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Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long!

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04-16-2014 14:27:52

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we do police towing here at the shop, both city and county. the municipalities here set the towing and storage rates.. there are a total of 4 tow companies that are on rotation thru the police department to handle police towing. all drivers have to have background checks done to be driving , no criminal records at all, whatsoever. we have a 20 minute response time to be on scene when there is a police call 24/7. our trucks accept credit cards. if the owner wants the car towed somewhere else, the bill must be paid before the car is dropped. otherwise it goes to our impound lot. per our state law, we are required to release medication, cash, important documents, and baby seats to the owner if the bill is not paid. no other items are to be released. in order for us to junk a car, we have to wait 90 days for a certificate of purchase from the police department for an abandoned vehicle, then post a notice for any bidders on the vehicles for 15 more days,they have to have either a salvagers license, dealer license, or rebuilders license. then apply to the state for a junk letter. then we have to tow the car to the scrapper where we get roughly 250 dollars. we eat the tow from the accident, we eat all the storage, and get to tow the car to the scrapper for free also. so, for three months storage, 2 tows and a couple hours of paperwork you make 250 dollars. i have about 16 junk cars in my lot going thru this process now. oh, i also have an old 20 ft fiberglass speed boat that i will need to haul to a landfill to dispose of. runs about 600 dollars to get rid of it.

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04-16-2014 17:46:54

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to glennster, 04-16-2014 14:27:52  
only $250 scrap value ? Seems low. Bill

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04-16-2014 18:52:35

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to bill mart, 04-16-2014 17:46:54  
Thats about average here in il bill because the cars have junk letters on them, no title. Its a very involved process in our state to get. Roadable title. After the junk letter is issued, only a licensed rebuilder can apply for a salvage certificate from the state. Then the vehicle is repaired at the licensed rebuilder. Every part installed must have a receipt. Any salvage parts must have the vin number from the donor vehicle and be documented thru a licensed salvage yard. Then the sec of state police inspect the vehicle and all documentation. If rejected, it gets junked. Then, it goes to a state licensed safety inspection facility for final certification. Then all the documentation and application and fee is sent to the state. They can accept or reject it. Once finally approved, you get a branded title that states the vehicle is rebuilt. Takes anywhere from 6 months to a year for the entire process.

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