When to Call for a Towing Service

call for a Towing Service Parker Towing DenverNo one ever wants to have to, but knowing when to call for a towing service will save you time and headaches in the process. At Parker Towing, we want you to know just what to do in a situation that requires a tow truck, and with 24-hour emergency towing services available, we always have your back with friendly service and honest pricing.

Check out these circumstances so you’ll know when to call for a towing service.

Engine Overheats

If you notice that your vehicle’s temperature is rising and have already tried turning on the heater to stop the overheating and nothing is working to cool it down, you must stop the vehicle to avoid causing costly and irreparable damage. Running out of coolant or water is one thing, continuing to drive the car without it is another. Pull off of the road to a safe distance from traffic, as well as possible, to avoid danger and call for assistance. Towing your vehicle to the nearest mechanic or your trusted auto repair specialist will save you money, no doubt!

Flat Tire

As a prevalent problem to have out on the road, flat tires have happened to all of us. If you don’t have an adequate spare tire or are just not in the mood to change a tire, never hesitate to call for a towing service. Never drive on a flat tire as this can cause irreparable damage, costing much more money than a simple flat tire will. Getting off of the road and to safety should always be your priority, especially if you have passengers. Parker Towing can always help with fast, efficient towing services for all situations.

Out of Gas

Of all of the reasons to break down on the side of any road, running out of gas may be the best one, or maybe it’s the worst reason because you forgot to fill up! Either way, a tow truck can be called for either towing services or a gas refill service. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix and a good lesson to learn next time you head out on the road.

Collision

In most instances of a collision, you will need to call a tow truck for assistance. Hopefully, you and your passengers are unharmed in the accident, and you are entirely able to call for the help you need in this instance. Otherwise, those involved, the police or bystanders can make the call for you to help out in a challenging and frightening situation, such as a collision.

Breakdown

No matter what type of breakdown your vehicle is experiencing, if you find yourself on the side of the road with an inoperational car, calling a tow service will be the best option considering the circumstances. Be sure to grab all of your belongings and valuables from the vehicle, as you never know for how long it will be in the repair shop.

Knowing when to call for a towing service right way will save you additional time spent guessing at the problem. The reliable team at Parker Towing is here to help with 24-hour towing services in Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and nearby areas. Call us whenever you need help of any kind, and we will be there!

Our Towing Services

Our Towing Services Parker Towing DenverThe team at Parker Towing in Parker, Colorado are called upon for towing services beyond roadside assistance. While we prefer swooping in to help local drivers with a breakdown or flat tire, having this knowledge in your back pocket can help you avoid getting your vehicle towed in other situations.

Obstruction of Road or Walkway

Even though this seems like a minor offense, your car can get towed if it is blocking an access point for either vehicles or pedestrians. So, even if you think that you can beat the clock and no one will notice your car parked while you run inside for a moment, beware that many business owners are at the ready to call in and have any vehicle towed that blocks their business or walkway.

Violation of Private Property

The same goes for parking on someone’s property. They have the right to have your car towed if it is on their property for any length of time. They don’t need to have any reason except that it is parked on their property.

Parking Illegally

Parking in any tow away zones, accessible parking spaces, ambulance loading zones, or in front of fire hydrants without any special permit will all easily lead to your vehicle getting towed away.

Disabled Vehicle

If pulled over, a police officer can have your vehicle towed if they feel that it is unsafe to be on the road. If your car breaks down and is sitting on the side of the road for any length of time, it is liable to get towed as well.

Registration Expired

If your vehicle registration is expired more than 6 months, police can have your vehicle towed without notifying you first – that means it can be towed while parked on a public street. Then you must bring proof of current registration and get your vehicle out of the impound lot.

Too Many Traffic Violations

That’s right; if you have too many tickets, parking or otherwise, that are unpaid, your vehicle could get towed away. Make sure to pay all tickets before your car or truck is at risk of being towed.

