Towing Methods and the Differences Between Them

There is a wide variety of motor vehicles traveling on and off roads, all of them susceptible to mechanical failure or accidents which may leave them incapacitated and in need of tow. Even vehicles in perfect working order are sometimes towed rather than driven (for example, when a family relocates and want to have their vehicle delivered to their new place of residents).
Due to the infinite possible types of circumstances it is not surprising that there are several types of tow trucks and towing methods. Using the most befitting towing method in each specific case is of great importance.

Towing Methods

A car being loaded onto a flatbed tow truck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the following paragraphs you will find a summary of the different methods of towing currently in use along with a brief description of their relative advantages and disadvantages and the way these determine the circumstances in which each method becomes the most suitable one.

Types of Tow Trucks
There are several tow truck manufacturers and a wide range of models which differ greatly from each other, but still, tow trucks can still be divided into three basic types:
• Wheel lift tow trucks
• Hook and chain tow trucks
• Flatbed tow trucks

Tow trucks belonging of the wheel lift type use steel yokes which are hooked and secured under the back or front axles of the towed vehicle. Using hydraulic power (produced by a hydraulic pump driven by the tow truck’s engine) the yoke is raised and lifts the end under which it is attached clear off the ground. The towed vehicle remains with two of its wheels in contact with the road. This method of towing is also commonly referred to as “tow by dolly” or “dolly towing”.

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This post was written by admin on December 30, 2014

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Steps on Bidding for Government Seized Cars for Sale

 

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Step-by-Step Process on Bidding for Seized Government Cars

The bidding process for government seized cars for sale can be quite stressful at first, especially if it is your first time bidding for properties at a public sale. But if you know the process beforehand, the entire procedure is relaxing and enjoyable.

To make your purchase of government seized cars less stressful, it is best to know how the bidding works by getting a glimpse of the process. The following steps will give you some ideas on what you will be going through during the auction.

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 Step One

First and foremost, do your homework. First of all you need to decide what type of vehicle you want to buy. Is it a van, a sedan or a pick-up; make sure it is suitable to your needs and to your lifestyle. Aside from that, make a list of the auto brands of your choice. You might go for Toyota, Honda, Ford or GM. Don’t forget to also set your budget range. It must have a minimum and a maximum amount. This will serve as your guide during the bidding. Don’t go over the maximum limit to avoid financial problems later on.

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A Successful Blueprint For Police Auctions

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So you’re at a stage that no one needs to convince you that there are bargains to be had at police vehicle auctions. Maybe the only thing you really still need is a good auction blueprint plan to follow which will turn your work into money saved. If you follow these next steps (4 phases) you will have started your successful journey to auction riches.

The Inspection

This can be pretty much described as a gift from the auctioneer – the chance to have a really good look at the vehicle. Make sure that you use it!! The purpose here is to have a closer look at particularly the engine (for mechanical issues) and structural integrity of the car as you won’t be allowed to test-drive it.

The VI number

Where most people get into trouble is when they overlook the fundementals. Without any significant monetary outlay you’ll be able to obtain a basic report on the ‘life’ and history of the car, using its VI number. This report provides valuable insights into the cars’ history and can ultimately be a dealbreaker for you in deciding on whether to bid on a vehicle at police auctions or not

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This post was written by admin on December 30, 2014