Getting Started In The Towing Business


Don’t Start A Towing Business Until You Know How Much Money You Can Make


So you’re ready to do it.  You’re ready to make a change in your life and start your own towing business.  Good for you, being in business for yourself is the only way to go.  You’ll have more freedom, more fun and the ability to grow something from the ground up.

It’s not an easy decision,  breaking free, and you certainly don’t feel like you’ve got the world by the balls when you first do it.  I remember the pain in my stomach the day I decided to make a change in my life. Three kids and a wife and now I decide to do my own thing?  Essentially I was unemployed and didn’t have a clue how to get business.

So wait; Way before you buy a truck and invest in equipment, training and advertising…Way before you pick out a catchy name…Before you make it all legal and righteous by the powers that be… And certainly way before you quit your job- You need to know if it’s worth your time. You need to know what the payoff’s going to be.

So let’s begin with the possibilities. You’ve made the decision to go into business for yourself but if you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of it you’ll never be motivated to move forward.

Here’s a list of the different revenue sources and rates others have charged.  These rates are not representative of any area in-particular and should only be used as a guideline, a place to begin. Your situation and the rates you charge will be determined by your costs, expected rate of return and competition in your area.

    Towing for individuals $40 to $75 hook & $3 per mile
    Towing for Repair Shops $40 to $75 hook & $3 per mile
    Abandoned vehicle towing PD Varies
    Accident rotation PD Varies
    Towing for Motor Clubs $30 to $50 hook & mileage
    Other Services- Motor Clubs $30 to $50 hook & mileage
    Towing for Trucking Companies Varies with services
    Unlocks $30 to $50 plus mileage
    Jump Starts $30 to $50 plus mileage
    Tire Changes $30 to $50 plus mileage
    Fuel Delivery $30 to $50 plus mileage
    Battery Sales $30 to $50 & Battery
    Winching $50 & up Varies
    Private Party Towing Dependent Mandated Rates
    Repo work $200 and up
    Business Accounts Varies
    Equipment Hauling Varies- requires rollback or trailer
    Scrap Hauling Dependent upon price-per-ton


Now that you’ve got an idea of services and rates, you should be able to do the math and figure out how much money you could bring in on a daily and monthly basis.

Example: Assuming one guy with one truck – Also assuming an average call brings in $50 and you do 10 calls per day – That’s $500 in sales daily.  (some days will be less some will be more and there’s no guarantee that you’ll make a sale on any given day) If you can do that for an entire month- 22 work days (weekends off) then you’re looking at $11,000 per month in sales.

But don’t stop there…now that you have an idea of the possibilities you need to determine what the costs of doing business are.  The average costs for a one-truck operation that you can run out of your home is…


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25 thoughts on “Getting Started In The Towing Business

  1. Hello my name is Kyle Sears I’m interested in getting into the wrecker business. I’m from the lake of the ozarks and just saw some your videos and realized that you guys are here in central missouri as well. I have a 09 ram 5500 that I’m looking into buying a recovery system for beings there are not many recovery trucks in my area these days any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kyle
      I’m glad to hear you’ve decided to start your own business. Working for yourself is the quickest way to financial success. It’s the path to having everything you and your family want and deserve out of life.

      I can certainly help you with learning everything you need to get up and running plus all of the insurance requirements, getting legal, getting customers, and getting paid. There’s a few different ways that I can help, it depends on your commitment level and availability.

      1. I have a live 4 week coaching course coming up that covers everything and more. It starts after the first of the year and it’s not available for registration yet. If you’re interested head over to and get on my mailing list. I’ll send you an invitation when it becomes available.

      But if you’re wanting help right now I also have…

      2. One-on-one coaching slots available. We can get on a 30 minute discovery call to see if we might be a good fit. You’re under no obligation.

      If you’re not quite ready for one-on-one coaching you can…

      3. Get my book “How To Make Money In The Towing Business”

      Whatever you do…be sure to take that first step.
      To Your Success
      Don G Archer

    • Matt
      If you need help starting a towing business I can help.
      I have over 20 years experience and have helped many start and run successful towing businesses

      Check out my website
      Or my book on Amazon


      Don G. Archer

      The Tow

      P.S. I also offer one-on-one coaching.

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  2. Hello, my name is Robb and I am wanting to start my own roadside and towing service. I have a Ford F-250 Fx4 that I will be installing an electronic towing package on. I have a job that requires me to be out of town 14 days out of the month and then I have the other 14 days off. I can’t quit yet, but want to get started. Any advice would be appreciated in how to get going and the cost. Thanks

  3. Hello my name is Carlos I just wanted to ask how much money would I need to invest to start my own towing business . Am really interested want to know the step in how to do it.

    • Carlos
      It all depends on what your plans are. Are you wanting to start with just one truck or a fleet of trucks? Does your town allow you to operate this type of business from your home? There are so many variables to consider.
      I would be happy to get on the phone with you and talk about it.
      Go here and schedule a time to talk.

  4. Hi my name is Carol and my son and I are interested in starting a towing company in new jersey. We need help to understand the laws and requirements for this. Is there someone that can guide us?

  5. Hello my name is Chris and Im preparing to start my own towing service. I need some assistance with fine tuning my business plan. If you can make time out of your busy schedule to assist me I would really appreciate it. I reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  6. Hi my name is Angel. I am also looking into getting into the tow business. looking to see what start up costs , legal, what kind of certifications I need? and if I am able to run the business out of my home. Thanks

  7. Hi my husband wonts to start a tow company although trucks are very expensive can we just buy the tow one car dolly and hook it to my 2002 jeep cherokee until more funds becomes available to purchase bigger truck

    • Alysia
      When you have limited funds, one of the best ways of getting a tow truck is to contact a tow truck dealership. If you Google Tow trucks for sale you’ll find one close to you. With a minimal down payment many of these dealerships will finance you.
      I would suggest that you not use a car dolly to start your towing business. There are many things to consider, some of which are safety, image, regulations, and insurance. You want customers to remember your business favorably…and the more professional looking you come across the first time, the more likely your customer is to call you back again.

  8. Hello,

    My son in law and I would like to start a tow truck business. I am not quite ready to start yet, for I have not retired yet. I need to work another year, or more to save more money.

    I will take care of the financial part. My son in law would do most of the work. I will help out with the administration. This dream is still in the planning stage, for both of us are still working.

    I will have all the time in the world after I retire from my job. My son in law has a family with three kids. My daughter is not working, for she wants more kids. My son in law currently has a paver business. He would have to wind it down before starting the tow truck business.

    I really need more information before start this up.

    From Louis H. De Armas,

  9. Hey my name is Jahmeel and I am trying to find information to start my towing company I love to talk to someone to gather much information so I can start.

  10. HI im Miguel and want to start a towing company in norther colorado area in saving money for the truck but need help starting
    I’ll be pleased if u would help with suggestions thank you

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