Here at BB Motor Factors we
can supply and professionally fit a towbar to virtually any
vehicle, ranging from your average family hatchback to high
performance sports cars, classics and imported vehicles. We also
cater for light commercial vehicles from small vans right up to
twin axle motor homes.
We are Warrington’s only approved Witter dealer and fitting
centre, our details can be found on their web site where you can
also book in your vehicle to have a towbar fitted using
Witter’s own online dealer web-fit service.
Why not give us a call for a competitive quote on having a towbar
fitted to your vehicle today!
In addition to being Warrington’s only factory approved
WITTER Tow Bar stockist, we
also supply & fit BOSAL, BRINK, WESTFALIA, A1, ANKER &
WATLING tow bars.
newer vehicles with the latest CAN BUS wiring we have all the
answers with our micro processor “smart relays”
ensuring a trouble free fitting job.
quality fitting by our Lucas trained auto electrician and tow bar
fitter with over 30 years experience between them will make sure
that your vehicle and it’s tow bar have a long and trouble
free life together.
There is no “ quick fix “ in our workshop and
the good old troublesome blue scotchlok connectors are outlawed by
our auto electrician, as he only uses the tried and tested
Since it was founded over half a century ago, Witter Towbars has
consistently set the standard for quality, reliability, and value
for money. The company was formed in 1950 by Colin Witter, who saw
an opportunity to meet the growing demand for easy-to-fit towing
brackets from caravan and trailer owners who were benefiting from
the increased leisure time enjoyed by post-war Britain.
It was his vision that led to the creation of Witter Towbars, the
UK's leading towbar manufacturer. Today, thanks to continuous
investment, the Witter name is synonymous with the highest
standards of design, quality, safety and security for motorists and
road users. From its modern headquarters on Deeside, North Wales,
the company supplies a complete range of towbars and accessories
through a helpful nationwide network of specialist stockist's and
Witter's complete range
of towing products are designed for today's modern lifestyles -
from straightforward towbars to award-winning cycle carriers that
provide a practical, safe and easy-fit solution to the problem of
transporting bikes on vehicles. Witter have an innovative approach,
which is shaping the direction of towbar design and development
Using the latest 3D CAD systems, Witter design products to fit all
major vehicle manufacturers' specified attachment points. Their
towbars are manufactured from high strength structural steel plate,
tube and section material and shaped into components using the very
latest production techniques and processes.
Every Witter towbar is covered by our Shield of Safely, a symbol of
quality, backed by a genuine lifetime guarantee. This is made
possible through our continuing investment in skills, technology
and quality systems. We are totally committed to quality and have
full accreditation as a Quality Assured Company, ensuring that
Witter towbars continue to occupy a place at the forefront of
Established in 1923 in Alkmaar, the Bosal Group is Dutch
registered, headquartered in Lummen, Belgium. The annual turnover
in 2007 was in excess of € 985 million. The Bosal Group
employs over 7,000 people in 43 manufacturing plants and 27
distribution centres. Bosal´s customer base includes all major
car manufacturers worldwide as well as a variety of leading
The Bosal-Oris joint venture delivers a full spectrum of towbars
for the global market, from the most innovative discreet systems to
straightforward, durable designs. As one of the largest
manufacturers in the industry, Bosal-Oris supplies numerous
European automobile companies with high specification retractable,
detachable and fixed towbars.
Bosal-Oris was also the pioneer of the retractable towbar system
and was the first to supply these units directly to the production
lines of the global manufacturers.
Brink towbars offers the following products firstly the removable
towbar systems this is becoming a top seller as more and more style
is related to the rear of the motor car and lets face it no one
wants to spoil your good looking new car brink have being
manufacturing this removable towbar for over 30 years this is made
to exacting standards and comes in 3 design ranges the brinkmatic
advance, brinkmatic mirage, and brinkmatic classic ease of use good
looks and safety are the key points.
The swan neck and fixed 2 bolt flange ball towbars are equally
popular throughout the towbar industry brink towbars are the worlds
largest manufacture of towbars and a few reasons why are listed
infact 31 reasons are listed supplied as original equipment to
jaguar Volkswagen etc etc etc.
Having manufactured more than 12 million towbars for use with cars
and light commercial vehicles, WESTFALIA is one of the leading
manufacturers of towbars across the world. Towbars from WESTFALIA
are specially developed in cooperation with the automobile industry
for various models of automobiles. Hence, WESTFALIA can guarantee a
high degree of precision and quality, as well as rapid and simple
assembly. All trailer towbars are protected against environmental
influences, especially the effects of weather, by means of cathodic
dip-coating (KTL coating). Of course all WESTFALIA towbars are
All towbars for light passenger vehicles (manufactured after 1998)
are designed, tested and certified to 94/20 EC Type Approval
All towbars manufactured by A1 come with a full lifetime guarantee
for the original vehicle to which the towbar was fitted*.
*(Subject to Terms & Conditions)
All A1 Towbars are finished using an anti corrosive primer. To
maximise the appearance of your towbar and minimise corrosion, we
recommend that you regularly inspect and repaint it especially in
The origins of Anker go back some 40 years, with the owners of
Anker operating the company that made York Towbars. Following the
sale of that business in late 1982 Anker started in January
Originally Anker operated from less than 2000 square feet. We have
grown progressively and now occupy a purpose built complex of
buildings of some 14000 square feet, on the original site.
During this period we have purchased Towbars Ltd (the true original
towbar company), the assets of Bumper to Bumper Ltd and recently
the designs and rights of York towbars.
