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Jul
2021
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Towing company agrees to pay troops for illegally selling their vehicles

A Dallas towing company has agreed to pay $50,000 as part of an settlement reached with the Justice Department regarding allegations the company illegally sold five service members’ vehicles, Justice announced today.

Justice officials filed the initial complaint Sept. 28, 2020 alleging United Tows, LLC, auctioned off the vehicles without obtaining court orders, in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. One vehicle belonged to now-Senior Airman Fassil Mekete, who was was attending Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, in 2017.

According to Justice officials, when Mekete found out his vehicle had been towed, he contacted United Tows and told them he was out of town on active duty. However, the owner told him she didn’t believe he was in the military; and the company sold his 1998 Toyota Corolla at auction. Before leaving for basic training, Mekete had received permission from the owner of a martial arts studio to leave his car and some personal belongings in the studio’s parking lot, since he no longer had a lease in Dallas.

A subsequent investigation revealed that United Tows allegedly illegally sold at least four other vehicles belonging to service members between Oct. 4, 2014 and April 26, 2019.

Under the proposed settlement, which was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, United Tows must pay Mekete $20,000. The settlement must be approved by the court.

The four other service members will share an additional $20,000 from United Tows, and the company will pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Treasury.

Officials at United Tows, LLC and their attorneys didn’t immediately answer Military Times’ requests for comment. However, the proposed settlement states, “The parties agree that, to avoid costly and protracted litigation, the claims against Defendant should be resolved without further proceedings or an evidentiary hearing.”

United Tows “not only disregarded the legal rights of service members, it made hurtful and dismissive comments about a member’s military service,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in an announcement Friday.

Apr
2020
21

TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE & TOWING | Tims Automotive

For gift cards and special promotions, give us a call at 410-665-9098 OR 410-668-6161 — Stay Safe friends!

3/23/20, 8:00am: Tim’s Automotive & Towing remains open and fully operational. All safety measures remain in place to keep our employees and our customers safe. For customers who may need our services, safety is always our top priority, so we are offering complimentary shuttle services of your vehicle. We will pick up your vehicle from your home or workplace and return it to you when the service is complete. If you have any questions about your vehicle, we are here and available to take your calls: 3015 East Joppa Road: 410-665-9098 or 8528 Old Harford Road: 410-668-6161. Tim’s Towing also remains fully operational, 24 hours a day. Should you find yourself in need, please call us at 410-248-9029. Please know that we are here if you need us, stay safe! Tim

Welcome to Tim’s Automotive and Towing, Family Owned and Operated since 1987.

TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE & TOWING has two full service automotive maintenance and repair centers as well as a towing company in Parkville and Carney, Maryland. We are a family owned and operated business that has proudly provided quality car care in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area since 1987. We pride ourselves on being a “one-stop shop” for all of your automotive maintenance and repair needs.

TIM’S motto, “We will be here when you need us,” describes the level of service we strive to provide to every customer. Our goal is to provide the benefits of an established entity while maintaining the personal touch of a family-owned business.  Tim’s Automotive is a certified NAPA AutoCare Center.

For more information on Tim’s Towing, please call 410-248-9029 or visit www.timstowing.com  Tim’s Towing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE HOURS

Monday – Friday, 7:30am-6:00pm

Saturday: 7:30am-2:00pm

Tim’s Automotive is closed on Sundays, Towing is available 24/7.

TIM’S TOWING HOURS & INFORMATION:

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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TOWING OFFICE CAR RELEASE HOURS:

Monday-Friday: 8:00am until 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm

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Mar
2020
29

Towing Guide

Towing Guide




A key aspect of buying a towable RV is understanding the tow rating of your current (or future) vehicle. Pay attention to the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (normally found on a sticker inside the driver’s side door frame). This number is the maximum weight your vehicle should tow.

 

You don’t want to fall in love with an RV only to find out the RV is too heavy for your vehicle to safely tow. To help you find the right RV, please use our Vehicle Tow Rating Finder as well as our Glossary of Terms.

What is the towing capacity of my vehicle?

RV Dry Weight + Passenger’s Weight + Cargo + Liquids = Total Weight
Total weight must not exceed towing capacity.

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The weight of the RV without any liquids, passengers, or cargo. Manufacturers weigh new units before shipping them to Camping World and record that weight as the Dry Weight. It is similar to Curb Weight for automobiles.

The combined weight of the RV (dry weight), plus liquids, passengers, and cargo.

The maximum allowable weight of an RV. The Gross Vehicle Weight should not exceed the RV’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

The weight placed on the hitch when the trailer is coupled to your vehicle. The tongue weight should be 10-15% of the RV’s gross vehicle weight.

The weight of the automobile without any passengers, liquids, or cargo (similar to Dry Weight for RVs).

The combined weight of the automobile (Curb Weight), plus liquids, passengers, cargo, and, when towing an RV, the RV’s tongue weight.
Note: When towing an RV, the entire weight of the trailer is not considered to be part of the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight, but the tongue weight is part of the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight.

The maximum allowable weight of your vehicle. The Gross Vehicle Weight, which includes the Tongue Weight of the attached RV, should not exceed your vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

Generally, the manufacturer’s rating of the maximum gross weight limit of the loaded tow vehicle combined with the attached RV.

The manufacturer’s rating of the maximum weight limit that can safely be towed by your specific vehicle. Weight is calculated by adding the RV’s Gross Vehicle Weight with the weights of passengers, liquids or cargo in your vehicle.