6 Towing Service Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: November 1st, 2023
Start A Towing Service

Towing service refers to a licensed and insured business offering for-hire motor carrier service for stalled vehicles or other vehicles requiring a towing service.

The automobile towing industry opens up multiple opportunities to make money. To start the towing service, you need special licensing, towing equipment, and insurance to operate the tow truck business.

People need help when their cars break down, and they need someone who can get them out of the ditch, or off the side of the road and back on the road as quickly as possible. You can offer this service to people in your area who are having trouble getting their vehicle repaired, or if they're looking for a reliable place to get their car towed when they're not sure who can do it right away.

  1. It’s a great way to get into the business world without spending a lot of money. You can start out small and build your company over time as you see fit, which gives you more control over how your business develops.

  2. It’s an easy way to make money if you already have a truck and some basic equipment—all you need are customers!

  3. You can choose whether or not you want a full-time job or something part-time on nights or weekends only when necessary; this allows for flexibility in terms of hours worked each week without sacrificing any income whatsoever.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a towing service:

Learn more about starting a towing service:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a towing service?
-> Pros and cons of a towing service

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established towing service

Other resources

1. Finish Line Towing & Repair ($4.98M/year)

Johnny Van, the founder of Finish Line Towing & Auto Repair, was inspired by his father's towing business and his passion for automobiles. He saw an opportunity to provide exceptional roadside assistance services in Wisconsin and started FLT with his brother. The dedication to customer service, effective dispatching, and clean service has driven their success, with FLT making around $5,000,000 in sales a year. They are now focused on expanding to other markets in Wisconsin and Illinois.

How much they make: $4.98M/year
How much did it cost to start: $200K
Current team size: 45


I Quit My Full-Time Job & Launched A $5M/Year Towing & Auto Repair Business

Finish Line Towing & Auto Repair is Wisconsin's largest roadside assistance provider, bringing in $5 million in annual sales through its dedication to customer service, effective dispatching, and clean service, with a goal of expanding to other markets in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Johnny started Finish Line Towing & Repair about 6 years ago
Johnny grew the business to $415K/month
It cost Johnny $200000 to start the business

4. Towing

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  • Business rank: #795K

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  • Business rank: #916K

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6. OMG Tow Marketing

Improve your Tow company's marketing campaign & overall business - Tow Marketing experts providing solutions for over 30 years!

  • Business rank: #1.84M

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