Knox County leaders are looking into whether to create a board that monitors local wrecker services, a move that comes months after a resident says he was charged more than $500 to have his damaged van towed a little under 15 miles.
“Some wrecker providers are great
citizens – great companies – (but) some are shysters, and if you don’t
know what you’re doing it could cost you your vehicle,” said
Commissioner Ed Brantley, who is pushing for the discussion with
“If you are a citizen of Knox County and you need a
wrecker, there are three questions you need to ask,” he added. “No. 1:
How much is it going to cost me to tow my vehicle? No. 2: What’s the
gate fee, and No. 3 – what’s the daily rental charge because it’s not
all the same?”
The Knox County Commission during its monthly work session on Monday is expected to talk more about the matter.
it stands, if someone is involved in an accident or their vehicle
breaks down in the county, the E-911 Center or the Sheriff’s Office can
call a tow truck for them. The Sheriff’s Office maintains a list that
officials say probably hasn’t been updated in 25 years. The county does
not regulate how much the companies can charge.
The city, however, has a number of measures in place.
would be nice of people to be aware of what’s going on,” Brantley said.
There are great wrecker services in Knox County, but some of them are
out to get what they can get.”
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