When your talking about Towing Near Minneapolis there are 2 main differences in the type of towing services. The first type called private property towing is what we refer to as Evil Towing, obviously much different than the service we offer along with several others – Good Towing, see the comparisons below.
Good Towing is helping stranded motorists, transporting vehicles from dealers or other businesses. The key thing here is having permission to tow the vehicle versus not having permission. Costs range from $60-$80 for hooking the vehicle up and mileage times $3-$7 for the distance that the vehicle is loaded on the tow truck. Some residents of cities further out might have to pay extra just to get the truck en route. We call this en route mileage, for instance someone in Eagan might be outside of our 10 mile radius of Minneapolis causing us to charge $1.50 per mile en route after the first 10 miles. If your using a company close to you but your vehicle is going out of the radius they set you might also pay “dead head” miles. This is the mileage cost of having to drive far from a service area only to have to come back without another car to tow. So the extra distance on the way back might cost $1-$3 per dead head mile.
While MN Roadside Assistance LLC has rates updated frequently on the Towing page of the website other companies may not. Depending on the time of year and weather some companies have varying rates. The time or day of the week is also a factor. This is commonly practiced in the towing business because 5:00 pm on a Friday afternoon have a much higher demand than 1:00 pm in the afternoon. We can only tow so many vehicles in a given time or might have to run skeleton crews at night to save money and keep our business running smoothly.
So if you have a need for low cost towing you may want to call during non rush hour traffic, in the middle of the day.
Evil towing practices like private property towing are limited to rules and regulations that the city of Minneapolis regulates. This business model is justified during winter storms or snow emergencies, abandoned, illegally parked, and also for problematic private parking lots. Many times these companies start with good intentions but in the end 90% of them are operating in the thin red line of morality. Producing cash for the city and turning a profit to keep the drivers employed.
Subdivision 1.Abandoned or junk vehicles.
Units of government and peace officers may take into custody and impound any abandoned or junk vehicle.
Subd. 2.Unauthorized vehicles.
(a) Units of government and peace officers may take into custody and impound any unauthorized vehicle under section 168B.035.
(b) A vehicle may also be impounded after it has been left unattended in one of the following public or private locations for the indicated period of time:
(1) in a public location not governed by section 168B.035:
(i) on a highway and properly tagged by a peace officer, four hours;
(ii) located so as to constitute an accident or traffic hazard to the traveling public, as determined by a peace officer, immediately;
(iii) located so as to constitute an accident or traffic hazard to the traveling public within the Department of Transportation’s eight-county metropolitan district, as determined by an authorized employee of the department’s freeway service patrol, immediately; or
(iv) that is a parking facility or other public property owned or controlled by a unit of government, properly posted, four hours; or
(2) on private property:
(i) that is single-family or duplex residential property, immediately;
(ii) that is private, nonresidential property, properly posted, immediately;
(iii) that is private, nonresidential property, not posted, 24 hours;
(iv) that is private, nonresidential property of an operator of an establishment for the servicing, repair, or maintenance of motor vehicles, five business days after notifying the vehicle owner by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the property owner’s intention to have the vehicle removed from the property; or
(v) that is any residential property, properly posted, immediately.
168B.035 TOWING AUTHORIZED.
Subdivision 1.Towing authority.
For purposes of this section, “towing authority” means:
(1) any local authority authorized by section 169.04 to enforce the traffic laws, and a private towing company authorized by a local authority; or
(2) an authorized employee of the Department of Transportation’s freeway service patrol within the department’s eight-county metropolitan district.
Subd. 2.Towing order required.
(a) A towing authority may not tow a motor vehicle from public property unless a peace officer or parking enforcement officer has prepared, in addition to the parking citation, a written towing report describing the motor vehicle and the reasons for towing.
(b) Within the Department of Transportation’s eight-county metropolitan district, an authorized employee of the department’s freeway service patrol may order a tow from a trunk highway after preparing a written towing report provided by the Minnesota State Patrol. A citation need not be issued before the employee orders a tow.
(c) Except in cases where an accident or traffic hazard to the traveling public exists, the department employee shall ensure that if the tower requested to remove the vehicle by the owner arrives before the tower requested by the department, the tower requested by the owner is given the opportunity to actually conduct and complete all towing operations requested.
Subd. 3.Towing prohibited.
(a) A towing authority may not tow a motor vehicle because:
(1) the vehicle has expired registration tabs that have been expired for less than 90 days; or
(2) the vehicle is at a parking meter on which the time has expired and the vehicle has fewer than five unpaid parking tickets.
(b) A towing authority may tow a motor vehicle, notwithstanding paragraph (a), if:
(1) the vehicle is parked in violation of snow emergency regulations;
(2) the vehicle is parked in a rush-hour restricted parking area;
(3) the vehicle is blocking a driveway, alley, or fire hydrant;
(4) the vehicle is parked in a bus lane, or at a bus stop, during hours when parking is prohibited;
(5) the vehicle is parked within 30 feet of a stop sign and visually blocking the stop sign;
(6) the vehicle is parked in a disability transfer zone or disability parking space without a disability parking certificate or disability license plates;
(7) the vehicle is parked in an area that has been posted for temporary restricted parking (i) at least 12 hours in advance in a home rule charter or statutory city having a population under 50,000, or (ii) at least 24 hours in advance in another political subdivision;
(8) the vehicle is parked within the right-of-way of a controlled-access highway or within the traveled portion of a public street when travel is allowed there;
(9) the vehicle is unlawfully parked in a zone that is restricted by posted signs to use by fire, police, public safety, or emergency vehicles;
(10) the vehicle is unlawfully parked on property at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport owned by the Metropolitan Airports Commission;
(11) a law enforcement official has probable cause to believe that the vehicle is stolen, or that the vehicle constitutes or contains evidence of a crime and impoundment is reasonably necessary to obtain or preserve the evidence;
(12) the driver, operator, or person in physical control of the vehicle is taken into custody and the vehicle is impounded for safekeeping;
(13) a law enforcement official has probable cause to believe that the owner, operator, or person in physical control of the vehicle has failed to respond to five or more citations for parking or traffic offenses;
(14) the vehicle is unlawfully parked in a zone that is restricted by posted signs to use by taxicabs;
(15) the vehicle is unlawfully parked and prevents egress by a lawfully parked vehicle;
(16) the vehicle is parked, on a school day during prohibited hours, in a school zone on a public street where official signs prohibit parking; or
(17) the vehicle is a junk, abandoned, or unauthorized vehicle, as defined in section 168B.011, and subject to immediate removal under this chapter.
Subd. 4.Quick clearance.
(a) For purposes of this subdivision:
(1) “road” includes the roadway, a lane for vehicular traffic, shoulder, on-ramp, and off-ramp of a street or highway, including a parkway; and
(2) “obstructions” includes motor vehicles, debris, personal property, and cargo.
(b) Within the Department of Transportation’s eight-county metropolitan district, the department and the State Patrol may move, remove, or cause to remove obstructions from a road if:
(1) there has been a traffic incident involving a collision, accident, or spilled load;
(2) the obstructions block a road or aggravate an emergency on a road; and
(3) the department cooperates with the State Patrol and private towing or recovery companies authorized by the State Patrol concerning towing of the vehicle and removal of other obstructions.
(c) The State Patrol shall make a reasonable effort to contact the owner of the motor vehicle or other obstructions before undertaking an action under this subdivision.
(d) The department shall make a reasonable effort to allow the owner of the motor vehicle to arrange for its removal, taking into account any time delay and safety issues, and shall give due consideration to having the vehicle towed by a licensed towing service capable of safely moving the vehicle.
(e) Towing charges accrued by the owner or owners of the vehicle must be reasonable for the type of vehicle removed and the circumstances surrounding its removal.
Subd. 5.Private property.
This section does not restrict the authority of the owner of private property to authorize under chapter 168B the towing of a motor vehicle unlawfully parked on the private property.
The owner or driver of a motor vehicle towed in violation of this section is entitled to recover from the towing authority the greater of $100 or two times the actual damages sustained as a result of the violation. Damages recoverable under this subdivision include but are not limited to costs of recovering the vehicle, including time spent and transportation costs.
Cost of an impound in Minneapolis:
Cost of an Impound in Minneapolis – 168B.08 DISPOSITION BY IMPOUND LOT.
Subdivision 1.Auction or sale.
(a) If an abandoned or unauthorized vehicle taken into custody by a unit of government or any impound lot is not reclaimed under section 168B.07, subdivision 1, it may be disposed of or sold at auction or sale when eligible pursuant to sections 168B.06 and 168B.07. If the contents of an abandoned or unauthorized vehicle taken into custody by a unit of government or any impound lot is not reclaimed under section 168B.07, subdivision 3, it may be disposed of or sold at auction or sale when eligible pursuant to sections 168B.06 and 168B.07.
(b) The purchaser shall be given a receipt in a form prescribed by the registrar of motor vehicles which shall be sufficient title to dispose of the vehicle. The receipt shall also entitle the purchaser to register the vehicle and receive a certificate of title, free and clear of all liens and claims of ownership. Before such a vehicle is issued a new certificate of title it must receive a motor vehicle safety check.
Subd. 2.Unsold vehicle.
Abandoned or junk vehicles not sold by units of government or public impound lots pursuant to subdivision 1 shall be disposed of in accordance with section 168B.09.
Subd. 3.Sale proceeds; public entities.
From the proceeds of a sale under this section by a unit of government or public impound lot of an abandoned or unauthorized motor vehicle, the unit of government shall reimburse itself for the cost of towing, preserving and storing the vehicle, and all administrative, notice and publication costs incurred in handling the vehicle pursuant to sections 168B.01 to 168B.101. Any remainder from the proceeds of a sale shall be held for the owner of the vehicle or entitled lienholder for 90 days and then shall be deposited in the treasury of the unit of government.
Subd. 4.Sale proceeds; nonpublic impound lots.
The operator of a nonpublic impound lot may retain any proceeds derived from a sale conducted under the authority of subdivision 1. The operator may retain all proceeds from sale of any personal belongings and contents in the vehicle that were not claimed by the owner or the owner’s agent before the sale, except that any suspected contraband or other items that likely would be subject to forfeiture in a criminal trial must be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency.