This would also would be a great way to steal cars in broad daylight.
So steal the fancy towtruck as well.
Yeah but if you have a tow truck nobody going to question it
Except everyone is filming you do it
This is why you should always chain your car to the fire hydrant that you're blocking.
That's a very cool take on a flatbed wrecker, but I have to ask- no straps once it's on?
Edit: Of all the comments in all the subreddits on all the topics I've posted, THIS is the one I get massive upvotes on?
It's tow trucks all the way down brother.
If you think that your huge initial investment into a tow truck is going to pay off for you.
Let's assume that truck is $200k. Ballpark. Let's also assume that you steal expensive cars. Nothing crazy, BMW and Audi and the like. You're making 15-20k per lift tops. You'd have to steal 10 or 15 cars just to break even. Do you think you can do that before you get caught? I don't. And when you do get caught, you pay huge fines, massive legal fees, and spend time in jail. You'd have to think you could get away with stealing upwards of 50 cars to make it even close to worth it. All before getting caught, of course.
Thats why this doesn't worn
With another tow truck?
What is my perfect crime? I drive down the street in the middle of the day in my sideways tow truck . Do I go for the BMW? No, I go for the Hyundai. It's priceless. As I'm lifting it up, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's car. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the Hyundai.
These fast and furious movies write themselves
This is why you should always leave a baby in your car when you park illegally.
Probably a repo. Grab the car drive away a little ways and then stop and secure it.
I've seen this kind posted before. These are for high traffic areas where the impound lot is nearby. Think parking outside of an airport type of traffic.
Which are just tow trucks of the sea.
Gone in 60 seconds.
Until you get to the boat. But then the tug boats come in...
I know of some Russians in Spokane Washington who might want to invest in one of those. It might improve the efficiency of their business of making cars disappear.
The real lifeprotips is always in the comments.
Even normal towing not for repo is done as quick as possible. There's too much risk of violence if the owner comes back while the tow truck's still around.
The guy taking video was so impressed, he didn't even notice that it was his car, until it was too late.
Or off a bridge.
Thats why you steal them all in one night.
It's also good for getting cars in tight areas, like an airport or this small city street. You can take it down the block and drop it off for a normal tow truck to take it further.
in Europe they actually want the owner to show up during the process of loading up the car, because it is easier for everyone, and cheaper for the owner. in most EU countries if your car was towed because you parked in a no-parking zone you are looking at a 150-300 EUR bill. If you show up while the car is still there they will charge you 50, maybe 100, but leave your car so you can move it and spare the hassle, and money. With the prices of cars and repairs increasing, and also the prices of towing, many cities are actually limiting towing as much as possible, instead just locking the tires with hefty fines. For years they could simply not give a fuck about the cars, it was pretty much safe bet to find your car damaged, but then a judge I believe in Netherlands ruled that the towing company has to pay for damages and whaddyakno', suddenly tow trucks around the continent started to give a fuck.
Sounds like a job for nicolas cage
This was shot in Istanbul.
That's a REPO truck
One of them involves your mother.
You can tell by the way it is.
always nice to see my city mentioned
Well...a guy changed my life a few months ago with LPT to count to 6 if you feel yourself procrastinating and just mechanically start doing whatever while distracted by counting. Works for me. Now I actually grab remote and change the channel rather than watching same channel all night.
You mean Constantinople?
Nah anybody can do it, I used to work repo. We put gone in 60 seconds to shame with those trucks. You don't even exit the truck, you got hydraulic switches on a handheld remote. Everything is done in one continuous motion, you're backing up while lowering and opening the claws. Hit the wheels, close the claws and lift it up about a foot and dip out. You're not supposed to drive around with it unsecured like that but we would get the fuck outta dodge, at least go around a corner and then hop out to strap up the tires to the claws. I think I could probably get a car in about 30 seconds, and I'm no Memphis Raines.
[Edit] Here's a
You'll notice there's no brake lights stuck on the hood and then after a break in the filming, it has them. He pulled over and strapped it up, placed his lights and probably called it in to the local PD at that time. Crazy shit happens, you really don't wanna be hanging around outside the house when you're taking peoples cars. Not crazy shit like that fake ass repo reality tv show, but close.
That's nobody's business but the Turks.
I am most impressed that it got under the wheels. I thought it might do some damage to the frame picking it up like that but they really know their stuff!
Why? Uh, whaddya need?
Same thing, different name
2 murders and 1 drugs. Please.
Your argument is invalid. Tow the police car.
So you're saying Erdogan security guards would beat up the cars, got it.
You gotta do it the legit way. Like make your own fraudulent towing company. Get yourself a license and all that shit so no one suspects a thing. Then "contract" out your work to local businesses. Tow those fuckers away and then actually make them PAY you so they can buy their cars back.
Its a genius plan!
Until the front falls off.
I like that idea - "we haven't got your vehicle, sir, we dumped it in the river along with the other 40 we lifted this morning. It's yours to recover at your convenience"
It looks like there's only 2 prongs like a forklift, but really there's 4 prongs, 2 pairs with each pair in line with the wheel. To pick up the car, the set of prongs come closer together and sort of wedged under the wheel from both sides to support and lift the car up.
If I remember correctly, there was a concept/demo video floating around awhile ago which showed these mini robots do something similar to lift up a car slightly and move it aside into a parking space.
Probably drop it right onto a normal flatbed with that thing.
Gone in 60 seconds just became a much more boring movie!
I love how this pretty much dismantles his whole argument.
They probably aren't the ones who called the tow truck. They show up, tow truck is in the middle of doing their thing, owner flips out.
