How do I tow a car for cheap?

My car broke down in my driveway. It won't start at all and I need to tow it. I don't really want to spend $100 on a tow truck. How do I tow a car for cheap?

Emily Maracle · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your insurance policy includes towing coverage or you have a roadside assistance membership, the tow will be free. To tow your car for cheap, you can:
  • Use the
    towing and labor coverage
    on your
    car insurance
    policy. You may have to pay out-of-pocket for the tow and be reimbursed later
  • Use your roadside assistance membership, like an
    AAA membership
    . Most companies have a waiting period for memberships to start, so unfortunately you can’t purchase a membership and then immediately request a free tow
  • Call a friend who has roadside assistance. Many of these programs allow the member to use their services on anyone’s car, so long as the member is present
  • If you must call a third-party and pay out-of-pocket, make sure to have your car towed to the nearest garage or repair shop since most towing companies charge per mile Good luck! I hope you can get your car towed cheaply!
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