What to Do If Your Car Gets Towed

parking garageIt’s pretty scary to go outside and find that your car isn’t where you left it, but getting it back can be a simple process. Just follow these steps for what to do when your car gets towed.

Before you do anything, check around the area for “no parking” signs and tow-away zone signs; if you think you may have been wrongly towed, take pictures of the area. If you do see a tow-away zone sign, call the number listed on it, or call the local police department if there isn’t a number. They’ll direct you to the lot where your vehicle’s located.

Next, you need to get to the lot, so call a friend to come pick you up or, worse comes to worse, call a taxi or Uber.

Once you arrive at the impound lot, make sure you read over the documents they give you and understand why you were towed before you pay the fees.

If you think it was wrongful, you can request a hearing. Your car may have been towed for various reasons besides being in a no parking zone, like blocking a fire hydrant or having unpaid parking violations, so keep these in mind.

Things to Keep in Mind When Test Driving a Car

test driveThe test drive can make or break your decision to buy a car, especially if it’s used. Strange noises, rough handling—if you notice anything that feels off, it’s probably best to keep looking. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when test driving a car.

First, have the salesman demonstrate the vehicle’s features for you, partly to see what the car can do and partly to make sure everything is working right (again, this is especially important with used cars). Make sure you’re test driving the car you want with the engine and transmission you want!

Check under the hood and look at the spare tire, making sure everything is easily accessible; then make sure the car is a good fit for you. Sit in it, get in and out of it to make sure it’s comfortable, and check the cargo space so you know there’s enough room for things you regularly transport back and forth.

Don’t listen to the radio when you’re test driving to ensure you can hear any noises, and really test the car. Take it over bumps so you can make sure the shocks work, for instance.

Good luck!