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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

02:29, 21/8/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link

A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A tow truck pulls a car into the Auto Return lot on Tuesday, Sept.... A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on...
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

Dead battery? Have no clue why it won't start? Before this happens, make sure you search for a free auto insurance quote with towing coverage to avoid potentially hundreds of dollars in towing costs. Towing and Labor Coverage What you need to look for when searching for a free auto insurance quote is "towing and labor coverage," which will cover the cost of having your car towed to an auto mechanic, plus the cost of labor to get the car running again. Note that parts are not usually covered -- only the labor. Don't expect the labor for a complete engine overhaul to be paid for; this insurance addresses only minor fixes such as adding oil, changing a tire, delivering gasoline or changing a faulty part such as a belt. This addition to your policy is a small expense (from $3 to $15 per car, per year, depending on the insurance company), even cheap considering what you might pay for towing if you don't have it. You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance That's not to say there isn't performance on tap: a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine provides 227 hp and 236 lb-ft. That's enough to rocket the C30 to a top speed of 149 mph, with the 0-to-60-mph run dispatched in 6.2 seconds with a manual transmission or 6.6 seconds with an automatic. Still, the reason we're most surprised that the C30 can tow 2000 pounds is that the car's ability is unique among its competitors. No other sporty compact car is rated by the manufacturer to tow any load at all: the Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed 3, and Honda Civic Si all earn a "not recommended" tow rating from their respective manufacturers. For buyers who want to have fun behind the wheel while retaining the ability to tow small loads, the Volvo C30 may be the only choice out there. Volvo C70 - 2000 lbs The Volvo C70 is a four-seat convertible with a folding hardtop, which probably summons visions of trips to the beach rather than hauling lumber on a trailer. Yet just like the C30 hatchback, the Volvo C70 can tow up to 2000 pounds. The muscle for pulling trailers comes from the same turbocharged inline-five engine as in the C30, with 227 hp and 236 lb-ft.
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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada. So it looks to us like if you car is negligently towed, you're not the one responsible for fixing the damage caused by the tow.
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Family outraged after woman killed by tow truck during car repossession

14:21, 20/8/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link

If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

after being crushed while standing between the car and a tow truck, said San Bernardino County coroner officials, who said she was dragged 40 feet. Authorities are investigating, but the tow truck driver has not been arrested. "This should not have happened," said Via's sister, Sandy Pavlek, in an interview with KTLA. "A tow truck killed her right in her driveway." Some neighbors complained that two truck drivers come early in the morning and grab cars without telling residents. Officials said Chino Valley firefighters arrived on the scene in the 15000 block of Monte Vista Avenue after 1 a.m. to find the woman injured. She was put on advanced life support and taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said Massiel De Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.
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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

On faster roads, more gearchanges were required to maintain speed on hills with each shift taking a toll on fuel consumption. However, the 6 felt comfortable at a steady 60mph on the motorway, with no sense that the engine was straining. The 6 posted impressive economy figures in regular driving: 44.1mpg around town, 51.0mpg on the open road and average economy of 47.3mpg slightly better than that of the diesel Golf. However, towing reduced those figures to 23.0mpg around town, 22.3mpg in the country and an average economy of 22.7mpg. That's a huge 52% fall in economy, giving a fuel bill of 137.08 for a 500-mile trip with a caravan in tow.
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Best cars for towing

S Today we saw a Nissan GT-R getting towed on its wheels . This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed.
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

Read the VW Golf review In addition to its towing ability, the CTS Sport Wagon offers 58 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded -- only 3 fewer cubic feet than the Cadillac SRX crossover. Add on a small trailer, and you could easily move as much with the CTS Sport Wagon as with a pickup truck. Sadly for enthusiasts, neither the handsome CTS coupe nor the go-fast CTS-V models are designed for towing. Cadillac spokesman Brian Corbett explained that the CTS coupe's central exhaust exits preclude the mounting of a tow hitch; even if you managed to fit a hitch there, the exhaust would blow directly onto the coupling or the trailer. The CTS-V models likewise aren't recommended for towing duty because their larger exhausts would make it difficult to mount a trailer hitch below the rear bumper. Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger - 1000 lbs The Chrysler 200 was the star of the company's now-famous "Imported from Detroit" advertising campaign, and both the 200 and its mechanical sibling, the Dodge Avenger, have a half-ton secret. The midsize sedans -- and the 200 convertible -- are able to tow 1000 pounds. The 200 and Avenger stand out because all of the cars' rival midsize sedans, including the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord, are not rated to tow a trailer at all. The Chrysler 200 convertible is unique because it is one of just three convertibles on sale in the U.S. that come with a tow rating (the others are the Jeep Wrangler and the Volvo C70).
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Best cars for towing Jun 20, 2013 The Tow Car Awards is Britains toughest test of towing ability. Started in 2008, the testing programme is the UKs biggest and best assessment of a cars ability to tow a trailer. All the latest eligible cars are put through their paces at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Cars are assessed by What Car? and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision.
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Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013

While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping). The 13 models shown below are the sedans, wagons and hatchbacks with the highest tow ratings. Thanks to ties, our list is longer than usual. The choices listed are fairly diverse. For the well-heeled, there are luxurious and opulent models like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Porsche Panamera.
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

06:10, 20/8/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link

Tow Car Award Winners 2013

The same applies to owners of horseboxes and any other kind of trailer a so just how much does towing hurt a car's fuel efficiency? To find out, we sent members of our True MPG team to the annual Tow Car Awards tests, where they assessed the fuel economy of four cars with and without a caravan attached. Each was hitched to the same Swift caravan at 85% of the car's kerbweight. We chose the Volkswagen Golf 2.0-litre TDI as a typical front-wheel-drive diesel hatch, while we also tested the Mazda 6 2.0-litre saloon to find out if average economy of petrol cars is hit harder than it is for diesels when towing. Smaller 4x4s were represented by the Dacia Duster , while the Land Rover Discovery was there to test the theory that fuel economy of heavier, more powerful cars holds up better when hauling a trailer. Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI GT DSG 5dr First, we drove it into town to assess its urban economy, then took an A-road and motorway route for the extra-urban test.
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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg.
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Car Towing Conducted As Security Is Intensified

From June 1 through Oct. 8, about 580 cars were towed. Drivers pay $150 for towing and fines of about $40; storage is $15 a day. Washington Heights is the only residential neighborhood with such a towing program.
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Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013

