I'm sure more than a few Texans have had a 'boot' put on their car tire in the Austin area recently and found that it costs anywhere between $135 - $150 to have it removed. Until today, I was unaware that companies were allowed to charge that much money to simply insert a key into the boot and remove it from the car. The problem is made worse because Austin and most other Texas cities do not have ordinances limiting what these companies can charge consumers. That may soon change.
Businesses, like restaurants who have limited space for parking, utilize these car boot companies to keep people from using their parking spaces while doing business elsewhere. Just down the Interstate from Austin, in San Antonio, there are city regulations that limit to $35 the amount of money which can be charged by a car booting service. That is why many residents and visitors to Austin believe many of these car booting companies are extorting too much money for a simple service. What do you think?
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