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Weiss Insurance


Cindy Horn, Janice LaVitte, and Bryan Westfall are a unit at Weiss Insurance that specializes in various transportation risks. They design your insurance policy to fit your insurance needs. Not all risks are identical; years in business, your own loss experience, driver experience, and type of business will affect your insurance cost.

They understand your business and your business needs. They wear many hats as independent agents, representing various insurance companies, which allow them to “design” a policy for you. Towing, Transportation, Repossession, Cargo, Excess Cargo, Garage and or Repair Facilities, and Auto Sales are some of the types of business that they write. They have markets for worker’s compensation, group health, property, general liability, and personal insurance. They are an “all lines” independent agent agency.

Toll free (866) 377-4674
Cindy (636)534-7226
Janice (573)547-7782
Bryan (636)534-7239
Fax (636) 534-7926

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Travis Barlow Insurance Company

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Travis Barlow Insurance Company has been a leading provider of towing and recovery insurance & auto transporter insurance for over 30 years. From auto liability coverage, on hook/cargo insurance, general liability and Garagekeepers coverage to State & ICC filings, we insure small as well as large operations and all size tow trucks, wreckers, rollbacks and auto transporters.

We understand the towing and recovery industry. We know you have specialized insurance needs and that each operation has its own unique requirements. When you request an insurance quote, we ask for various and detailed information. This information is needed so that our experienced professionals can provide tailored solutions and accurate quotes for your specific situation.

Each member of the Travis Barlow team has years of experience in his/her respective field. All agents and service staff are fully licensed in Property and Casualty and are required to meet annual state requirements in continuing education. Our highly qualified agents are dedicated to delivering unsurpassed service and quality insurance solutions to every customer.

We offer:

  • Competitive Rates
  • Superior Service & Support
  • Specialized Coverages

* Customized Insurance Solutions
CALL TOLL FREE (800) 537-7152

Fax: 770-406-2798

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We at LDC INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. have over 20 years’ experience in the Auto Transportation insurance industry. We personally understand the operations and coverage needs of today’s professional Tower and Auto Repossession Businesses.

Our programs are with A Rated Insurance Companies with underwriters who have developed many of the coverage forms used today.

Coverages we provide are: Auto Liability, General Liability, Garagekeepers, On-Hook, Wrongful Repossession, Property, Inland Marine & Excess.

Increased Liability limits are available along with Direct Primary Garagekeepers.

Policies can be written to include coverage for Auto Repair Shops, Salvage Lots &Used Car Sales.

We keep our clients year after year, because of our Personal Customer Service, the Best Pricing available, and our knowledge of the business.

Contact us today for a quote or simply complete our Quick Application on our website:
(480) 988-1768 * (877) 988-1768 * (480) 275-8259 fax *

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KBK Specialized Tow Truck Insurance


The Personnel of KBK have been involved in the design and marketing of Towing Insurance since 1987

Is Towing your main business?
If so, this program was designed for you. Also covers most of your incidental operations Broad Coverage Prompt and fair claims handling


  • Garagekeepers Legal Liability
  • On Hook – Cargo
  • Hired Car
  • Non-Ownership
  • Property

Renewal credits For Safety Training Policies within 30 Days


  • Video
  • Safety Manual
  • Monthly Safety Letters

KBK Insurance Group, Inc.
1425 Sams Ave., Suite 201
Harahan, Louisiana 70123
Fax: 504-736-9030

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How to Recover Lost Income or “Down Time” for Your Truck

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By Hal Kresser, Hal Kresser Insurance Agency

There are many misconceptions about how much money you are entitled to recover when your truck is out of service due to an accident. You are entitled to recover the net income of the disabled vehicle from the at-fault party. You cannot make such a claim with your own insurance company unless “lost income” is covered in your policy. Not all insurance companies offer lost income coverage on commercial vehicles. As in all insurance claims, you must prove the loss or damage.

