Woman stuck with $913 bill for 5-mile tow gets help from unexpected Good Samaritans
5:39 PM, Apr 22, 2013
8:55 PM, Apr 22, 2013
LIBERTY, Mo. - Remember the 86-year-old Liberty woman who was charged $913 to have her car towed five miles after getting into a fender bender?
Now Margaret James received another surprise from two other local towing companies -- more than $500 to pay for her out-of-pocket cost not covered by insurance.
"I was flabbergasted," James said on Monday. "I called and told them I received it, and that I really appreciate it."
James got into an accident one recent Sunday morning on her way to church. A tow truck driver from Good Times Tow in Claycomo showed up at the accident scene and towed her car five miles. The bill came to $913. James' insurance eventually covered $385.
Upset with the steep towing bill, James contacted Call For Action. After the original report aired, two Johnson County towing companies came forward and sent James $528. Marvin's Tow Service in Olathe and Sunflower Tow in Shawnee wanted to pay her out-of-pocket expenses.
A grateful James now has advice for consumers.
"Insist on your own insurance," she said. "If I had called AAA, they would of gotten somebody that would have done it for the $385."
James said the driver with Good Times Tow had her sign the receipt at the accident scene before filling out the cost to tow. She now advises people to not sign anything before knowing the cost.