Towing rates in San Diego (revised for year 2020)

There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of vehicles towed every month in San Diego. And almost every car owner has needed at least one tow in their lifetime. 

How much will a towing company cost in San Diego? We called around different tow trucks to be able to answer this question. Here are towing rates updated for the year 2020.

  • For a 3-6 mile tow: rates average $79 to $120 in San Diego Area.
  • Per mile: average $2.50 to $7.00. The higher dollar amount is usually reserved for heavy-duty vehicles. 
  • StorageFees: from $38.00 to $70.00 depending on the size of the vehicle.
  • Usually, there is a hook-up fee and rate per mile towed.

Towing rates through your auto insurance provider.

Towing may be covered through your auto insurance provider. Some automobile insurance companies offer $50, $100, or $150 coverage limit for free towing. The dollar amounts of coverage can come with a mileage limit too — for example, $50 of coverage for up to a 20-mile tow.

Towing fees can be costly depending on many different factors and also if you do not have roadside assistance through your insurance, membership in a roadside assistance group, or an emergency fund set up for cases of, well, auto emergencies. Many people do not realize tow services include more than transporting a vehicle from one place to another. The fees charged by tow companies can vary depending on your circumstances, where you live, and the tow company.

What Services Do Tow Companies Offer?

Keys locked in the car is a common occurrence for many. Calling a tow company to help can save the day. Check out the other services that are often available from a tow company.

What Impacts the Cost of a Tow?

If you check directly on a tow company’s website for pricing, you will probably be hard-pressed to find a dollar amount. I checked several and not one listed their prices. However, luckily the cost of a tow is relatively standard, so I can at least give you a ballpark figure.

I had to call a tow truck recently because one of our trucks had a flat near Escondido, CA – said Adan, CEO of Jump 4 Adan, a jumper rental company in San Diego- They quoted me some really high quotes over the phone.

Often the base fee or commonly referred to as a hook-up fee, is $50, regardless if you need your vehicle towed one mile or twenty. More mileage does often come with a higher price tag. A standard tow is usually cheaper than a flatbed tow. A tow due to a car accident can be substantially higher. The cost of having your vehicle towed and impounded can also be a lot higher.

For rates and flatbed towing options 24/7 in the San Diego county contact Mission Valley Towing at 858-278-1247