If you are a car owner or drive one, it is almost certain that you would need the services of a towing truck at some point. If you want to open a towing business, you need to make a solid plan before you invest your money. One of the most important decisions you will need to make when planning your towing business is the type of truck you will buy.
There are different types of tow vehicles each of which are used for specific purposes. Let us look at common types of vehicles used in this business and how to choose the best in the market.
1. Flatbed Trucks
Flatbed tow trucks are the commonly and widely used towing vehicles in the world. A flatbed truck comprises of a long empty bed with a flat top. They make use of hydraulics to move the flatbed upwards and downwards. The hydraulics make the trucks easy-to-use in the towing process. These trucks are also quite helpful in the transportation of vehicles needing roadside assistance.
2. Hook and Chain
Hook and chain trucks are arguably the oldest type of tow truck. It has been in use for decades. They are also the least expensive and arguably the most readily available type of tow truck. The hook and chain tow trucks make use of hook and chain as their names suggest for lifting and dragging vehicles. The tow truck connects to the axle of the frame of the vehicle from behind by the use of chains.
Although these types of trucks are the oldest, they are no longer a popular choice as they used to be years ago. This is because of the damage they cause on vehicles. However, they can still be used if the car is severely damaged, or in emergency situations where you do not have enough money to pay for better alternatives.
3. The Wheel-lift
Unlike the flatbeds, the wheel lift tow truck works by lifting your car by the wheels and then drags it from behind. The wheel lift is fitted with a metal yoke and a hydraulic system to lift the car either on the rear or front tires. In some special cases, dolly wheels can be mounted on the trailing wheels to ensure the car wheels are off the ground.
When you have chosen a truck for towing business, next is to ensure you deliver quality services to your clients. You need to determine your mode of operations and availability, either during daytime or 24/7. Lastly, you need to price your services most competitively.