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Beacon Software

Upgrade-your-drivers-01Over the last 15 years Beacon Software has provided software for your towing and roadside business. We’ve developed features to accommodate the more difficult and time consuming processes that effect your daily operation. With a modular system we can accommodate any size business, and allow you to add in additional features as they become feasible to you. Beacon’s suite of products work together to give you the most comprehensive towing solution.

Dispatch Anywhere covers you from call request to billing and accounts receivable. We remove repetition as a call moves from dispatch to the field by utilizing Dispatch Anywhere for Drivers. Calls are updated on scene with photos, vehicle damage, as well as signature capture for tickets, key drop offs, and payment. Real time updates keep drivers and dispatch on the same page. Whether you’re taking payment in the field, sending monthly statements, or releasing from your impound we have you covered.

We integrate digital calls from your motor clubs and keep your phone lines open with TowMagic. Stop retyping information and bill your clubs at a rate of 15 calls per minute with our Motor Club Billing feature.

Let TowLein do your leg work for you. No lines, no post office, and less money. Stay legal and efficient by taking the guesswork out of your lien vehicles.

We are proud to work with the associations to be on the forefront of industry changes, legislation, and innovation. As an associate member you will receive a $100.00 discount when you purchase Dispatch Anywhere, and we’ll donate an additional $100.00 directly to your association. Contact us to see which products work for you.

Car Part Salvage

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Car-Part.com has introduced Car-Part Salvage, a new way to connect auto recyclers and salvage sellers online!

Eighteen years ago, Car-Part.com introduced itself into the automotive marketplace – chances are, you have used Car-Part.com to find parts before. Since then, we have developed a suite of products designed to help auto recyclers buy vehicles, manage their businesses, and sell parts. We have also developed the Car-Part Pro professional part search, giving auto body shops, mechanical shops, and insurance companies the ability to find and acquire quality parts. CarPartPro.com allows you to search for parts according to your business needs, using our simplified online process. We hope you have already begun to use Car-Part Pro in your business.

Last year we introduced a new service to our products suite: Car-Part Salvage. With this, we are providing new opportunities for towers to sell vehicles directly to recyclers. Car-Part Salvage is our online auto sale that connects auto recyclers with salvage sellers from different areas of the marketplace. We are excited to finally have a product that opens the door to working directly with the towing industry!

Car-Part Salvage sells the vehicles from their current location to our extensive buyer base, all of whom are Car-Part.com recycler customers located throughout the United States and Canada. Car-Part Salvage sellers in the towing industry are able to list their units at their convenience from home or office, and we offer our training on-site or remote/online. We don’t charge seller’s fees, we allow reserve pricing per unit, and you control how long your vehicle will be listed. (Ownership, Storage Lien paperwork, or a title is required.)

Car-Part Salvage offers buyers all levels of vehicles, from “run and drive” units to those with extensive damage. We don’t stop with the sale – we also offer a service to those buyers who need their purchases to be transported to them. Before purchasing, buyers are notified that transportation is offered from the unit’s seller at an additional cost.

Our goal is to simplify your process and get the most for your vehicle, while also providing our buyers with vehicles that benefit their business needs.

We’d love to talk to you more about how Car-Part Salvage can work for your business. To learn more or sign up, contact us at Info@CarPartSalvage.com or call 859-344-1924 and ask for Lynette or Sable.

We look forward to meeting you at the San Antonio Tow Expo International in August and the Baltimore American Towman Exposition in November!

Lunch and Learn with IAA

You're Invited to Lunch and Learn.
An educational opportunity for  Southwest Tow Operators members.
February 11 | 11:00 a.m. CT
To RSVP, click or contact Southwest Tow Operators at 972.247.9454. RSVP Now
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STO Alert! - Latest TDLR Interpretations of Towing & VSF Laws

TDLR has recently looked at three common industry practices and determined that they ARE IN VIOLATION of our statutes. The three industry practices are:

  • Providing notary service at the VSF for a fee
  • Performing vehicle re-locates without vehicle owner’s permission
  • Requiring proof of insurance for vehicle release when instructed to do so by Law Enforcement

Notary service: You cannot charge for notary service at the VSF, even if the notary fees go to the individual notary and are not retained by the VSF. You can still provide the notary service if you choose, but you CANNOT charge for it. This reverses an earlier TDLR interpretation that allowed the individual notary to charge for the service as long as the money went directly to the individual notary and not put on the credit card with tow and VSF fees.

Vehicle relocates (for parking lot re-striping or construction, etc,): There is nothing in the statute that allows a tow operator to move a vehicle without the owner’s permission. If the vehicle is parked illegally (with proper notice and signage), it can only be moved to a licensed VSF for impound.

Proof of insurance: Even if instructed by law enforcement, you CANNOT require proof of insurance in order to release a vehicle. However, proof of insurance CAN be used by the vehicle owner as proof of OWNERSHIP for release.

You can watch the Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board meeting of December 3, 2014 to hear the discussion on these items. Go to http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/towing/towingboard.htm#meetings to view the recorded meeting.

Join the discussions on these latest interpretations and more at Southwest Tow Operators' Forum: http://swtowop.org/index.php/forum/7-administrative/101-tdlr-s-newest-interpretations-of-towing-vsf-laws .

Please contact us at 1-866-320-9300 if you have any questions on this.

Contact Info

  • Southwest Tow Operators
  • 811 S Central Expwy Suite 200
  • Richardson, Texas, 75080
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-9300

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