Because - among other things - it has excellent stability and lots of punch from its engine. All for 27,145. Furthermore, the 1580 - 1724kg Category winner is the BMW 3 Series Touring 330d Luxury. According to the judges, this lifestyle statement is exceptionally stable and extremely swift. Its eight-speed automatic transmission also responds quickly and smoothly - as it should in a car that costs 37,535.
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Volkswagen Golf While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping). The 13 models shown below are the sedans, wagons and hatchbacks with the highest tow ratings. Thanks to ties, our list is longer than usual. The choices listed are fairly diverse. For the well-heeled, there are luxurious and opulent models like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Porsche Panamera.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-13-best-cars-for-towing-for-2013.html



David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

20:58, 19/8/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link

A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on... A mirror at Auto Return shows a tow truck pulling a car into the lot on Tuesday, Sept.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

Plan ahead; manage speed by downshifting, especially on hills, instead of relying solely on the brakes. And let the brakes cool as often as possible to reduce the chance of fade. ANTI-SWAY DEVICES Heavy loads and certain vehicles can benefit from sway-control bars for stability at speed. (The Fleetwood owner's manual recommends them for loads above 5000 pounds.) But be careful to set them up properly, or they can do more harm than good. FLAT TIRES AND DEAD WHEEL BEARINGS The two main causes of downed trailers. They can send a trailer off the road, or worse. When in doubt, service.
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Best cars for towing

This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada. So it looks to us like if you car is negligently towed, you're not the one responsible for fixing the damage caused by the tow.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://jalopnik.com/5954988/if-your-car-gets-screwed-up-during-towing-who-pays

An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/best-cars-for-towing/266068

Skoda Octavia Wins Tow Car of the Year 2013

"Even if it was a dog, that would be bad, but you know, I mean, a human? Come on now. You don't even want to leave your dog in the car for 2 to 3 hours." The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday.
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Body found in car, days after it was towed

The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. Few people are ever going to stick a tow hitch on the back, but those who do will find it's an excellent tow car. The brand new Octavia III, which only hit UK dealerships this March, has won the overall 2013 Tow Car of the Year award, as well as the "up to 1,424kg" category. The model that made this possible was equipped with a brand new diesel engine, the 2.0 TDI that now produces 150 PS and The new Skoda Octavias 1,330kg kerb weight makes it the lightest overall winner in the seven-year history of the Tow Car Awards. The car was also appreciated for its humongous 590 liters of cargo space, definitely a plus for undertaking longer journeys. Judges also praised its good value for money and driving dynamics. Owning a car that treads lightly on the scales neednt be a barrier to enjoying your caravanning, added Motton. The Skoda tows brilliantly, is extremely practical, good to drive and costs less than youd think.
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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

Cadillac spokesman Brian Corbett explained that the CTS coupe's central exhaust exits preclude the mounting of a tow hitch; even if you managed to fit a hitch there, the exhaust would blow directly onto the coupling or the trailer. The CTS-V models likewise aren't recommended for towing duty because their larger exhausts would make it difficult to mount a trailer hitch below the rear bumper. Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger - 1000 lbs The Chrysler 200 was the star of the company's now-famous "Imported from Detroit" advertising campaign, and both the 200 and its mechanical sibling, the Dodge Avenger, have a half-ton secret. The midsize sedans -- and the 200 convertible -- are able to tow 1000 pounds. The 200 and Avenger stand out because all of the cars' rival midsize sedans, including the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord, are not rated to tow a trailer at all. The Chrysler 200 convertible is unique because it is one of just three convertibles on sale in the U.S. that come with a tow rating (the others are the Jeep Wrangler and the Volvo C70). Though the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger used to have a poor reputation, both were improved thanks to a comprehensive update for 2011 -- and the sales numbers reflect it. The Chrysler 200 last year more than doubled the sales of the Chrysler Sebring in 2010, while the Dodge Avenger saw its sales jump 26 percent between 2010 and 2011. Engine choices comprise a 2.4-liter inline-four with 173 hp and 166 lb-ft, and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 hp and 260 lb-ft.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

12:46, 19/8/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link

Car Towing Conducted As Security Is Intensified

Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://jalopnik.com/5954988/if-your-car-gets-screwed-up-during-towing-who-pays

You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure. This type of coverage is not always automatically included in your car insurance policy but can be included if you have comprehensive automobile insurance. If you are switching insurance companies after getting a free auto insurance quote, make sure to ask if it is included in your policy. If you have a new car, check the extended warranty. Roadside assistance is often included. Some car manufacturers are more generous than others, so read the warranty closely. Auto Club or Insurance? Note that if you are already a member of a roadside assistance program or automobile club, such as AAA, towing and labor is included in your membership and you will not need to carry towing and labor coverage on your policy.
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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

Kelly said yesterday that he did not believe Mr. Gil deliberately set out to kill or injure Officer Williamson. Rather, he called the action "the height of recklessness." He speculated that Mr. Gil had been prompted by "dislike for authority" or frustration at seeing cars towed outside the apartment where he lived at 501 West 175th Street. At a ground breaking for a new police precinct station house in Washington Heights, Mayor David N. Dinkins again decried the "senseless and terrible" death of the officer, but cautioned against condemning all of Washington Heights. He said the new precinct would help bring the police closer to the community. Before the ground breaking, a department tow truck pulled away two cars, including a livery cab, to make room for the ceremony. The towing operation in Washington Heights, called Tag and Tow, has long inflamed tensions between the authorities and some residents who complain that there simply are not enough places to park. Once a week, usually at night, five to seven trucks, each accompanied by a police officer, tow 30 to 60 cars, most of them double-parked.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/14/nyregion/car-towing-conducted-as-security-is-intensified.html

Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping). The 13 models shown below are the sedans, wagons and hatchbacks with the highest tow ratings. Thanks to ties, our list is longer than usual. The choices listed are fairly diverse.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-13-best-cars-for-towing-for-2013.html

Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance Add on a small trailer, and you could easily move as much with the CTS Sport Wagon as with a pickup truck. Sadly for enthusiasts, neither the handsome CTS coupe nor the go-fast CTS-V models are designed for towing. Cadillac spokesman Brian Corbett explained that the CTS coupe's central exhaust exits preclude the mounting of a tow hitch; even if you managed to fit a hitch there, the exhaust would blow directly onto the coupling or the trailer. The CTS-V models likewise aren't recommended for towing duty because their larger exhausts would make it difficult to mount a trailer hitch below the rear bumper. Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger - 1000 lbs The Chrysler 200 was the star of the company's now-famous "Imported from Detroit" advertising campaign, and both the 200 and its mechanical sibling, the Dodge Avenger, have a half-ton secret. The midsize sedans -- and the 200 convertible -- are able to tow 1000 pounds. The 200 and Avenger stand out because all of the cars' rival midsize sedans, including the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord, are not rated to tow a trailer at all. The Chrysler 200 convertible is unique because it is one of just three convertibles on sale in the U.S. that come with a tow rating (the others are the Jeep Wrangler and the Volvo C70). Though the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger used to have a poor reputation, both were improved thanks to a comprehensive update for 2011 -- and the sales numbers reflect it.
For more of the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1204_cars_with_unexpected_tow_ratings/viewall.html

