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Ian F
Ian F Dork
12/1/10 10:24 a.m.

A guy I work with is good friends with a towing company owner, so we hear some stories. Huge overhead. Constantly buying and maintaining expensive trucks. Has a shop with a p/t mechanic. It seems like you MUST get a contract with AAA if you have any dreams of making money. Having employees is a necessary evil and a PITA. That said, his buddy seems to be good at it - AAA contacted him about a region where they were having trouble getting reliable service, so he opened a 2nd business there. They guy makes a lot of money, but he has zero free time and stress levels are at maximum.

I've dreamed of buying a flat-bed to have for personal use, but since the yearly registration fees in PA seem to go up exponentially the heavier a truck gets ('86 Toyota 4x4 = $46/yr; '95 Dodge Cummins 4x4 = $153/yr), I'm sure a flatbed would be substantially heavier than my Dodge and I'm not sure I want to pay even more every year for a truck that sits 99% of the time.

martinbrown446 New Spammer
1/22/20 6:42 a.m.

The towing companies are now booming in industry. The wide margin profit they earn is because of the needs of the individuals reaching towing companies. Out of several, I prefer to use [canoe towers]. They've been awesome to me till now in terms of pricing, quality service, and quick turnaround. But Who knows what's gonna happen in the future.

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1/22/20 9:16 a.m.

At least five tow trucks were set ablaze in the GTA early Monday morning in what are just the latest instances of vandalism and violence tied to the region's towing industry. 

Three of the incidents happened within minutes of each other in the Bathurst Road and Finch Avenue area of North York, while two others occurred during roughly the same time frame — between 3:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. — in Richmond Hill. 


York Regional Police Insp. Christina Dawson said the fires are all "likely" connected

Heavily mobbed up in Toronto and starting to see the same here. I have a friend who runs a one-truck show and has been doing it for over 20 years. Not a flatbed. A new truck that can deal with the heavy pigs we drive nowadays is gonna run $100k. Maintenance and insurance needs to come out of the $60 tow jobs before you get paid.

As an indie you can carve a niche out of working for specific garages, scrapyards, personal contacts and dealers. A truck that can do underground parking is almost a niche in itself as there are not many who can respond to those calls. Repos are another niche that fills in the time. You wont get rich.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
1/22/20 10:03 a.m.

10 year old canoe tow

Wally MegaDork
1/22/20 10:21 a.m.

When I started NYC was cracking down on mob businesses in general but hadn't stopped chasing wrecks. It was competitive but more Mother Jugs & Speed than Goodfellas. 

jimbob_racing SuperDork
1/21/21 7:00 a.m.
MrJoshua said:

Momma says, Tow companies are the devil.

Fixed it.

SVreX (Forum Supporter)
SVreX (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/21/21 7:07 a.m.

10 years...

Carkid's not a kid anymore. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
1/21/21 8:07 a.m.

In reply to SVreX (Forum Supporter) :

I think in a recent post, CarKid was shopping back seats because he's had a kid!  

spitfirebill MegaDork
1/21/21 10:51 a.m.
John Welsh said:

In reply to SVreX (Forum Supporter) :

I think in a recent post, CarKid was shopping back seats because he's had a kid!  

Aren't back seats how you get kids?? 

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