What is the difference between a tow truck and a wrecker?

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What is the difference between a tow truck and a wrecker?


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They can be the same thing.  However, a wrecker is usually a truck that uses a wheel lift or some type of crane to tow a vehicle.

A tow truck may also have a wheel lift or crane, but they may also be a roll back or flat bed truck.

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Most people will use the names  interchangeably, however, if you want to get technical, a wrecker refers to a specific type of tow truck.

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A wrecker is typically used when a recovery is needed.  Often wreckers have a large boom and extra cable on the winch to allow access to more precise areas of a vehicle when needed.  Tow trucks often have booms as well, however more often than not these days tow trucks are flatbed trucks that allow us to park your vehicle on our truck for transport.  Great question!



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