Lawlessness, high fees, unfairness point to need for Buffalo to reform towing policies

City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder said that after a critical audit by his office, the city has begun the process of seeking bids for towing work, a change that could impose order on chaos while also not insignificantly putting it on the right side of state law. The city has also made other changes, not all of them for the better. The clearest evidence of the need for reform, as reported in a recent two-part series in The News, is the violence that has become part and parcel of a cutthroat business. One tow truck driver reported being threatened with a knife last year at a crash scene. Another driver, Corddaryl Henley, reported being threatened with a gun. The next day, he was shot and killed after dropping off a vehicle. It has been a free-for-all, and one that has disproportionately benefited one company, Riverside Towing & Recovery. The South Buffalo company was one of five private firms towing vehicles between 2006 and 2012, but it received 60 percent of the money paid out.
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Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013

Each of the shortlisted candidates was put through a series of towing tests at the MIRA proving ground in the Midlands, including 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start and an emergency lane-change test. Recognising the all-new Mazda6 as the winner, David Motton, Tow Car Editor atPractical Caravanand award judge, said: "If you need proof that diesel power isn't a must for a tow car, the Mazda6 2.0-litre provides it. In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Benefit in Kind tax for a 40 percent tax payer is 133 a month (Sport trim).
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Best cars for towing

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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

Volkswagen Golf Started in 2008, the testing programme is the UKas biggest and best assessment of a cara ability to tow a trailer. All the latest eligible cars are put through their paces at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Cars are assessed by What Car? and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision. Only truly exceptional all-rounders can compete for the Tow Car Awards crown.

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Car Towing Conducted As Security Is Intensified

Gil had been prompted by "dislike for authority" or frustration at seeing cars towed outside the apartment where he lived at 501 West 175th Street. At a ground breaking for a new police precinct station house in Washington Heights, Mayor David N. Dinkins again decried the "senseless and terrible" death of the officer, but cautioned against condemning all of Washington Heights. He said the new precinct would help bring the police closer to the community. Before the ground breaking, a department tow truck pulled away two cars, including a livery cab, to make room for the ceremony. The towing operation in Washington Heights, called Tag and Tow, has long inflamed tensions between the authorities and some residents who complain that there simply are not enough places to park. Once a week, usually at night, five to seven trucks, each accompanied by a police officer, tow 30 to 60 cars, most of them double-parked. From June 1 through Oct.
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If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure. This type of coverage is not always automatically included in your car insurance policy but can be included if you have comprehensive automobile insurance. If you are switching insurance companies after getting a free auto insurance quote, make sure to ask if it is included in your policy. If you have a new car, check the extended warranty. Roadside assistance is often included. Some car manufacturers are more generous than others, so read the warranty closely. Auto Club or Insurance? Note that if you are already a member of a roadside assistance program or automobile club, such as AAA, towing and labor is included in your membership and you will not need to carry towing and labor coverage on your policy. Housing data should shed light on rising mortgage rates -- a trend analysts believe could push potential homebuyers out of the market.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance However, towing reduced those figures to 23.0mpg around town, 22.3mpg in the country and an average economy of 22.7mpg. That's a huge 52% fall in economy, giving a fuel bill of A137.08 for a 500-mile trip with a caravan in tow. Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 4x4 Ambiance The budget-priced Dacia Duster is clearly great value a and our tests proved it's also kind on your wallet when towing. As with the VW and Mazda, we drove the routes without a caravan first. For each test the car's four-wheel-drive system was left in auto, so despite it being a 4x4, power was going to the front wheels unless the car struggled for traction. Around town, the Dacia achieved 39.9mpg, on A-roads and motorways it returned 48.8mpg with average economy of 43.9mpg. With the caravan hitched, the Duster's 1.5-litre engine didn't need as many revs as the Mazda's 2.0 petrol to build speed, although you wouldn't know it from the volume of engine noise in the cabin a even at a steady cruise on A-roads and motorways. Otherwise, though, it was a capable tow car.
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Tow Car Award Winners 2013

According to the judges, this lifestyle statement is exceptionally stable and extremely swift. Its eight-speed automatic transmission also responds quickly and smoothly - as it should in a car that costs 37,535. The 1725 - 1899kg winner is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury.
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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

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A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A mirror at Auto Return shows a tow truck pulling a car into the... A car is hooked onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A car is hooked onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept.... A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept.
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Gunshots heard as car is towed in Lauderhill

Come on now. You don't even want to leave your dog in the car for 2 to 3 hours." The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. Watkins' body was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard Monday, the same day family members said they reported her missing. Her car was taken to the yard Friday after a trooper discovered it in a ditch in Johnston County, North Carolina. In his report, the trooper noted that no one was in the vehicle.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

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AA Towing and Auto Wrecking

Our towing services are available 24/7 "That does not discharge a shell." They may have been warning shots, but that didn't matter to Duncan. "We could have been in the line of fire," she said, citing the shooting death of tow truck driver David Herr, who was killed while preparing to tow a Jaguar in Lauderdale Lakes on Aug. 6. Many tow truck drivers say they are not permitted to carry weapons, but Duncan also runs a security company and said she is licensed.
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Body found in car, days after it was towed

The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. But it's better to teach yourself how so you don't get stranded. Practice in a large parking lot, and remember that steering is backward compared with backing a car. Use small inputs; a little goes a long way (in the opposite direction). SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS Read the friendly manual!
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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent.
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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

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Tow Car Award Winners 2013

Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A tow truck driver hooks a car onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on... A tow truck pulls a car into the Auto Return lot on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
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A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle S Today we saw a Nissan GT-R getting towed on its wheels . This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

Furthermore - even though this award winning vehicle has a trailer stability control system - the panel say that: when a car is fundamentally as stable towing a van as the new Octavia, you shouldnt need to rely on electronic help very often. The Octavia also has excellent brakes, excellent fuel economy, and a strong engine that is more than up to the job. As well as the overall title, the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance is the Up To 1424kg Category champion. What a lot of metal for only 21,990. Tow Car Awards 2013 Category Winners Good news campers: the 2013 Tow Car Awards recognise other vehicles too.
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Car towing caravan involved in crash near Torbanlea

A Ford Falcon came to rest in the bush, narrowly missing a big gum tree, after a crash with a car towing a caravan. Each of the shortlisted candidates was put through a series of towing tests at the MIRA proving ground in the Midlands, including 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start and an emergency lane-change test. Recognising the all-new Mazda6 as the winner, David Motton, Tow Car Editor atPractical Caravanand award judge, said: "If you need proof that diesel power isn't a must for a tow car, the Mazda6 2.0-litre provides it. In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Benefit in Kind tax for a 40 percent tax payer is 133 a month (Sport trim).
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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

