Calling a wrecker usually means that your vehicle is not drivable for one reason or another. Unfortunately, there are other times when your vehicle may operate as designed, but a wrecking service may still have to come to your rescue with a tow truck. These calls for service are usually because of something you have done or not done. Here is a review of a few of those times.
1. Lock Outs
It used to be when you locked yourself out of an older vehicle, a police officer or wrecker service would be able to use a device to unlock your doors. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. The electronics in newer vehicles no longer allow some of these devices to work.
A wrecker may have to tow your car to the nearest dealership for them to cut you another key using your vehicle identification number to open your doors. Fortunately, many of the newer vehicles will give you a warning that your key is still in the vehicle before allowing you to lock the doors.
Many cities across the country have programs to collect delinquent parking citations. Some of these programs involve placing a boot or wheel clamp onto your vehicle if you have a certain number of unpaid violations over a specific time.
Once the city places a boot on your vehicle, you will be unable to move it. Depending on where you are parked, the property owner may call a wrecker to move it for you. Once this happens you will incur a wrecker and storage fee for the time your vehicle remains at the storage lot the wrecker tows your vehicle to.
3. Illegal Parking
Have you ever been in a hurry and parked in a location marked no parking, or parked on private property? Unfortunately, parking in the wrong spot can quickly generate a wrecker call for your vehicle. Once this takes place you are often unaware of the towing of your vehicle until you return looking for your car. You must then contact the towing company to locate the storage yard your vehicle has been deposited on.
4. Lack of Gas
Running out of gas before you get to your location may also necessitate a wrecker call. While roadside assistance may be willing to bring you a gallon of gas, some engines will not start back up if you allow them to run completely dry. You will need a tow to your local mechanic or dealership. Thankfully a tow truck can get you there.
To get a tow truck, contact a wrecking service in your area for help.