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Tow Talk: How Do I Get My Car Ready for Towing?

Monday, December 20, 2021



It's late at night, and you're having car troubles. You hope you can solider on home, but the check engine light keeps blinking, you're slowing to a crawl, and your car suddenly stops.

You might be thinking that you can handle repairs yourself, but that's probably not the best idea.

Attempting DIY repairs could damage your car. Worse, you could injure yourself by trying to repair your vehicle.

If your car is out of commission, the best thing you can do is have it towed.

But what can you do to make the process less difficult for both you and the towing service?

It's important to know what to do while having your car towed. Read on if you'd like a few handy towing maintenance tips.

Stay Safe

In a perfect world, your car would break down in a public parking lot. However, the world isn't perfect, and you may end up stranded somewhere unfamiliar and out of the way.

When your car stops on the road, you should first move it out of the way.

Put the car in neutral and push it to the side of the road if you can. If not, place a barrier around the car to keep other vehicles from impacting it.

Cones, flags, flares; anything that makes your car visible will work to tell others that you're on the road.

Put a "Towing" sign in the window, so passersby will know why you're there. If you're in a dangerous situation (like bad weather or a hazardous location), stay in the car.

Gather Your Belongings

The towing company you call isn't likely to offer protection for your things. Sometimes, you can only retrieve emergency items from your car - like medication - if you forget something.

In some cases, towing companies may bar you from your belongings. You're better off getting all your items together so you'll already have them on hand.

Prepare and Call

Once you've taken proper safety precautions, get all your paperwork in order. Get your insurance, vehicle documentation, and driver's license ready.

Roadside assistance can help pay for towing, so have your membership cards ready also. After you've got all the paperwork together, you can call the towing company.

It may be a little tricky deciding who to call, though. If you have any form of roadside assistance, it should be who you contact.

Newer cars will likely have a warranty and still fall under the manufacturer's roadside assistance. Your insurance might offer towing services as well.

There are even some credit card companies that will tow your vehicle if need be. Make sure to look up towing companies so you'll already have a plan in case of emergencies.

Take Pictures of Your Car

Towing companies are obligated to handle your vehicle carefully. Sometimes, accidents happen, though, and your car may take on slight damage.

Having photos of your vehicle before towing will prove that you aren't responsible for whatever damage occurs during the process.

Towing Made Easy

There's a lot that goes into having a vehicle towed. First, ensure your safety by taking your car off the road or erecting a visible barrier if you can't.

Next, get your paperwork together and call the towing company. Be sure to call the take photos of the vehicle before handing your car off to the towers.

If you're still unsure about towing or anything else to do with servicing your car, contact us. B&M Auto Repair is here to provide all your automotive maintenance needs.

B&M Auto Repair and Towing is proud to offer mechanic services to the Collegeville, Phoenixville, and Oak PA areas. We fix brakes, provide towing services, and everything in between, so give us a call at (484) 358-6784 and let B&M Auto be your auto service and repair partner.


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