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New poll details where aggressive towing practices frequently take place

Posted On Fri, July 8, 2011

When motorists have car troubles and break down on the roadway, they may be forced to call a towing company to haul the vehicle away if they can't solve the problem themselves. But if drivers aren't careful, they may contact a tower that's out to bilk them.

To help motorists avoid these disreputable companies, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America released the results of their national towing survey, which pinpoints where unsavory towers predominate.

"Aggressive and unscrupulous towing companies can make the unpleasant experience of having an auto accident that much worse," said Bob passmore, senior director of personal lines for PCI. "Motorists and their insurers not only face confusing rules to reclaim their vehicles, but in some cases staggering bills. It is a no-win situation." Passmore went on to say high-priced bills affect policyholders' auto insurance costs as well.

According to PCI's survey, the five worst cities for aggressive or deceptive towing practices are Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta and Houston.

When consumers are shopping for auto insurance quotes, they may want to investigate what towing company insurers are affiliated with and see how they rate with the Better Business Bureau.

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