An ambulance officer said no one was injured in the smash. The Ford Falcon came to rest in the bush and the driver was lucky to narrowly avoid hitting a big gum tree. Traffic is flowing smoothly however there were delays after the crash happened. Police, ambulance and firefighters have all been at the scene.
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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

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We're surprised the Cruze can tow because small economy cars are rarely the vehicle of choice for pulling trailers; the Verano surprises us because, as with the LaCrosse, towing doesn't seem to fit the upmarket image of Buick vehicles. The Cruze offers two engines, a 1.8-liter inline-four with 138 hp and 125 lb-ft, and a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft. The Buick Verano comes standard with a larger, 2.4-liter inline-four engine rated at 180 hp and 171 lb-ft.
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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle Started in 2008, the testing programme is the UKas biggest and best assessment of a cara ability to tow a trailer. All the latest eligible cars are put through their paces at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Cars are assessed by What Car? and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A mirror at Auto Return shows a tow truck pulling a car into the... A car is hooked onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A car is hooked onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept.... A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St.
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Car towing caravan involved in crash near Torbanlea

A CAR towing a caravan and a Ford Falcon crashed at the intersection of Old Toogoom Rd and Torbanlea Rd about 10.30am. Hayden Johnson A CAR towing a caravan and a Ford Falcon crashed at the intersection of Old Toogoom Rd and Torbanlea Rd about 10.30am on Tuesday. An ambulance officer said no one was injured in the smash. The Ford Falcon came to rest in the bush and the driver was lucky to narrowly avoid hitting a big gum tree.
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Best cars for towing

Don't expect the labor for a complete engine overhaul to be paid for; this insurance addresses only minor fixes such as adding oil, changing a tire, delivering gasoline or changing a faulty part such as a belt. This addition to your policy is a small expense (from $3 to $15 per car, per year, depending on the insurance company), even cheap considering what you might pay for towing if you don't have it. You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure.
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D.C., where?s my car? How the city lost ? and found ? a reporter?s Toyota RAV4

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Best cars for towing

I was shocked, thinking that 911 seemed like overkill for a missing car. But in the District, 911 is also a non-emergency number. Outside of Public Works, the police department can also call for vehicles to be towed.
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Bill Johnson of Granby to be inducted into International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame

Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 HSE The Discovery was an overall winner at the Tow Car Awards two years ago, so we had no doubt it would haul well, but what about its fuel economy? Without a caravan, the Discovery achieved 24.6mpg in town and 29.6mpg on the out of town route. The average economy figure was 26.9mpg. As expected, given its bulk, it was much thirstier than the other cars on test. Hitch a caravan, though, and the Discovery was totally unfazed. The 3.0 engine has so much pulling power that even an unwieldy load such as this seemed to make little difference to its performance.
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Tow Car Award Winners 2013

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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

Volkswagen Golf The Octavia also has excellent brakes, excellent fuel economy, and a strong engine that is more than up to the job. As well as the overall title, the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance is the Up To 1424kg Category champion. What a lot of metal for only 21,990. Tow Car Awards 2013 Category Winners Good news campers: the 2013 Tow Car Awards recognise other vehicles too. As such, the 1425 - 1579kg Category winner is the Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Technology Sport. Why? Because - among other things - it has excellent stability and lots of punch from its engine. All for 27,145.
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At first, the humble and hard-working business owner was hesitant about accepting the nomination after receiving the call, saying he had been nominated this past winter. I told them I had to think about it, Johnson said. To me, what Ive done, I dont feel like its been extraordinary. I just always worked. I just felt I did what I was supposed to do for the industry. However, Johnsons nominator, Peter Aspesi, felt that he was well-deserving of the accolades. Hes made some great contributions to the towing industry.
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AA Towing and Auto Wrecking

Our towing services are available 24/7 All the latest eligible cars are put through their paces at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Cars are assessed by What Car? and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

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Car Towing Conducted As Security Is Intensified

If you have a new car, check the extended warranty. Roadside assistance is often included. Some car manufacturers are more generous than others, so read the warranty closely. Auto Club or Insurance?
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

Volkswagen Golf From the driver's seat, the engine didn't seem to be working hard at all. The overall impression was that economy suffered less when towing with the Land Rover than with any of the other vehicles. The data backed this up. Fuel economy dropped to 17.9mpg in town and 18.0mpg out, giving average economy of 18.0mpg. That's 33% down a the lowest figure of all four cars. However, the 500-mile fuel bill of A179.07 is, unsurprisingly, the steepest of the four here. What Car? saysa We expected a big, powerful car to have enough muscle to make hauling a caravan less of a strain, and so it was. The fuel economy of the biggest of our quartet was affected least by towing, but if you want the best economy a small diesel is the best compromise.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada. So it looks to us like if you car is negligently towed, you're not the one responsible for fixing the damage caused by the tow.
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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

"That does not discharge a shell." They may have been warning shots, but that didn't matter to Duncan. "We could have been in the line of fire," she said, citing the shooting death of tow truck driver David Herr, who was killed while preparing to tow a Jaguar in Lauderdale Lakes on Aug. 6. Many tow truck drivers say they are not permitted to carry weapons, but Duncan also runs a security company and said she is licensed.
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Gunshots heard as car is towed in Lauderhill

At 191st Street and Audubon Avenue, Richard Pene, 21, watched as his car was towed from the sidewalk, where he said he had parked while trying to move a refrigerator. "I just finished paying $200 in tickets," Mr. Pene said. "It's going to cost another $200 easy to get my car back." Before dispatching the tow truck operators yesterday afternoon, transportation and police officials met in the 34th Precinct station house to outline new procedures, including the deployment of additional officers, rooftop sweeps and the use of a police helicopter.
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Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance They can send a trailer off the road, or worse. When in doubt, service. It's cheap insurance. BACKING UP Most people avoid it, simply to minimize hassle. But it's better to teach yourself how so you don't get stranded. Practice in a large parking lot, and remember that steering is backward compared with backing a car.
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Best cars for towing

Its kind of humbling because its the highest honor somebody in the towing industry can receive from their peers, he said. Its very well-known within the industry. Johnson has had a long and productive career in the towing and recovery industry. He started working on cars part-time at body shops during high school and opened Pleasant Street Auto Body in 1981. At first, the humble and hard-working business owner was hesitant about accepting the nomination after receiving the call, saying he had been nominated this past winter. I told them I had to think about it, Johnson said. To me, what Ive done, I dont feel like its been extraordinary. I just always worked. I just felt I did what I was supposed to do for the industry. However, Johnsons nominator, Peter Aspesi, felt that he was well-deserving of the accolades. Hes made some great contributions to the towing industry.
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Bill Johnson of Granby to be inducted into International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame

Started in 2008, the testing programme is the UKas biggest and best assessment of a cara ability to tow a trailer. All the latest eligible cars are put through their paces at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Cars are assessed by What Car? and Practical Caravan magazine road testers but that is only part of the testing. Performance, ride quality, braking and hill start capabilities are all recorded, using a combination of tester feedback and empirical data from the Al-Ko ATC trailer stability system. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club assess vehicle practicality, the tow bar installation and spare wheel provision. Only truly exceptional all-rounders can compete for the Tow Car Awards crown.

