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Options for Acquiring a Tow Truck

Having reliable and efficient tow trucks and even support vehicles is essential to running a successful tow and recovery business. However, choosing the right option to acquire a tow truck is an essential and sometimes daunting undertaking. In this blog post, we will explore various options available for acquiring a tow truck, multiple trucks or support vehicles and other equipment. Factors such as budget, financing, long-term goals and every day  operational requirements are all important to consider.


Buying a New Tow Truck

Investing in brand new tow trucks and support vehicles provides several advantages. Firstly, you get the latest models equipped with state-of-the-art technology and safety features. With newer models you benefit from improved performance and reliability, enhancing the overall efficiency of your business. While buying new vehicles may require a higher upfront cost, they often come with warranties, reducing maintenance expenses and providing peace of mind.

Buying a Used Tow Truck

Purchasing used tow trucks and support vehicles can be a cost-effective option, especially for tow businesses with a limited budget. With careful research and inspection, you can find well-maintained vehicles at a fraction of the cost of new ones. However, it is crucial to thoroughly assess the condition, service history, and mileage of used trucks  before making a purchase to avoid unexpected repairs and breakdowns – which could end up costing your business money and downtime.

Over the past few years supply chain challenges and the lower availability of new trucks have made acquiring a used tow truck more attractive to businesses. That has in turn pushed up prices on used tow trucks.


Leasing tow trucks and support vehicles offers flexibility and financial benefits. It allows you to conserve capital and allocate funds to other areas of your business. Leasing agreements often cover maintenance and repairs, reducing operational risks and unexpected expenses. Additionally, leasing newer models ensures access to the latest features and technologies without committing to long-term ownership.



For short-term or temporary needs, renting tow trucks and support vehicles can be a convenient solution. Renting allows you to meet immediate demands during peak seasons or when facing unexpected breakdowns in your existing fleet. It eliminates the need for long-term commitments and offers flexibility in vehicle selection. However, keep in mind that renting can be more expensive in the long run compared to owning or leasing.


Here are tips to help guide you when you are considering your options for acquiring a tow truck for your tow and recovery business

  • Determine your budget and prioritize reliability, performance, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Assess your long-term goals and operational requirements to make an informed decision. For example, you need a rotator or heavy duty wrecker
  • Thoroughly inspect used vehicles and consider obtaining a vehicle history report.
  • Review warranties, maintenance plans, and insurance options.
  • Seek advice from industry experts, organizations or experienced towing professionals