The records you keep are the key to a fast, fair settlement. You have to provide records listing the annual mileage, cost of fuel, average number of tows and average price per tow for that vehicle. You will then need to list the average expenses, such as fuel, labor and maintenance, etc. Unless you want to spend hours digging through receipts and invoices, keeping this information on a per-truck basis is advisable. Daily logs can work well for tracking. If you want to simplify things even more, using an inexpensive dispatch/accounting software package like Towbook© can be a huge timesaver. Those programs are tailor-made for the towing industry and give an owner this detailed info and more at the click of a mouse.

Net Income is the amount of profit (money) a business has after determining gross income and deducting all expenses like fuel, labor, maintenance, etc. In this simple example, all amounts are based on a six-month average. Start with $900 in receipts.

Then subtract $128 fuel, $150 labor and $20 maintenance, and you are left with an average daily income of $602. Multiply that by the number of days the truck is out of service, and you have the amount you can claim.

Now you simply need to prepare a cover letter to the claims adjustor detailing the claim for lost income. Include the total amount of lost income and make sure you attach the supporting documentation as outlined above. Neatness counts!

Documentation and reports that are well laid out and organized will build your credibility with the adjustor.

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You know towing! We know towing Insurance!

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Bowers Group is celebrating our 100th Anniversary in 2013. We have developed many insurance programs over the years. Our Towing & Recovery Program started in 1986 and has been one of our most successful.

Bowers Group represents 5 insurance companies that insure towing contractors, allowing us to address almost any situation. One of these company programs is exclusive to Bowers Group in the states of OH, MI, IN, IL, MN, WI, and IA.

Bowers Group currently insures in excess of 100 towing companies throughout the Midwest.

Bowers Group offers coverage for light, medium or heavy duty towing. Garage/General Liability, Garagekeepers, On Hook/Cargo and necessary Property coverage are all available in one policy with interest-free, monthly payment plans.

Some of our business associates say it best:

“I feel Gene Francisco of Bowers Group protects our business like it’s his own. His entire staff affords us friendly, personal, prompt and professional service.”
Vaughn Gobel, Gobel’s Auto Body & Towing, Inc., Poland, OH

Bowers Group’s attention to detail and knowledge of the towing industry gives us confidence we meet or exceed all local, state and national insurance requirements.”
Nick Laneve, A&M Towing & Road Service, Inc., Girard, OH

“In dealing with the transportation industry, one faction of that industry relies heavily on timely and accurate insurance filings with the Federal, State and local governments. It is exceedingly important that a motor carrier’s insurance agent be aware not only of the proper coverage for his insured’s protection but also the filings necessary to keep operating authorities active. One of the best agencies that I have worked with is Gene Francisco and the Bowers Group. They have the expertise that is required to ensure that you, the motor carrier, are protected.”
Dave Cavanaugh, President, Transportation Management Consultants, Inc.
(800) 837-6146

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Austin Insurance

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Austin Insurance has specialized in Towing & Recovery insurance since 1991, and they are dedicated to quality service. By working with many different companies, they can offer a competitive insurance package. No matter if you own one truck or 30, are located on the East coast or the West, they are willing to fulfill your insurance needs.

Austin Insurance, Inc. has specialized in providing coverage for towing operations for many years. They have many companies to offer comprehensive packages to provide protection for all aspects of your business.

Austin Insurance, Inc. provides repossession insurance at affordable rates, including “wrongful repossession,” hold harmless, and employee bonds.

They also offer the following other coverage’s. Please contact them for further information or with any questions you may have.

  • Auto Transporters
  • Trucking Insurance
  • Motor Truck Cargo
  • Salvage/Recyclers
  • Pollution Coverage
  • Umbrella
  • Workers Compensation
  • Bonds

At Austin Insurance, Inc., “We’ll come see you” isn’t just a catchphrase. They want to provide you with not only insurance, but a full understanding of your coverage’s, and they will do all that they can to make that happen, including coming to see you!