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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

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Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A tow truck pulls a car into the Auto Return lot on Tuesday, Sept.... A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A parking ticket awaits this car's owner while it is being towed on... A mirror at Auto Return shows a tow truck pulling a car into the lot on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

Herrs friends and family arrived on scene and consoled each other. Herr was described as a man working to provide for his family killed while doing his job. Could have been any number of reasons why youre gonna tow a car and youre gonna kill somebody over that? said friend and fellow tow truck driver, Kevin Godfrey. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said deputies barely made it on scene before they became targets. When our deputies exited their vehicle they immediately took on gunfire, Israel told reporters. David Herrs ex-wife, Christie Owens rushed to the scene.
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A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle No other sporty compact car is rated by the manufacturer to tow any load at all: the Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed 3, and Honda Civic Si all earn a "not recommended" tow rating from their respective manufacturers. For buyers who want to have fun behind the wheel while retaining the ability to tow small loads, the Volvo C30 may be the only choice out there. Volvo C70 - 2000 lbs The Volvo C70 is a four-seat convertible with a folding hardtop, which probably summons visions of trips to the beach rather than hauling lumber on a trailer.
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AA Towing and Auto Wrecking

Our towing services are available 24/7 Don't try to chase the trailer with steering inputs. Just relax, let it move around a little, and don't do anything sudden. BRAKES Surge-style brakes (commonly found on U-Rent-'Em trailers) activate based on the inertia shift from the tow vehicle's braking; electric brakes get a signal from the brake lights or an add-on controller. Either way, check them out before getting up to speed in traffic. SLOWING DOWN Get it all done in a straight line. Plan ahead; manage speed by downshifting, especially on hills, instead of relying solely on the brakes. And let the brakes cool as often as possible to reduce the chance of fade. ANTI-SWAY DEVICES Heavy loads and certain vehicles can benefit from sway-control bars for stability at speed.
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BSO: Tow Truck Driver Shot Dead In Dispute With Car Owner

Tis The Season While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping). The 13 models shown below are the sedans, wagons and hatchbacks with the highest tow ratings. Thanks to ties, our list is longer than usual. The choices listed are fairly diverse.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

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Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance Don't expect the labor for a complete engine overhaul to be paid for; this insurance addresses only minor fixes such as adding oil, changing a tire, delivering gasoline or changing a faulty part such as a belt. This addition to your policy is a small expense (from $3 to $15 per car, per year, depending on the insurance company), even cheap considering what you might pay for towing if you don't have it. You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure. This type of coverage is not always automatically included in your car insurance policy but can be included if you have comprehensive automobile insurance.
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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

Recognising the all-new Mazda6 as the winner, David Motton, Tow Car Editor atPractical Caravanand award judge, said: "If you need proof that diesel power isn't a must for a tow car, the Mazda6 2.0-litre provides it. In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Benefit in Kind tax for a 40 percent tax payer is 133 a month (Sport trim). Error Error DBI connect('dbname=usedcardb;host=database-internal.theautochannel.com;port=5432','',...) failed: could not connect to server: No route to host Is the server running on host "database-internal.theautochannel.com" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432?
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

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Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance This addition to your policy is a small expense (from $3 to $15 per car, per year, depending on the insurance company), even cheap considering what you might pay for towing if you don't have it. You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure. This type of coverage is not always automatically included in your car insurance policy but can be included if you have comprehensive automobile insurance. If you are switching insurance companies after getting a free auto insurance quote, make sure to ask if it is included in your policy. If you have a new car, check the extended warranty. Roadside assistance is often included. Some car manufacturers are more generous than others, so read the warranty closely. Auto Club or Insurance? Note that if you are already a member of a roadside assistance program or automobile club, such as AAA, towing and labor is included in your membership and you will not need to carry towing and labor coverage on your policy.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed.
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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

Each of the shortlisted candidates was put through a series of towing tests at the MIRA proving ground in the Midlands, including 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start and an emergency lane-change test. Recognising the all-new Mazda6 as the winner, David Motton, Tow Car Editor atPractical Caravanand award judge, said: "If you need proof that diesel power isn't a must for a tow car, the Mazda6 2.0-litre provides it. In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Benefit in Kind tax for a 40 percent tax payer is 133 a month (Sport trim). Search The Auto Channel
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

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Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

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Towing companies want City of Sheboygan to relax policy

Raphael Orlove PFollow OUnfollow 10/25/12 5:00pm 10/25/12 5:00pm g32,931 L95 Edit S Today we saw a Nissan GT-R getting towed on its wheels . This will likely cause damage to the car, but is the owner responsible for the repairs? Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ...
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Volkswagen Golf They found Watkins instead, slumped in the front seat. "It was terrible she had to lay in that vehicle that long," Patricia Parker said. At first, family members were worried Watkins may have still been alive when she was taken to the tow yard, but medical officials have since told them that she likely died on impact. Watkins suffered blunt force injuries to the head and neck, according to her daughter-in-law. She blamed the trooper, who was placed on administrative duty with pay following the incident.
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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

Police officials say they want to stay with the contract because its easier from a logistical standpoint to deal with one company as opposed to four. When you look at something like this, its got to be something that works for all parties, said Ald. Don Hammond. The towing companies would prefer a rotation, the Police Department would prefer a contract.
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Too far back and the rear's in the air, which can do the same thing. ON THE ROAD When things get squirrelly, lifting off the throttle or jamming on the brakes can upset a tow rig even more. Don't try to chase the trailer with steering inputs.
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BSO: Tow Truck Driver Shot Dead In Dispute With Car Owner

Tis The Season No doubt the towing ability is due in part to the Ford Mustang's two powerful engines, a 3.7-liter V-6 with 305 hp and 280 lb-ft, and the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 hp and 390 lb-ft. Coupled with generously sized brakes to help slow all that mass, it's clear that the Mustang would be perfectly able to tow a small trailer. Ford Taurus - 1000 lbs Many people in a Ford dealership looking for a family car that also tows would gravitate to the Explorer or the Flex, but buyers who haul only small loads shouldn't overlook the Taurus. Ford's venerable sedan can pull up to 1000 pounds. As with the Buick LaCrosse, the Taurus is a large and roomy sedan that seems more adept at transporting a family on vacation than pulling a utility trailer to a lumberyard. Ford revamped the Taurus for 2013 with a new face, some updated interior materials, better brakes and steering, and revisions to its powertrains.
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Body found in car, days after it was towed

