To Tow or Not to Tow? — Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers
Nobody wants to experience car trouble along the road or be involved in an accident. Unfortunately, these things do happen. When you encounter a problem, perhaps you wonder if you should call for a tow or try to go it alone. That really depends on each unique situation. At Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers in New Berlin, Wisconsin, we’re here to give you a few pointers that can help you with your decision. Also, should you need it, we offer towing services as well as a full range of mechanical repairs and tire services to help you get back on your way as quickly as possible.
Safety First: Reasons You May Want a Tow
While there are a myriad of reasons you may need or want a tow, always be sure to prioritize your safety and that of others. For example, if you have a flat, you can change it yourself (if you’re comfortable doing so), but if you think the situation is unsafe, please consider calling for professional help. Also, if a crash renders you auto undrivable or unsafe, you should get a tow. Likewise, if you experience certain mechanical issues, it may be more feasible to get a tow than to keep driving. You don’t want to cause additional damage or compromise other components. For instance, if the car is overheating, you shouldn’t continue operating it as this can lead to catastrophic engine failure.
Know Before You Tow
If you’re thinking about having a vehicle towed, there are various factors you should be aware of before placing that request. If it’s your auto you’re wanting to have moved, make sure you understand your financial obligations ahead of time so that there are no surprises with billing. Towing equipment and company insurance are quite expensive, and the work is labor-intensive and dangerous. Therefore, getting a tow can be costly. If you have a roadside assistance policy, learn the details and limitations ahead of time. These include how far the car can be towed before additional charges take effect and in some cases where the car has come to rest. Also, make sure you understand what your auto insurer does and does not cover in case of a crash. Finally, if you’re considering having someone else’s vehicle towed (whether from public or private property), make sure you know your state and local laws before you do. These vary considerably from place to place. At Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers, we’re glad to assist you with a tow or make repairs regardless of who tows the vehicle.