How much does car towing cost?

My car overheated, so I had to call a tow truck. How much is it going to cost me?

Answer
I’m sorry to hear your car had to be towed. The cost will really depend on a number of factors, but many companies charge a baseline hook-up fee of about $50 and then charge extra depending on the distance. Total towing costs tend to average a little over $100.
Your towing fee will depend on:
  • The tow company’s rates
  • Your vehicle
  • The number of miles over which your car needs to be towed
  • The time of the towing (nights, weekends, or holidays may be more expensive)
  • The difficulty of the terrain
If you have a roadside assistance membership, these fees might already be covered.
Jerry offers customers a modern roadside assistance membership, including benefits like towing, lockout service, and a mechanics hotline. Along with traditional benefits, you get Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly for as low as $4.16 a month.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 17, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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