The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. BSO says the owner of a car about to be towed opened fire on the tow truck driver, shooting him several times. Deputies reported to the St. Croix apartments at 4150 NW 34 Street just before 3 p.m.after receiving a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found the victim, David Herr, 36, with gunshot wounds and a man with a gun still on the scene. BSO says the suspect opened fire on deputies and at least one deputy fired back, injuring the shooter The shooter, whose name has not been released, was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. BSO said Herr was an employee of All County Towing, which was hired by the apartment building management to remove vehicles that were not authorized to be on the property.
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AA Towing and Auto Wrecking

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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

Payment Types Visa More About Us : Since 1929, AA Towing and Auto Wrecking (Wagener's Towing) has served the greater Williamette Valley Oregon. From our heavy wreckers to light duty, AA Towing can serve all your towing needs with a focus on professionalism and outstanding service. We offer the right equipment at the right moment.
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Parade of tow trucks honors driver slain on job in Lauderdale Lakes

"Dave was a very spunky person," said his ex-wife, Christie Owens. "He had been a tow truck driver for eight or nine years, and he died doing what he loved." Herr, 36, of Hollywood, was shot and killed Tuesday in a parking lot at 4150 NW 34th St., part of the St. Croix Apartments in Lauderdale Lakes, after complex managers called his employer, All County Towing, to have several vehicles removed from the property. Herr, driving one of three trucks that showed up, got into an argument with a man later identified by Broward Sheriff's deputies as Triston Johnson, 31, after he hooked up Johnson's 2001 Jaguar, said police. When Herr turned to walk away from the confrontation, Johnson allegedly shot him in the head and then shot him several more times, police said. Arriving Broward Sheriff's deputies spotted Johnson with a semi-automatic pistol and exchanged gunfire with him, according to the Sheriff's Office.
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Allegations of police ?shakedowns? add to Buffalo?s tow truck wars

To cut down on the competition and combativeness that arose at accident scenes in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown in 2012 enacted a policy limiting the firms that can tow vehicles involved in accidents in the city. Her car was taken to the yard Friday after a trooper discovered it in a ditch in Johnston County, North Carolina. In his report, the trooper noted that no one was in the vehicle. That report has since been called into question, and authorities said they are working to get to the bottom of the case. "First and foremost, we offer our most sincere condolences to Carolyn Watkins' family," said Frank Perry, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Division.
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Body found in car, days after it was towed

The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. Within hours of the death, it was revealed that Mott was the subject of the federal bribery investigation. Mott was one of several Buffalo police officers suspected of taking kickbacks in return for information about accidents in the city, sources have said. Its unclear whether Mott was the only police target of the FBI, according to interviews with people familiar with the case. The bribe-taking activities of some officers was blatant ... right out there in the street, according to one tow truck driver who did not want to be named. Youd see a bunch of tow trucks pull up at an accident. An officer would be there in charge. One tower would hand the officer some money, and the officer would order all the other towers to leave, the driver said. There were probably six or seven officers who kept doing this, even after everyone knew the FBI was looking at it. Some of these guys were making $90,000 a year on their police jobs.
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Our towing services are available 24/7 Plan ahead; manage speed by downshifting, especially on hills, instead of relying solely on the brakes. And let the brakes cool as often as possible to reduce the chance of fade. ANTI-SWAY DEVICES Heavy loads and certain vehicles can benefit from sway-control bars for stability at speed. (The Fleetwood owner's manual recommends them for loads above 5000 pounds.) But be careful to set them up properly, or they can do more harm than good. FLAT TIRES AND DEAD WHEEL BEARINGS The two main causes of downed trailers.
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Tow Car Award Winners 2013

Tow Car Awards 2013 Category Winners Good news campers: the 2013 Tow Car Awards recognise other vehicles too. As such, the 1425 - 1579kg Category winner is the Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Technology Sport. Why? Because - among other things - it has excellent stability and lots of punch from its engine.
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Parade of tow trucks honors driver slain on job in Lauderdale Lakes

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Allegations of police ?shakedowns? add to Buffalo?s tow truck wars

To cut down on the competition and combativeness that arose at accident scenes in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown in 2012 enacted a policy limiting the firms that can tow vehicles involved in accidents in the city. He said he has been asked by Broward Sheriff's detectives to not talk about what he saw and heard. Called to the shooting scene Tuesday afternoon were Owens, 34, and her daughter Kayleigh Herr, 13, one of the driver's two children. Kayleigh had been living with her father for the summer. "I am really shocked to see this many people here today," said Kayleigh, fighting to hold back her emotions. "He had such a bigger family than just us." Herr's death has been a sobering reminder to the tow truck industry of the dangers of the job, said All County Towing office manager Amy Velez.
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Sign the guest book for David Herr The average economy was 25.3mpg, a drop of 45%. That means a 500-mile journey when towing would cost A127.40 in fuel. Mazda 6 2.0 165 Sport With less mid-range pulling power, petrol engines usually have to work harder than their diesel equivalents to keep up with traffic when towing. This should mean a bigger decline in economy when towing. Around town and with the caravan, the Mazda 6 saloon needed a heavier right foot than the Golf when pulling out at junctions and roundabouts. It's not that the 6 felt underpowered, but more revs were needed to persuade car and load to shift with any urgency. On faster roads, more gearchanges were required to maintain speed on hills a with each shift taking a toll on fuel consumption. However, the 6 felt comfortable at a steady 60mph on the motorway, with no sense that the engine was straining. The 6 posted impressive economy figures in regular driving: 44.1mpg around town, 51.0mpg on the open road and average economy of 47.3mpg a slightly better than that of the diesel Golf.
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

Volkswagen Golf Others, though, say the wider multi-agency probe involving the FBI, state taxation officials, the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Buffalo Police and the Internal Revenue Service has spent more than two years focusing on multiple individuals. The FBI declined to comment for this story. Motts death is not the only one connected to the Buffalo towing scene. Corddaryl Henley, a driver for Patriarch Towing, was shot and killed inside his truck May 5, 2012, and others in the business say he had been threatened with a gun the previous day by another operator. Investigators have also considered whether drugs played a role. The case is unsolved. Towing in the city A driver who gets into an accident in Buffalo faces a runaround a trip to City Hall to pay towing and storage fees and then a trip to the citys impound lot, for the privilege of towing the car again, to a repair shop.
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BSO: Tow Truck Driver Shot Dead In Dispute With Car Owner

