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    Car recovery tow bar hire needed..

    Guys, Is there a hire service I can use to recover a non-runner car?

    Ideally looking to hire a straight tow bar for 1 day...?

    Will be using my megane to pick up a nissan almera.

    Any suggestions? thanks in advance.

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    How far is it? There may well be better alternatives. What engine is the Megane? Also, what condition is the non-runner in, and is it taxed, insured and MOTd?

    Original Poster

    around 200 miles. Megane engine size is 1.6 petrol.

    There are other methods i.e using an a-frame, dolly, or trailers (best option).. but these are quite costly.

    You are not allowed to tow on a motorway. A trailer would be the better idea.

    ele-font;4844599

    around 200 miles.



    Don't. Seriously.

    Don't know of HSS hire do this sort of thing? check their website, you can hire all sorts of stuff from them...

    Edit: I found a car transporter if that's any good?

    hss.com/g/6…tml

    Quite expensive though

    Original Poster

    Max Cady;4844589

    This sort of thing? … This sort of thing? £25.59http://www.screwfix.com/prods/30875/Van-Car-Accessories/Automotive-Accessories/2-Tonne-Tow-Bar-Damper



    I think so....:thinking: Will that do the job? Anything else needed to fix the two cars using this?

    ele-font;4844599

    around 200 miles. Megane engine size is 1.6 petrol.There are other … around 200 miles. Megane engine size is 1.6 petrol.There are other methods i.e using an a-frame, dolly, or trailers (best option).. but these are quite costly.



    It won't be fun at all, but to have a recovery agent do it would be in the region of £200. A dolly is far better for this task, I would only suggest a static towbar (or rigid towbar) from up to 20 miles, it's too much hassle otherwise.

    Seriously you may kill the Megane's engine towing that distance.

    ele-font;4844639

    I think so....:thinking: Will that do the job? Anything else needed to … I think so....:thinking: Will that do the job? Anything else needed to fix the two cars using this?



    Am I confused by the picture or does that not appear to need a tow bar?

    radiocde;4844653

    Seriously you may kill the Megane's engine towing that distance.



    More the clutch, the towing mass will be just about maximum, the engine should manage it but the clutch will severely lose life.

    dsp-services.co.uk/

    Don't know if this is in your area?? - London area

    Car transporter for around £40 per day

    ele-font;4844639

    Will that do the job? Anything else needed to fix the two cars using this?


    Most modern car have a tow point sometimes hidden so you should'nt need anything else, ..but 200 miles is a long way to tow a car and might ruin the clutch on the towing car.

    angelwithdirtyw;4844673

    http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - … http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - London areaCar transporter for around £40 per day



    That seems a very sensible idea :thumbsup:

    Max Cady;4844689

    Most modern car have a tow point sometimes hidden so you should'nt need … Most modern car have a tow point sometimes hidden so you should'nt need anything else, ..but 200 miles is a long way to tow a car and might ruin the clutch on the towing car.



    Normally a static tow bar or rigid tow bar in my experience fixes to a car tow ball on a tow bar, the other side goes to the tow loop on the front of the towed car. I can't see how it fixing to both tow loops front and back would work, so maybe I am missing something from the picture.

    Or you could do that free renting a megane car from dealer thing that was floating around.

    Hand the car back aged 5yrs lol .

    The look on his face as he drives the car away :-D

    Original Poster

    angelwithdirtyw;4844673

    http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - … http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - London areaCar transporter for around £40 per day



    Looks like a towbar is not sufficient enough to cover 200 miles :? .. so if I was to go for a trailer, although its the better option, it will cause 'life' damage to my megane's clutch :whistling:.. great i'm stuffed hah!

    Original Poster

    l33t-krew;4844755

    Or you could do that free renting a megane car from dealer thing that was … Or you could do that free renting a megane car from dealer thing that was floating around.Hand the car back aged 5yrs lol .The look on his face as he drives the car away :-D



    Ha ha that's a brilliant devilish idea but I need to collect the towed car this thursday :-D

    angelwithdirtyw;4844673

    http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - … http://www.dsp-services.co.uk/Don't know if this is in your area?? - London areaCar transporter for around £40 per day



    Providing your driving licence covers it. A megane wouldn't tow it anyway I wouldn't have thought.

    Original Poster

    Jumpingphil;4844920

    You haven't said whether the Nissan is taxed and insured or why it's a … You haven't said whether the Nissan is taxed and insured or why it's a non runner.Do you have AA recovery or similar you could utilise.Although driving 200 miles with a transporter is not going to be fun, I don't think it would do much harm to your clutch or engine providing you don't drive like a lunatic. Try and anticipate hazards in the road and slow down well in advance of when you need to.Drive like you have a bowl of raw eggs on the bonnet. :thumbsup:Edit. Good point Shengis, they have changed the rules as to what you are allowed to tow these days.There was a thread on here a couple of days ago about that.



    The nissan is salvage, although it has an MOT. No tax or insurance however.
    Is the transporter allowed on the motorway?

    Good point: How could I get my AA recovery to deliver the car? Will I have to be with the nissan and say, ' I just got into an accident, can you please deliver me home' ? (I've never tried this) :-D

    It needs to be off of the road then, not towed, otherwise you are liable for no insurance etc.

    The only legal way of moving it is on the back of another vehicle.
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