Driving Without a License

If you happen to get pulled over and don’t have a license, forgot your license somewhere, or it’s expired, your vehicle may get towed. There is little to no tolerance for driving without a license in any state, especially Colorado. This is where we get a lot of calls for towing services beyond roadside assistance.

Evidence at a Crime Scene

If your vehicle is suspect of being involved in a crime, police may impound the vehicle for evidence or inspection, if they have a court order. It makes no difference where it is parked or stored.

At Parker Towing, we hope that you never have to deal with any of these towing services beyond roadside assistance. However, just in case it happens, you can rest assured that we will treat your vehicle like our own and keep it safe until you have the situation cleared up.

Do I Need a Tow with a Check Engine Light On?

Parker Towing Denver towingDo I need a tow with a check engine light on? That’s a good question. Today, Parker Towing provides the answer so that you can be prepared in the case of an emergency. And if the occasion arises, our towing team is ready to take action the moment you call for a check engine light issue or driving dilemma.

Many of us are not familiar with how the check engine light works. Let’s break it down and demystify the inner workings of the check engine light system. That way you’ll know when to call us for help. 

Check Engine Light System

First off, what does the check engine light system actually do? Well, the on-board diagnostic (OBD) system operates the electronic control module (ECM), aka your car’s computer, which in turn monitors and controls the level of emissions allowable while the vehicle is operating. It continuously scans for any out-of-parameter operation, which is reported by a myriad of actuators and sensors including:

  • Fuel injectors
  • Air meter sensor
  • Camshaft and crankshaft sensors
  • Oxygen sensor
  • EGR solenoids
  • Evaporative emissions sensor
  • Engine coolant sensor
  • Canister purge solenoid
  • Idle speed motor
  • Fuel pump
  • Idle air solenoid

When the computer senses something amiss, it first tries to remedy the problem or waits for a few cycles. If the computer cannot correct the problem, it will set a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in the memory and turn the check engine light on.

Most Common Check Engine Light Causes:

  • Engine mechanical problems
  • Loosened electrical connections
  • Loosened vacuum hoses
  • Shredded vacuum hoses
  • Broken wires

As you can see, the reasons for a check engine light can be numerous. Whether the indicator illuminates intermittently, continuously flashes, or stays illuminated is also another indicator of the severity of the issue at hand. Read on to determine if you need a tow with a check engine light on.

Intermittent

This indicates a problem that comes and goes. Called a soft failure, the problem is appearing only when specific conditions arise. An example of this is a loose wiring connection on a bumpy road. The best thing to do is get to your auto repair technician for diagnosis and most likely a relatively easy fix.

Continuous Illumination

When the check engine light stays on this is a sign of a hard failure. The mass air flow sensor is dirty or failing and will need cleaning or replacement to work correctly. This situation is probably not severe enough to call a tow truck, but if ever in doubt, do not hesitate. Saving your vehicle from severe damage is always better than letting the problem spiral out of control.

Continuous Flashing

This is a critical situation and continuing to drive may cause irreversible damage to the engine, exhaust system, or catalytic converter. This might happen due to a misfire, allowing fuel to pass into the exhaust manifold and catalytic converter. Here, high temperatures can ignite the fuel, not good. The sooner that you can stop driving and get your vehicle to a mechanic, the better. This is a good time to call for a tow truck, as the more you drive, the more you put your vehicle at risk for major failure.

Now that you’re more familiar with the check engine operating system, you’ll know when to request a tow with the check engine light on. Cue Parker Towing for fast, efficient towing services 24/7. We hope you’ll never need us, but we’re here if you do.

Want an Abandoned Vehicle Towed?

tow truck Parker Towing DenverIf you want an abandoned vehicle towed off of your property or nearby street, Parker Towing has the information you need. Abandoned cars can be a real eyesore, not to mention take up valuable parking spots. If the vehicle happens to be parked right in front of your house and has been there for a week or so, it’s certainly time to start asking around for the owner. Read on to learn how to address getting an abandoned vehicle towed, and Parker Towing will always be there when you need us.

