There are a wide variety of tow trucks and towing equipment available in the marketplace today. Because there are so many tow trucks for sale you will need to do your research in order to determine which would be the best type of tow truck for your business. The first thing to consider is what type of towing the vehicle will be used for. Decide if you want to purchase light duty vehicles or heavy duty vehicles.
The majority of tow truck owners prefer flatbed tow trucks for general towing of cars or small pickup trucks. These types of trucks are also the preference of stranded motorists who find themselves in need of a towing service. Flatbed tow trucks contain a large empty bed in the back of the truck which can be inclined and used as a ramp. Once the vehicle is loaded onto the ramp the flatbed levels out and the vehicle can be safely hauled away.
You will need to determine your budget for the purchase of your truck. That will often determine whether you can buy a new vehicle or a used vehicle. A budget will also give you a starting point to begin your search. If you decide to buy a new truck you can search classifieds for “tow trucks for sale” located in the listing of dealer ads. Learn about the type of engine and other features of the various tow trucks offered by different manufacturers and compare prices. Whether you buy a new or used truck you should know the tow rating of the vehicle. You should also thoroughly check out the strength capacity, suspension capacity, brakes, etc. of the truck.
If you plan to purchase a used truck from either a dealer or an individual you should be sure to get a trusted mechanic to inspect it first. If your mechanic detects any problems with the truck you can possibly get an estimate of repair costs and use this in negotiating a price. If you are purchasing a used truck from a dealer find out if the dealer offers a limited warranty or if the vehicles are being sold in “as is condition.” Ideally, you want a truck built for durability and performance. You also want to get the best possible truck you can purchase with your allotted funds.
If you prefer to purchase your truck from a private seller check out “tow trucks for sale” in “for sale by owner” classifieds. If you buy the truck from a private seller you may be able to purchase an excellent vehicle at a very good price. However, it is very important that you know what you are buying. You don’t want to get stuck with a bad vehicle and forced to pay for repairs that you had not anticipated. Choose your truck carefully and it will serve you well.