The main difference between flatbed tow trucks and wheel lift tow trucks is the level of security that each truck provides. The wheel lift, lifts your vehicle’s front wheels off the pavement, unlike a flatbed, which hoists your vehicle entirely onto the truck.
*Flatbed trucks are the safest, by far. They don’t require adjustments, the car lies on the deck and doesn’t have the risk to be damaged
*Wheel lift truck has a hydraulic boom with a couple of cross bars at the end. Those bars are slipped under the front or rear wheels of a car.