September 29, 2020

Flatbed Towing VS Wheel Lift Towing

Whether you drive a brand new car or a 15 year old car, one thing is for certain; you care about your property and don’t want it damaged. There are 2 main types of tow trucks and it’s good to have a good understanding of them.

Flatbed Tow Trucks

As the name states, flatbed tow trucks have a long flat platform that slides out and tilts down to the ground. With the platform tilted to the ground, a vehicle can be driven onto it or a winch is used to pull a non moving vehicle up. Once the vehicle is fully on the platform, the platform is then titled to it’s starting position. The vehicle is then tied down using towing straps or chains.

The main and probably biggest advantage of a flatbed tow truck is that your vehicle is on a flat platform. This ensures that your whole vehicle will be off the ground with the wheels stationary wheels. Stationary vehicle = no damage to your transmission.

Wheel Lift Tow Trucks

Wheel lift tow trucks use a metallic yoke that slides under either your front or rear wheels. With the yoke under your vehicle, your vehicle is then lifted in the air via the hydraulic lift (which the toke is attached to)

Once your car is in the air, it can be towed. Since either the front or rear tires will be in the air, your car will have to roll on it’s own

So What Do We Use?

We want the VERY BEST for our customers and their vehicles. While using a wheel lift tow truck can work for SOME vehicle, we ONLY use flatbed tow trucks.

Article written by NoelR
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