Next time, be Fast and Furious
You nailed the one way a person can try to keep their car longer. If you're in a tight stall with the rear only exposed and it's a front wheel drive, repo drivers aren't supposed to drag it out because it can potentially wreck the transmission on the car as it's likely in park. There's ways, but it takes a lot of effort. They have but most trucks don't even carry them, as they're seldom needed. You'd have to get out and jack up the front end, it would be a real hassle.
Typically we'd just leave the car if it were parked that way and hunt that car more at the persons work place, etc. If anyone is looking for tips to try and hold onto their car until they can pay the bill, parking in a tight stall like u/winkapp described could help. You could further make it a challenge by turning the steering wheel all the way one direction and either locking it in place or using a car club jammed between the body post and windshield if it doesn't lock. Some repo guys will drag the cars slowly, but if you have the wheel cranked all the way, then the cars adjacent to the one being taken are now at risk because the car will want to turn into them when it's being dragged.
There's a few tricks I've seen people use. One guy drove into his backyard and had an entirely separate chain link fence built around it where it sat parked. We never got that guy, but he wasn't able to ever really use his car either. Repo drivers are constantly looking for their cars, even when you're out having dinner or going to the movies with your family. You're still running the plate numbers through your head, looking at all the cars in the lots.
Finally some good news from Turkey.
I play Eve so I think I can explain.
You don't start out rolling with trucks like that, you have to start out stealing them manually, or with a cheaper tow truck, or even a team, etc. You work yourself to a point of reliable income where losing a 200k tow truck is like nothing to you - and your rate of income actually DOES pay off because you don't need to 'break even' on your 200k investment until you actually liquidate that investment.
The truck is a 200k piece of capital, and is still (theoretically) worth ~200k. If you're losing your 200k truck all the time then maybe you should scale back until you've developed the methods and skills needed to reduce the rISK.
I hear it called "Spokompton" sometimes. Is it really that bad? What type of stuff you get up there? Drugs? Meth? Gangs? Murders?
Dammit, 18 minutes too late
tow truck is pretty fast, also, and would probably get less attention.
How many trucks could a tow truck tow if a tow truck could tow trucks?
Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.
Motherfucker that's called a job
This is Turkey, no one cares. It will be towed anyways.
how neat is that?
I read yhat in Dwight's voice before I even knew it was dwight.
OTTOMAN CANNONS CAN'T MELT THEODOSIAN WALLS
1453 WAS AN INSIDE JOB
but the brothers think its over, and then the Mexican space armada attacks...
This is in Turkey though.
You're an inspiration!
What's the difference between 'broad daylight' and regular daylight?
That's a very cool take on a flatbed wrecker,
Agreed. I'm so dumb that I thought the flatbed part was gonna go over the vertical bars and then back down on the other side. Of course it's engineered better than that lol.
No, this is a standard city tow truck in turkey. By law if the driver shows up they have to stop towing it. Thats why they have to nab it and run ASAP.
You'd still be driving around with a highly conspicuous tow truck - except now if someone runs the plate it'll come back as stolen. Which is slightly better than your address being attached to it, but as soon as it's a patrol car running them you're done for. And you know that the cops are going to run every tow truck matching the description, because there's only like three of them.
Besides, you still need to flip and store stolen cars, not to mention a giant tow truck.
Seriously, like does this guy even grand theft auto?
Lots of 30 something dudes with mullety hair and mustaches riding bmx bicycles that are way too small for them so I'd say meth or crack.
this is why you plaster posters praising dear cult leader gollum erdogan all over the inside of your car
Wouldn't being in park/gear in a front wheel drive car prevent this from happening?
Would royally fuck up a manual car though.
That is not repo truck, it's a tow truck and I believe is the only type of tow truck used in istanbul, as you can see its license plate is white on black instead of black on white which indicates it is a government vehicle.
These things are really common in and around airports, busy shopping streets and malls and basically anywhere there might be an illegally parked car, there is a fleet of these things going around towing them.
You have 30 minutes to remove your car.
I..I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I see what you did there.
A: Steal the tow truck and drive out of town.
B: Steal the tow truck and keep it hidden for a while.
C: Swap plates.
The guy is speaking in Polish: "there will be a ticket... off he goes!"
That's pretty neat!
And 2 #45s, one with cheese, and a large soda.
Nobody would even question it if you were towing from the fire lanes (where people ALWAYS park because they're lazy fuckwads). Hell, you'd probably have some residents thanking you.
Not really. This will pretty easily break the parking pawl in the transmission, and the drive axle will roll freely. Sure, there's some damage to repair, but a couple hundred dollars of shop time is better than an unpaid car out in the wild.
i really like the lil scooter guy coming in at the end, like, finally, do i look like i got all day? i got pizzas gettin' cold 'ere, sheesh!
I think you're trapped in 1453
I saw these all over Istanbul... I'm really surprised more countries don't use them. It really is the quickest way to tow. Especially on narrow streets.
Or just buy a 30k flatbed and a high vis vest. Roll up into any random apartment complex and tow from visitors section only. Blame gets pinned on contracted tow company while you drag cheaper cars(mostly civics and other hondas) to the chop shop to sell for parts. Pay it off in like 6 cars and if you only roll at night, no one is the wiser.
Ahh yes, The Carstealer 5000.
With weapons made from tow... Tow matoes...
I was waiting for the arms to do
And now we just tilt and flip the car on to the flatbed. Easy.
I was ready to page /sub/osha, and then the outriggers shot out.
Thats a lot of moving parts that can break
I'm curious, how do you pull it out if it's a front wheel drive car in Park parked nose in between two cars? Do you just drag it out tires squealing?
There's risks to damaging it any way you tow it.
No, just open the door and flip down the sun visor and have the keys drop into your lap...
Why does Reddit feel the need to explain each and every joke?