It’s best to do your research and know the laws surrounding abandoned vehicles before calling for a tow, even provide a copy of the information if you do find the owner. It could just be that the vehicle owner does not know about abandonment laws had been planning to leave it there long term.

Check out local ordinances in regards to disabled vehicles. Disabled means that they are immobilized due to a lack of engine, doors, tires, and other equipment necessary for driving. Generally, ordinances required disabled vehicles to be enclosed, such as in a garage or behind a fence.

Check out your city and county websites to learn the exact rules. Another efficient way to get answers is to call up the city manager to determine what to do. Be sure to review and fully understand before proceeding with the abandoned vehicle claim and calling a tow company. If you reside in a condo or townhouse community with Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, then check those as well.

Remember, anyone can park their vehicle on public streets for up to 72 hours if they are observing all local vehicle codes and restrictions.

If you cannot find the owner, you may have to ask for help from your local police to get the vehicle towed. If the car is in bad shape, stripped or burned, with a lot of missing parts and looks worse for the wear, it very well may be abandoned, and you can call your local non-emergency police phone number.

When it’s time to report the vehicle abandoned to a tow company, be ready with the vehicle make and model, license plate if there is one, state, and exact location. The police will place a 24-hour warning tag on the vehicle in many cases, after first checking if the car has been reported stolen. After the period of 24 hours has passed, the city may have it towed, impounded, or dispose of in some way.

Sometimes a tenant will leave their unwanted vehicle parked and have no intention of reclaiming the car. The same procedure mentioned above applies in most cases. Be sure to follow all local laws and procedures to get the vehicle appropriately removed.

We hope your experience with the process goes well if you want an abandoned vehicle towed. The team at Parker Towing is here to help with thorough, professional towing services all across the Front Range. Call us the moment you need a tow, and we will get to you fast.

How to Get Your Car Out of Impound

Parker Towing Denver towingFind out how to get your car out of impound with this guide from Parker Towing. Sometimes life takes you in challenging directions, so if your vehicle has been impounded for parking in tow-away zone, you are going to have to tackle the process getting it out. Each day that it sits there, your vehicle racking up more fees. So, before just showing up at the impound lot, be sure to have all of your ducks in a row.

Read on to learn how to get your car out of impound.

Find the Vehicle

Finding your vehicle can be the most challenging part. Start with the reason for the impound. If the car was impounded after an arrest, the police should give you the impound information. On the other hand, if your car was towed without your consent, that is much harder. If the vehicle was towed due to illegal parking, check the nearby signage to see who to contact about the towing or ask the closest business if they know. You can also call the city office and ask the clerk to see if your car was impounded.

The system takes a bit to update so give it some time, at least a few hours, to register and call back and ask if your towed vehicle is listed in their lot. If you have given the impound lots a thorough look, there is a chance that your vehicle was not towed, but stolen. You can notify the police of a stolen vehicle but be aware that you may discover it has just been impounded. 

Pay the Fees

Whether your car was towed to a city or private lot, most impound lots charge daily, so the longer your vehicle sits there, the more expensive it will be for you to retrieve it. Impound fees vary, but it’s not cheap. If you are in a sticky situation, ask a friend or family member. If that is not an option, raise the money you need by selling something of value. If no other option remains, check out your local payday loan office – this should always be a last resort, payday loans come with steep charges.

Provide the Paperwork

Get paperwork in order as soon as possible. Also, don’t show up without everything you need or a ride to get back, just in case you don’t have sufficient documentation. You can even call the lot and ask:

  • If your car was towed to their lot and hours of operation
  • The exact amount owed on day of pick up
  • Payment forms accepted, such as cash, credit, or check
  • If proof of insurance needs to be printed or if you can show a digital format
  • Precisely what other paperwork you will need to provide to get your vehicle out
  • Fax number in case you cannot get a hard copy of any particular document

Most likely, you will absolutely have to have proof of insurance to get your car out of impound. If you do not already have insurance, shop quickly and smartly, especially if you need SR-22 insurance.

