How To Start a Towing Business
If you’re interested to get into the lucrative business of towing cars that have broken down the highway or are illegally parked in public places on sides of the road or elsewhere, you’ve come to the right article. We and our network of independently owned and licensed affiliates will be discussing how to start your own independent business using only one high-quality tow truck, unlimited amounts of determination, and impeccable communication skills.
First and foremost, get to know the towing industry.
The business of towing never really goes out of commission, as automotive repair shops usually don’t offer towing services to cars that have broken down in the middle of a busy street or highway. They need towing companies, or less expensive tow truck operators, like you, to get the vehicle to their repair shop. Shop around for automotive repair shops in your area and strike good, working relationships with the owners—exchange contact numbers, share your business idea, and the like.
Read about the towing laws and requirements for your state, such as if you’re required to get a commercial driver’s license and other certifications before you can start towing. This is a crucial step if you’re really considering getting into the towing business as you don’t want to be in trouble with the law if you want to start your operations right away. Secure all the needed documents and get certified and licensed as soon as you can.
Invest in a high-quality tow truck.
This is where splurging becomes acceptable—buying the right kind of tow truck for a startup business owner like you. If you’re running low on funds, make sure that the secondhand tow truck you’ll be buying is still in perfect, working condition. You don’t want to compromise the safety of your customers’ cars and you definitely don’t want to be slowed down in the middle of an operation.
Get a mobile number exclusively for your business, and be prepared to accept calls around the clock.
You never really know when customers will be broken down—in the middle of the night or early in the morning, so be prepared to work 24/7, including weekends and holidays.
You absolutely need a commercial liability insurance policy that will be covering you, your customers, and their vehicles. Make sure the insurance you’ll be getting covers all of the vehicles’ damages (in the case of accidents), if possible.