Getting stuck is undoubtedly a bothersome and sometimes an expensive experience, but it can also be somewhat amusing. Read on for more information about towing with a tow truck and how to rent a flatbed tow truck.
Renting a flatbed tow truck can cost anywhere between $150 and $1200 per day, depending on your location, time of year, and the size of the tow truck needed. Flatbed tow trucks are best for moving large or long items.
For most individuals, renting a flatbed tow truck is the best option when towing a car. (In many states, it is illegal for someone to remove and store your vehicle unless they have an official lien on your vehicle.)
The advantage of choosing this type of tow truck rental is that you don't have to worry about finding a properly licensed driver and has proof of insurance. The flatbed tow truck rental companies usually provide the driver as part of their services.
It is straightforward to rent this type of vehicle. All you need to do is contact a few different rental companies (over the phone or online) for a flatbed tow truck. After you have done that, ask them the following questions:
What are your minimum and maximum flatbed truck rental period?
How much do they charge per day and mile? (They should give you a rate for the first 3 miles or 5 miles free of charge.)
Will an additional driver charge be incurred? (They should give you a rate for the first 5 miles free of charge. Some companies may call this "long-distance charges.")
Do they require that you purchase a $2,000 bond or $1,000 deposit when renting their flatbed tow truck?
They are usually built for towing large vehicles. They may also be used for hauling motorcycles, boats, and small trailers on the back of the flatbed truck. This type of flatbed tow truck is referred to as a "rollback" or "jerk." These two types of flatbed tow truck rentals are usually available:
a) One-Way (They charge for the distance you drive.) To rent this type of flatbed tow truck, you must be eligible to register and operate a motor vehicle in the state where the rental will take place. You will need a valid driver's license from your state of residence and a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).
b) Two-Way (They will pick up your vehicle from one location and bring it back to another. They usually charge for the miles traveled.)
When you have found a flatbed tow truck rental company that complies with your needs, ask them if they will give you an estimate on the price of renting their flatbed tow truck. After that, ask them if there are any discounts for payment by cash or money order. (You can send a money order to avoid using your credit card).
Before calling a rental company, be sure to do some research online or in newspapers for flatbed tow truck rental prices. The average price you find for renting this type of flatbed tow truck is approximately $50-$150 per day.
Once you have rented the flatbed tow truck, be sure to follow all the safety and traffic laws in your state. Be safe while driving this large vehicle!