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Vehicle Towing vs Vehicle Recovery - What's the Difference?

Vehicle Towing vs Vehicle Recovery – What’s the Difference?

Vehicle towing and vehicle recovery are two important services that can come in handy when your vehicle is stuck or you’ve been involved in an accident. The difference between the two may not be immediately obvious, but there are distinct differences between the two. 

Vehicle Towing

Towing refers to the service of moving a vehicle from Point A to Point B using a tow truck. It involves attaching the vehicle to the back of the tow truck with chains, straps, or wheel lifts and then transporting it to its destination. Towing is typically used for highway breakdowns, flat tires, running out of gas, dead batteries, etc. In these cases, you would call a tow service provider who would come out to your vehicle to a safe location. 

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Vehicle Recovery

Vehicle recovery, on the other hand, involves removing a vehicle from an inaccessible or dangerous area using special tools and equipment. This could include anything from vehicle extraction in mud or snow to retrieving vehicles after accidents. It’s different from towing because vehicle recovery requires specialized skills and experience, plus specific machinery and tools like winches, pulleys, and straps o safely extract the vehicle from its current location. 

Forensic Recovery

Recovery can be further divided into two distinct categories: regular vehicle recovery and forensic vehicle recovery. Regular vehicle recovery requires basic tools such as jump starters and dolly jacks in order to recover missing items from within the car. Forensic vehicle recovery uses more sophisticated equipment such as specialized cameras, infrared scanners, and CT scanners to locate and retrieve evidence from inside vehicle interiors. 

Whether you require regular or forensic recovery depends on the type of items you need to recover. If all you need are license plates, keys, and other small items, then a regular recovery service should suffice. But if you’re looking for more intricate pieces of evidence such as stolen goods, crime scene evidence, proof of drug or DUI offenses, or if the accident resulted in fatalities, then a forensic vehicle recovery may be necessary in order to accurately gather the evidence.

Choosing the Right Towing Service

When deciding between vehicle towing and vehicle recovery services, You need to consider the circumstances of your situation. When dealing with a minor vehicle issue such as a flat tire or running out of gas, vehicle towing is likely the best option. On the other hand, if your vehicle is stuck in the mud, snow, or at an accident scene, then vehicle recovery would be more suitable for your needs. When contacting the towing company, they will ask questions to determine which service and equipment are necessary to safely remove the vehicle.

Accurate Towing Service

Accurate Towing Services has the equipment and experience necessary to carefully and properly handle all of your vehicle towing and recovery needs. Their fleet of tow trucks includes the Speedcrane, a lift flatbed tow truck that can vertically lift a car from the position it is in and rotate it to rest easily on the truck’s flatbed. This allows the operator to tow a car without entering the car, dragging the car, or touching the car. It allows for minimal contact with the vehicle itself, preserving all evidence on the vehicle – whether that be physical evidence like fingerprints or electronic evidence stored within the car.

Accurate Towing has been providing reliable and affordable service for over 30 years. No matter what type of towing service you need, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today.