Tis The Season While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping). The 13 models shown below are the sedans, wagons and hatchbacks with the highest tow ratings. Thanks to ties, our list is longer than usual. The choices listed are fairly diverse. For the well-heeled, there are luxurious and opulent models like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Porsche Panamera.
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An abbreviated guide to towing: Pulling a car with a car

David Herrs ex-wife, Christie Owens rushed to the scene. She said shes always worried about the dangers of the tow truck business. I begged him to quit, she said. As deputies recovered evidence, David Herrs friends and family reflected on a mans life cut short and what he meant to them. The best guy youll ever know, said Godfrey. Its sad. It really is. The deputy who fired their weapon will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

ON THE ROAD When things get squirrelly, lifting off the throttle or jamming on the brakes can upset a tow rig even more. Don't try to chase the trailer with steering inputs. Just relax, let it move around a little, and don't do anything sudden. BRAKES Surge-style brakes (commonly found on U-Rent-'Em trailers) activate based on the inertia shift from the tow vehicle's braking; electric brakes get a signal from the brake lights or an add-on controller.
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Top 13 Best Cars for Towing for 2013

Your first assumpion is that yes, if your car is parked illegally or if your car is getting repo'd, you're not going to get any sympathy from the people towing (and damaging) your car. Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York. Absolutely NOT true in most jurisdictions if the towing company is negligent. For example: California (V C Section 22651.07): "Generally the owner of a vehicle may recover for any damage to the vehicle resulting from any intentional or negligent act of a person causing the removal of, or removing, the vehicle." Texas (Texas Transportation Code - Section 684.084): "(a) A towing company or parking facility owner who violates this chapter is liable to the owner or operator of the vehicle that is the subject of the violation for: (1) damages arising from the removal or storage of the vehicle" My X-type is too a real Jag , forsomereasonican'tlogin , and ex.saitn all chimed in to say this was not true in Georgia, Massachusetts, or anywhere in Canada. So it looks to us like if you car is negligently towed, you're not the one responsible for fixing the damage caused by the tow.
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David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars

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A parking enforcement officer walks to his vehicle after ticketing a car that is being towed on Franklin St. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is proposing a new program that will alert drivers to upcoming tows via text, emails, or robocalls. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Ran on: 09-21-2011 Vehicles like this one on Franklin Street would have less chance of getting towed if San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has his way. Photo: Mathew Sumner, Special To The Chronicle A tow truck driver hooks a car onto a tow truck on Franklin St. on... A tow truck pulls a car into the Auto Return lot on Tuesday, Sept.
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Tow Car Award Winners 2013

This addition to your policy is a small expense (from $3 to $15 per car, per year, depending on the insurance company), even cheap considering what you might pay for towing if you don't have it. You Might Already be Covered Before you search for a free auto insurance quote, first take a look at your existing insurance policy to see if towing and labor coverage is already on your policy. It is sometimes under "roadside assistance." Call your agent if you are not sure. This type of coverage is not always automatically included in your car insurance policy but can be included if you have comprehensive automobile insurance. If you are switching insurance companies after getting a free auto insurance quote, make sure to ask if it is included in your policy. If you have a new car, check the extended warranty. Roadside assistance is often included. Some car manufacturers are more generous than others, so read the warranty closely.
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Allegations of police ?shakedowns? add to Buffalo?s tow truck wars

To cut down on the competition and combativeness that arose at accident scenes in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown in 2012 enacted a policy limiting the firms that can tow vehicles involved in accidents in the city. Cargo capacity is therefore 590-litres rising to 1,580-litres when the rear seats are folded flat into the cabin. Furthermore - even though this award winning vehicle has a trailer stability control system - the panel say that: when a car is fundamentally as stable towing a van as the new Octavia, you shouldnt need to rely on electronic help very often. The Octavia also has excellent brakes, excellent fuel economy, and a strong engine that is more than up to the job. As well as the overall title, the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance is the Up To 1424kg Category champion. What a lot of metal for only 21,990.
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Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Towing

Car-Auto-Repair-Oil-Change-Maintenance BSO says the suspect opened fire on deputies and at least one deputy fired back, injuring the shooter The shooter, whose name has not been released, was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. BSO said Herr was an employee of All County Towing, which was hired by the apartment building management to remove vehicles that were not authorized to be on the property. Herrs friends and family arrived on scene and consoled each other. Herr was described as a man working to provide for his family killed while doing his job. Could have been any number of reasons why youre gonna tow a car and youre gonna kill somebody over that? said friend and fellow tow truck driver, Kevin Godfrey.
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BSO: Tow Truck Driver Shot Dead In Dispute With Car Owner

Tis The Season I couldnt believe they were taking $25 or $50 bribes, the driver said. Joseph M. LaTona, a well-known Buffalo criminal defense attorney, confirmed he was representing Mott in connection with the investigation led by the FBI but did not discuss the details. I dont know if he was the main target of the investigation, or if there was a main target, LaTona said. Another well-known Buffalo defense attorney, Patrick J. Brown, said he represented one individual who was approached for questioning by the U.S. Attorneys Office and the FBI. He declined to comment about the individuals role in the case or if the individual cooperated. The lawyer said he did not get a sense of how widespread federal investigators believe the alleged wrongdoing is. But my sense is that they were very much focusing their investigation on one person, he said.
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

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Volkswagen Golf The 6 posted impressive economy figures in regular driving: 44.1mpg around town, 51.0mpg on the open road and average economy of 47.3mpg a slightly better than that of the diesel Golf. However, towing reduced those figures to 23.0mpg around town, 22.3mpg in the country and an average economy of 22.7mpg. That's a huge 52% fall in economy, giving a fuel bill of A137.08 for a 500-mile trip with a caravan in tow. Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 4x4 Ambiance The budget-priced Dacia Duster is clearly great value a and our tests proved it's also kind on your wallet when towing. As with the VW and Mazda, we drove the routes without a caravan first. For each test the car's four-wheel-drive system was left in auto, so despite it being a 4x4, power was going to the front wheels unless the car struggled for traction. Around town, the Dacia achieved 39.9mpg, on A-roads and motorways it returned 48.8mpg with average economy of 43.9mpg. With the caravan hitched, the Duster's 1.5-litre engine didn't need as many revs as the Mazda's 2.0 petrol to build speed, although you wouldn't know it from the volume of engine noise in the cabin a even at a steady cruise on A-roads and motorways. Otherwise, though, it was a capable tow car.
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If Your Car Gets Screwed Up During Towing, Who Pays?

