow truck business can be a real challenge but owning
your own tow truck business can also be very rewarding. After all
you are your own boss and you have no one to answer to other than
keeping your accounts happy with timely and courteous responses to
the motorist in distress. You can also do whatever you like in between
calls as long as you don't rome to far away from your towing accounts.
There are also some negative aspects to operating your
own tow truck business which I will explain later, but for now I
am going to dispel some myths that it is expensive to start your
own tow truck business.
I have read some towing articles and most of them state
you need a large sum of capital to get started in the tow truck business
but I am living proof this is not the case. It all depends on the
type of tow truck business you plan to start and operate.
If you plan to do impounds or repossessions then yes
you will need much more capital. The costs involved in running a
towing impound yard are more than most people can bear upon starting
a tow truck business, However there is a more economical way to get
started in the tow truck business which will not cost you a arm and
a leg to get started.
Try starting as a independent tow truck operator towing
strictly for the motor clubs, retail accounts and local auto repair
shops. You can work directly from your home which also has it's advantages
come tax time. Did you know that you can write off part of your mortgage
as a home office? You will also avoid all the other expenditures
such as leasing or purchasing real estate.
tow truck business in 1995
"Not Glamorous but it worked"
I started my tow truck
business on a shoestring back in 1995. It may not have been
glamorous starting with a Ford f-150 and a used tilt car trailer
but it got me started in the tow truck business with very little
investment. My towing website for reference is TowingTransport.com.
I already owned the
truck and the cost for the used car trailer was minimal. Who
wants to take out a loan for expensive towing equipment? I
The tow trailer only had 3500
lb. axles which also tilted with the bed and this definitely
needed improvement. The rear axle took all the weight. Not
a very good tilt trailer design.
For economical reasons I also decided to tow only in
the light duty class, all cars, motorcycles and pick up trucks up
to one ton (excluding one tons). The one ton class is the start of
the medium duty class.
I drove every kind of tow truck
out there and my years of prior experience told me the hydraulic
tilt car trailer was the only way to start my tow truck business.
I knew the hydraulic tilt car trailers had a huge advantage over
conventional flatbed and wheel lift
tow trucks when it came to damage free towing, due to the
low profile loading angle of a car trailer.
Also being that it was a goose neck, fifth wheel type
setup, I could jack knife the trailer, getting into spots that conventional
flatbed tow trucks could not get into.
Advantages of starting a tow truck business
with a hydraulic tilt towing trailer:
Low profile loading angle for damage free towing.
Tow exotic cars and low riders.
You don't have to worry about the drive train (such
as the transmission) on the vehicle being towed. "Unlike a
conventional tow truck where you might have to get out the dolly
wheels and place them under the drive axle which is labor intensive."
Towing motorcycles is easy and requires no additional
I don't have to go through the truck scales because
I am under 16000 GVW.
I can get into some really tight places as opposed
to a conventional flatbed tow truck.
Insurance is cheaper.
I can disconnect the trailer and still use the truck
for service calls or personal use.
The tow truck is more comfortable to ride in (softer
Cheaper to purchase or to build (I have trailer
After my tow truck business was established and I had
a steady income rolling in, I decided that It was time for newer
towing equipment and frankly, no one built the type of equipment
that I wanted to use for my towing business and I couldn't find the
proper trailer plans, So I decided to build my own towing trailers.
"The New and Improved
The objective was to build the trailer with the lowest
possible loading angle and yet have the fender height remain low
enough for all vehicle doors to clear the fenders when the doors
are opened. The outcome was: the trailer bed height is only 17.5
inches off the ground and only requires the bed to tilt one and half
feet to hit the ground. I couldn't have been happier with the trailers
low profile loading angle and opening the vehicles door when loaded
cleared the trailers fenders easily.
Car door clears
The cost to build this trailer
was approximately $10,000 in materials. I easily justified
the use of a credit card to purchase the materials as this
was a income producing purchase and the debt could be paid
back in only a couple of months, therefore the interest was
I used only the best materials I could find.
I used Torflex 7000 lb dual axles with built in suspension
which did not require additional suspension parts like leaf
springs and hangers.
Therefore the maintenance costs were diminished.
I also used diamond plate steel decking which not only looked
good but vehicles with a missing wheel or two would slide
off easier. If you decide to use a trailer with a wood deck
the vehicle missing a wheel will only dig into the wood and
will not slide off. Even winching the vehicle on the trailer
with a wood deck could be a problem.
If you are looking for a conventional tow truck at
around $10,000, More than likely it will be junk and a older model.
So I was happy to invest $10,000 in towing equipment that was brand
new and built the way I wanted it to perform. The trailer has passed
the test of time and has lasted over 13 years and is still working
today! The trailer has paid for itself many times over. Sign up below
to get the trailer plans!
The trailer does
not have to tilt very far.
