Wrecked Car Damaged Vehicle Blog

RSS Grab DamageMAX RSS Feeds

You just wrecked your vehicle?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 10, 2012

How to deal with the storage / tow yard

You just wrecked your car… your vehicle is blocking traffic, leaking fluids everywhere and the rubberneckers are glaring at you - some honking as they steer around accident debris and speed off. You wish you could do the same, but you have no choice but to wait for the police to come and sort things out. You are now a victim of “the process” and have no control over what happens next.

Upon arrival at the scene, the police officer will call for medical assistance (if necessary) and dispatch tow equipment to clear all vehicles from the roadway. He is going to follow procedure which means the towing company is pre-selected by the jurisdiction over that thoroughfare at the scene of the accident.

The police do not care about who picks up your car, where it is towed or how much it costs. One thing for certain, they are not going to wait for AAA and your tow bill will be 3 to 4 times what you would normally pay, in fact, the rates may not even be regulated. In some cities the average tow & storage bill is close to $1,000.

Unscrupulous impound yards and body shops often pay tow truck drivers a bounty to deliver them wrecked cars. Once the car is there the impound yard or body shop begins charging daily storage - anywhere from $20 - $75 per day plus an administrative fee (blue sky for services not rendered). We have seen administrative fees as high as $175 tacked on to tow & storage bills which in many jurisdictions is illegal!

All these charges can build quickly and some yards will demand “cash only” to get your vehicle released. In some cities like Chicago, this is quite common. If you can't pay, they demand the title for your vehicle!

Body shops will often waive or reduce this charge if you repair the vehicle at their facility. Seems like a nice gesture, right? Yes and no. If the body shop is reputable and performs quality repairs, you should be fine. If not, they will hold the storage and tow charges over your head to bully you into repairing the car there, even if you don't feel comfortable with the shop.

You may not even feel comfortable repairing the car. You just want to sell it and get a new vehicle. If this is the case, you must act quickly to stop the storage charges. The faster you can get your car out of storage, the more you save –especially if your insurance company wont cover these costs. DamageMAX will buy your car, pay off the storage/tow charges and you keep the insurance check. We can't help you if you don't call though. The faster you call us, the more money that will be in your pocket.

It’s your right not to repair your vehicle. You may request the settlement check and elect not to repair your vehicle. If you wrecked your car and simply don't feel comfortable driving the car again, please consider selling your damaged vehicle to DamageMAX. DamageMAX will buy your wreck and you keep the insurance check! Thought you could not have your cake and eat it too? Not so with DamageMAX !

DamageMAX will buy your wreck and you keep the insurance check!

DamageMAX pays MAXimum value for your Damaged vehicle

Call 888-629-2137 or email info@damagemax.com for an instant quote!

Recent Posts


used vehicle Clean-Break TIP repairing the vehicle fix your car sell the wrecked vehicle pre-cash value sell your vehicle cash out of your wrecked vehicle sell buy your wrecked car wrecked car experts buy any wrecked vehicle damaged vehicle purchases trade-in vehicle for cash fast title processing procedures tow charges how to sell a damaged car free quote Inoperable vehicles selling flood damaged vehicles car is not totalled repair a vehicle damaged vehicle replacement sell to damageMAX repairing the wrecked car sell your Honda retail value sell your damaged vehicle check for your wreck Chicago negative carfax reports Body shops junk cars buyer of wrecked cars D.J. towing company problem vehicle Diminished Vehicle Value vehicle values damaged vehicles CAR-Diologist wrecked vehicle buys your wreck damaged vehicle to sell Selling your wrecked vehicle sell your damaged repaired Sell your wreck sell the vehicle cash offer Collision damaged vehicles selling their wrecked cars car for top dollar buy your vehicle Honda sell your vehicle as-is storage or tow yard auto insurance coverage damaged by collision cash only 12% in diminished value vehicle wrecked selling totaled vehicles trade in wrecked auto un-repaired collision repair the vehicle old car CarBUYERUSA.com sell damaged cars car buyer wreck your car money for damaged vehicles repairing the car We buy damaged vehicles buy wrecked cars buys any wrecked car sell junk cars wrecked your vehicle cars for cash collision repair selling a wrecked car accident with no insurance sell a wrecked vehicle liability only consumer awareness selling a damaged car sell your car sell the car wrecked vehicles call DamageMAX DamageMAX buyer of damaged vehicles diminished value collision repairs fix the vehicle buying a used car wreck your vehicle salvage title vehicle flood vehicles old junker cash for your vehicle vehicle value industry insider auto body collision repair sold buy damaged vehicles wrecked truck DamageMAX.com Top Dollar repair your wrecked vehicle value of your vehicle trade-in value salvage value sell it online buy a car buy damaged cars repair an old or worn out vehicle car for sale car buyers post-crash value buy the damaged vehicle buy salvage title vehicles repair bills value administrative fees insurance company CarFax Reports top dollar for your damaged vehicle high mileage vehicle sell car parts E15 engine damaged vehicle value for your Damaged vehicle AAA legal for less sell your wrecked car Sell DamageMAX your wreck insurance check we buy any car wrecked car car parts and components sell damaged vehicles car parts for cash free price quote We Total Any Car car parts Damaged Car buy your wreck wrecked vehicle, problem vehicles reduction of resale value wreck average tow & storage bill junk sell your old car trade their damaged car Sell your wrecked vehicle Call DamageMAX now! repairs damaged vehicle world cash for your wrecked vehicle buy your car for cash selling your wrecked car sell online buy a broken vehicle broken vehicle car into cash buy any car cash offer on any damaged vehicle repair orders Branded title vehicles repair check owner retained vehicle High mileage vehicles sell your Honda for Top Dollar wrecker services flood damaged cars repair the wrecked car repairing your wrecked car retained by the owner repair providers Maximum Value for damaged vehicle sell your high mileage vehicle car buying business owner retained Trade-in Program repair your vehicle Used vehicle values selling a vehicle replacement vehicle sell junk car vehicle's value wrecked your car how much it costs car is wrecked CarbuyerUSA sell your wrecked car online buy your car recycle sell vehicles selling your damaged vehicle Dr. Harrington buys any car leaking fluids car's value CarFax damaged cars problem truck DJ Harrington Problem vehicles Donate Your Wrecked Vehicle cash out sell a car cash for the car car accident with no insurance sell a damaged car buy your wrecked vehicle settlement check value of the vehicle selling their damaged car buys wrecked cars diminished value trends DamageMAX Difference inoperable cars immediate cash offer damaged vehicle buy vehicles trade selling flood damaged cars broken vehicles Dr Harrington vehicle for trade-in selling any vehicle damaged vehicle for cash selling a damaged vehicle Sell your car FAST repair your car



    Does your car have body damage ?

    Number of airbags blown?

    Do you have a collision estimate?

    What is your insurance deductible?

    Is your car drivable?

    Do you have the car’s title?

    Does the vehicle have a salvage or rebuilt title?

    Does the vehicle motor run?



    Fair market value prior to accident $

    Sell my damaged vehicle
    Check for my vehicle AS-IS

    This represents a cash offer for the vehicle as described by the seller.

    Net Repair Check

    Proceeds for repairs that can be used for purchasing a replacement vehicle.

    Deductible Payment

    Amount you save if you sell the car now

    Cash Toward a New Vehicle
    Out of Pocket Expenses