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8 Need-to-Know Tips for Avoiding Towing Scams and Fraud

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If you’ve been in an accident or experienced a breakdown, you may have called a towing company for help. While most of us are honest, hard-working people, there are always a few who will try to take advantage of you when you’re at your most vulnerable.  These horror stories make us angry!

If you’ve had to call for an emergency tow, you’ve got enough on your plate. Our 8 safe towing tips will teach you what to look for in order to avoid towing scams, fraudulent practices, and inflated costs, so you can have the peace of mind to focus on the real issue at hand.

1. Does your warranty cover roadside service?

If you have a new(er) vehicle (typically one made in the last 4 years) roadside service may be included as part of your purchase or warranty. If you are unsure, contact your local dealership to see what, if anything, is included with your vehicle. You may be covered and not know it.

2. Understand what insurance will cover.

Insurance policies can vary greatly, so it’s important for you to know whether yours includes roadside assistance coverage. Don’t wait until you are in an accident —contact your insurance agent to determine the policy limits.

Additionally, find out how your insurance company handles towing in the event that you are in an accident that requires a professional tow, and how much insurance will cover.

3. Be weary if a tow truck arrives when you never contacted them for help.

It’s tempting to feel as if this person was a miraculous godsend. Although many of us do stop out of kindness, you are better off airing on the side of caution.

4. When the tow truck arrives, make sure the name on the truck matches who was called, and matches all documentation to come.

5. Don’t give too much personal information.

Your first name may be one thing, but a towing company shouldn’t need your social security number or your first-born child.

6. Don’t give out too much insurance information.

There have been instances in which shady companies will use your personal information and insurance information to pretend to be your insurance company. It’s not common, but it’s best to protect yourself from the start.

7. Before you let a towing company take your vehicle…

  • Make sure you have your own copy of the invoice or cost of breakdown of all services. This includes all towing fees, daily storage rates if applicable, as well as any additional charges.
  • Make sure you know where your vehicle is being towed, address and phone number included.

8. If you encounter a driver who refuses to leave, or in the event that you suspect fraud, contact law enforcement.

The majority of us are good people who want to help you when you need us most. If you have been in an accident, need a tow in Salt Lake, or want more information on towing services in Utah, please contact us today. We're at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CALL US for Emergency Towing Service in Salt Lake City at 801.975.9422

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Off-Road Recovery: The Best in Utah Towing

Utah is filled with off-road vehicles.  Thousands of locals throughout the state have found a passion for off-roading and for good reason.  Between the mountains, the deserts, and the salt flats, Utah has more off-roading terrain than almost anywhere in the US.

While off-roading may have a ton of upside, there is also a downside.  As humans, we have made no effort to groom the off-road terrain; so, when off-roading, you always take the chance that your vehicle will get stuck in a ditch.

Utah has seen its fair share of cars and 4x4’s sliding off of snowy and icy roads, and seeing vehicles end up upside down when driving through a mountain pass.  More times than not, the result of the accidents is a rough towing job, and a big bill to repair your car.

Here at Evans, we have seen it all.  We have pulled dozens of cars out of ditches. We have flipped cars right side up after they have tumbled off of a mountain pass.  

What makes us different from our competitors is that we have the experience needed to safely recover vehicles, and to do so with the least damage to your car or off-roader.

Our equipment is state-of-the-art and our crew is first rate.  So, when you find yourself in that situation, don’t hesitate to call Evans and Sons Towing.  We’re available 24 hours/day and we’re ready to help you when you need us most. 

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Safe Driving Insurance: Why It's Needed, and Why It's Not What You'd Think

You may be surprised to know that you need safe-driving insurance. Although not technically required, this form of insurance does not bill monthly or bi-annually through your insurance company. Why? Your best insurance for safe driving is high quality tires.

Although there are many different brands, the best tires are typically not found by going to your nearest tire center and purchasing the least expensive tire set. Asking a sales person for a recommendation is a good idea, however, it is best to go armed with knowledge about what you know you need.

  • Do some research on your vehicle.
  • Consult your car manual to see what is suggested.
  • If you do not have it, another idea would be talking to your dealer to see what they typically use.
  • Additionally, get recommendations for a reputable tire center in your area. Just because they are a large chain store does not mean they will automatically give you the best tire advice.

Now you’ve determined and purchased the proper tires. Don’t stop now —maintenance is important too.

Here are four simple maintenance tips to keep in mind:

  1. Maintain proper air pressure. (Many tire centers will check your tires and put in air for free if you purchased your tires from them!)
  2. Have your tires rotated and balanced at the recommended intervals.
  3. Not drive on old, worn tires. When they’re used, they’re used and you need to purchase a new set.
  4. If you have an all-wheel drive vehicle, it is important to replace all four tires. Why should you replace four tires simultaneously if you have an AWD? Because of the way these cars use their wheels individually, it is imperative that the wear-pattern match one another. Not doing so often means time, money, and lots of headache.

Despite your best efforts and having done everything recommended, you may still get stuck due to circumstances beyond your control. This can be frightening, especially in severe weather.

Safe-driving insurance doesn’t end with the operating condition of your vehicle. Keep the following items in your car in the event that you become stranded and must wait for roadside service.

Emergency Kit for Your Car

  • Blanket
  • Can opener
  • Non-perishable, pre-cooked food items (think protein bars, canned fruits & veggies, instant oatmeal packets, etc…)
  • Matches
  • Maps —No, not just the GPS. Regardless of your GPS system, something that cannot self-destruct is a backup that’s important to have. Technology is great, but it’s not a guarantee. You won’t be sorry for being prepared.
  • Case of bottled water
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Fire extinguisher

No one wants to think they will be stranded, especially not in a brutal Utah winter. The unfortunate reality is, it can happen to any one of us. Luckily, if you follow these safe driving insurance tips, you’ll be prepared in the event the worst happens to you.

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