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Old 08-06-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Towing abuse!?

Well my day got off to a -Perfect- start.

I woke up and my car was gone, turns out my "restricted parking lot" towed my car because of out of state tags. Now i paid for the towing and got the car back.

However! Now my front bumper has two brand new huge scratches along the bottom. And my car is pulling very hard to one side.

The towing company "Auto Barn" gave me a sheet. It says the car was towed by the front wheels. Now, I parked and locked my car. With the parking break fully engaged. So they towed the car, dragging the parking break. Also something about "W/L".

Is there anything i can do about this, I filled out an incident report sheet, and plan to phone the management tomorrow morning.


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Umm....... hows about a LAWSUIT!!!!

Towers are supposed to look inside the car.. If visible, and check on things like that. So it's their fault anyways.

If they deny it, just take it to your trusted mechanic and get an estimate, slap it in there face with your lawyers name on the bottom and that's that.

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Had that problem with a car my buddy had and he got it solved thru them.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:51 AM   #5
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go and break everything u want replaced and tell them ur turbo kit is missin
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:52 AM   #6
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:23 AM   #7
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Actually, the best way to approach this is to contact the company directly with your complaints. They have insurance for this stuff and in most cases is the carelessness of the driver of the tow truck. If this does not resolve anything, file a grievance with the Better Business Bureau. If nothing then, file a damage report with the police department in your area and also contact the grounds people that control the parking. If none of this works, contact a lawyer.

Every towing company must have one million dollars ($1,000,000) of coverage for each towed vehicle, on each truck in their fleet, in order to renew their business license. This would mean if they have a rollback truck (can haul or tow two vehicles), they must have $2,000,000 worth of insurance on that truck.

I know this from experience, My father owned a service station and towing company in Alexandria, VA and the laws in Maryland are about the same. I hope this helps some on the actions to take.
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First off that doesn't even seem like a actually reason to tow a car, usually a notice would suffice. Second, any car not being towed by the owner should be put on a dolly or flatbed. Third, if that was my car it would be parked in the drive way of the tow truck company with the horn wailing, while i was running around it threatening bodily harm to all living things until my STUFF is guaranteed to be fixed for FREE!!!! OH I am so mad and this isn't even my car.
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The apt complex I live is hires some crazy mofo's for towing visitor cars not in visitor spots. One night an f-150 parked in backwards, up against the curb, with front wheels turned into the curb, and the tow truck company drug his car with the parked rear wheels dragging through the entire complex because the front were in the air, and they didnt care about how many curbs they hit. Im glad Im moving this weekend!
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First off that doesn't even seem like a actually reason to tow a car, usually a notice would suffice. Second, any car not being towed by the owner should be put on a dolly or flatbed. Third, if that was my car it would be parked in the drive way of the tow truck company with the horn wailing, while i was running around it threatening bodily harm to all living things until my STUFF is guaranteed to be fixed for FREE!!!! OH I am so mad and this isn't even my car.
I guess that is the way they handle things on the left coast. In the Washington, DC region, it is best to take a civil approach and not threaten anything or any one. If the damages are pointed out, the tow company should provide insurance information to you.

And yes, the management of an apartment complex can have your car towed if you don't live there, that is referred to as trespassing. It is also a good idea to give your car info to the people at the main desk of the apartment complex or ask them where you can park your car if you are visiting - if there is a front desk or security desk. Or even ask the people you are visiting for a place to park.

Being a partial owner of a towing company, I know that a property owner can make their own rules for visitor parking.
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