You probably always feel like “it’s total bullcrap” any time your car gets towed, but on this one particular Philadelphia street auto-impounding might actually be a scam.
A tow truck is never a good sign. It tends to be a harbinger of great and terrible darkness, in fact. Either a car has crashed, or a car broke down, or it’s coming to take your precious baby away from a TOTALLY LEGIT parking spot. But occasionally they do the Lord’s work, and in a beautiful way to boot.
A disabled woman driving near Asheville, NC was involved in a minor fender-bender with a truck that left her Toyota Camry with a little damage, but unable to start. She called a towing company to get her back to her home in Travelers Rest, SC. When the tow truck arrived, though, the driver refused to tow her because…
Watching this video, I really don’t know how this tow could have gone worse. Then I read the backstory.
Getting your car towed is, objectively, horrible. And once it’s on the truck, that tends to be the end of the argument you’ve got with The System. Even if you get to your car before the truck drives away, that’s it. Unless you’re this Jeep owner. In which case you just drive away anyways.
Tim Baumgartner's Volvo severe-duty wrecker has over a million miles... and the most badass flag-wavin' eagle-soarin' 'Murican-pride paintjob I've ever seen on it.
"I tried to load it up and all of a sudden there were thousands of bees everywhere," said Wayne, Maine tow truck driver Jason Small describing what had to be the guy's worst day on the job ever.
Somehow, some way, the one and only 3-Series tow truck we spotted two years ago is still alive. And it's for sale, again!
This morning I was inspired to look up one of my favorite childhood books, How Many Trucks Can A Tow Truck Tow by Charlotte Pomerantz, only to discover it's apparently become the crown jewel of droll-and-Cherrio stained libraries everywhere.
Looks like some dude parked his Lamborghini Gallardo where he shouldn't have in Cannes, France inspiring local police to sick the wrecker on him. The tow truck team was probably stoked to add such an elegant vehicle to their repo lot before they realized what a pain in the ass it would be to hook up.
A semi-truck spiked a few commuters mornings when it dumped a five-ton slab of concrete onto a divided highway in Virginia at around 5 AM today. Looks like somebody better re-assess their ratchet-strapping skills.
I may have a minor obsession with realistic R/C trucks, but this group of tiny disaster response rigs working together is cute enough to melt any trucker's cholesterol-clogged heart.
Things go from bad to worse when a tow truck driver managed to utterly wreck the stranded Mazda 3 it was trying to help.
This Japanese emergency crew learns a very cool way to move a disabled vehicle without a tow truck: they jack it up on casters and push.
This week on Car Hacks I'd like to talk about an idea that I've had banging around in the empty vastness of my head for some time. I usually have this idea when one of my old cars leaves me stranded by the side of a busy highway.
A Detroit tow truck driver had the scare of his days when he was lured into a trap and his rig was jacked at gunpoint. The real news: The jackers worked at a rival towing company-slash-tow truck chop shop.
No one likes the idea of getting their car towed for parking illegally, but after watching "My Name is Two-Ten" we have a feeling you will like it even less. Filmmaker Michael Nusbaum produced this amusing short film which gives you a bit of terrifying insight into who is out towing your car late at night.
A scantily clad California woman stole a tow truck this past week and led police on a chase that ended in the barefoot freeway sprint and subsequent tackle seen above.
Presented with a Chevrolet Corvette which had sheared the spokes off its right front wheel, this Chicago-area tow truck driver gently cradled the 'Vette home. As long as by "gently" we mean "dragged by the rear axle down the Dan Ryan, shooting sparks."
A Jaguar XFR recently suffered electrical failure while in my care, and its electronic shift lever became locked in Park. When the time came to tow it, the car had to be in neutral. Here's the trick to shifting it.