Powertrain is also an important consideration. This comes into play when determining the availability of competent dealer service networks. Not all franchised dealers are qualified or certified to service and repair commercial versions of popular chassis, diesel engines or specialty transmissions. Fuel availability is also an issue to consider, do you have multiple options for quality diesel fuel in your area or are you limited to gasoline? While unlikely, there are still some parts of the country where diesel fuel is difficult to source. Lastly, what is the pump price in your area and the difference in fuel economy as it affects overall operational costs when deciding between gasoline and diesel powered trucks? Only after the physical requirements of the equipment and available operators have been thoroughly considered can you begin to decide on the exact chassis and body manufacturer you want to go with. Downtime is going to happen, even brand new trucks
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breakdown, so it is imperative that you have an excellent service network close by. This holds true for both the chassis and the tow body, dealer service and support is key to your success. Bottom line, each business is unique and so should their choice in equipment be. It is always best to remove emotion from these decisions, resting the temptation to impulse buy because everyone else has one or it is pretty and shiny, rather purchasing the right tool for the task at hand. Don’t rush out and jump up to a medium duty tow truck just because you had to turn down a few calls or your competition just bought one. The business case must be presented and evaluated before the purchase is made, paying particular attention to the availability of steady work flow and qualified operators.
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Tow Truck Classifications Standard tow truck classifications vary by region, even by jurisdiction in many states. These are the TRAA recognized guidelines.
LIGHT DUTY Tow truck servicing wrecked/disabled single rear wheel vehicles up to 10,000 pounds
MEDIUM DUTY Tow truck servicing vehicles between 10,001 up to 26,000 pounds
HEAVY DUTY Tow truck servicing any vehicle over 26,001 pounds