I didn’t even know machines like this exist, but apparently there are tow trucks that literally just pick cars up and put them on the back of a flatbed before driving them off to tow truck hell (or wherever they go).
Thanks to Karen R. for pointing out these crazy towing videos, and also to Bert for pointing out the must-see Maserati accident below!
This first video demonstrates a free-hanging technique where the Tow Truck hooks straps from a crane under the wheels and hoists it up on to the flatbed.
This next Tow truck has an interesting side mounted hoist that just scoops a car up and carts it away on it’s back. This one seems to be the fastest – by far!
Next comes a method that reminds me of a whale transport. They hook giant straps up under the belly of the car and lift it onto the truck.
This one looks to me like kind of a combination between the first and third ones above…
Finally, no collection would be complete without a little accident, so keep in mind that it’s a really bad idea to attempt to move a Maserati with a forklift! Oh, and I hope these guys have good insurance.