An interesting article crossed my news feed this week addressing uninsured towing companies. This is an issue many legit towing companies face; competition from uninsured and under-insured companies. These companies gain an unfair advantage at the expense of public safety and consumer trust. According to this article a couple operating a “towing business” damaged a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo while moving the vehicle and then apparently attempted to claim the damage on their personal insurance saying it was not a paid tow. The couple now face serious changes including the possibility of up to five years in state prison and a $50,000 fine. I am sure the vehicle owner would have preferred to pay a “real” towing company a few more bucks and avoid this entire mess.
How can you avoid this kind of disaster as a consumer? Check to see if the tower you want to use is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. DPS monitors the insurance coverage of every licensed wrecker service in the state. If coverage lapses, the wrecker license is immediately suspended. DPS has a regularly updated list here, sorted by city, so that you can check the license status of any tow company in Oklahoma.