How To Locate a Tow Truck When Your Car Breaks Down


Being stranded on the side of the road is one of the biggest fears many drivers face. Knowing how to locate and contact a towing service when you need assistance can take some of the fear out of this stressful situation.

Contact a Repair Service

Many auto repair services have tow trucks that they use to tow disabled vehicles to their shops for repairs. If you plan to have your vehicle repaired at a shop, it can save you time and money to have it towed directly to the shop, rather than a tow lot or your home. If you have a smartphone you can use Google to look up car services Marysville WA to find a nearby repair shop.

Even if they do not have towing services, they can probably recommend a towing service to you and give you their contact information or possibly transfer you to their number. If you do not have a smartphone or your internet connection is poor, you can try locating a service by dialing 4-1-1 on your cellphone, or as a last resort walking to the closest place you can borrow a phone.

Contact Your Insurance Company

If you paid for roadside assistance, you may be able to call your insurance company or use their mobile app to arrange to have your vehicle towed. Depending on your company’s policy, your insurance may pay for the towing service upfront or you may be able to be reimbursed after you submit a claim. If you do not have roadside assistance coverage, you may still be able to receive assistance locating a towing service by speaking to someone in customer service.

Google It

If you have a smartphone, or can borrow one from a good samaritan, you can search for “towing service near me” to get a list of towing services near where your vehicle broke down. However, if your cell phone’s location services are not accurate, you may not always get accurate results for your location, so it is best to try to verify where you are by checking landmarks.

Use Your GPS

If you have an up to date GPS in your vehicle, you may be able to look up nearby towing services and get a phone number you can contact them at. However, if you have not been updating your maps, the results may be out of date.

A vehicle breakdown can be a stressful situation. However, being prepared can help you handle it in the most stressfree way possible.

Posted July 30, 2020 by Car Blog in category General