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    I'm so frustrated! My car wouldn't start for some reason, so I had it towed to the repair shop that is about a 1/2 block away from my house. How much was I charged for the whole 0.4 miles? $85.00!! I have come to the conclusion that I am in the wrong business. When asked why it was so much, I was told... "Rising fuel costs". LOL!
    "To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill." Sun-Tzu

  • #2
    Originally posted by davis002
    "Rising fuel costs".
    Translation: "Cause we got your butt over a barrel bud, have a nice day!"
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

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    • #3
      I bet however that they must pay tons of money regularly for damages. Scratched paint, small dents etc.
      I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by HotelSecurity
        I bet however that they must pay tons of money regularly for damages. Scratched paint, small dents etc.
        You agree to hold them harmless for good faith damages. So, they don't have to pay for that stuff. :|
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        • #5
          Originally posted by davis002
          I'm so frustrated! My car wouldn't start for some reason, so I had it towed to the repair shop that is about a 1/2 block away from my house. How much was I charged for the whole 0.4 miles? $85.00!! I have come to the conclusion that I am in the wrong business. When asked why it was so much, I was told... "Rising fuel costs". LOL!

          It would have been $20.00, but since a tow truck driver is now called a "Certified Vehicle Relocation Specialist," he had to charge you the $85.00.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
            You agree to hold them harmless for good faith damages. So, they don't have to pay for that stuff. :|
            If they tow my car from a private parking lot, how have I held them harmless? In Quebec you can have as many signs as you want saying that you are not responsible for something but unless the person actually signs on a piece of paper agreeing that he has read the signs you are still respnsible.

            I made my original comment because I deal with people coming into the hotel's parking lot all the time with existing damage, then trying to claim it happened in the garage.
            I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
            Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HotelSecurity
              If they tow my car from a private parking lot, how have I held them harmless? In Quebec you can have as many signs as you want saying that you are not responsible for something but unless the person actually signs on a piece of paper agreeing that he has read the signs you are still respnsible.

              I made my original comment because I deal with people coming into the hotel's parking lot all the time with existing damage, then trying to claim it happened in the garage.
              Are you referring to a private impound, or calling them out because your disabled? If its a private impound, some states provide limited immunity for the towing company because the person abandoned their vehicle in an unauthorized area. In others, (like Wisconsin) its towed by police order and the tow company is fully immune to all good faith damages.

              When you call up a wrecker, you have to sign off. Ever read the fine print? When I last had my car towed, I held them completely harmless for all sorts of things.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                When you call up a wrecker, you have to sign off. Ever read the fine print? When I last had my car towed, I held them completely harmless for all sorts of things.
                NA is right... The fine print on the paper I signed says "I hereby certify I am legally authorized to take possession of the above described vehicle and all its personal contents. Auto-Medics and its employees assumes no responsibility for damage or theft while vehicle is stored, towed or winched."
                "To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill." Sun-Tzu

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by davis002
                  NA is right... The fine print on the paper I signed says "I hereby certify I am legally authorized to take possession of the above described vehicle and all its personal contents. Auto-Medics and its employees assumes no responsibility for damage or theft while vehicle is stored, towed or winched."
                  The wrecker service one client used would rip cars out of their stalls when they parked "in a manner to defeat towing." He'd unhook their front axel (?) when they were steering wheel locked.

                  And they'd complain, and the wrecker company would say, "Its legal."
                  Some Kind of Commando Leader

                  "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                  • #10
                    $85's a pretty good rate.

                    Sounds like it's time for AAA.

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