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Old 11-19-2003, 03:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Towed with a 2wheel tow

My buddies rex just got towed on sat. by a two wheel tow. Of course stuff is now FUBAR. He talked to the tow company and they said that towing it by two wheel is fine as long as you do it under 7mph.

He took it to BP Procare for now just to get it checked out and they said the rear diff is fried.

He is wondering what other damage can occur from towing and what legal action should he take...since it already seems there is gonna be trouble by the way the tow company gave him that BS about 7mph.

poor rex
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:45 PM   #2
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what a horrible company.... they've gotta be total morons not to know that all subarus are AWD.

*sigh* wish him the best of luck... i don't know what to say but that ticks me off just hearing it
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:47 PM   #3
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NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

OH MON, tell him to go to a suby dealer and have them check it out. I bet more than the rear diff is fried.

Stupid ass tow companies

Why was it towed?
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:48 PM   #4
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I recently had a thread similar to this, best advice was to find out their insurance company and contact them directly.

I would def get a lawyer too.
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Old 11-19-2003, 03:53 PM   #5
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I would expect the center diff. to be wrecked.
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Old 11-19-2003, 04:04 PM   #6
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Make sure he throws down and gets a lawyer... send a letter demanding damages all damages to be covered.

I saw an Outback being towed 2-wheel with the front wheels rolling in the air... felt bad, some soccer mom will probably not know how bad things are for a while.
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Old 11-19-2003, 04:05 PM   #7
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This reminds me of a towing incident I had with my rex.

After I got married I went on a 11 day honeymoon. I was living in an appartment complex at the time and apparently they had scheduled to pave the parking lot while I was gone. So of course they didn't give any notice of this until less than a week before the paving. I was already gone. When I got back, my car was not where I left it. I thought it was stolen at first, but then found it. When I got to my apartment I found the flier with the dates and where not to park.

My car didn't seem to take any damage and it looks like they broke into it because it was in neutral when I found it (I left it in first). I guess that's better than towing it while in gear.

But I'm still pissed to this day. Not to notify people until <1 week before you're going to potentially TOW their car?!?! And then I had to worry the dumb arses wouldn't realize it was AWD... but its ok. its ok.. calm down me.
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Old 11-19-2003, 04:06 PM   #8
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My rex was towed by a 2wd tow once for about 200 ft. while I was not present after I told the police it needed a flatbed. But as far as I can tell there was no damage done, the car feels exactly the same as it always has. Is there any easy way to tell if there is hidden damage?
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Old 11-19-2003, 04:09 PM   #9
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The worst part about it is that they gave him some BS about under 7mph things will be fine.

It was towed at our buddies complex bc he didnt have a note in the windshield saying which apartment he was visiting. We have gone to this kids place all year and never left anything. Then this weekend as the semester is coming to a close they decide to tow some cars.

His plan is to take it to the dealership ASAP.

Any aftermarket parts that he should replace with the broken ones?
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Old 11-19-2003, 04:14 PM   #10
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Might as well as well add my short story...

"Fiancee" was in an accident with a Lexus RX300 and a Jeep Cherokee....anyways. Tow truck comes - one flat bed - he asks' if I want a tow from him and said "No!". He was very upset and laughed when I said I'd wait for the other truck. I knew the company was bad so decided to wait for a different one.

Lexus gets on the flat bed and he hitches up the Jeep - I grabbed the owner and asked if he knew that they were going to ruin his car - he didn't wanna listen so I laughed as the tow truck takes off and the rear tires of the Jeep screech along the pavement. Tow truck driver gets out does someting inside the Jeep and proceeds to take off - again screeching the tires - finally he unhitches it and returns to pick it up.

The driver wouldn't look at me when he had to come back for the Jeep....

SUE EM FOR WHAT THEIR WORTH AND MORE!
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Old 11-20-2003, 02:51 AM   #11
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Just a little update:

We went to go talk to the guy who towed it but he wasnt in the shop. This place has to be the shadiest plave ever. Cars are sitting outside that look like they have been there for years. Small building that is set way in the back of an alley. This place is so ghetto that the address is written in Sharpie on the side of the door.

My buddy is gonna have a fun time getting his money out of this guy.
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Old 11-20-2003, 02:57 AM   #12
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A tow truck is a license to steal...Plain, pure, and simple.
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:08 AM   #13
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Just a little update:

We went to go talk to the guy who towed it but he wasnt in the shop. This place has to be the shadiest plave ever. Cars are sitting outside that look like they have been there for years. Small building that is set way in the back of an alley. This place is so ghetto that the address is written in Sharpie on the side of the door.

My buddy is gonna have a fun time getting his money out of this guy.
ah the ever shady roam towing company...been there and delt with that at least 4 times.

ok dude, to operate as a roam tow the company HAS TO HAVE INSURANCE. Sueing them will get money back but will take longer.

Directly contacting them with bills and statements will probably get you no where as well but definitely worth trying.

