Has Your Car Suddenly Stopped Working? Tow It To A Family Member Or Friend's House To Cut Costs

Automotive Blog

Keeping your vehicle operational is essential if you want to continue at a normal pace through life. Once your car breaks down, unless you live in a city where the public transportation system is exceptional, you may have to deal with a number of inconveniences to get where you need to go on a daily basis. A broken-down car is not something that you want to have sitting just anywhere. When you do not have a driveway to park on or a garage to park inside, you should tow it to a family member or friends house that does.

Avoid Temporary Parking Problems

If you do not have the funds to get your car repaired, you should not have it towed to a repair shop. But, you cannot trust parking it on the street or in your apartment complex. Most apartment management companies will bar residents and visitors from working on their vehicles on the apartment property.  Working on the street is difficult with fluid spillage as a risk, and it is tough to find level ground.

Try to Avoid Extra Fees

Many towing services operate on fairly standard hours. So, if you find yourself needing a tow in the middle of the night, you may want to consider waiting it out until the morning to get it towed. Or, if your car stops working on a Sunday morning, postponing the tow until Monday will likely save you money. This is also ideal as you may not want to disturb family or friends at such inconvenient times.

Save Money on Mileage Charges

By towing your vehicle to a person's house nearby, you can keep your total towing costs to a minimum. You can expect the standard fee to range from $35 to $100, but where you can really get hit with extra costs is in the additional costs per mile after you surpass the complimentary miles in the beginning. Having an additional $2.50 to $5.00 added onto each mile greatly entices you to avoid towing the extra miles.

Prioritize Single-Family Homes

When you have family or friends that you are trying to call and see if you can tow your car to their place, you should prioritize those with single-family homes. These properties are more likely to have driveway space, garage space, or at the very least, somewhere you can work without having a variety of issues. You will have an easier time setting up to work on the vehicle, which you may be able to fix yourself.

Finding yourself with a broken car and little money is not an ideal situation to be in, but you can keep the initial costs to a minimum by towing your vehicle to a family member or friend who lives close by.


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