Used tow trucks and equipment can be found at regional truck dealers such as Zip's in Iowa and Michigan, and through online auction sites including Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers and AuctionTime.com. Truck marketplaces such as Commercial Truck Trader and government surplus auctions are also good places to find used tow trucks.
Online auction sites Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers and AuctionTime.com both offer ongoing auctions of commercial tow-truck equipment. Ritchie Brothers also offers regularly scheduled live auction events at more than 30 locations throughout the country. In addition to listing current auctions, AuctionTime.com offers a listing of past auction results to help sellers and buyers assess the current market value of used tow-truck equipment.
Commercial Truck Trader is a marketplace featuring dealer listings and private classified ads for a wide range of used tow truck equipment including wreckers, car haulers and industrial trailers. Online visitors can browse or search the site using several criteria including location, manufacturer, truck class, mileage and price. The site allows buyers to make offers through the site or to contact the seller directly to negotiate a sale.
Official government liquidation sites conduct auctions or direct sales of surplus vehicles from military, state and federal government agencies. Sites such as IronPlanet, GovDeals and Government Liquidation offer ongoing or scheduled auctions for surplus vehicles and towing equipment. Buyers who purchase from these auction sites generally pay up to 25 percent less than buying from dealers.