A XJ Jeep Cherokee owner in Massachusetts went on a small off-roading excursion with his girlfriend recently – but it ended up costing him almost $50,000, MyFox Boston reports.
Joel Ramer took his Jeep off-roading in Walpole, MA last week when he got stuck in some mud. He called a tow truck and police responded, who arrested him and gave him a citation for trespassing and disturbing the peace.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the tow company, Assured Collision, couldn’t get his Jeep out and ended spending 12 hours trying to yank it from the mud pit. Ramer was then billed $48,000 for the job, with the tow company billing him $16,000 for an on-scene supervisor at a rate of $1,250 an hour, $10,000 for an off-road recovery incident response unit and another $5,000 for dangerous condition liability insurance.
The owner of Assured Collision told MyFox Boston he had sent out a seven-man team to recover the Jeep and that they were in dangerous proximity to power lines while on the job. He also added that it was a hazmat situation and all the fees are par for the industry.
The Statewide Towing Association said it hasn’t hada chance to review Ramer’s invoice, but the the rates quoted in the Fox news article “appear to be significantly in excess of the industry standard.”