Contacting their insurance is probably your best bet.

good luck and god speed
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:17 AM   #14
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At my old hs they used to two kids for "illegal parking" i had a jeep at the time and was petrified of some moron towing it because "i wasnt completely and legally in the white lines". In fact they did tow another girls wrangler and basically totalled it. I make sure my sooby is always parked illegally i dont need to deal with that.

But what I dont get is why are so many tow truck drivers so poorly trained as in what can be towed by a two wheel hitch and what needs a flatbed?

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Old 11-20-2003, 10:18 AM   #15
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ha ha whops i mean legally
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:22 AM   #16
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But what I dont get is why are so many tow truck drivers so poorly trained as in what can be towed by a two wheel hitch and what needs a flatbed?

Probably because it's a crappy job and many of them barely know how to drive and speak English.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:25 AM   #17
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haha i think its just fun to piss off 4WD and AWD owners esp. subaru because duh a subaru is better than whatever they are driving.
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:32 AM   #18
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How would the rear diff be damaged? That doesn't make much sense to me. I agree with Mike, it probably toasted the center diff.

If I ever get in an accident and the car has to be towed, I have them tow it to my house. If need be, I'll have AAA tow it to the repair shop from the house, but tow yards are the worst. Everyone has a story about things getting stolen or trashed when their car was in one of those yards. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like it was even an option in this case.

And, exactly HOW far did they tow it @ 7mph? - Like it matters, but hey, there's a great way to tie up traffic. Likely story.
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Old 11-20-2003, 12:35 PM   #19
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Now that I think of this...

seriously guys, if i ever saw a suby being towed on two wheels, i'd try to get their attention and have them pull into a parking lot somewhere -- which probably won't happen cause they'll most likely assume that ur the person that owns the car... and once it's towed i'm pretty sure it's illegal for them to stop, even just to tell you what happened

so i'd call the non-emergency police and tell them whats up. hopefully the towing company will get screwed for careless damage to someone's property -- even if they parked illegally.


just a little insight if you happen to see a towed suby and are feelin generous at the same time
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:20 PM   #20
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I had a towing company bend my lower control arms in the past. I would suggest faxing a letter to the company stating the facts of when it was towed, potential damage, and asking them if they would like to reimburse you or if you should go directly to their insurance company. In my case, they just paid me about 300 bucks to repair and get a 4 wheel alignment. They didn't want their insurance going up. But faxing or sending in a letter gives you more proof in case you do have to go to insurance or court.
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Old 11-21-2003, 02:45 AM   #21
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Im pretty sure this palce doesnt even have a phone let alone a fax machine.

The car was towed about three blocks...i highly doubt it was under 7mph....even if that did matter.
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Old 11-21-2003, 03:03 AM   #22
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Sucks to hear. I dislike when ppl are careless with other ppls property.

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My car didn't seem to take any damage and it looks like they broke into it because it was in neutral when I found it (I left it in first). I guess that's better than towing it while in gear.
iirc.. you can take car out of gear w/o going inside. I think they get underneath and use the shift linkage....at least on my old car they did...?? Then again frameless windows are too difficult to get around...
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Old 11-21-2003, 10:17 AM   #23
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My WRX has been towed by a 2-wheel tow truck (Philadelphia city towing) once for about 2-3 miles. The car was in neutral and the parking brake was on. I had the center diff looked at and there was absolutely no damage to it whatsoever. The parking brake was unaffected as well. The rear diff would not be affected by a two wheel tow

I think that the horror stories of the center diff getting fried after a cross-town tow are greatly exaggerated. I know it CAN happen, but most people posting here are either:

1) playing internet genius
2) have heard the horror stories and are perpetuating them

I would get the center diff and parking brake checked out, but tell your buddy that if BP really did say that the REAR diff was fried, he should get it checked out by someone else who knows what they are talking about.

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Old 11-21-2003, 11:17 AM   #24
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This just F***ing happened to me last night!!
I have no idea how it was towed. I'm afraid if I ask them they'll just lie and say "with a flatbed". How can I find out? Do they give you paperwork? Never had one of my cars towed away before. This is gonna cost me $$$. $$$ that could've been better spent on mods.

What pisses me off the most is that I moved my car for fear of it being towed by the advice of my "friend" only to put it in the worst spot. I've always been paranoid about getting my Rex towed. Always careful where I park. So frustrating.

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Old 11-21-2003, 12:05 PM   #25
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well i have actualy seen the damage this can cause.
one car that was towed not only by 2 wheels but was also still in gear.
damage as a result of this was.
rear diff rooted.
center diff screwed.
gearbox completely smashed
also broke 2 drive shafts on the front
twisted tail shaft and damage to the suspension.
now the damage would not have been that bad if the dickhead had of put it in neutral at least.
also both front rims were totaled as you can imagine they were trying to turn after being chained to the tow truck.
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