Towing services in Metro Manila: Accredited shops, rates, and FAQs

Updated Aug 28, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
Read on so you can avoid paying more than you should when availing of towing services.

Without having basic knowledge about the guidelines of towing in the Metro can be frustrating at times. Typically, people who avail of towing services for the first time were surprised by the corresponding fee thinking it’s not that expensive.

Towing services in the country are strictly supervised by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) so paying more than what you’re supposed to are uncommon these days. In fact, there are towing companies that are suspended for illegal operations.

A tow truck pulling a Toyota

MMDA runs the towing services in the Metro

However, it still pays to know. For this reason, read on as we have listed the accredited towing companies, standard rates, FAQs, and various towing guidelines implemented in Metro Manila.

I. Accredited towing services in Manila

MMDA is strictly implementing strict protocols when it comes to towing services and guidelines in the country. The tow truck crew must wear the prescribed uniforms and clearly display their ID cards at all times. MMDA is strict when it comes to accrediting a towing company to ensure that the motorists are given the best services.

A classic tow truck towing a car

Be aware of colorum tow trucks

>>> Related: A short guide to towing services in Metro Manila

As of this writing, there are a total of 209 total tow trucks ready for service. Below is the submitted list of towing companies that are accredited by the MMDA:

#
Company
Plate Number
#
Company
Plate Number
1
4ACES
138000000994387
27
LARD
UWL-701
138000000997380
WPH-203
138000000997381
TWT-541
138000001020989
ADB-1198
138000000976142
RCK-963
138000001020986
RJV-299
138000000945098
130100001256020
ACK-7820
28
LEO
ADD-2601
2
A.M. CRUZ
ABC-7991
138000000926576
ABC-8230
ACK-5404
130110
NCK-7050
138002
ACK-7988
ACK-7173
29
LITZ
13010000971959
3
AMAZONA
RLV-148
ACO-5442
ACN-6893
130100000972010
4
AICAR
130100001027060
NBB-1279
ADH-3139
130100000972007
5
ARD
CCO-5548
30
LMCA
TFV-922
138000000826384
WJN-256
137705
030110
6
ARROM
XDM-455
31
LPC
130100000972852
ADH-1985
130110
ABD-3055
130300000587107
CTS-241
ACO-7563
138000000836069
130100000886587
138000000850247
ACK-5218
7
ARTCHE
1201000000369667
32
MERSID
UWL-124
130100001101314
UWL-204
8
BIZ
ACK-7818
33
METAL GEAR
ABB-1062
UWM-361
ABD-3350
NBZ-3976
ACK-5176
9
BORG
AAT-4077
138006
ABK-6025
138000000885195
138000000806430
138000000917440
ACN-7171
138000000879896
138000000985655
138000000932400
10
CLIFF & CRISS
138001
138000000933734
138000000954030
138000000845989
ABD-2600
138000000933726
138000000906899
130101
138000000976156
138000000828577
138000000976221
138000000994387
11
COMPAQ
ADK-6010
34
MJ DAMIAN
030108
APA-5004
130108
UWF-274
030100000081077
030104
ACO-8048
1380000000885196
ABK-4505
030100000089538
RMB-142
138000001036462
35
ML RELIABLE
RJT-930
12
ELKK
ABC-7995
130106
130100000764621
ZW-2528
13
FIGHTER
WTR-425
130100001029227
ABC-8433
RFY-890
ACK-7169
030100000458671
138000000951656
PIE-307
14
FRANCHESKA
130100001155806
WQW-194
130100001174194
RMV-508
15
GOLDWIN 55
RAP-141
36
MZDC
130106
WLV-946
MGG-563
16
GSD
138000000983513
138000000869687
ZCY-996
130122221004775
138000000983513
130100001101364
AVA-4494
37
NINCHAY
8TU628
CAF-1348
030102
17
H.R.Y.J.
ACK-2688
38
NJP
UVY-991
UMM-677
UVU-106
18
INFINITY GOLD
138000000910772
130107
030100000712072
130110
130100001004767
ACK-3549
19
IRON WING
UWF-823
ACK-8408
RNC-957
130103
XNR-748
030103
ABQ-1261
39
NMC
ADK-3414
ABC-8016
030100000449016
ACK-1976
CAE-8154
NCK-2187
030100000449017
ABB-1057
030110
ACK-7545
40
ODUGAR
130109
UWH-663
ACK-7643
ACK-5182
130100000487281
ACK-5183
ACK-7663
20
JAD
ZHD-539
ACK-7642
138000001071040
090106
21
JARZ
WKS-723
090100000140876
XFM-169
090100000140880
130100001189074
090100000140874
22
JDB
RML-450
090100000140868
CTS-528
41
P.R.A.
130106
ABK-4261
WOV-832
23
JCDL
030107
030106
130100000868036
NBC-8559
NBI-5123
42
POLTIN
120100000287264
NBI-5125
138001
130100001220563
PHL-282
130100001227897
43
RAGS
130108
24
JFE
ABC-8190
ZCN 671
ACK-1126
ACK 7053
130101
44
TELVA
1380000010220075
130100001224323
138000001017062
25
JWJ
ABD-3365
45
TRANSFORMER
130110
090103
130104
WNL-720
120102
030101
46
VASBY
130110
26
L & B
138000000850601
120100000369663
1380850608
 