With these tips on how to get your car out of impound, you will have a much higher chance of doing it successfully the first time around. Good luck from the team here at Parker Towing.

Towing Services Beyond Roadside Assistance

Towing Services Beyond Roadside Assistance Parker Towing DenverThe team at Parker Towing in Parker, Colorado are called upon for towing services beyond roadside assistance. While we prefer swooping in to help local drivers with a breakdown or flat tire, having this knowledge in your back pocket can help you avoid getting your vehicle towed in other situations.

Obstruction of Road or Walkway

Even though this seems like a minor offense, your car can get towed if it is blocking an access point for either vehicles or pedestrians. So, even if you think that you can beat the clock and no one will notice your car parked while you run inside for a moment, beware that many business owners are at the ready to call in and have any vehicle towed that blocks their business or walkway.

Violation of Private Property

The same goes for parking on someone’s property. They have the right to have your car towed if it is on their property for any length of time. They don’t need to have any reason except that it is parked on their property.

Parking Illegally

Parking in any tow away zones, accessible parking spaces, ambulance loading zones, or in front of fire hydrants without any special permit will all easily lead to your vehicle getting towed away.

Disabled Vehicle

If pulled over, a police officer can have your vehicle towed if they feel that it is unsafe to be on the road. If your car breaks down and is sitting on the side of the road for any length of time, it is liable to get towed as well.

Registration Expired

If your vehicle registration is expired more than 6 months, police can have your vehicle towed without notifying you first – that means it can be towed while parked on a public street. Then you must bring proof of current registration and get your vehicle out of the impound lot.

Too Many Traffic Violations

That’s right; if you have too many tickets, parking or otherwise, that are unpaid, your vehicle could get towed away. Make sure to pay all tickets before your car or truck is at risk of being towed.

Driving Without a License

If you happen to get pulled over and don’t have a license, forgot your license somewhere, or it’s expired, your vehicle may get towed. There is little to no tolerance for driving without a license in any state, especially Colorado. This is where we get a lot of calls for towing services beyond roadside assistance.

Evidence at a Crime Scene

If your vehicle is suspect of being involved in a crime, police may impound the vehicle for evidence or inspection, if they have a court order. It makes no difference where it is parked or stored.

At Parker Towing, we hope that you never have to deal with any of these towing services beyond roadside assistance. However, just in case it happens, you can rest assured that we will treat your vehicle like our own and keep it safe until you have the situation cleared up.

Safer Driving on Winter Roads

Safer Driving on Winter Roads Parker Towing DenverFor safer driving on winter roads this season, Parker Towing offers a few pointers to our customers in Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch and beyond. There are many ways to avoid problems while driving in snow or other inclement conditions, and if you do experience an issue, even more ways to ensure your safety, such as calling for a tow instead of bearing the brunt of bad weather.

Be Prepared

The best strategy for winter driving is to be prepared. Stock non-perishable snacks, drinking water, blankets, extra clothes, flashlights, flares, phone charger, batteries, jumper cables, reflective triangles, reflective vest, ice scraper, snow shovel, and kitty litter or sand for tire traction if your car gets stuck. Before heading out, make sure your gas tank is full and use either all-season tires or snow chains.

Battery

Check how your battery is working before heading out into the cold. Turn on the headlights and start your car’s engine. If your headlights brighten up when the engine starts, then it is a good idea to bring it in for a recharge or a completely new battery. Be sure to check antifreeze and windshield fluid levels while you are at it. There are a number of de-icing windshield fluid brands for severe weather.

Visibility

It’s always a good idea to clear off your windshield as much as possible before heading out onto the road. Having the most visibility will increase the chances of a safe journey wherever you are headed. Defrosting and de-icing before you hit the road is safer than while driving. Clear snow or slush off of the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. Use your headlights, even in the daytime, to make sure that you are visible to other drivers.

Slow and Steady

Even if you have all-wheel drive, a slow even acceleration and deceleration is the key to safer driving on winter roads. Avoid spinning tires as much as possible. Especially if you only have 2-wheel drive, plan to leave early and take it slow a route.

