By Wally Cass Independent towing business owner and operator
How To Tow
For Profit $
There are many topics to discuss about towing for profit
but first I would like to thank everyone who has signed up with us
since our first launch in October 2010 and helped to make this online
towing training course a success. Your support not only helps keep
this towing information available to everyone but your questions and
comments also help in making more information available to others such
as in our towing forums.
Let me introduce myself
My name is Wally Cass and I have been
in the towing business for 25 years. I started in the towing industry
by working for a large
towing company in San Diego CA. The towing company was so large that
they had eight impound yards, over a hundred tow trucks, their own
fueling stations and their own mechanics shop. I worked for this towing
company for 7 years, attended and certified by CTTA towing and recovery
classes. I drove every tow truck in their fleet and I was one of their
lead drivers in the heavy duty towing and recovery class when I left
to start my own business in my home State of WA. in 1995.
I remember how tough it was to start a towing business
at the time because I had a family to support and I didn't have any
savings to speak of. All I had was the desire to own my own towing
business and I was willing to do what ever it took to make it happen.
You will also need determination and dedication to make your towing
business a success.
You have one advantage over me
that I didn't have!
You have my 24 years of towing experience, 17 years of
which were as a independent towing business owner and operator. Now
I would have loved to come across a website such as HowtoTow.com that
offers information and insight to owning and operating a towing business
but frankly there was no such site to visit at the time and I have
yet to find any other site that offers the extensive towing information
and videos. I like to call it my towing training course.
Sure I already knew how to tow vehicles but I had no
idea where and how to sign up with the motor clubs, negotiating with
the regional managers to get better towing rates, accounting, billing,
taxes, employees, insurance etc. and the list goes on. I was only an
employee dispatched to tow vehicles and I had no experience in these
other areas. Frankly, I lost allot of time and money by doing everything
by trial and error and I wish this information was available to me.
How to Tow For Profit.
How much can I expect to make?
First of all it comes down to how dedicated
are you to your towing business? Will you operate 24 hours a day
7 days a week?
Will you have huge start up costs?
Will you start out with employees? Will you go out and get the accounts
necessary to keep the phone ringing?
I can only tell you how I operate my
towing business and how profitable it is but your income will vary
depending on the previous
questions. I explain everything (in the members area) on how much I
make and what my rates are with the motor clubs after you sign up
will tell you briefly that I worked 24/7 for the first two years. As
soon as I had my business license I went out and secured local accounts.
I purchased a website TowingTransport. Within
one month the calls were coming in steady. Within one year I was able
to move into my own house. Within 2 years
new truck, a nice used 22 foot bayliner boat, a used trail bike and
2 go carts for the kids. The third year I bought a second new truck
and hired an employee. The employee was a relief as it gave me some
time off from towing.
Was it worth starting and operating my
own towing business? Absolutely. There was no way I was going to
make that kind
of money working for someone else, besides I always had time to do
what I wanted between calls and I worked out of my house. More importantly
I found my own independence. No one but me could tell me what to
do. No one could lay me off. If I was going to work for anybody it
for me and my family. Not for someone else. Everyone gets tired of
the same old grind day after day and with towing I always saw new
places and new faces.
What My Towing Course Will Not Teach You.
I will not explain how to do impounds
or repossessions. I tow strictly for the motor clubs, retail accounts
and local business
accounts. This is my area of expertise. Customers are happy to see
me coming to their rescue, unlike impounds and repossessions. I never
wanted to get into impounds or have a impound yard because of the problems
and red tape that one must go through. You have to get approved by
your governing agencies, zoning, fencing, make sure the office is proper,
Dept of Licensing, titles, registrations, auctions, state patrol vehicle
inspections, proper notifications etc.
And then there is the financial obligations of leasing
or mortgage and insurance for the property and garage keepers liability.
I work out of my home with no overhead
costs. In fact I deduct part of mortgage come tax time as a home
low overhead allows
me to keep my towing rates low which in turn gets more customers. The
best part is my customers are happy customers. Well maybe not so happy
because their vehicle broke down but happy to see a tow truck arrive
and help them.
Next are just some of the example of
what you can expect to receive after you sign up.
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.
you will need to get started in the towing business.
accurate records, invoicing, billing, taxes, office equipment,
you should know about Motor Clubs, how to contract
with the motor clubs and which ones are the best including:
addresses, phone numbers, towing areas, length of times allowed
to a call, billing methods and more.
of the best ways to advertise your towing business and one
of my favorite places to advertise for free!
how to purchase commercial towing insurance and the details.
get business accounts, methods
I use to get accounts even if the business already has a dedicated
the best way to perform service calls and the equipment used.
to operate safely to prevent injuries to you and the public.
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.
Damage Claims, learn
from my experience what not to do and how to avoid damage claims.
forms online, prevent damage claims for pre-existing conditions,
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.
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
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. Note: Professional blue
prints by a professional plans drafter are not available. So
please do not sign up if you are strictly signing up to purchase
true blue prints by a professional. I did make the plans the
best I could but again I did not hire a pro.
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.
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.
list my favorite places to shop for towing equipment and
many more benefits when you sign up at HowtoTow.com
including a free bonus which
includes a total of 84 legal forms and 597
business letters which can be used in any
business or for personal use. This value alone is worth
the admission to
the members area.
be redirected to the members area immediately after
All I ask
is that you do not give away or sell this information
to others. You can however train your employees with
the towing information.
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.
am also including a free
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 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. Sorry about
any punctuation or spelling errors but all statements
are left in tact as the author wrote them.
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.
I purchased the course a few
weeks ago and after reading through it and
viewing the videos I must say that it has been
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.
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.
I think the towing information
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
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.
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.
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 Icame 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
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!!!
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
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
"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 tbis, " 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 truck 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."