How To Start A Towing Service

By Seomul Evans

If you look at the operations of a towing service, it really looks like a simple business to operate. In some cases it is, but not all the time. Every business has its own set of problems and a towing service business is not an exception. In fact, the problems begin even while you’re starting the business. In order to avoid many business start-up problems in the towing industry, you will need to do a lot of research before you invest anything.

The biggest part of your investment will be on tow trucks. If you want to buy them new, then expect to need a large amount. Many towing service start-ups purchase used tow trucks in order to minimize the amount of money they need.

Many towing services collapsed even before they started because of inadequate research. The first thing people think about is buying a tow truck or a wrecker and expect everything else to flow smoothly once they have the equipment. That’s the biggest mistake you can make. Before you even think about buying a tow truck, find out what the necessary requirements for this business are.


You will need to find out how to first register your business in the state you are in or in the state you want to operate. You will need to get the services of a good lawyer who is familiar with the requirements of starting a towing service in your area. Talk to one first before you do anything else as licenses may take more time than you expect.

You will also need to think about insurance. Insurance is a complicated business. Make sure you understand the best type of insurance you can get and what they will pay for. If you do not know what your liabilities are, then expect to get into a lot of trouble in the future.

After you find out all the legal requirements of the business, you will need to build your customer base. This means you need to know that you will have customers even before you open your business. The best way to ensure that you will have customers is to talk to your local police station and find out how you can get on the list of their approved towing services. If you can somehow get your towing service on that list, then you have a good chance of getting customers once you open up your business.

When you have finally gone through all the steps above you will get an idea of what area in the towing industry you would like to focus on and which areas you would like to expand to in the future. You may want to start off small, like a towing service for light vehicles and motorcycles. Then you may plan on expanding your business to accommodate heavy vehicles or enter into the repo market.

You may need to spend a small amount of money to complete the above steps. Those steps were only information gathering but knowing what to expect will help you immensely in the future. Doing those steps can also give you time to change your mind without having investing a large sum. Imagine buying tow trucks worth thousands of dollars and finding out in the end that you would rather not go into a towing service business after all.

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