Nelson Towing and Recovery was established in 1975 when G.R and Joann Nelson purchased Nelson Ford, Inc. in Bassett, VA, a small town just outside of Martinsville, VA with big history of furniture and textile manufacturing.

The Nelson's began growing their automotive family in the late 1980  and now own and operate multiple dealerships with 12 different automobile franchises. Nelson Ford has now relocated to Martinsville.

As the dealerships grew the towing service did as well, adding its first Heavy Tow Truck in 1993. Currently Nelson's Towing has a full array of equipment including light, medium, and heavy duty tow trucks, light duty 4X4 service, light and medium duty rollbacks, 3 car hauler, road tractors and trailers. Nelson's towing also provides lockout service, minor road service, light duty tire changes, fuel delivery and jump starts.

Nelson Automotive operates mechanical repair shops at all their dealerships and body shops at 2 different locations. Each of the body shops also provide car and van rental for individuals and repair customers.

Nelson's Towing is licensed by the Virginia Board of Towing and Recovery Operators and approved by all local and state agencies for vehicle towing and accident recovery. Nelson's towing also holds contracts with most roadside assistance and motor club companies.

The lead towing operator Michael Compton has 25 years experience and holds current light, medium, and heavy duty towing certifications from Wreckmaster with a level 6-7A certification, and was named one of 2007's top 10 Wreckmasters.  He also holds Level 3 Heavy Recovery Specialist certification from the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) as well as all training levels from Wes Wilburn Consulting.

Service and Towing Manager Junior King with over 30 years towing experience is also a level 2-3 certified Wreckmaster.

All operators have clear FBI background checks and are enrolled in random drug and alcohol testing programs. Each of them has more than 5 years towing experience.



Local Office: 1-276-647-5151  
Toll Free: 1-800-873-6451