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Hi all,
I'm planning to buy a recovery truck.I am really new in this forum and also new to the business.I was hoping if you could kindly help me with any information that would be great.I have already two accident management company who has agreed to provide me with jobs.I am also connected to three private traders who also agreed to give me jobs.
So I will be basically collect cars from road to the accident management company storage unit, from auction site to traders storage and I also want to have the window open to do recovery for local garages.
For the moment the questions I have in mind are as follows:
1.Is it a wise idea to buy a tilt and slide? which manufacturer do you recommend? Is it true that the hydraulic lifts often gives you troubles?
2. Is there any special rules (e.g.my own vehicles insurance) if I want to work with insurance companies to cover breakdown services or if I want to work with police?
3.I'm confused about the fact that there are some rules about how far you can work from the base(I'll be based on Swindon but my work area will include London, Colchester, Sandy,Rochester, Southend etc)
4.Any idea about insurance cost? My license is 2yrs 10 months old and i'm 29.No history of claim or accident or criminal conviction.
5.Is there anything i need to be aware of about the age of the car ? some one told me only below 10 years vehicle can access London with recovery truck.
6.Does the Trader Insurance cover as recovery truck as main vehicle?
7.What problems you usually face in this line of work with customer/ car?

If you think anything I should be aware please kindly reply.I'll really appreciate if you give me advice.
Many thanks in advance
 

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I don't really think this is the right place to be asking those questions, but here goes.
Oh, found this guide for down here, in New Zealand - have a read as it may have some relevance and you may have something similar on your MOT web site - https://www.nzta.govt.nz/commercial-driving/trucks-and-tow-trucks/running-a-vehicle-recovery-business/

First, before doing anything else, I would recommend you actually do a ride-along, or even work for, a company that is already doing this. there will be some resistance because you will basically be potential competition but if you manage it, they will be able to give you some experience, tips, warnings, etc that may be invaluable - and you may get some idea if you really are cut out for it - remember, it is basically an on-call business with odd hours and no guarantee of regular work and income.
1/ That is the most common type down here, and reliability is largely down to maintaining the vehicle properly.
2/ That is something you are going to need to talk to several insurance companies about, or a commercial insurance broker who should know all the answers to the questions you don't know to ask.
3/ I can't comment about the UK system, but I don't believe there is a limit in the work catchment here but there is a limit to the distance one can travel from base without entering it into a log-book.
4/ See 2 above - is that a little under 3 years of car licence or HGV? Whether you need the latter is down to the UK rules - here you also need a V endorsement for vehicle recovery - http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resources/application-for-endorsement-dl20/docs/dl20.pdf - the exemptions for that wouldn't apply for a commercial business.
Ah, UK licence breakdown here - https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories
5/ Not quite sure what you're asking there - check the London City website, if there is one, and the Greater London council - or give them a 'phone and ask.
6/ See 2 above.
7/ Probably working conditions - most likely breakdowns/crash recoveries will be at night, in the rain, in the cold, etc. If you are providing a removal service for illegally parked vehicles you are likely to have upset owners - some may be violent. You may also face claims that you damaged the vehicle during recovery and/or storage, stole something from it, etc - take a video of the vehicle and note of contents before the recovery.
 

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Did come across this - https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1118822

Ah, I see they changed licence classes/descriptions a few years ago - https://www.gov.uk/old-driving-licence-categories.

I think I prefer the NZ system, it is much easier to figure out - I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 class licences for bike, car and truck-trailer to 50 tonne gross and F, R, T and W endorsements for Forklift, Roller, Tracked and Wheeled special type vehicles up to the same 50 tonne limit - but I would still need the "V" test and endorsement for a recovery service and a "D" endorsement for Dangerous Goods could be handy.

Just don't be like these shit-for-brains wanking mother****ers - go to 26 minutes - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ie3ch_classic-car-rescue-106-mini-couchtripper_auto
 
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