Advanced Towing, Arlington, VA 22203 — Predatory Towing
I parked behind the Marketplace shopping strip mall, in a space marked for the Marketplace. I proceeded to buy an item at the dollar store in the strip mall and then bought an item in the convenience store for the gas station. I have receipts for both items. Despite this, my car was towed from that spot. I was IN THE CUSTOMER line, at the dollar store, and I witnessed my car being towed down FOUR MILE RUN. Despite showing receipts to cops who were called, they failed to go to bat for me. My "crime" was that I first dropped my wife off at the DMV, on Four Mile Run, Shirlington (South Arlington, VA) behind the strip mall. My wife went in and took care of HER business. My wife was dropped off two minutes or so BEFORE I parked our car, ALONE as THE DRIVER. I, THE DRIVER, proceeded to buy items in the MarketPlace and the car was legally parked. The car was ILLEGALLY TOWED and I am going to court. I might even put a piece on this, with video footage, on the Internet. The owner of Advanced Towing, Jim O'Neill, has the option of paying me back the fees for towing and my taxi fare or I will proceed to court. The tow drivers are TRIGGER HAPPY, they are towing way too quick and carelessly.
Related to this, there are numerous complaints against the overzealous, stalking nature of Advanced Towing. Many people allege they damage their cars and then refuse to reimburse car owners for the damages.
A gentleman on YouTube going by the handle of Scott Dial reports the following. Note many other folks have similar allegations and reports.
Scott Dial recounts as below:
Long story short - i had been towed. When i got my vehicle back, it would not drive straight. they had bent my front tie rod end and I had to take it someplace to get it repaired the next day, just so i could get back home. They know this and so they prey on vehicles with out of state tags. When i call them the next morning to report the damage, they tell me that they have to have their garage look at it to determine what caused the damage and if they are liable. (bull ###). So - $100 for the tow, $20 for a cab (conveniently recommended by Advanced Towing) and a $400 car repair later, the ordeal is over. All because i parked at taco bell and walked off the property.
This get's better - 2 weeks later, i have to return to Arlington to move my daughter back home. I'm parked in a guest spot, clearly marked that i can park their after 6 pm. I check in with the concierge at the apartment and get a cart from him so i can move her out. He SEE"s where im parked and KNOWS that i'm moving. As soon as i'm out of sight - he goes out, takes a photo and faxes in an order to advanced towing to remove my truck from the spot. I was FUMING mad!!! The same ordeal ensued - red top cab, extortion money paid and thank God no damage this time. This time, i didn't let it rest and I contacted the owners of the apartment complex and wrote them a scathing letter about the unethical practices of their staff and that they were complicit to committing fraud and in collusion with Advanced Towing. After a couple of exchanges, and a phone call from them they reimbursed me the costs of the cab and the towing fee's and assured me that they fired the concierge. I doubt they fired him - but at least they paid me back.
That DMV scam appears to have been going on since 2005. if you google it you will be amazed at how many reports there are about Advanced towing. yet no one does anything.