The following terms and definitions will help you navigate your towing services.
Boats, regardless of their size, need to be towed using special tow trucks. This may include crane services and flatbed trucks specially outfitted to carry boats and yachts. Not all towing companies can provide boat towing, so ask your towing service if you’re in need of boat towing.
Also known as:yacht towing, towing boats to storage
car towing services
Car towing services are any services that require a tow truck to remove a vehicle. This includes repossession towing, illegally parked vehicle towing, collision towing, wrecker service for wrecked vehicles, disabled vehicle towing, long-distance towing, two-wheel vehicle towing, motorcycle towing, light-duty towing and heavy-duty towing.
Also known as:truck towing, auto towing, tow truck services
Emergency towing services are those that are required after an auto collision or a vehicle that is suddenly disabled. Emergency towing services must be fast, reliable and caring, because customers who need unexpected tow truck service are often in a hurry and upset by their experience.
Also known as:collision towing, on-call tow trucks
flatbed tow trucks
Flatbed tow trucks are required to move vehicles that are too disabled to be towed with two-wheel towing, vehicles with locked wheels, oversized vehicles, RVs, boats or other vehicles that need to be towed on a flatbed trailer. Flatbed towing may require winch service or crane service to get the vehicles onto the flatbed, so they may be more expensive than traditional truck towing.
Also known as:flatbed towing services
heavy duty towing
Large vehicles, heavy vehicles and commercial vehicles that are oversized are the most common vehicles to require heavy duty towing services. This may include using a crane to place the vehicle on the tow truck. Many tow truck companies can provide heavy-duty towing.
Also known as:large vehicle towing, oversized vehicle towing, heavy vehicle towing
high capacity towing
Tow truck companies that have trucks capable of carrying many vehicles at once. These may be tow trucks for multi-vehicle accidents, repossession or long-distance towing for many vehicles.
Also known as:multi-vehicle towing
light duty towing services
Light duty towing is for vehicles that weigh less than five tons. Most average cars use light duty towing services.
Also known as:car towing, small vehicle towing
local towing services
Most towing services are local towing; this is when vehicles are towed within a short range, usually from the scene of a collision or break down to the driver’s auto shop or home.
Also known as:in-town towing, short-distance towing
long distance towing
When vehicles need to be towed a long distance, either because of a breakdown or accident far from home or as a method of transporting a vehicle, may require long distance towing. This may take place on a flatbed truck or a long-distance towing trailer.
Also known as:vehicle transport
medium duty towing services
Medium duty towing is for vehicles ranging between 10,000 and 25,000 pounds.
Motorcycle towing is a specialized service offered by some local towing companies. Motorcycle towing may take place after a collision, when a motorcycle is disabled for mechanical reasons, repossessed motorcycles or other reasons.
Roadside assistance companies provide a number of roadside assistance services including door lock opening/car lockout services, flat tire repairs and replacement, replacement gas services, dead battery replacement, donut tire replacement or installation, tire patching, headlight replacement or other simple car repairs that can be done on the side of the road to get motorists back on their way safely.
Also known as:emergency roadside help, emergency road assistance, roadside car repairs
Some local towing services provide heavy duty towing for RVs and other large vehicles. They may include crane services and flatbed towing for recreational vehicles, campers and other RVs.
Also known as:motor home towing, recreational vehicle towing, camper towing
Tow trucks are specialty trucks designed to tow other vehicles. Most tow trucks include a winch or some sort of pulley system, and a platform on which to tow the vehicle. Tow trucks are built to carry different loads, including heavy-duty tow trucks, medium-duty tow trucks and light-duty tow trucks. There are also tow trucks used for motorcycle towing, boat towing and other types of towing.
Also known as:towing vehicles, towing trucks
Some tow trucks are specially built to tow other large trucks, including semis and heavy duty trucks.
vehicle recovery services
Cars and trucks that are stuck or stranded may require vehicle recovery. Vehicle recovery services take place any time a vehicle is recovered from one location to another, usually with a tow truck. These can be broken down vehicles, vehicles towed for parking violations, or vehicles damaged in accidents that need to be transported to a repair shop.
Also known as:auto towing services
vehicle transportation services
Cars, trucks and other vehicles that need to be transported long distances.
Also known as:long distance towing
Winching is when a tow truck operator uses a winch to lift vehicles onto the towing platform, pull vehicles out of ditches or otherwise move disabled vehicles by hooking a wire to the undercarriage of a vehicle and cranking a drum to wind up the wire and pull the vehicle into position.
Also known as:winching services, auto winching, winch lifts, winch lifting
Tow trucks are sometimes known as wreckers, because they move wrecked or disabled vehicles. Wrecker services are usually called to remove vehicles after collisions or when they’ve broken down.
Also known as:towing, disabled vehicle towing, wrecked vehicle towing, towing after collisions
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