SF Cars According to Tow Guy

Had a short conversation with a tow truck driver on cars in the city. He said they tend to be newer cars, with no big problems. Dents from parking, batteries run out, sitting in a driveway, that kind of thing. I had asked him what make and model gets towed the most, and he said he does get a lot of calls from Ford Focus’s as they have a recall on the key ignition lock. Something like, you take your key out and you can’t put it back in again.

We were talking about the merits of having a new car with payments vs. an old car fully paid off- I have an ancient car- and he thought that the new cars were unwise, as everyone just plows into your car drunk all the time while parking. He saw a big truck ride on top of a new Mercedes’ hood, and the driver just got out and walked away.

Just in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t drain my battery just to meet these guys- my car has serious problems!

4 Comments so far

  1. sw (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    I’d love to see a study on the total cost of ownership of cars that live in the City vs the suburbs. It always seemed to me that cars get trashed in SF (I drive into the city about 3x/month and have several dings to show for it), so it would be very expensive to own new cars while living there.

  2. 49Giants (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    The car I drive is 14 years old, runs like a thoroughbred, and has enough dings and dents so that I don’t care if it gets another, and yet not enough so that it looks like a junker. I love my car. Her name is Betty.

    I think the reason for all the dings and dents people get in the City is the inability of so many people to parallel park. I don’t know what or who it is, but people just can’t do it. Just the other night, I was at Zephyr Cafe in the Outer Richmond and watched as a guy tried 6 times to parallel his Lexus SUV. Yes, I stared. Someone like that deserves to feel embarrassed.

    I went to the car show at Moscone the other day and man, sometimes cars can be so damn gorgeous. But would I ever want to drive one of those puppies into the City? Oh man, not if you want to keep your sanity. I’d much rather stick with Betty.

  3. Onto Kyotime (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

    One night I was watching this woman trying to squeeze her car into a spot that looked way to small. After about 10 minutes she got out of her car to check the result.

    Then she got back into her car and spent another 5 minutes getting back out of the spot.

    I guess she didn’t quite feel comfortable with her car touching both surrounding cars at the same time!!

  4. Nancy (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    Not to mention parallel parking ON A HILL. I drove (now a City Car Share member) a stick-shift, and you gotta work that handbrake to keep from rolling back into someone’s bumper.

    My poor car took a beating and a half from street parking in the city. Add to that the annual smog-check fees for a car over a few years old, and the fact that I drove it primarily just to move it for street cleaning, and the writing was on the wall.

    City Car Share, ZipCar, FlexCar, no matter which outfit suits you better, if you’re an infrequent driver without a garage, car sharing has proven (to me, anyway!) to be a Godsend option in this city!

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