You felt the engine is not running smoothly, the gears will not switch and there is something wrong with the wiring of your car. You know you have to bring your car to a repair shop to check what are the problems with your vehicle. When you are out of town on a trip, what are the options you have to counter such problems? The following are some options to consider for handling this issue.
Approaches to Consider
Repair strategy depends on cost of towing, repairs, travel distance, roadside plans, and the cost of a rental car. There are normally three main options for handling unexpected vehicular problems while traveling out of town (excluding ideas which can lead to higher costs). Your decisions will also depend on Your ability to diagnose the issues by yourself.
Bring the Issues Home
The first option is to take the whole issue back home from where the vehicle has broken down. This means the car has to be towed back to the original destination where you are from and get it fixed there. The advantage to this decision is that you will need to travel less to and from your home and the repair shop of your choice. However, the disadvantage is that you may not be covered by roadside assistance. There is the possibility that you will not find a tow truck company that can tow your car for such long distance. Some drivers may seek help from friends to tow their cars with own vehicles. However, this is not exactly safe; it is better to find a professional for assistance.
Find a Repair Shop at Nearby Location
If you chose not to pay so much to have your vehicle moved back home for repair, another option is to find a repair shop at the location nearby and have it fixed. This can eliminate the necessity for a long distance haul. However, you will be out of a transport for travel. Furthermore, you will need to go back to the repair shop to retrieve your car after a certain period of time, depending on the time taken for repairs. This will inevitably end up in more travel costs unless somebody is willing to offer you a ride to that location. Should you choose to stay in that location to wait for the repairs, you will have to fork out temporary living expenses such as hotel accommodation. It is always wise to weigh the cost for long distance towing and the cost of staying away from home.
If There are No Other Options
When you find yourself unable to afford for the travel costs, repair or towing, you need to consider having your vehicle sold or scrapped and make other arrangements for your travel. This scenario is unlikely unless your vehicle is running out and expiring. However, if this scenario were to come true, you will need to consider remaining travel options carefully. The least costly way to continue your travels is to ask your family or friends for help and use the money from selling the old vehicle to get a new one.