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 get the cheapest tow?

Answer
I’m sorry to hear about your car! Car problems are the worst—I get that it’s extremely frustrating to need a tow.
There are a couple of different ways to tow your car for cheap:
  • Get a tow through insurance
  • Get a tow through roadside assistance
If you have towing and labor coverage on your car insurance policy, you should be able to use it to tow your car. And since it’s included on your policy, you normally won’t have to pay anything extra.
The other option is contacting roadside assistance. If you have a roadside assistance membership, most include towing. If you don’t have it, check with friends or family. If the member is present, most roadside assistance companies will allow you to use their services.
If neither you nor your passengers have roadside assistance, consider getting a membership. The Jerry app offers roadside assistance including lockout service, jumpstarts, and towing for under $5 a month. Most companies have a waiting period for memberships to start, but you’d at least have it for the future.
To get the best rate on this tow, shop around. Call multiple companies in your area and ask about prices.
You may also want to consider having 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!
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 26, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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