Austin Insurance, Inc.
Rob Austin
Phone: 270-444-6818
Toll Free: (800) 548-7539

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Allstate Roadside Services Launches Advocacy Campaign to Raise Awareness of Move Over Laws


Support families of fallen service workers and Allstate will match donations up to $25,000

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Oct. 28, 2014 – More than one tow truck operator is killed every week by motorists. Today, to honor the men and women who have lost their lives during service, Allstate Roadside Services has teamed up with the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) to launch the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign to raise awareness of Move Over laws.

As part of the national campaign, Allstate and the ITRHFM created an online Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled “Move Over, Slow Down” to showcase the impact that Move Over laws can have on individuals both on and off the road. Featuring families who have lost loved ones as a result of motorists not slowing down or moving over when it mattered most, the emotional PSA reveals the lasting impact one moment in time can have when a motorist is distracted.

“Three feet can mean the difference between life and death,” said Paul Huber, Allstate Roadside Services Sr. Director Service Operations. “With countless Providers on the road doing their job to help others, we want to ensure we are doing our part to help protect not only them, but all tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws.”

With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Allstate hopes that the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign supporting Move Over laws will help make motorists more aware of what they need to do if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

To help families of the fallen in their time of need, Allstate is encouraging individuals to make a donation to the Survivor Fund on the ITRHFM website ( Donations will be matched up to $25,000 through November 30.

“Our goals for the ‘Provider Safety Advocacy’ campaign are to raise awareness of Move Over laws and help create a safer environment for those on the road. We hope that this campaign will keep moving over and slowing down top of mind for those behind the wheel so that we can help reduce the number of lives lost,” Huber said.

To learn more about the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign and watch the PSA, visit the Allstate YouTube channel – Use #MoveOver to spread the message and follow the conversation on Twitter.

About Allstate®
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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Aldridge Insurance


This agency was started with the idea of doing business in such a way that would look and feel different than most agencies. Over time, we found a comfortable fit in the Towing, Transportation, & Automotive industry, which led us to committing our full attention to their insurance needs. We have partnered with over 20 companies that offer specialized insurance packages specifically for those types of businesses. So, when it comes to meeting Motor Club, Rotation, & State/Federal requirements, our companies offer the coverages to keep you in business.

Our goals as an agency are focused on our customers; we try hard to make each day purposeful and treat each customer as if they were our only one. I would have to say our motto is, “Be friendly to everyone, help all who ask for it, and work each day as if God Himself was handing you the paycheck.”

If you would like more information about us or want to see some testimonials, please visit our website at

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Have you ever incurred a claim that you thought for sure would be covered by your “FULL
COVERAGE” policy only to learn it has been declined? The term “FULL COVERAGE” can lead to
costly false assumptions. All policies, no matter how broad, have restrictions, exclusions, etc.

Prior to purchasing an insurance policy for your towing business, you should review available
coverages with your agent. We’ll touch on some of most common coverage misconceptions
that you should address.

  • Coverage for Your Building (i.e., fire, wind, hail, flood, etc.): Many believe that a building located at the lot or shop address listed on the policy is covered by Garagekeepers’ or General Liability/Garage Liability. This is not the case. Buildings, fences, signs and contents are covered under a Commercial Property Policy.
  • Comprehensive/Collision Coverage on Your Trucks: A common belief is that if you carry Comprehensive and Collision on your unit, then tools, lights, etc. would automatically be covered in the event of a loss. Not true. Talk to your agent about any special equipment and or tools you carry on your units to see if they’re currently covered or if you need to purchase additional coverage, such as an Equipment Floater.
  • In-Tow/On-Hook/Cargo: Be sure to have your agent explain what it is you’re covered to tow. Some policies exclude anything not considered an “auto.”
  • Coverage for Your Employees: Your current towing/garage policy likely does not include much, if any, coverage for employees injured while on the job. You can often purchase Workers Compensation or Occupational Accident policies to cover on-the-job employees. Talk to your agent about the best way to protect both your employees and yourself.
  • Each year, be sure to contact a knowledgeable agent to discuss your current business operations and insurance needs. The time to ask these questions is prior to purchasing an insurance policy and not at the time of a claim. This important step could be the difference between a covered claim and a costly declination.

    Alexander Insurance Agency

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