Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: southern new jersey
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Re: What\'s the hassle with driving a rollback?
My best friend has a towing business. He has one wrecker and thats it. He does damn good for himself. Lots of cash money that can get stashed away. But insurance is kicking him in the ass big time. He pays almost 10,000 a year for just his one truck. But remember we are in New Jersey. If you plan to tow for a city or state, you will probably have to have a storage yard. Hours suck, at first you will have to be on call 24/7 to get by. Once you can hook up with enough shops, then you can start shutting the phone off or just overprice the tow, and if you get the tow you just made a good buck, and if you dont get well you didnt want to go out anyway. If you plan to do mostly breakdowns and inner city towing a wrecker with a wheel lift is were it is at. If you plan to do wrecks and long distance tows, a roll back is much better. But with a rollback you cant pull up to a car in a parking lot and pull it on. You have to push it yourself and then drag it on. So both trucks have the advantages and disadvantages. I do run it wrecker from time to time, if he goes away for a day or two. But in the last 5 years i doubt he has left me the keys 10 days total. It took him about two years to get to where he is now and i guess he has been doing it for 5 or 6 years. One more thing to remember. When you go into a shop trying to get there buisness, you will probably undercut what the shop is paying now. So will the next guy that comes along. So you have to be good at what you do and have the cars there fast. The shops always ad money to the tow for making a phone call to you. If you have any questions give me a email or PM. I pretty much now my buddies buisness inside and out.