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United Road Services, Inc. Expands its National Operations

1 December 1998

United Road Services, Inc. Expands its National Operations
    ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 1 -- United Road Services, Inc.
, a leading provider of high quality motor vehicle and equipment
towing, recovery and transport services, today announced it has acquired a
vehicle transport company and a towing company, and has signed definitive
agreements to acquire two other vehicle transport companies, which it believes
will significantly expand its national transport operations.  On a combined
basis, these companies have an annual revenue run rate of $47 million.
    MPG Transco Ltd. of Livonia, Michigan, the largest of the companies to be
acquired, provides national automobile transport services to major automobile
manufacturers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, Honda, and Mazda.
MPG currently has over 200 employees, operates approximately 130 specialized
service vehicles, and hauls an estimated 300,000 vehicles per year.  In
addition to Livonia, MPG has operations in Newark, New Jersey; Toledo, Ohio;
and Boston, Massachusetts. MPG's anticipated 1998 revenue is approximately
$23 million.
    Pilot Transport, Inc. of Brighton, Michigan, the second company to be
acquired, is a leading provider of specialty auto transport services.  Pilot
provides transport and storage services for prototype, test, and promotional
automobiles, many of which are transported to and from test sites, shows, and
public relation events in customized, closed vehicle carriers.  Pilot's
largest customer in this area is General Motors. Pilot also transports show
vehicles for BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, and Saab.  Pilot Transport
currently employs approximately 100 employees, and has a fleet of 70 specialty
service vehicles with a satellite operating division in Tempe, Arizona.
Pilot's anticipated 1998 revenue is approximately $20 million.
    Completion of the MPG and Pilot acquisitions is contingent upon
satisfaction of customary conditions to closing.
    United Road Services also announced that it has acquired Alaska Vehicle
Transport, Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska.  Alaska Vehicle Transport provides
commercial and personal auto transport between the lower 48 states and Alaska.
The company's major customers include Arco, British Petroleum, Marathon Oil,
Exxon, and Texaco.  Alaska Vehicle Transport also has operating divisions in
Seattle, Washington, and Dallas, Texas.  Its anticipated 1998 revenue is
approximately $4.9 million.
    Edward T. Sheehan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Road
Services, Inc. said, "We expect these acquisitions to significantly strengthen
both our national and regional presence as a high quality provider of new and
used automobile transport services.  The industry is evolving towards a more
regional distribution of new automobiles, and we believe these acquisitions
will significantly complement this trend and enable us to substantially
increase our presence in both the new and used auto transport markets."
    Mr. Sheehan also noted that MPG, Pilot and Alaska Vehicle Transport all
have a history of providing quality service to national customers.  "We are
confident that United Road Services will be able to enhance the strong
relationships these companies have developed with their national customers.
In addition, by entering three new states, Alaska, Massachusetts and Ohio, we
believe we will further expand our customer base both in the Northwest and the
    In other news, United Road Services announced it has enhanced its towing
operations in Las Vegas, Nevada, by acquiring D&M Service.  D&M operates out
of Las Vegas and will be consolidated into a neighboring URSI company.  D&M
Service currently has 10 employees, 11 trucks, and provides heavy-duty towing
and emergency road service.  D&M had 1997 revenue of approximately $450,000.
    Upon closing of these acquisitions, United Road Services, Inc. will have a
network of 54 locations in 19 states.  The Company's broad range of services
includes towing, impounding and storing motor vehicles, conducting lien sales
and auctions of abandoned vehicles, and transporting new and used vehicles,
and heavy construction equipment.  The Company's customer base includes
national automobile leasing and insurance companies, new car manufacturers,
automobile dealers, governmental agencies, automobile auction companies, and
individual motorists.  More information regarding United Road Services, Inc.
may be obtained from the Company's web site at
    This release contains forward-looking statements.  These statements are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.
Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which
reflect management's view only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes
no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.   Readers should carefully review the risk
factors described in documents the Company files periodically with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.