The Real Cost of Towing
Posted on August 30th 2019 by Towbar2U
The cost of towbars can vary; a browse of the various retailers will tell you as much. However, there are several factors which can influence the price of a towbar, and in this article, the team at Towbar2U will run through these factors in order to help you understand what you’re paying for when it comes to a towbar.
Perhaps this goes without saying, but the manufacturer of a towbar will have an impact on the price it retails for. Certain manufacturers have a better reputation than others, they may use different techniques in the manufacturing process that require more expense, and therefore lead to higher costs to the consumer. From Witter to Brink and PCT Automotive, each brand has their different processes and prices associated with their products. Towbar2U exclusively fit Witter towbars, proudly supplying drivers with their first-class, 3D CAD-designed products.
Type of towbar
To those without experience in the use or fitting of towbars, it may be surprising to learn that there are actually many types of towbar available, designed for the varying needs of drivers and vehicles. The types of towbar available to you are flange and swan neck, and both of these varieties come in either fixed or detachable formats, depending on what you need. Here’s a brief overview of their properties:
Fixed flange towbar: The standard, cheapest towbar option on the market. It can be accessorised with car plates and protector plates, as well as cycle carriers.
Detachable flange towbar: Similar to the fixed version – albeit more expensive – but the towball can be removed. The towball can often pose a danger to shins, so removing it can save the deeply uncomfortable sensation of hitting your leg on the towbar as you walk past.
Both fixed and detachable flange towbars can carry and tow cycles at the same time.
Fixed swan neck towbar: A sleeker design than its flange counterparts, the fixed swan neck towbar is less likely to trigger reversing sensors and looks more appealing. However, it is slightly more expensive and it cannot be fitted with a bumper shield.
Detachable swan neck towbar: Aside from the obvious, there is little difference between the detachable and fixed swan neck towbars.
After you’ve decided which towbar is right for your vehicle, the next step is to choose the electrics. The electrics connect your car to the computer system on your trailer, caravan or cycle carrier; it’s a legal requirement to have an electrical kit fitted with your towbar as they sync up the various safety features of the towing vehicle and what’s being towed.
Electrical systems are available in universal or dedicated varieties, with the latter being designed specifically for your vehicle. You also need to choose between 7-pin, 7-pin twin and 13-pin electrics; 13 pin is more expensive than 7 pin.
Towbar2U are proud to be a leading supplier of towbars nationwide, offering the highest quality towbars from Witter, with mobile fitting available for your utmost convenience and a lifetime guarantee on each towbar we supply. For more information, please get in touch with us today on 0800 998 1969 or fill in our handy form and we’ll be more than happy to help.