Braking is going to be different in snow and icy conditions. Most likely, your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS). This will help to keep it from skidding, allowing you to continue steering during sketchy situations in which you must brake hard. In this case, “stomp, stay, and steer.” If you have to brake hard, you will feel a thumping sensation below the foot pedal. This is completely normal with ABS and actually helps with the mechanism.

Practice steering around obstacles instead of heading straight towards them. Even though it sounds like a no-brainer, our instincts to evade don’t always kick in when the moment arises.

Skidding

If you find yourself in a skidding situation, turn the wheel in the same direction as the rear of the vehicle is going. Otherwise, a skid could turn into a spin and even a car accident.

As you can see, there are few precautions to take for safer driving on winter roads. No matter what happens though, Parker Towing is here to help, anytime day or night. Just give us a call.

When to Call for Towing Services

When to Call for Towing Services Parker Towing DenverNo one ever wants to have to, but knowing when to call for towing services will save you time and headaches in the process. At Parker Towing, we want you to know just what to do in a situation that requires a tow truck, and with 24-hour emergency towing services available, we always have your back with friendly service and honest pricing.

Check out these circumstances so you’ll know when to call for towing services.

Engine Overheats

If you notice that your vehicle’s temperature is rising and have already tried turning on the heater to stop the overheating and nothing is working to cool it down, you must stop the vehicle to avoid causing costly and irreparable damage. Running out of coolant or water is one thing, continuing to drive the car without it is another. Pull off of the road to a safe distance from traffic, as well as possible, to avoid danger and call for assistance. Towing your vehicle to the nearest mechanic or your trusted auto repair specialist will save you money, no doubt!

Flat Tire

As a prevalent problem to have out on the road, flat tires have happened to all of us. If you don’t have an adequate spare tire or are just not in the mood to change a tire, never hesitate to call for a tow service. Never drive on a flat tire as this can cause irreparable damage, costing much more money than a simple flat tire will. Getting off of the road and to safety should always be your priority, especially if you have passengers. Parker Towing can always help with fast, efficient towing services for all situations.

Out of Gas

Of all of the reasons to break down on the side of any road, running out of gas may be the best one, or maybe it’s the worst reason because you forgot to fill up! Either way, a tow truck can be called for either towing services or a gas refill service. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix and a good lesson to learn next time you head out on the road.

Collision

In most instances of a collision, you will need to call a tow truck for assistance. Hopefully, you and your passengers are unharmed in the accident, and you are entirely able to call for the help you need in this instance. Otherwise, those involved, the police or bystanders can make the call for you to help out in a challenging and frightening situation, such as a collision.

Breakdown

No matter what type of breakdown your vehicle is experiencing, if you find yourself on the side of the road with an inoperational car, calling a tow service will be the best option considering the circumstances. Be sure to grab all of your belongings and valuables from the vehicle, as you never know for how long it will be in the repair shop.

Knowing when to call for towing services right way will save you additional time spent guessing at the problem. The reliable team at Parker Towing is here to help with 24-hour towing services in Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and nearby areas. Call us whenever you need help of any kind, and we will be there!

Must Haves for Safe Winter Driving

Parker TowingMust Haves for Safe Winter Driving Parker Towing Denver in Parker, Colorado wants all of our customers to be aware of the must haves for safe winter driving. While we provide fast, friendly towing service when things go wrong, we’d rather that you and your family be safe, helping you avoid preventable incidents. Here we suggest 10 items to keep on hand if you get stuck on the side of the road this winter.

Access to Help

When you are stuck on the side of the road, the main thing that you need is access to help. A cell phone with a spare battery is always a good idea to keep on hand. Another good option is to purchase a roadside assistance plan that includes towing. Even if you just use it once, it typically pays for itself, and the peace of mind is invaluable.

