We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Choose the Best Wrecker Service?

By Lori Kilchermann
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

When attempting to choose the best wrecker service, it is important to consider several aspects of the towing company. Most wrecker services will have several types of tow vehicles at their disposal in order to accommodate safe towing of nearly any type of vehicle. In addition to being able to accommodate many types of vehicles, it is often best to choose a wrecker service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many garages with wrecker service also offer a discount on towing if the repair work is performed at their site.

Choosing the best wrecker service is nearly as important as selecting the correct doctor. You want to choose someone who you can trust, who is gentle with your vehicle and who will provide a reasonable service for a reasonable fee. Some towing companies are more concerned with quantity than quality. You may wish to avoid a wrecker service that tows vehicles from city lots or is contracted with any type of municipality. These drivers often work on a rate commission and can be more concerned with getting to the next call rather than properly handling your needs.

Both wheel-lift and roll-back tow trucks should be available from the service you choose. This will allow the wrecker to tow or haul nearly any type of vehicle that you may own. The wheel lift is what many people think of when picturing a wrecker. Commonly a heavy-duty truck with a boom and a hydraulic lift on the back, the wrecker simply cradles the drive tires of the towed vehicle and lifts them off of the road. The roll-back is more like a tilting flatbed truck, and it carries the entire vehicle on the wrecker's bed.

If you are choosing from a wrecker service that belongs to the garage that typically works on your vehicle, you can ask if there is a discount on the tow bill if the repairs are done at the same garage. This potential for a discount may help to break a tie between two or more similar companies. It is often the smaller of the wrecker service providers that works the hardest to earn and retain your business. If you have a vintage or collector vehicle, it is wise to drive the vehicle to the wrecker company in advance of needing service to ascertain whether or not the service can handle the vehicle without damaging it.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.