Before you call a towing company, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the different styles of vehicle towing that are available. Understanding the difference between flatbed towing and other types of towing will make it easier to ensure that you are getting the service that you need.

Amigo uses flatbed towing exclusively as we know that it’s safest for our customer’s vehicles.

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Flatbed Tow Truck

4 Basic Types Of Tow Trucks

In the world of towing, there are four basic types of tow trucks. Three of these types of trucks are used for providing towing in emergency situations. The fourth style of tow truck is typically used for repossessing vehicles. As a result, you most likely won’t encounter it if you are reaching out to a towing company for standard services. When a towing company is contacted, they will usually send out whichever type of vehicle is the best fit for the specific scenario that they are dealing with.

Dolly, Or “Hook” Towing

In the past, most towing fell under the category of dolly towing. Also known as hook-and-chain towing or sling towing, this method is rarely used today, largely due to the fact that it has the potential to damage the vehicle that is being towed. The basic concept behind this style of towing is relatively straightforward. The tow truck operator loops chains around the axle or frame of the car. A boom winch then lifts the front or back of the vehicle up off of the ground, leaving it on just two wheels. Today, this style of towing is primarily reserved for situations where a vehicle is missing wheels or where it has been damaged in an accident.

Dolly tow trucks are often less expensive, so many lower cost towing companies often use them. However, since it has the potential to damage your car, it may be worth it to you locate a Colorado Springs towing company that uses flatbed towing. Amigo Towing uses flatbed tow trucks exclusively.

Flatbed Tow Truck

In terms of safety for the vehicle that is being towed, flatbed towing is a far superior method than dolly towing since the powertrain of the vehicle doesn’t need to be adjusted. Because the car itself is on the back of the truck rather than on the road, it doesn’t experience any wear and the potential for damage is minimized. This type of towing is so safe, in fact, that it is the towing method of choice for vintage and luxury vehicles. If you want to keep your car safe, it is the best option.

Flatbed towing is also sometimes called slide towing because of the way that the tow trucks are designed. The truck bed uses special hydraulics to slide backward and down to the ground. The vehicle that is being towed can then be driven or pulled onto the back of the truck with a special winch. These tow trucks are currently the most popular option for many different types of towing including dealing with emergency situations.

Amigo Towing uses flatbed tow trucks exclusively.

Wheel Lift Towing

Wheel-lift towing is a lot like dolly towing. One thing that sets these two types of towing apart, however, is that a metal yoke is used rather than a hook and chain. This yoke is designed to fit under the wheels of the vehicle in either the front or the back. In most cases, the yoke is attached to the vehicle’s drive wheels. Once it is in place, the end of the vehicle that it is attached to is lifted up off of the ground, leaving two wheels on the ground. Because the yoke only comes in contact with the wheels of the vehicle and not with the frame, damage is much less likely to occur when compared to sling towing.

Boom Tow Truck

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Old-fashioned boom truck. No, we don’t use them!

Booms are special arms that are used to enable tow trucks to access vehicles that are difficult to reach. For instance, if a vehicle is in a deep ditch or if

it goes over an embankment, a boom may be required in order to recover it.

Repo Or Integrated Tow Truck

The final style of tow truck is a repo truck. Also known as integrated tow trucks, these trucks have a single unit that consists of both a wheel lift and a boom. What makes these tow trucks unique is that the controls are located inside the vehicle. This enables the driver to pull up to a vehicle and tow it away without having to get out of the truck.