The Strobe light
was a bit much and later removed. A red light bar was later
added to the truck (as noted below right)
The fenders originally were
made to fold out using hinges, "for those extra wide
loads" but were welded closed after awhile as they were
If you decide that you want to build your own trailer
then you will also be very pleased with the looks and performance
towing trailer. Upon inspection for it's first registration, the
state patrol officer told me it was the nicest towing trailer he
had ever seen and he instantly titled the trailer. Wow! I knew I
had done something right! If you would like to purchase the trailer
plans to build this trailer then sign up and
get instant access to the trailer plans.
Now for the cons of owning a tow truck business.
This is the worst problem! Your time off from work
will practically be non existent especially during startup. After
all you can not afford to lose your accounts. I remained on call
24/7 for my first two years. I did not take vacations as I did not
have employees yet. Once I started to hire help it was a relief but
it also brought on other problems. As a new employer I assumed the
driver knew his role and everything went fine with my first employee
but the second one had a slightly different style. He would take
friends or family along with him for rides or pull stumps out of
his back yard with the towing equipment. You need to have a written
policy for employees and have them sign it.
I eventually gave up on hiring employees mainly because
of the expenses and the accounting. On behalf of the employee I had
to pay expenses into labor and industries, unemployment compensation,
Medicare and Social Security. This had to be done every payroll whether
you have one employee or a hundred. It really was a hassle, at least
for me anyway's. Maybe you will decide to do it yourself or you could
hire a business partner or maybe you will decided to hire an accountant?
I have really only begun to cover the basics
of starting a tow truck business and how it is possible for you to
start your own tow truck business. I have developed a online training
site which explains the towing business in complete detail.
that you will find in the Members area
There are videos explaining
how to tow vehicles in the light duty class, unlocking vehicles,
winching, recoveries and showing proper towing equipment. I discuss
the differet types of tow trucks such as the wheel lift tow truck
versus the flatbed or rollback tow truck, the
good and bad aspects and why you may consider a flatbed
tow truck advantageous over the wheel lift. (ultimately less work
and no worries about the drivetrain of the vehicle being towed).
Below are just some of the topics covered.
and you will have access to all of this information. Simply choose
the topic your interested in.
How to Tow and How to hook up to a vehicle
properly, Videos and detailed descriptions
show you how to hook up to a vehicle properly. The most common
mistakes while hooking up are explained. You must have this information
to prevent damage claims.
Business planning, what
you will need to get started in the tow truck business.
accurate records, invoicing, billing, taxes, office equipment,
Everything you should know about Motor Clubs,how
to contract with the motor clubs and which ones are the best
including: rates, addresses, phone numbers, towing areas, length
of times allowed to a call, billing methods and more.
of the best ways to advertise your tow truck business and one
of my favorite places to advertise for free!
how to purchase commercial towing insurance and the details.
How to get business accounts, methods
I use to get accounts even if the business already has a dedicated
Service calls, explains
the best way to perform service calls and the equipment used.
Safety, how to operate
safely to prevent injuries to you and the public.
Winching, how to
winch properly, (common
mistakes while loading a vehicle),
procedures, safety, how to winch a vehicle out of a tough situation,
taking care of the winch and cable.
Preventing Damage Claims, learn
from my experience what not to do and how to avoid damage claims.
Common Forms, download
forms online, prevent damage claims for pre-existing conditions,
How to unlock a Vehicle in under three minutes, modern
method to unlock vehicles, "do not use slim jim
on vehicles" (Video) avoid damage to the electronics
in the door.
Towing equipment. using
the right towing equipment is essential. Choosing the right equipment
will save you money and time. I explain my must have requirements
for towing equipment not only for towing but also for service
calls. I explain in detail how the towing equipment is used.
Plans for building a Commercial, Gooseneck,
Fifth Wheel, Hydraulic Tilt, Towing Trailer, Get
the plans to build the best commercial towing trailer. These
plans have never been released and I make them exclusively available
to you after you sign up.
How to tow a motorcycle, Learn
how to hook up to a motorcycle properly. I
explain how to tow a motorcycle using a flatbed and what not
to do. Prevent damage claims.
Tire changes, Learn
some of the tricks I use on those stubborn tire changes and some
of the problems you may face. Be prepared!
Jump Starts, You
need more than just a set up jumper cables! I explain why and how
you will benefit from using the proper equipment.
Towing Resources, I
list my favorite places to shop for towing equipment and parts.There
is also useful information in the forum located in the members
area. Members can ask questions and join in discussions. I will
also answer your questions.
And Much More!
I have explained briefly how I got started in the
tow truck business at a very minimal cost. I already knew how to
tow but I had no idea how to operate a complete tow truck business
or what it entailed. I had to learn from trial and error what worked
best in all areas of the towing business. I had no experience such
as contracting with the motor clubs and I sure wish I had this
type of towing information available to me when I started my business.
Fortunately you now have all this towing information available
to you from someone with over 25 years experience.
Sign up below and
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If you have questions feel free to contact
me , Wally Cass.
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