- Aug 5, 2006
If I personally call JP Towing and request their service, but XY Towing shows up first because they "heard" the call on their scanner, or, they happen to be driving by and see my vehicle in distress, can't I refuse XY and wait for JP ? I don't think I'm obligated to let the "first on scene" hook up to my car.exkalibur said:Well, let's say I'm JP Towing. I don't really want the competition hearing my dispatcher give me calls. Why? Often, the "first on scene" gets the tow...therefore, lost money.
That said, the "encryption" used on Toronto 1 (1F20) is simple voice inversion scrambling, provided by an ad-on board from Selectone. 200 bucks and you're decoding them.
So that's why some go through red lights and blow stop signs.wyldman said:It's the accident tows that they want.They get paid big $$$$ to tow it,and clean up the scene.An accident tow can pay $200 and up depending on what is involved.That is only half of it though,as a lot of guys get pretty good kickbacks from the bodyshops when they bring in a damaged vehicle.I have a friend who is a "chaser",and he gets another 10% of the total insurance damage claim for bringing in a vehicle.On these newer vehicles,with such high repair bills,he can easily make up to another $1000 just on the kickback.
That's why these guys are so crazy to get to the scene.Usually,first on scene is first in line to get the tow.
Yes,that's why.For them the odd ticket is cheaper than not making it on scene first.They don't make any money if they don't get the tow.Problem is,they cause more accidents and injuries in the process.Just stupid IMHO.pathalogical said:So that's why some go through red lights and blow stop signs.
"first on scene" would apply more to an accident, not to a truck you called for a tow/lock out etc.....pathalogical said:If I personally call JP Towing and request their service, but XY Towing shows up first because they "heard" the call on their scanner, or, they happen to be driving by and see my vehicle in distress, can't I refuse XY and wait for JP ? I don't think I'm obligated to let the "first on scene" hook up to my car.
I have heard of all these scenarios you've pointed out, luckily, not by experience.wyldman said:One thing to note,in case it ever happens to you........
While the police may instruct a towing company to remove your vehicle from the scene against your will,they are only require to remove it from the scene,NOT tow it to a shop,collision reporting center,or storage compound.If you want it dropped,they have to drop it where you request (as long as it safe\legal).They do have a right to charge you,and demand payment.Don't worry,you will be reimbursed by your insurance company.
DO NOT let them tow it to a storage compound,or their lot.Stuff will go missing,or get stolen (stereo,airbags,rims\tires),and this will drive up the claim.When this happens,they will tend to write it off,so then they collect more storage until the wreck is finally removed from their lot by the insurance company.I have also seen them scavenge good parts off of one car to get parts to repair another ! Another rip off.If it is repairable,they will try to keep it there as long as possible to collect the outrageous pound fees from your insurance company.It's not worth the hassle,so get it towed elsewhere.
You also have to be careful in letting them tow it to a collision shop of their (the tow truck drivers) choice.A lot of these shops will have a deal set up with them to charge storage anyways,and will drag out the claim for as long as possible.These shops also try to inflate the repair bill and get more $$$ out of your insurance company,and then do poor quality repairs.They have to pay the tow trucks their cut too.
Your best bet is to have it towed home,or to a repair shop you trust.Once at home then you and your ins co can decide where to have it repaired.
Sorry to get off topic......but thought it might help someone someday.
Unfortunately,you do not have a choice.If your vehicle is on a public roadway,they have everyright to remove it,as they see fit.Do you think if you just parked your car in the middle of the street they wouldn't remove it ?Gymbag said:I would like to know who the police officer is telling a tow truck driver to move my vehicle off the roadway? If I want a certain tow compay to remove my vehicle off the roadway I'm sure as hell aren't paying two different tow companies. If the police advise a tow company to remove my vehicle off the roadway then that police service better be willing to pay the tow slip.