Your Essential Guide to Buying a Tow Bar for Your Car

Do ant to start towing a trailer or caravan using your car? A tow bar is an essential auto accessory for the job. But not all two bars are created equal. There is a vast selection of tow bars found on the market, so not just any tow bar will work. You need to choose correctly to ensure safe towing operations. 

If the world of towing is alien to you, then selecting the right tow bar for your vehicle can be an overwhelming task. Here's an essential guide for buying the correct tow bar for your towing application.

Check Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity

Before you can start shopping for a tow bar for your car, it is important to know if the vehicle has towing capabilities and how much weight it can tow. You can find information about your car's towing capacity included in the vehicle owner's manual. The figure will dictate the class and type of tow bar you should choose. 

Always go for the tow bar that is suitable for the load you want to tow. There won't be any benefit from fitting a heavier class of tow bar to a vehicle that doesn't have that much towing capacity. If your car can only tow 1000 kg, there is no point in using a heavy-duty tow bar that can tow 3500 kg, for example.

Check Compliance With Australian Standards for Tow Bars

To ensure your safety and that of your vehicle, you are required to use a tow bar that complies with Australian standards for tow bars. Before buying a tow bar, make sure it is compliant with the applicable standards. Typically, compliant products should have the appropriate details included in the products. 

If in doubt, get in touch with the product manufacturer for clarification. 

Consider Purchase and Installation Costs 

Choosing the right tow bar for your car shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. If you are like many other car owners, you will want to see how much money you can save on the purchase of your tow bar. The cost of buying and fitting a tow bar to your car depends on which type of product you choose. 

You can make significant cost savings if you take time to get and compare offers and quotes from different tow bar sellers. 

For more information on how to select the right tow bar for your vehicle, feel free to consult a towing specialist near you.