Bye, Betsy! Getting Your Car Ready to Be Towed

Hello! Breaking down by the side of the road can be a scary experience at the best of times. But when you are a single mum travelling alone with just two small kids for company, it can be absolutely terrifying. I was on my way to Alice Springs to visit my uncle when the car began to cough and splutter along. I crossed my fingers I hoped we would make it but eventually, the car stopped at the side of the road and we could go no further. Thankfully, I had the phone number for a tow truck service who came right out and got my car and my family to safety. I dedicate this blog to them.

Bye, Betsy! Getting Your Car Ready to Be Towed

Bye, Betsy! Getting Your Car Ready to Be Towed

3 January 2019
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How do you feel about your car? Perhaps it's your pride and joy. Maybe it's just a way of getting from point A to point B. You might even be someone who has given their car a name (and if you named your car Betsy, you're not alone). You're going to feel differently about your car when it stops running, and some frustration and annoyance is fairly standard! Your car might need to be transported to a mechanic if the repairs cannot be performed on the spot. This means your car needs to be gotten ready for towing. It doesn't take much work, but it certainly makes the process easier.

Making the Call

Determining just who is best to contact will depend on a few things. If the car is new (or is a recently purchased used vehicle), it could still be under warranty. If so, call the dealer and they can make the necessary arrangements. Your insurance provider can also provide direction (and again, might make the arrangements). If you handle the matter privately, you just need to choose a towing company and mechanic who can make the repairs at a price and in a time frame that works for you.

Your Stuff

You don't want to be looking for your sunglasses or spare phone charger only to realise that you left it in your car, which is now at the mechanics. Remove all your personal possessions, and be sure to check every nook and cranny (as well as the boot).

Some Housekeeping

It's not necessary to wash your car, but you should remove any rubbish from its interior. Most types of repair will focus on the exterior of the car and under the bonnet, but getting rid of your rubbish will permit ease of access if the mechanic needs to inspect anything inside your car.

For Peace of Mind

Your towing services company will do their utmost to transport your vehicle safely, but there can be factors beyond their control (such as the carelessness of other drivers). Take a number of photos of your vehicle before it's towed away so you have a digital record of its precise condition when it left your possession. Immediately prior to your car's towing, make sure that you deactivate the parking brake. Your car can still be towed with the parking brake on, but there's a risk of damaging it even further.

It's really not too complicated, is it? These simple and straightforward steps make the whole affair less stressful, and it won't be too long before Betsy safely comes back to you.

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Towing: Get Your Car Back On the Road

Hello! Breaking down by the side of the road can be a scary experience at the best of times. But when you are a single mum travelling alone with just two small kids for company, it can be absolutely terrifying. I was on my way to Alice Springs to visit my uncle when the car began to cough and splutter along. I crossed my fingers I hoped we would make it but eventually, the car stopped at the side of the road and we could go no further. Thankfully, I had the phone number for a tow truck service who came right out and got my car and my family to safety. I dedicate this blog to them.

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