What Impacts Tow Truck Prices? I needed towing service and wanted to know what it will cost me. I guess prices fluctuate depending on the price of fuel because I checked directly on the websites of many companies for pricing, but found it very difficult to get a dollar amount. I checked more than a few and not one listed their tow truck prices. Somehow, I stumbled on A-able Wrecker Service by chance and discovered that their cost of tow is very reasonable. Towing prices in Jacksonville depend on the type of service you need and where you are located and want to be towed to. In addition, they must know your exact needs before they can give you an estimate of what the cost will be. However, there are two ways these companies determine their prices. Local tow: This is when you just need your vehicle towed to a very short distance, probably a mechanic workshop nearby. This cost is lower than if you need to go a very long distance. Hook-up and Mile Tow: This is when you want your vehicle towed more than five miles on average. In this case, the tow company will charge you for the first hook-up and then per mile traveled. Some companies don’t charge you an extra fee unless your trip is over 10 miles. Note that the farther the distance the more expensive will be the trip. Typical Towing Costs There are a few items that will be incorporated on almost every service bill. First, you need to understand that you will likely pay a hook-up fee or base rate, which varies from company to company. In some of the more congested areas that have more traffic and more freeways, you will pay a higher cost because of the time it takes to get anywhere in traffic. Some companies have a per-hour charge for waiting. They call this a “standing charge” This will be a few bucks per hour but is charged in 15 minute increments. Almost all companies charge more if the price of fuel goes up. To save you some money, you can negotiate a flat fee with the company you choose but keep in mind if you get a price on the phone that sounds to good to be true, don’t do it, I have waited for hours one time because of a deeply discounted towing price. Heavy equipment towing will cost you more than if you are towing a passenger vehicle, one thing to note is that higher amount is usually set aside for heavy-duty vehicles. Weight and make of your vehicle is another thing that determines what will be your towing cost. This is settled by each towing company on individual basis. More mileage will obviously cost more, while a standard tow is usually cheaper than a flatbed tow. Another important fact is that accident recovery can be significantly higher with some companies, but I have found that A-able Wrecker charges the same low price for accidents. Beware of Scammers You must beware of shady towing companies when looking for a good company to go with. These people will earn your service by hooking your car up to the tow truck, and charge you ridiculous amounts of money per mile. If you experience break down, call only a tow truck you trust, like A-able Wrecker Service. I have tried them and they made the experience as painless and friendly as can be and my car was the only problem I had focus on then. Call A-able wrecker today to estimate your cost and work with you to get your vehicle where you want it to be at an affordable cost.