II. Standard Rates of towing services in Manila

It is frustrating to get your car towed without having to know how much does it really cost for the service. Without the proper knowledge, you might find yourself paying more than what you should. Whether you avail of towing services in Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, or other areas of the Metro, standard rates imposed by MMDA are still observed in all towing companies. For this reason, check out the standard rates provided by the MMDA for a towing service.

A tow truck towing a GT-R

Towing services can also be used to transport your vehicle safely

There are three prices that vary depending on the class of your vehicle. If you will tow a light vehicle, weighing less than 4,500 kg, you are to pay Php 1,500 for the first four kilometers plus Php 200 for every succeeding kilometer. Light vehicles generally include sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks.

If you will tow a medium vehicle, weighing between 4,501 kg and 7,500 kg, you are to pay Php 2,500 for the first four kilometers plus Php 200 for every succeeding kilometer. Medium vehicles generally include pickup trucks and SUVs.

A pickup truck getting towed

Follow traffic rules at all times to avoid getting your car towed

If you will tow a heavy vehicle, weighing at 7,501 kg and above, you are to pay Php 4,500 for the first four kilometers plus Php 200 for every succeeding kilometer. Heavy vehicles generally include delivery vans or trucks.

III. FAQs about towing services in Metro Manila

Question: Does towing damage my transmission?

Answer: Yes, towing can damage your transmission whether it’s a long or short distance tow. Towing damage can be severe if your drive wheels are used while towing, as well as uneven weight distribution. For this reason, it is best to be aware of your car status at all times to avoid experiencing damage transmission.

Question: Why does towing cost so much?

Answer: High towing fee can be really surprising for first-time customers. To tell you honestly, yes, towing is really pricey for the right reason. Towing service rates are high because of insurance. If your car got damaged while being towed, the towing company will pay for the damages. Moreover, the fuel cost is also high due to hefty weight. An additional tip, take a picture of your car as towing will be responsible for the cost if damaged.

Question: Where does MMDA bring the towed vehicles?

Answer: MMDA brings your towed vehicle to either Tumana, Marikina City or HK Plaza Impounding. Stalled or illegally parked vehicles as a result of an empty fuel tank may be towed to the nearest gas station.

Question: How much is the violation fee for illegally parked motor vehicles?

Answer: MMDA provided three cases where a motorist can be given a violation fee. The first violation is to attend illegally parked vehicle fined at Php 1,000. The second violation is unattended illegally parked vehicle fined at Php 2,000. Last, is obstruction fined at Php 1,000.

Question: Which areas are prohibited for parking?

Answer: The areas that are prohibited for parking are on all national roads in Metro Manila and primary and secondary roads of cities and municipalities in Metro Manila that are as follows: within six meters of any intersection or curved lane; within four meters of driveways or entrances to any fire station, hospital, clinic, and other similar establishments; within four-meter of fire hydrants; on the roadside of any legally parked vehicle; on pedestrian crosswalks; in front of any authorized driveway; on the sidewalks, paths, and alleys not intended for parking; at the foot or near bridges; areas duly declared as “NO PARKING ZONE” provided by law or ordinances.

A pickup truck getting towed

Accredited towing services ensure the safe transport of your vehicle

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Rex Sanchez

Rex found his passion for cars at a young age. He loves anything with an engine – which includes cars and planes. Right now, he is pleased to impart that passion for cars to a professional level under Philkotse.