On my most recent adventure I was visiting family all the on the East Coast. Being the brave and ever adventurous animal that I am I decided to drive across the country! While this wasn’t my first long road trip, this was going to be my first that I encountered car trouble with (I’ll get to that part in a moment).
My family lives on the coast in South Carolina and I was planning on staying with them several weeks. It seemed inconvenient to me (and them too) if I had to rely on them for a ride everywhere I might need to go. I also don’t mind long drives and it gives me time to reflect on my life and is almost soothing in a way.
Anyways I was all geared up for a nice long vacation several thousand miles from home. I always take great care of my car, regular maintenance on time and the whole 9 yards from the dealership. While it may be expensive it brings me peace of mind that I can always rely on getting from point a to point b whenever I need to.
The first leg of my trip went without a hitch and I decided to get a room in Chattanooga, TN for a night. I’ve heard many great things about this city and wanted to prowl around and see what all the fuss was about…it’s not like I’m ever going to just be passing through again! I end up getting a room downtown at the Double Tree, it’s walking distance from a lot of the sights and unique culinary offerings that this city has to offer. I was exhausted upon my arrival and didn’t do much but a grab a bite to eat from Lupi’s Pizza (a really great hole in the wall hipster type pizza place) and went to sleep.
I got up the next morning refreshed and ready to tackle the touristy parts of downtown. I ended up walking around the riverfront parkway for a while just enjoying the view of the Tennessee river (but definitely not the smell EWWW, there were even signs posted to not consume more than 2 fish a month due to pollution!) Aside from their overly green river everything else was beautiful. I ended up spending hours inside the Tennessee Aquarium in awe at the amazing exhibits they. You’d never know there were so many different types of seahorses and jellyfish!
I couldn’t spend all day as I needed to get back on the road and make it to South Carolina that evening. That’s when tragedy struck…I went to start my car and it would not start. The battery was charged, but it would not crank no matter what I did.
I got on my phone looking for a mechanic with a towing service that could come get my car and hopefully fix it too. This was going to be expensive especially if I have to pay for another night at the hotel on top of the towing and repairs.
During my search I found Chattanooga Tow’s website and they said they do roadside repairs, awesome sauce I thought! I called them up and told them my problem and they suggested that my starter is most likely the issue. I gave them the information about my car and was told they would pickup a starter from the local auto parts store and would head over to my location and see what they could do. Less than an hour later 2 guys arrived and after a quick introduction immediately got to work. They had the new starter installed and my car running again in under 2 hours total!
They saved me a ton of money by fixing my car on the spot and getting me back on the road before the sun even went down. I told them I would give them a shout out on my blog so here it is. If you’re ever in Chattanooga and experience any type or automobile issues give the guys at Chattanooga Tow a call!
I’ll be back soon with an update to the rest of my trip and how I fared staying with family for weeks on end!