When to Use a Flatbed Tow Truck: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re ever in a situation where your car needs to be towed, it’s important to know when to use a flatbed tow truck and when to use a traditional tow truck. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these two types of tow trucks and when it is best to use each one. Stay safe on the roads and know exactly what to do if your car breaks down!

What other types of tow trucks are there?

In addition to flatbed tow trucks and traditional tow trucks, there are also wheel-lift tow trucks. These tow trucks work by lifting the front or rear wheels of a vehicle off the ground, allowing the vehicle to be towed without all four wheels being in contact with the ground. This type of tow truck is typically used for shorter distances, as it can damage the suspension of a vehicle if used for too long.

What is a flatbed tow truck?

A flatbed tow truck is a type of tow truck that has a flat, level bed in the back, instead of the traditional ramps. This is beneficial because it prevents your car from being damaged while it is being towed. Flatbed tow trucks are also great for towing vehicles that are too low to the ground to be towed with a traditional tow truck.

When should you use a flatbed tow truck?

There are several situations where it is best to use a flatbed tow truck. If you have a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or a van, it is best to use a flatbed tow truck. This is because these vehicles are too heavy to be towed by a traditional tow truck:

-If your car has been in an accident and is not driveable, you will need to have it towed on a flatbed truck so that it does not sustain any additional


-If your car has a flat tire or a blown engine, it will need to be towed on a flatbed truck so that the tow truck operator can safely load and unload your vehicle.

-If you have a luxury or classic car, you may want to request a flatbed tow truck so that your car is

not damaged while it is being towed.

Examples of Light Duty Towing

Sandy’s Towing offers 24 hours light-duty tow truck services for your convenience.

-Towing a vehicle that is disabled and needs to be taken to a repair shop

-Towing a car that has been in an accident

-Towing a car that has run out of gas

-Towing a car with a flat tire

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many situations where a flatbed tow truck would be the best option. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and use a flatbed tow truck so that your car is not damaged during the tow. Call us 24/7 if you have any questions and please stay safe out there on the roads!


JD Allen
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They were very easy to deal with, professional, and nice. I called, they came, and there was no nastiness or fussing. James was the tow guy who came out. He was great..!;) Thanks Sandy's Towing!
Kandi Renne Lovins
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Awesome service!!!! Drivers were so sweet and understanding!
Jim Jackson
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WOW! Wayne from Sandy’s Towing came to give us a tow and asked if we knew what was wrong with our car. I said it was the alternator and was picking one up. He took the car to our house and that could have been the end of it. Wayne stayed with us and helped put the new alternator in...when I say “helped” I mean he did it while we watched. THANK YOU WAYNE! Above and beyond service, super friendly, and we learned some things. I can’t thank you enough


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