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Old 10-03-2012, 08:58 AM
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Default First Snow Today.....Liquid Gold!

As they say in the towing business, "Liquid Gold". I ain't going to miss it. I jacked my prices and cash only. Otherwise, I dont give a F****!

October 3rd, a little early for Eastern Montana. It is sticking now.
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Snow.... brrrrrrr. Gimme the warm sunshine of AZ!!
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The thought of the "wide open" of Montana and Wyoming are very attractive to me. -- However, the fact that there is no ocean and it's cold... makes it ugly. LOL. A couple of months a year wouldn't be bad.
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Ahh, Pete, the sun shines wherever you go my friend.
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Besides Buffalo NY and there. That's where the snow belongs
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Snow.... brrrrrrr. Gimme the warm sunshine of AZ!!
X2 but the warm sunshine from Tejas!
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Gouging for "acts of God" is completely douche.

Not to mention illegal, I would think.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Gouging for "acts of God" is completely douche.

Not to mention illegal, I would think.
Agreed. Couple of gas stations in NJ got fined pretty harshly for gouging during Irene.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Gouging for "acts of God" is completely douche.

Not to mention illegal, I would think.
I was beginning to think THT was sleeping and missed the gouging aspect of his post... glad you picked up on it.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Gouging for "acts of God" is completely douche.

Not to mention illegal, I would think.
No not illegal. We are a non regulated state as far as PUC towing prices, we can charge anything we want if quoted in advance and agreed upon.

I normally offer very competetive towing and recovery rates compared to anyone else around me for many years. But when the weather is bad---all hell seems to break loose. Normal service calls become dangerous and often require multiple trucks to act as a blocker because the motoring public seems to lose all common sense and creates dangerous and unsafe work areas on the highways and other roadways. I am very happy to see some states making it a Felony if you hit a highway worker, I believe Illionis is a mandatory 14 years state prison term and $100,000 fine. Anyways, there is an increase in expenses associated with winter work that includes hazardous pay and extra equipment costs. I do not charge over my max posted private rates for consumers but---I certainly don't discount or offer cheaper towing or recovery in inclement weather.

But the way what I have done to avoid problems the past few years, is I file my max rates for consumer and non-contractual towing and recovery with all police department, sheriff's and highway patrol as well as the State's Attorney General's Office, that way-I can charge up to my max rate without being accused of 'overcharging'.

By the way, in the towing business, inclement weather should get a surcharge due to the increased amount of response time, injuries to drivers, motorists crashing into our equipment, and other hazards that come along with bad weather.

Just ask the people at Twin Towing, Hawk Towing, High Point Garage, Creiger, Short Hills Towing, etc.

Thanks for the understanding, I retire in another 14 days or so. We won't even go into the time a nice motorist ran into one of my wreckers doing 75 MPH on the interstate at an accident scene and the trooper pushed me out of the way. He won a life saving award and the driver of the other vehicle that crashed into us went to jail.

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Super trooper.
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Just ask the people at Twin Towing, Hawk Towing, High Point Garage, Creiger, Short Hills Towing, etc.
...because wreckers have such a great reputation?

BTW, you confirmed what I had always thought about the industry.
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Its 80 and humid here in VA. Come on winter! It needs to get cold this year so we arent over run with bugs again!
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
The thought of the "wide open" of Montana and Wyoming are very attractive to me. -- However, the fact that there is no ocean and it's cold... makes it ugly. LOL. A couple of months a year wouldn't be bad.
The trees still have green leaves on them, so it's a flash snow fall.
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Maybe the favor will be returned the first time you need something in hurricane central.
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Hmm, may have to get the sleds fired up and head west!
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Maybe the favor will be returned the first time you need something in hurricane central.
I'll be sure to call my buddy at Westway Towing in Davie!
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Brings back scary memories of last years October snow storm that left us without power for a week - snow and leaves do not mix
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
...because wreckers have such a great reputation?

BTW, you confirmed what I had always thought about the industry.
And I prided myself on never doing repossession work or illegally private property towaways since I owned this place for almost 11 years.

And, if I get a request from the F.D. or Hwy Patrol to expedite a wrecker for a trapped family in an auto with a semi on top, so we could pick up the semi off the auto to facilitate the FD getting the family out, I will tell them I can't cause the reputation of the wrecker industry is no good. You got it.
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I'm sorry, but every time I take out my wallet and pay someone, its usually because its what they can get for it based on who else is selling it. Including my Gas and Diesel, Groceries and everything else I can think of.

We all have the choice of not buying.

I tell my customers, if you don't like my price, go find someone else or figure out how to do it yourself.

I must gouge as well because I raise my rates BECAUSE I CAN..

this whole gouging thing pisses me off to no end. Unless we are regulated, we charge whatever the hell we want and if you don't like it, you can exercise your option not to buy.
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