A Shovel

In some cases, you may be able to dig yourself out without having to call for help. However, you will only be able to do this if you have the right equipment in your car. To save space, you can purchase a collapsible shovel that you can leave in your vehicle at all times.

Kitty Litter or Sand

One of the unusual must haves for safe winter driving it kitty litter. Throwing it on icy patches can help your tires gain traction. Depending on how you are stuck this might be all you need to get back on the road.

Ice Scraper

Visibility is always important, but even more so in dangerous driving conditions. Sometimes, though, your windshield can get covered over with a sheet of ice that utterly destroys the visibility. Windshield wipers aren’t usually strong enough to break the ice so you’ll need an ice scraper to get the job done right.

Blankets

If you are waiting for tow truck services, especially at night when the temperature drops, you will appreciate a way to keep warm without having to waste gas keeping the car’s heater running. Keep 2 or 3 blankets just in case you have passengers.

First Aid Kit

If you are in an accident, a first aid kit will come in handy for bandaging up minor wounds.

Safety Flares or Reflective Triangles

Visibility is often reduced in the wintertime. Safety flares or reflective triangles provide a way to warn other drivers that you are there. They also help roadside assistance find you.

Jumper Cables

It is harder to start a cold engine. Sometimes all you need is a jump from a kind passerby to get going again. You’ll need good quality jumper cables.

Flashlight and Batteries

Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries on hand. There’s nothing worse than trying to change a tire or look under the hood when it’s completely dark out.

Snacks

Keeping a few healthy granola bars on hand will help if you get stranded. Not only is it nice to not be hungry, but food will also help your body stay warm.

Even if you have all these must haves for safe winter driving in your vehicle at all times, you still may end up in trouble. Don’t worry, just remain calm and give us a call here at Parker Towing. We’ll be out to help as quickly as we safely can.

What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in Mud

What to Do if Your Car Gets Stuck in MudWith the rainy season coming upon us, Parker Towing has some tips on what to do if your car gets stuck in mud. It can happen to any of us, so be prepared and know what to do just in case. 

Be Prepared

Fall and winter are particularly dangerous times for getting stuck in the mud, so it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle for emergencies. You don’t need full survival gear, just a flashlight, a shovel, and a traction mat. Gloves, a rain poncho, and reflective triangles can also come in handy for safety and keeping dry while getting the vehicle unstuck. 

So, now that you’re prepared with supplies, do you know what to do if your car gets stuck in mud? Follow the steps below to see if you can get your vehicle out of the mud without help from one of our tow truck crews. 

First things first, lay off the accelerator as soon as you realize you’ve gotten stuck. Stomping down aggressively on the accelerator will only cause your tires to spin and bury themselves deeper into the mud. You’ll only make getting out more difficult. 

Step 1: Try to go in the opposite direction that you were going when you got stuck. Keep your wheels straight and gently back up if you were moving forward, or go forward if you were backing up. If you are unsuccessful in this attempt, proceed to the next step. 

Step 2: Put the vehicle in a lower gear if it’s a manual and get a little aggressive with the accelerator, but not too much or you’ll bury the car deeper as we mentioned before. If it still doesn’t come out try the next step. 

Step 3: You can try to rock the vehicle out by going forward and then backward quickly. Don’t do this too much or too aggressively as it can be hard on your transmission. Sometimes just a few times back and forth is enough to get your vehicle out of the mud. If not, there’s one more thing you can try.

Step 4: Use that traction mat from your emergency kit, or if you didn’t put one in your vehicle, use the floor mats from your car. They’re not as effective, but something is better than nothing. Center it next to the tire in the direction that you want to go and try to move the vehicle. If the mats work, do not stop moving until you’re completely out of the mud or you risk getting stuck again. If they don’t work, it’s time to call in the car towing professionals.

We hope this guide about what to do if your car gets stuck in mud is helpful to you in case you ever get stuck in this unfortunate situation. However, if you’re unable to get your vehicle out, feel free to give us a call here at Parker Towing. We’ll send out one of our friendly professionals to help you get your vehicle out and have you on your way again in a jiffy!