Anker is now a substantial player in the UK market. It has become
the towbar of choice for both the motor trade and towbar fitting
Ankers range is straight forward and covers the bulk of cars and
light commercials on the road today. Ankers philosophy is primarily
to make the bars as easy as possible to fit, with as little bumper
cutting and removal as possible. All Anker bars are typical British
towbars made for the standard bolt on ball.
All Anker Towbars are guaranteed for the life time of the vehicle
to which it was originally fitted. Al bolts must be re-torqued
after 500 towing miles and thereafter annually. All towbars are
immersion painted in a high quality matt black primer.
All Anker towbars are designed and guaranteed for the maximum loads
permitted for the vehicle as specified by the manufacturer of that
vehicle. The fitting and use of an Anker towbar does not affect the
vehicles manufacturers warrantee in any way
Full fitting instructions are supplied with every bar, including
contents list, simple instructions, exploded diagram, a general
fitting instruction guide and a telephone help number.
Watling Engineers has been producing and supplying quality towing
products for over 50 years.
Watling manufacture the worlds widest ranging production list of
towing brackets with designs for cars, commercial vehicles, motor
bikes and motor homes. If you find that your vehicle is not listed
we can source items from the other major towbar manufacturers, or
for the more unusual vehicles we offer a bespoke design and fit
Watling produce what is possibly the largest selection of towbars
to be found anywhere in the UK. Watlings range of items spans from
1950s classics to the latest SUV's and Pick-Ups.
As well as being able to cater for almost every modern vehicle on
the market, Watlings huge back catalogue of towbars means we are
able to cater for the more unusual vehicles that are on the roads.
A quick glance through the list and you will find items for sports
cars like the Audi Quattro, BMW M5 and the Jaguar XK8, workhorses
like the Ford Transit and the LDV Convoy and classic cars like the
Austin A40, the MGB GT, and the Rolls Royce Silver Spirit (well how
else are you going to get your hot air balloon to the show).
If your vehicle is not listed in we can usually do a special design
for you. Please give us a call to talk through your specific
Watling Engineers can design and manufacture special towing bracket
for your classic car.
From modern classics like the MGB to early classics like this VW
Split Screen Camper van. Please contact our technical department
for further information and a quote.
The standard type of towbar in the UK is the flange towbar, (in
most cases the two-bolt flange.) This is the type of towbar that
been available in the UK for many decades. Perhaps the best known
make of flange towbars is Witter, the UK's largest towbar
With a flange towbar a separate towball is bolted onto the towbar
via bolts on each side (normally one on either side). This system
allows different types of towball to be fitted. The most popular is
the standard towball, however long reach towballs are now becoming
popular for caravans with a integral stabiliser such as the AL-KO
system. Also many commercial vehicles also fit a combination pin,
ball and jaw to allow, for example the towing of site generators
which have a towing ring rather than a convention hitch.
The flange system also allows for accessories to be fitted between
the towbar and the towball, these include stabilisers (such as the
Bulldog or Snakemaster), cycle carriers, tow steps or bumper
Important Note - Towballs
When buying a two bolt flange towbar the towball is not normally
included. This is because of the different variants of towballs
(ball, pin and jaw or long reach towballs etc) available. It is for
this reason that Witter, Tow-Trust, PCT etc do not supply a towball
with the towbar.
Also many people choice to use a towball that they have taken from
their old car. A standard towball is just £4.50.
There a number of different variants of towball/coupling available
but for most people all that is required is the standard 50 mm
Towball. Please note that an EC type approved towball is needed for
cars registered from August 1998 ('S' reg) onwards.
When the European towing bracket manufacturers such as Bosal and
Brink (now Thule Towing Systems) began selling into Britain they
introduced to the mass UK market swanneck towbars (either with a
welded or bolt on neck)
The swanneck towbar is the norm in most continental European
countries such as Germany, but every year they become more popular
in the UK.
With a swanneck towbar instead of the neck of the towbar ending in
a flange plate (to which a separate towball is bolted), the neck
turns straight into the ball. Many people believe this is more
aesthetically pleasing than the more common flange type, as usually
the electrics are located on the main towbar out of normal
However they do have disadvantages in that traditional blade type
stabilisers (Bulldog, Snakemaster etc) often require an expensive
and intrusive adapter. Also bumper protector plates, tow steps and
pins and balls etc cannot be fitted
When referring to a swanneck towbar we would not normally include
detachable swanneck towbars, for more information please see our
detachable towbars pages.
Detachable towbars sales grow in popularity year after year. They
offer the best of both worlds: a car with a towbar when towing and
a car without when not!
Untill recently 99.9% of detachable towbars have been detachable
swanneck towbars, however Tow-Trust Towbars has introduced a range
of flange detachable towbars, providing the versatility of both the
flange and detachable systems. Witter Towing Systems have followed
this lead and have launched a flange detachable towbar called
They are also useful for cars fitted with reversing sensors (also
know as PDC or parking distance control). This is because often
with a flange or swanneck fixed in position they would be picked up
by the sensors when not towing.
The design of the detachable towbar will vary depending on the
towbar manufacturers and the vehicle it is fitting to. Some
detachable towbars will have a non-visible bumper cut with the
electrics on a swivel plate, while others may just show the
electrics or a discrete module just visible below your bumper (if
you look hard enough). We will be able to give advice on the best
detachable for your vehicle.
We are able to offer you different alternatives from Westfalia
Automotive, Tow-Trust Towbars, Witter Towbar Systems, PCT
Automotive, Bosal, Thule Towing Systems (including Brink), GDW
Towbars and Monoflex.
All swanneck detachable (not flange detachable) towbars come with
the towball as standard as the ball is part of the neck these are
designed to the make and model of vehicle.
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