The new ATS (Auto Tow System) offers tug owners a complete solution to modern Open Ocean Towing. The JonRie ATS is an advanced compliment to the existing line of Towing Winch now offering a Constant Scope Tension Limiting device which will relieve tension on the tow line and when the tension is reduced the scope of the line will reclaim back to its original set scope point. As proven over many years of Towing this type of system adds an added safety factor to any tow. The ATS also provides for centenary (line sag) displays, real distance between the tug and tow, alarm points if the tow is to close the tug or if its too far away or about to disconnect from the tow with the package providing GPS set on the tug and tow. If the Tow is lost the GPS will give its location to the tug in enough time to reconnect. This new compliment along with JonRies other Towing Winch features which include Line Scope and Line Tension read out using side and back lite readout meters with dimming for night work, Independent Drive Level Wind pilot hose controls and Controlled Freewheel Function. All JonRie Series 500 Towing Winches are Direct Drive and are the most Quiet Winches on the market today to help add to crew comfort. JonRie uses no open gearing and no clutches as all operations are independently driven. This reduces maintenance and increases the life of the equipment in seas and weather. Also included on every JonRie Towing Winch is an H-Bitt with cross bar to lower the tripping moment of the tug.
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JonRie Rolls Out New Auto Tow System

File Reader coreydotnaughton certainly thought so. If your car is in gear with the emergency brake engaged and it has an expensive awd system that can't handle having its wheels in contact with the road during a tow ... Then I guess you should make sure you don't do anything that gets your car towed. Our other readers stepped in to prove him wrong. Feedback laid things out very clearly that the owner is not responsible in the case of negligent towing in California or New York.
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Tow car MPG: True MPG special

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Mazda6 Wins 'Best Petrol Tow Car' at Tow Car Awards 2013

Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 HSE The Discovery was an overall winner at the Tow Car Awards two years ago, so we had no doubt it would haul well, but what about its fuel economy? Without a caravan, the Discovery achieved 24.6mpg in town and 29.6mpg on the out of town route. The average economy figure was 26.9mpg. As expected, given its bulk, it was much thirstier than the other cars on test. Hitch a caravan, though, and the Discovery was totally unfazed. The 3.0 engine has so much pulling power that even an unwieldy load such as this seemed to make little difference to its performance. Whether dealing with traffic on the urban route, or holding speed uphill on an A-road, the Discovery made towing seem easy. From the driver's seat, the engine didn't seem to be working hard at all. The overall impression was that economy suffered less when towing with the Land Rover than with any of the other vehicles.
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Body found in car, days after it was towed

The body of Carolyn Watkins, 62, was found inside her wrecked car at a tow yard on Monday. They filed a report, prompting detectives to go back to the car to search for clues. They found Watkins instead, slumped in the front seat. "It was terrible she had to lay in that vehicle that long," Patricia Parker said.
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Volkswagen Golf But in an ironic twist of nature, many displays were damaged by Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. As a result, the group has not hosted a single event or class in more than two years. RELATED: COUNCILMAN WHO BACKS GOWANUS DEVELOPMENT OPPOSES SUPERFUND DESIGNATION Then, earlier this summer, Ikea demanded the group raise anchor and scram. The store needs the parking spaces and the parking spaces where the trailer has remained were beginning to be damaged (large indentations) due to the fact that it has been sitting unused for over two years, store manager Fredrik Rabe told Colton. Since being towed, the van has gotten several parking tickets, though theyve been paid. So after repeated warnings, Ikea hired a towing company to ship off the trailer and a makeshift wooden stage next to it. All About Automotive, the towing company, is now demanding more than $2,000 for towing and storage. But Balan has bigger problems than just getting back his water-themed exhibit.
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BSO: Tow Truck Driver Shot Dead In Dispute With Car Owner

Tis The Season Each of the shortlisted candidates was put through a series of towing tests at the MIRA proving ground in the Midlands, including 30-60mph acceleration, 30-0mph braking, a hill start and an emergency lane-change test. Recognising the all-new Mazda6 as the winner, David Motton, Tow Car Editor atPractical Caravanand award judge, said: "If you need proof that diesel power isn't a must for a tow car, the Mazda6 2.0-litre provides it. In the lane-change test the Mazda6 felt firmly in charge, even on faster runs. Inside, there's plenty of space for those in the front and lots of legroom in the back. Our favourite petrol tow car is stable and good value." The panel of judges also included Deputy Road Test Editor ofWhat Car?and the technical department at the Camping and Caravanning Club.The Tow Car Awards is a joint venture between both outlets as well asPractical Caravanmagazine. To assess the shortlisted cars, each model is put through the same tests to identify its towing abilities as well as to evaluate value for money and ease to live with for everyday driving.Cars are also judged on how easily extension mirrors can be fitted, whether the spare wheel provision is suitable for towing, as well as safety and boot space. According to Motton, practicality judges found that the all-new Mazda6 "swallowed a typical family's holiday luggage with space to spare." Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: "This latest accolade is a fantastic addition to the Mazda6's expanding haul of awards and just goes to show the different areas where this car excels.The award also highlights the affordability which the Mazda6 presents, particularly for families considering a car which has the appeal of everyday driving combined with the capability and practicality of towing a caravan during the holiday season." There are a number of accessories available from Mazda to make holiday travel easy and stress-free.Additional features include a bicycle carrier and attachment, roof box, roof rack, snow board/ ski attachment and tow bar including tow accessories. The all-new Mazda6 is available with a choice of 36 models across the two bodystyles, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and six trim levels (SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav). Priced from 19,595 to 28,045 (on the road).The 150ps 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Benefit in Kind tax for a 40 percent tax payer is 133 a month (Sport trim).
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Mobile maritime museum evicted from Ikea parking lot

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi BSO says the owner of a car about to be towed opened fire on the tow truck driver, shooting him several times. Deputies reported to the St. Croix apartments at 4150 NW 34 Street just before 3 p.m.after receiving a report of shots fired.
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Parade of tow trucks honors driver slain on job in Lauderdale Lakes

When Herr turned to walk away from the confrontation, Johnson allegedly shot him in the head and then shot him several more times, police said. Arriving Broward Sheriff's deputies spotted Johnson with a semi-automatic pistol and exchanged gunfire with him, according to the Sheriff's Office. Hit several times, Johnson was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. He has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. The 10-mile procession from All County Towing's Fort Lauderdale yard to Heritage Park Duck Pond in Plantation just after noon Sunday provided an opportunity for Herr's relatives and the fraternity of tow truck drivers to grieve together. "The towing business is a very competitive game," said Brian Weiler, 29, one of the other drivers dispatched to the apartment complex on Tuesday. "But when something like this happens, we bind together." Weiler said he heard the gunshots that felled his friend and co-worker and was among the first to rush to his side. He said he has been asked by Broward Sheriff's detectives to not talk about what he saw and heard. Called to the shooting scene Tuesday afternoon were Owens, 34, and her daughter Kayleigh Herr, 13, one of the driver's two children. Kayleigh had been living with her father for the summer.
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