How to Rent a Car Dolly

Updated April 17, 2017

The cost of renting a car dolly is a lot cheaper than the cost of repairing or replacing the automatic transmission of your car after an improper tow job. A car dolly is the best way to tow a front wheel drive vehicle. A car dolly is easy to locate and simple to rent.

Locate rental agencies in your area that rent car dollies. Check with them for pricing and to verify that a car dolly is available. When the best price is found for a car dolly rental, make a reservation quickly because these devices can disappear quickly.

Use a credit or debit card to confirm and make the rental. Most rental agencies will take cash for the rental itself, but the card is needed to cover other possible expenses. If you do not have a card, it might make it more difficult to rent the dolly. You may need to enlist the help of a friend who has a credit or debit card.

Make sure that you have a vehicle with the proper hitch to tow the car dolly. Have the rental agent confirm that the vehicle will tow the dolly plus the weight of the car. The agent should also make certain that the ball is the correct size to fit the car dolly.

Fill out the appropriate paperwork. Make sure that your car insurance will cover the car dolly and the tow vehicle. If not, you may need to purchase insurance from the rental agency. It may seem a little high, but it will be much cheaper than replacing the car dolly if you have an accident.

Get instructions concerning the safety features of the car dolly before leaving the rental agency. Have the agent go everything personally and not just hand you a sheet of paper with the information. You need to know how to fasten the safety chains, hook up the light, and make certain the trailer is securely attached to the tow vehicle.


Take a friend along when renting a car dolly in case you need help hooking it up.


Never tow a car on a car dolly without making sure it is firmly attached.

Things You'll Need

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Tow vehicle
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About the Author

Allen Teal was first published in 2002 in the "Adult Teacher" and "Adult Student" books for the Assemblies of God Sunday School department. He has also been published on various websites. He received an Associate of Arts in business from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo.