How Much Does Towing Cost?

Whether you’ve been in an accident, broken down or simply need to move your car from one place to another, professional towing services are the best way to go. A professional towing company can come to meet you at any time of the day and make sure your car gets where it needs to go. But how much does towing cost?

Around here, the question we hear most often is about the cost of towing services. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we’d like to discuss the cost of towing services and give you an idea of what you might pay to tow your car in Brisbane.

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How Much Does it Cost to Tow My Car?

There’s no easy answer to this question, but you could expect to pay as little as $165 to $450 to have your car towed in Brisbane. The cost of towing varies widely, depending on things like the distance travelled and the type of tow truck the operator uses.

Different towing companies also price their services slightly differently. It’s common for tow truck drivers to charge a minimum rate that covers towing in the local area, with the cost increasing for every extra kilometre travelled. Alternatively, some towing companies may choose to charge by the hour. To find out how much it’s going to cost to tow your car, you can simply phone your towing company and ask them for a quote.

What Affects the Cost of Towing?

Modern tow trucks are complex bits of equipment that need constant maintenance to ensure they’re working properly. Towing companies need to cover the cost of paying operators and maintaining their equipment, and there are a few things that affect the total cost of having your car towed:

  • The type of vehicle. Tow trucks don’t just move cars, they’re also called out to deal with accidents and breakdowns involving motorbikes, commercial vehicles, trucks and other equipment. In general, big and heavy vehicles that require heavy haulage towing will cost more to tow.
  • Condition of the vehicle. Towing a damaged or immobile vehicle might attract extra costs if the towing company needs to use special equipment to load and unload the car.
  • The distance travelled. The cost of towing is directly related to how far the vehicle needs to be moved. The further you tow, the more it costs. Some towing companies charge by the kilometre, but long-distance towing companies typically charge hourly or flat rates.
  • The day and time. Accidents don’t always happen at the best times, and some towing companies may charge additional fees for after hours and 24/7 towing services.

The Cost of Accident Towing

In Brisbane, the cost of towing after an accident is regulated by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. The Queensland Government regulates accident towing to make sure that crash sites are cleared safely to protect everyone on the road.

In 2022, the current maximum fee for accident towing is set at $391.90. This fee includes 60 minutes of working time at the scene of the accident to prepare the vehicle and clean up any major debris. It also includes the cost of transporting the vehicle to an agreed destination (such as your mechanic or an insurance assessment centre) and up to 72 hours of storage in the towing company’s holding yard.

Who Pays for Towing?

It’s generally up to the owner of the car to pay for breakdown towing. Mechanical faults can happen at any time, so most insurance policies won’t cover the cost of a breakdown, but your insurer will be happy to connect you with a towing company they trust.

On the other hand, if you’re involved in a car accident, the cost of towing is usually paid for by the at-fault party. If that’s you, then your insurer will likely cover the cost of towing your car and any other vehicles involved. If another driver was at fault, their insurer may arrange to have your car towed, otherwise you’ll be entitled to claim the cost of towing from the other driver at a later date.

Need to Tow Your Car Without Breaking the Bank? Contact Harvey’s Towing!

Whether you’ve been in an accident or broken down on the side of the road, the cost of towing is the last thing you need to be worried about. Luckily, towing in your local area is usually very affordable, and your insurer will be happy to take care of any accident towing expenses. Harvey’s Towing operates all over Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and beyond, meaning we can be there whenever you need our help. Our experienced team of operators is available to come to you 24/7 with the accident, breakdown and heavy haulage towing services you need. Contact us online to make a booking, or phone 07 3297 0911 to get in touch with us today!