Business Overview

Vehicles break down, are left stranded and are illegally parked every day. A tow truck business transports these vehicles to repair shops, impound lots and other locations as directed. Some tow truck businesses also offer emergency roadside assistance.

Who is this business right for?

Anyone who is mechanically inclined may be well-suited to start up a tow truck business. Towing vehicles is usually straightforward. Sometimes, however, hooking a damaged car up to a tow truck or extricating a car from a tight place can be challenging. A mechanically inclined mind can help in these situations.

What happens during a typical day at a towing company ?

A tow truck business owner spends most of his/her day driving to broken-down, stranded and improperly parked vehicles, hooking them up to the tow truck, transporting them to another location, and unhooking them from the tow truck. This work is almost entirely done outside, and the work must be done regardless of the weather.

What is the target market?

Tow truck businesses receive calls from multiple outlets. Police departments, other municipal departments, individuals, motor clubs, repair shops, auto auction companies and property owners may all call a tow truck to move vehicles.

How does a towing company make money?

A tow truck business makes money by charging customers for tows. A typical charge will include a flat fee for the tow, a mileage fee, and a storage fee.

What is the growth potential for a towing company ?

Most tow truck businesses serve a single geographic region. In large metropolitan areas, they may only serve the city -- or even just part of the city. In less-populated areas, they may cover more territory, but they’re usually still limited to one region.

A few companies advertise nationwide towing services. These companies, however, usually accept calls for tows but contract with local towing companies to actually tow vehicles. They effectively provide a referral service, for a fee.