Tow or Drive? When Is My Car Too Damaged to be Driven?
Most of us would do anything to avoid getting a tow and paying the huge bill that usually accompanies it. Some of us would rather push our cars a mile to our local Apache Junction auto body repair shop than have to call a tow truck.
But sometimes, driving your car instead of having it towed may actually cause more damage — and cost you more money. If the problem is with the engine, you could be making it even worse by driving. If you’ve been in an accident and have a bumper falling off, dragging it along behind you down the road will only create the need for more body repair.
Here are a few signs that you might need to have your car towed to your Apache Junction body shop instead of driving it:
Vehicle Is Overheating
When your vehicle is overheating, it’s a good sign that there is something wrong with the engine or the motor. Continuing to drive the vehicle can cause major damage that can cost you thousands of dollars to repair. In addition, the engine could seize while you are driving, which could cause a major accident, depending on how fast you are driving and how many cars are around you.
The Check Engine Light Is On
The “check engine” light is something that you should never ignore. Any time you see this, you should take your car to the mechanic as soon as possible. If you are having other problems with your car such as noises while you are driving and the “check engine” light comes on, call for a tow truck. If you have been in an accident and the light comes on in your Acura, call a tow truck to take your car to an Acura certified Apache Junction repair shop.
Vehicle Is Smoking or Has a Burning Smell
Smoking coming from your hood or your exhaust can indicate a number of problems with the engine, the motor, or the exhaust system. Allowing any of these problems to continue can lead to major damage and seriously expensive repairs.
Likewise, a burning smell is a sure sign that something is wrong. Call a tow truck instead of driving your car to the shop and exacerbating the problem.