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If you need to utilize the services of an car tow company, there are some basic things you should know before choosing a Dependable company. The first is which type of company to use. You have 2 options, car tow carrier or broker? Both can get your car from place to place, but there are some distinct differences you should know before you settle on a car towing company.

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The car towing car carriers will move your car; they are the ones that have trucks, carry insurance and have the authority to move your car. The typical car tow company may not do a lot of advertising and can be difficult to find directly. This is because the typical car towing company has been around a few years and has an existing base of car tow customers. These companies usually rely on their base for the bulk of their car tow and use Internet based dispatch boards to fill space on their trucks.

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The car towing brokers do not have trucks and use a network of car towing car carriers to move cars for them. So they just “sell” the customers on their ability to facilitate and oversee the car towing and use car tow car carriers to physically move the vehicle. Typically, when you are looking on the Internet for a car tow company, you will find a broker because they invest more into advertising and car tow car carriers have no choice but to invests their money into fuel, insurance and other operational cost. The reality in this business is…many of the car tow companies that you find on the Internet are brokers who can do a great job of moving your vehicle but will not be the ones that do the work. So you are paying a “middle man” to find the company that will move your vehicle.

In nearly all cases, car towing brokers will never meet you face to face or even see or touch your vehicle. They are simply middlemen who make it all happen and take a cut off the top. Many car towing brokers will require a nonrefundable deposit; this is usually their “cut” and is either a percentage of the entire car towing fee (which can be as high as 50%) or a flat rate. The car tow broker flat rate can start as low as $50 per car up and go as high as $300 or more. The more exotic type of vehicle car tow you need, the higher the fee. These car tow brokers usually get their cut off the top (which is why they require a deposit) than you pay the balance to the company who will move your car. You should know that this is how many brokers work, but not all. If you are ready to go, please fill out our carriers quote form to receive a quote for your move.

There is actually another type of car towing company. This type is a hybrid of a car towing broker and carrier. They have the trucks to move your car but are also authorized to be a “middle man” on your behalf. This is the type of company that Show Car Transport is, we are a full service vehicle car towing company. We have trucks and are more than willing to use our trucks to get where you need to go. In some cases, when our car tow trucks are not accessible or on the other side of the country, we use our extensive database of Dependable car tow car carriers to move your car; to us, this is a perfect world because we can evaluate what is truly best for you, the car tow customer.

Working With Show Car Transport Dependable car carriers - The Upside

  • With Show Car Transport’s car towing car carriers, you deal directly with the company that moves your car.
  • You may pay less dealing directly with the car carriers because there may not be a “middleman” fee.
  • Should there be damage to your car, you will deal directly with the car towing company and their insurance (not the car tow broker who had nothing to do with the damage).
  • There are many great car towing companies out there willing to work hard and earn your business.

Working With car tow car carriers - The Downside

  • Because car tow companies are only authorized to operate in certain states, they may not be able to car towing your car.
  • If you are in a hurry and their car towing trucks are not in your area, it may take longer to move your car. In this case, an car towing broker is not restricted by location and time.
  • There are some companies that you will want to stay away from, the challenge is that in most cases, there is no way to know until its too late.

Dealing With car tow Brokers - The Upside

  • Have large networks of car towing car carriers at their disposal and know exactly how to tap into that network to move your car.
  • Not limited to location (where their car towing trucks are).
  • Because car tow is so competitive the prices are usually in the same ballpark and negotiable. Like anything, there are “high end” brokers that you will pay more for, but this may or may not come with matching service.
  • There are great car tow brokers out there that will do what they say and work hard at earning and keeping your business.

Dealing With car tow Brokers - The Downside

  • There are some car tow brokers out there that do not have your best interest at heart. They want their fee and that is it. The shady ones will list your car as low as possible to try to make more money.
  • You may overpay for the same service you would have received had you used an Dependable car towing carrier directly.
  • Once your vehicle is picked up by the car towing carrier, you will not be dealing with them anymore and may not hear from them again. They are OK with that because they already have your money.
  • They don’t have to carry car towing insurance and will tell you to speak with the car tow carrier company if there was an issue.

Typically, car tow your car goes off with out any problems and both the Dependable car tow carrier and the car tow broker can move your vehicle for you. It is like any industry; so long as everyone does what he or she says, life is grand. The issue arises when promises are vacated and service is sub par.

At Show Car Transport, we feel that because we are both a Dependable carrier and broker, we offer a significant competitive advantage over just a carrier or just a broker. No matter whom you use, we challenge you to research the company and make sure their track record is that of a safe and Dependable car tow company! Call us today to speak with our team about fulfilling all your car tow needs!