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Towing Company Charges Man $48K to Remove Jeep From Mud

It probably would have been cheaper to just leave it there
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Suggested by jgmann
Posted Oct 28, 2015 4:32 PM CDT
Towing Company Charges Man $48K to Remove Jeep From Mud

“I thought they made a mistake," Massachusetts resident Joel Ramer tells WFXT-TV about the moments after he received a $48,000 towing bill. Ramer was off-roading with his girlfriend when his Jeep got stuck in a mud pit. Assured Collision responded to tow Ramer's vehicle, and spent the next 12 hours removing it from the mud. But Ramer has yet to get his Jeep back, as he can't afford the huge bill. The owner of Assured Collision explains the $48,000 price tag by telling WFXT the Jeep was in a swamp near power lines, creating dangerous conditions and a hazmat situation for his seven-person team.

But the Statewide Towing Association isn't buying it. WFXT reports the association says Ramer's bill is "significantly in excess of the industry standard." He was charged $1,250 an hour for an on-scene supervisor while the state average is between $175 and $325 per hour. Ramer was also charged $5,000 for dangerous condition liability insurance, something the association states it's never even heard of. It's unclear if Ramer even wants his Jeep back, as he says it was totaled following its run-in with the mud pit. All in all, Ramer probably should have just stayed home that day: According to WFXT, he was also arrested on suspicion of trespassing and disturbing the peace for off-roading on private property. (More Jeep stories.)

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