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Missouri AG Warns of Price-Gouging in Joplin

Insurance claims have already been filed for about 9,000 vehicles damaged by the May 22 tornado that slammed Joplin, Missouri and the city estimates the...
June 7, 2011

Insurance claims have already been filed for about 9,000 vehicles damaged by the May 22 tornado that slammed Joplin, Missouri and the city estimates the EF-5 storm affected 18,000 vehicles.  But the state attorney general's office is warning there have been problems with price-gouging by towing companies that are reportedly charging very high prices, towing cars without permission and charging to release the vehicles to their owners.  Some Joplin residents are driving a rental car paid for through their insurance and others are borrowing a car from a friend or family member.  Towing companies have been working almost nonstop and the disaster has been somewhat of an economic boon for them, although some towing companies have towed vehicles for free for customers who didn't have insurance or whose insurance didn't cover the cost.  A spokesperson for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said people should ask the price the towing company will charge and that people concerned about possible price-gouging can contact their office for assistance.

Read the rest of the price-gouing article: Many Cars Damaged by Joplin Tornado (News-Leader 6/1/11)