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Fastest Growing Consumer Complaint: Tow Truck Drivers

Some tow truck companies may be waiting to hook your car, even if you think you are legally parked.
2:10 | 09/03/13

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Transcript for Fastest Growing Consumer Complaint: Tow Truck Drivers
And now our real answers team tackles the fastest growing consumer complaint in america, tow truck drivers waiting to hook your car. Abc's gio benitez. Reporter: All we want is a cheap place to park. We read the signs, yet all over the country people are complaining. When they come back, the car is gone, caught in a tow trap. In virginia, a seemingly legal parking spot next to the dmv turns into a driver's little hell. Excuse me! You have my car! Reporter: A tow truck driver lies in wait, using a spotter who alerts him. When an unsuspecting driver illegally parks in this private lot, he then tows the car and charks the owner hundreds of dollars to get it back. We're talking about towers that are hiding and wait for someone to make one little slipup and then they swoop in. Reporter: Is that illegal? It's not but it's despicable. Reporter: Toeg complaints are the biggest in the u.S. According to the consumer federation of america. So we hit the road looking for secrets from the road. Mike newbie has been a tow truck driver for 15 years and has some advice because he said there are some in the business who want to make a quick buck. First tip, look for hard to see no parking signs. The smaller they are, the big eh the potential trap. Without the proper signage, it's a trap. Reporter: Tip two, look at the other cars in the lot. Those cars that have parking stickers in the window, could be private property. Reporter: He says private property lots can be risky. Look at this welcoming sign in miami. Look again, right behind it another sign. If you are unauthorized and park here illegally, your car will be towed at your own expense. The owner has since added more signs to clarify. Tip three, keep an eye out for unmarked tow trucks. No name, no company name, no lights. Reporter: Then be extra careful not to fall into a tow truck trap. Gio benitez, abc news, bayonne, new jersey.

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