What kind of damage could happen if a car isn’t towed properly?

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by Joey Bernardez | Nov 11, 2018
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Hi, Top Gear. I would like to ask for expert advice regarding my automatic car (Mitsubishi Mirage G4). It got towed this afternoon at Intramuros. They attached the tool to the front of my car, with the handbrake still up and the gear in park. I wasn’t aware that the right way to attach the tow is at the back. Is there any damage that could’ve happened to my car?

I think we can all empathize with your situation. It’s not a good feeling when, upon going back to where you’ve parked your car, you find it isn’t there anymore and you learn it’s been towed away. Then you worry if the car has been damaged due to improper towing. Not to mention that you have to pay for the towing and the ticket. But let’s go beyond the emotion and analyze your problem.

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Your car is a Mitsubishi Mirage G4, a front-wheel-drive car. The towing tool was attached up front. That means the car must have been lifted up by the front end and towed away with the rear wheels dragging on the ground because the parking brake was engaged. If the towing crew made a mistake, it was that they dragged the car away with its parking brake engaged. But what could they do? Their mandate is to remove improperly parked cars.

However, had they done the opposite and towed your car by lifting up the rear end and dragging the vehicle away by the front wheels, they could have damaged your transmission and broken the parking pawl. Because they lifted up the front end instead, the only damage that the rear end could have sustained would be flat-spotted rear tires and/or excessive wear on the rear brake shoes. Really not a big deal since tires and brake shoes are normal wear-and-tear items in cars. Based on your description of what had transpired, and assuming that the towing tool was properly attached to the front end of the car, it seems that your car was towed correctly. 

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And if that’s all the damage inflicted on your car, do you really want to entertain the idea of going through the trouble of a lawsuit? For tires and brake shoes? That means you’d have to engage a lawyer. Just the lawyer’s acceptance fee might cost more than your tires and brake shoes. Even if you were a lawyer yourself and your legal fees were free, the time you’d be spending to sue would be far more than the time it would take to replace the affected parts.

I absolutely understand how violated you feel. I think many of us have experienced having our cars towed. Sometimes we deserve it, sometimes we don’t. Just have your car checked, fix it if it’s broken, and move on.

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