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A selfloader is the modern version of a Wrecker Tow Truck wherein mechanical claws extend under the car and grab the two tires. It is a very fast and convenient method to hoist the car that doesn’t require the tow truck driver to climb underneath the tow-vehicle. It also goes by integrated, quick pick, repo truck, or snatcher. On this version, the boom and wheel-lift are one unit. The mechanical claws extend under the vehicle and grab the two tires. Most selfloader trucks have the controls inside the vehicle, so the driver doesn’t have to get out of the car. The tow job is done faster than traditional tow trucks.
The selfloader is a light-duty truck, up to 8,500 lbs. gross vehicle weight. This variation of the tow truck is to pick up cars parked illegally or repossess vehicles. Another purpose is to pick up abandoned vehicles on the side of the highway.
Most self-loaders come with a standard cab, but some newer models have crew cabs. These trucks will feature a drivetrain of 4x2 or 4x4. All need diesel due to the extra rear weight. Currently, there are no flex fuel or biodiesel versions available.