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View Poll Results: On average, how much do you tip a tow truck driver?
Nothing, they get paid decent already. 7 30.43%
less than 5 bucks. 2 8.70%
between $5-$10 8 34.78%
over $10/I make it rain 6 26.09%
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
My sister's car just got towed from my house (trans. is acting up). I met the tow truck driver and all. Everytime I get something towed I always wonder how much to tip them. I usually give 5 bucks. I was just wondering what other people tip if anything at all. I think driver's start out at like 15 bucks an hour. For exceptional service (not being rough with the car, being careful)with everything I'd maybe tip 10 bucks.

Thanks in advance,
Steve
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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As a tow truck driver, I don't think the amount matters as much, its just nice to know your work doesn't go unnoticed.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
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As a tow truck driver, I don't think the amount matters as much, its just nice to know your work doesn't go unnoticed.
Would a penny be an insult?
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:57 PM   #4
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yea haha, but you know what i mean...
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #5
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i've done 10-20
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:43 PM   #6
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only a if its the ppa when they tow your car if you're lucky if they notice the awd sticker...
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:49 PM   #7
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Just like any other tip, this depends on how much of an ******* the guy is.



******* = $0.00

Nice Guy = $5.00 - $10.00

Nice Guy + Very Helpful - $10.00 +
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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Would a penny be an insult?

Yes, it would.

Seeing as how I do the tow truck thing, there have been many times where I've had to bust my ass to hook up a car. Times where I've had to lay in a puddle, dig out snow, get fluids leaked on me, and physically hurt myself to to tow a car, and for the hard work to go unappreciated.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:35 PM   #9
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The last one who towed my 98 lgt stole **** out of my car so **** em why should I tip em
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:43 PM   #10
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^^sounds like he got his tip already

depends.. 5 if im feeling generous-- 10 if u dont charge me for extra mileage crap. lol

here a ?? and dont mean to thread hijack.. but who tips the gas attendant for cleaning ur windows?
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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^^sounds like he got his tip already

depends.. 5 if im feeling generous-- 10 if u dont charge me for extra mileage crap. lol

here a ?? and dont mean to thread hijack.. but who tips the gas attendant for cleaning ur windows?
when i was pumping gas i got tipped all the time for cleaning windshields
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:30 PM   #12
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RUBEN pwns my wallet
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:22 PM   #13
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on a long distance tow i got a $80 tip on top of what I had charged
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #14
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$5 bucks is average enought for a Red Bull and Honeybunn
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #15
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id say 10 is good if what they charge u was fair or if u think u got ripped no tip
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #16
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Drivers have nothing to do with rates. They just put in 8hrs
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:23 AM   #17
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yea depends on if the guy if he is cool like my cuz with his car was drop low low like a dum asss the guy went out of his way to do anything to nt f up my cuz car he triple check everything and my cuz tip him 30 and the guy was so happy with the tip he gave us a ride back and save on car serivice
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:34 AM   #18
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Drivers have nothing to do with rates. They just put in 8hrs

thats if you dealing with AAA but if its someone private its a different story
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:42 AM   #19
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Private dosent mean you get person on the line. You just get closes truck to you.


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thats if you dealing with AAA but if its someone private its a different story
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:27 AM   #20
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yea depends on if the guy if he is cool like my cuz with his car was drop low low like a dum asss the guy went out of his way to do anything to nt f up my cuz car he triple check everything and my cuz tip him 30 and the guy was so happy with the tip he gave us a ride back and save on car serivice
Dude, is this even English? I got a headache trying to decipher that...

I usually tip a few bucks depending on how professional the services rendered are. I've had a few tows that were just bad; damage to the car, discourteous service, and the inside of the truck was disgusting to boot. I have also had two occasions where the driver went out of his way for me, those resulted in 10+ tips. I had one guy from AAA leave before I could tip him, haha!
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