best practices when getting a car towed

3 Reasons You May Need To Have Your Car Towed

When you have a problem with your car, you may find that you need some help getting the car where it needs to be. If towing is necessary, finding a local tow company to tow your car to the shop or other location is easy. Many repair shops offer to tow your car if you are having work done there.

Engine Won't Start 

One of the most common reasons people need to have a car towed into a repair shop is because the car will not start. Sometimes determining what the problem is requires diagnostic equipment that only the repair shop or dealer service center has.

If you have a local garage that you use to work on your car, give them a call and see if they can tow the vehicle for you. If they do not have a tow truck, they may be able to recommend a tow service that they work with regularly and will give you a fair price. 

Transmission Won't Engage

There are a lot of reasons the transmission may fail in a vehicle and often if the car will not go into gear, a mechanic is going to need to take a look at it to diagnose the issue. With transmission problems, you want to use a tow company that can move your vehicle on a flatbed tow truck if possible.

It is possible to remove the driveshaft before towing the vehicle so that the wheels turn freely but if the company has a flatbed, they can minimize the movement of the vehicle by loading it at your location and unloading it at the shop. 

Damage From a Collision

If you have been involved in a collision, the car may need towing to a body shop or collision repair center. The body of the car may not be the only thing damaged so driving the car, even if it does still run, is not always the best option. The car may have frame or suspension damage that you can not see without the right tools or equipment. 

The tow company can take the car to the collision repair center that you request and drop the car off for you. The tow may be covered under your insurance after an accident, so check with the tow company and the insurance company to see if they can work together on the cost of towing the car to the shop. Let the tow company know who your insurance company is and they may be willing to bill them directly instead of giving you the invoice after the tow. For more information, contact auto towing companies near you.