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Saturday, 17 June 2017 08:42


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By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



Motorists in Liberal needing to have their car towed will now have a new option for that.

Don Raab, owner of DNR Enterprises, recently opened a local location of his towing service in west Liberal.

“We officially had it open the first of last month,” he said. “It took a while to get it open.”

Raab has another DNR Enterprises Towing location in Abilene in Eastern Kansas, and he said with Southwest Kansas’ growing population, bringing the service here just seemed like a good idea.

Raab said he frequently comes to see his brother-in-law, Seward County Undersheriff Gene Ward, and through visits with locals, he found the towing services already available here did not have great reviews.

“A lot of people we talked to said that some of the tow companies here just weren’t that good,” he said. “They were extremely expensive. I just thought maybe we could offer a better service.”

Raab’s rates for his services are competitive to those offered by other local towing businesses.

“An in-town tow is 50 bucks,” he said. “Anywhere in the city limits, it’s $50, and it’s supposed $4 a mile, but if it’s close, I don’t charge the mileage because it’s pointless. It’s just a flat fee of $50. Out of town tows is a little different. You’ve got to go out in the country and locate them and find them. It just depends. The average load fee out of town is $95 and the $4 a mile.”

With two locations now under the DNR Enterprises Towing name, Raab said he can serve anyone in Kansas. Oklahoma, even the nearby Panhandle, and other states are off limits though.

“I do not service Oklahoma,” he said. “I’m  Double A accredited with the Better Business Bureau. That’s Kansas only. If I go outside the Kansas radius, they get kind of irritated about that.”

Raab has other businesses under the DNR Enterprises name, and he has been in towing for about seven to eight years.

“We’re still a Five Star business,” he said. “I’ve never had anything below a Five Star. I try to do everything as professional as possible. You’re dealing with the public. You can’t please everybody, but you try to the best you can.”

Along with his wrecker companies, Raab also owns a washing company that washes things such as semis, houses, patios and privacy fences and a detail shop in Abilene.

“We serve Abilene, Salina, Junction City, Hays, Wichita,” he said. “We do go to Goodland off and on for insurance stuff.”

Recently, Raab said he had begun getting requests for towing services in Garden City, about an hour’s drive from Liberal, and with jobs that close, bringing a branch of his towing service to Liberal was a good decision.

“I figured as long as we’re going to be running that close, we might as well have a shop here,” he said. “It makes more sense.”

Raab, along with his drivers, stay up to date on their training for the towing industry.

“I just went through the standard state safety courses that they have, and I took a towing class,” he said. “All my drivers take a towing class, It’s out  of Wichita.”

Raab said he has much in the way of modern towing equipment at his Liberal location.

“Down here, we have a light duty rollback,” he said. “We have a medium heavy rollback. We have a medium heavy wrecker. We also have a chaser truck, which I don’t ever see anybody else doing. That’s actually for safety reasons and also for picking up customers if they need rides.”

Liberal’s DNR Enterprise Towing location is at 1931 W. Second Street, across the street from the Mid-America Air Museum. Raab said the choice to put his new business there was a simple one.

“I was just looking for buildings and seen that this one had a ‘For Lease’ on it,” he said. “I wanted one that was big enough to hold several inside units. That’s the reason why I chose this specific area.”

DNR Towing in Liberal is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Our actual release time is 9 to 5,” Raab said. If a person wants to pick a unit up, they have to do it between 9 and 5. That’s the office hours, but the on call’s 24 hours a day.”

For more information or to request service, call Raab at 785-479-1898 or his son, Brandon Kado, at 785-571-7266.


 

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