As a consumer, you wish to find a reliable towing service nearest you when you are in the need of such service. Some motor clubs charge you $200 or more a year for a service that you may only need once. On top of that, they have you waiting a ridiculous amount of time for these services at times, especially during a major holiday. Using the National Tow List is free for all to use. Always has been and always will be. You will need to pay the posted rates of the company you decided to call from our list however.
Our mascot was modeled in the computer program 3DS Max 2012 by our former design team. We have been given the okay to keep her on our website and keep her Facebook page here. Our current design team will be taking over any changes or updates concerning our mascot, NaTaLie Slide. Here is some pictures of her. The pictures will open in the same window, so you will have to click the back arrow icon.
The shops who use our listing forms are checked for courtesy and professionalism. We check with their state to see if they are insured and licensed to operate in their state. We also check with the SAFER website to verify any towing related information, including DOT or MC numbers. (Unfortunately, none of the above applies to those shops listed outside of the United States.)
The NTL actually started as a ‘hobby’ of collecting tow shop numbers all over my local area, so if I, or any family, or friends needed help, I could get it for them. Especially when I was out of area (which is when most calls came in…). Then the local area became Metro Boston, and so on.. When it came to a good friend needing help, and I wasn’t around, I called a friend that helped out. That told me I needed to start gathering more numbers.. A 5 subject notebook holds quite a bit of info, and that filled FAST!!
I personally see the ‘founding’ of the NTL as March 8th, 2008, which also happens to be my oldest daughter Mikayla’s birthday, when I started the second notebook. But this was not enough!! In 2010 someone showed me how to use the ‘pages’ app on Facebook, and I felt the NTL was going electronic soon.
Then it happened.. A friend calls from 1/2 way across the country, and received help within minutes. Doesn’t matter what the help was, it was there. So I started gathering numbers of shops along her travel route.. Little did I know a random Facebook page would have people’s attention in other places.. A shop contacts me from the other side of the U.S. and asks to be listed.. You can see where that went. After a few months, I had to split the Facebook page, and the .com, using the site for the list, and Facebook became a hobby of ‘fresh post only’ tow, repo, and recovery news, posting every day (so if you follow the industry, follow the page or Twitter- link on upper right of each tab) by 10am, eastern.
Now a web-designer (Tim from Wolf Spirit Designs), and brother tow opp, contacts me about the first .com I had. It needed help BAD!! But I had no clue how to do it. With his talent, and a random, fresh idea, the NTL lists in almost 40 countries, and is adding more weekly.
And as far as I know, as of now, the NTL is the ONLY, legally licensed Tow Association of this manner (licensed through Washington State, U.S.A.) and magnitude. Also, we are the largest “Tow Phone-book” on the planet, and we are growing daily. It never has, and never will cost ANY shop to be listed. Just fill out the “Get Listed” tab.
To my friend A.Y.- It’s amazing what a simple text started, and I honestly hope you smile every time you see the page and site!!
To our newest listed co-owner Mikayla (yes, my daughter.. Needed someone to leave it to), I am SO honored that you decided to come aboard, and I will help you with everything needed to make this as successful as possible!!
To our former co-owner Dianna- thousands of miles, 20 years, and tons of dreams, and you’ve helped see this through. You truly are my Angel! No matter what is going on in the world, I OWE you the props for this, since you helped with the original .com!
To ALL listing shops- You are responsible for keeping the roads moving safely, and from a ‘brother-of-the-cable’, I PERSONALLY commend each and every one of you for partaking in one of the toughest industries this world has to offer. We are all the ‘unsung heroes’.
And to our designer Tim- Dude, what can I say? A few years ago this was a dream to me. Now sitting on international levels BLOWS MY MIND!! You have helped me reach a dream of being able to help, even while I’m out of a truck.. THANK YOU!!
Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this.
Have a great, and SAFE day all!!
~ Moe Timcoe