Battery dead? If you’re stranded and wondering what your next move should be, you’ll run across two possibilities: you either wait for a professional to come to help you or cross your fingers that someone will see your plight and offer to jump your car.
It’s frustrating to be stuck away from home when you need to get somewhere. While it’s tempting to accept the help of a friendly stranger who offers to jump your car, it’s important to consider the risks associated with this decision. Here are the pros and cons of choosing either of these options:
In a DIY jump start, you or a friendly stranger have jumper cables and hook up the two batteries. This will allow your car to get the power it needs to start on its own.
It’s quick! Especially if you get the offer right away, the fastest solution may be a DIY jump start.
It’s free. A friendly gesture from a fellow driver usually comes with no strings attached. There are good people out there who want to help.
It’s dangerous. Most people aren’t experts at jumping cars. While it seems simple, one incorrect connection or misplaced cable could result in an exploding battery. It only gets worse if you have corroded battery terminals, your risk only increases.
You could damage your car. A bad jump can wreck your battery and alternator in one fell swoop. If your battery explodes, your engine, or the engine of you friendly helper, could also be damaged, not to mention that you could also be injured. What seemed cheaper and quicker becomes much more costly when things go wrong.
You could be facing another issue. Sometimes even a jump won’t get your car going, especially if it turns out the battery isn’t the problem.
Professional Car Battery Services
In this scenario, you call a reputable towing company to come help you out.
They’re professionals! There’s little chance that the battery service professionals won’t be able to get you out of your pickle. Even if it ends up that it’s not a battery failure, or it’s not safe to jump your car, they will be able to tow your vehicle.
It’s safe. Professionals do battery jumps frequently. They know exactly what they’re doing and will make sure that you and your vehicle are safe.
It’s relatively quick. Sure, it won’t be as fast as a friendly helper, but most towing companies are able to arrive within a short period.
You have to pay. You may have an insurance plan that covers the cost, but if not, you’ll have to cover the cost. The good news is that many companies, like NK Towing, offer reasonable rates.
In the end, it may take a tiny bit longer, and it could cost you to call a battery service professional, but not as much as a DIY jump start gone wrong. Play it safe and call the towing company when you’re stuck with a dead battery or can’t get your car to start. In the end, you’ll save yourself from the many risks associated with a DIY jump that doesn’t go well.
Need professional car battery services? Call NK Towing for quick roadside assistance, no matter the situation.