For many drivers, the addition of a tow bar to their vehicle is a useful accessory. There are three main types of tow bars on the market - the self-aligning vehicle mount, the self-aligning receiver mount and the rigid a-frame mount. Each type of tow bar is suitable for different uses so it's important to ensure that you have had a proper think about what you plan to use the tow bar for and to make sure you purchase one that is suitable for your needs.
The best place to find information about tow bars is online where there are a number of websites and forums that can help you address any queries you may have and allow you to make an informed decision on the best option for your needs.
Having decided what type of tow bar you require, the next step is to source and purchase your tow bar and you’ll also need to decide whether you are going to install the tow bar to your vehicle yourself or if you are going to get a professional to do it. Although a useful accessory to your vehicle, tow bars can be expensive, so a number of owners choose to source a tow bar themselves rather than purchase one from an automotive parts supplier at a premium price. Here are some of the best places to check online for tow bars:
- Auction sites such as eBay are a good place to begin your search, allowing you the chance to bid on both new and second-hand tow bars.
- Gumtree is another useful resource, particularly for sourcing local buyers and sellers.
- Another place to check is on specific car owners forums where the trade of parts and spares is a regular occurrence.
The installation of a tow bar is a task that can be undertaken by yourself if you have good automotive knowledge. However, for peace of mind, most people would rather have a professional undertake the fitting and this is a task that most garages will undertake.