Driving vs Towing Your Car to the Auto Repair Shop

If you detect a problem with your car, then it clearly needs to be looked at by a professional mechanic. Just because your car is still operable, though, doesn’t necessarily mean you should continue to drive it. Even if the mechanic is located locally, it may still be better to have it towed to the maintenance station. In any case, you will have to make a judgement call to drive or tow your car.

Why Consider Towing?

Sure, the car may still get you from point A to point B, point B being the mechanic. Many car owners, in fact, drive to the auto station to avoid the towing fee. Keep in mind, though, that continuing to drive a vehicle with existing problems can exacerbate the damage. This could result in costlier repairs that could have been prevented if you had the car towed to the shop.

Ultimately, it’s a judgement call, and you need to rely on your knowledge of your vehicle to make the decision. Factors to consider include the extent of the symptoms, such as:

  • how far the car temperature dips or increases according to the temperature gauge
  • the smell of burning oil
  • smoke coming from the hood or tailpipe
  • grinding noise from the brake when applied
  • screeching, whirring, or knocking coming from under the hood
  • occasional stalling or slow acceleration
  • rotational noise that increases with speed

Any of these symptoms indicate a problem that range from minor to severe. You won’t know the extent until you take it to a tune-up service. Just keep in mind that a $75 tow could end up saving you several hundred dollars in repairs.

Get Your Car to Us ASAP

Our specialties include repairs for the most common makes and models. Whether you decide to drive or tow your car, what’s important is that you get it to Chuck’s Auto Repair right away if you notice something wrong.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

Complete Services for a Broken Down Vehicle

Serving the motorists of Seattle and the Greater Area

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