Main article: tow truck
See also: Vehicle Recovery § Recovery Team
Heavy duty jib crane
Towing a wrecked truck
Towing cars and trucks is a unique way to which a sector is dedicated. Specialized “tow truck” vehicle types are used most often.  Some of these are flatbed, with hydraulic tipping platforms, winches and trolleys to position the car behind the platform and on the platform (flatbed trailer). Others have a specialized arm attachment instead of a platform, which will lift one end of the car and allow it to drive on the remaining tires; otherwise they have platform-like equipment and are very similarly positioned and operated (two-wheeled dolly trailer). In other cases, a specialized vehicle trolley can be connected to a standard vehicle hitch; For example, some moving vehicle rental companies, such as U-Haul, rent these trolleys for one-way car transport (flat drawbar trailer).  
Tow trucks are primarily sized for cars and light trucks. Larger versions, with a long, heavy body and heavier engines, transmissions and tow hooks, can be used to tow large buses, tractors or trucks. Artificial sizing and ballast must be designed to support the greater weight of the towed vehicle, which could otherwise tip over on the crane.
When many cars need to be transported, instead of using a specialized vehicle, a specialized trailer can be used, attached to a standard tractor truck or other large vehicle. These car transport trailers (also known as car transport trailers) often take cars from factories to dealerships. They typically have two tiers, each accommodating 3-5 cars, ramps to move cars off the ground at any tier, and hook / chain brackets and brackets to secure cars for transportation. Their beds, at each level, can have channels or rails to guide the load and further maintain transport stability.
Towing the vehicle can be done for the following reasons:
Towing a broken down or damaged car at the request of the owner (the most common way)
Car trailer by government authorities or their agents, because it is disabled and / or abandoned on public roads
Towing a car as a form of long-distance shipping, for example when relocating the owner to a new location, rather than driving the car
Car recovery from a lender
As part of a vehicle seizure by government agencies for violations relating to the vehicle in question, such as unpaid parking or traffic violations (“fines”)
Service requests are sent to a shipping center. Some towing services communicate with drivers using wireless telephone equipment. In others, the dispatch center contacts an available crane driver via mobile radio or by sending a text message using a mobile data terminal. Recent technology includes the use of GPS and on-board wireless equipment to route cables through a receiver with an LCD display.
Some smaller towing companies, particularly individual truck owners, may have a single phone and answering machine for their “dispatch center”. More and more often it will be just a cell phone for the operator on duty, or it could be the primary phone number of a partner mechanic, who will then ship the truck from the shop or call the operator’s cell phone. 
There are dispatch networks for geographic automobile clubs, such as the British Royal Automobile Club, the American Automobile Association, and the Canadian Automobile Association. These organizations mainly hire many local crane operators (although they have their own fleets in some areas). Clubs will forward requests from the club’s shipping center to the local carrier’s shipping line, which, as noted above, can be a true shipping center for larger towing fleets or a simple corporate phone line. or a mobile line for smaller operators. The club’s dispatch center will normally handle any necessary follow-up on behalf of the client, so there is no need to track multiple levels of dispatch. [eleven]