I’m going to start out by saying that it has been my experience that tow operators are typically well-trained and considerate in their jobs, and would never intentionally damage a car while in the service of their duty. That being said, I used to live on a busy street in downtown Philly and every day at 3:00PM, the parking lane would open up to traffic. That was either accomplished by car owners moving their parked cars prior to that time, as it was marked on the signs, or by tow trucks who assisted the absent minded or intentionally law breaking parkers.
On one occasion I saw an all wheel drive Mitsubishi Eclipse get hooked up by one of the trucks, latching onto the front end, and dragging the car off, back wheels squealing in protest. This wasn’t the only time I saw a car get dragged off in a manner that probably wasn’t in their best interest, or with consideration of their owner’s wallets. This is why I try and park off-street whenever possible.
But of course that’s not the only reason you might get hooked to a tow truck. The funny thing these days is that there likely isn’t a hook on these trucks any more, most likely the connection is made via a hydraulic cross that wraps around the tires and allows the car’s body and frame to never even touch the leading truck. That technological advancement has made towing far less likely to damage your car, but that’s not to say it doesn’t ever happen. Today I want to know, has it ever happened to you?
Image source: Santa Monica Towing