I have a segregated parking spot at my apartment complex
because of the size of my pickup. It won't fit under the
car ports, and there are a few parallel curb spots in our
parking area for this reason.
Recently, our parking areas were "seal coated." Some of
the curbside parking spots indicator lines were not
repainted afterward because the seal coating wasn't dry
enough at the time. Three months later, after promising to
have it done, management still hasn't gotten them repainted.
We have a very congested parking area. Even if all that
were parked here were small and mid-sized vehicles, I can
fully understand agitation of those residents which may not
be so adept at parking in tight spots.
Anyway, I've been parking in this same spot since I bought
the new truck in May this year. And this started before
the parking lot was seal coated. One resident complained
about having trouble parking because of where I was
parking, and we were able to resolve the issue without
apparent lingering problem.
On Thanksgiving day, expecting to leave for Thanksgiving
dinner at friends but having a terrible headache, I got
dressed early to leave the house for some headache
medicine. When I opened my front door I nearly had a heart
attack to see that my pickup had been turned fully 180
degrees around from the way I park it, and was also several
feet from the curb. Maybe five feet. My brain and heart
were racing so bad about this that my headache turned into
a severe migraine type headache as I tried to imagine what
could have happened.
Without going into a much longer story, I started to talk
to neighbors who saw a tow truck hooking up to the back end
of my 4x4 Silverado and tow it away, then later bring it
back and leave it where I found it. I have not found out
the reasons for any of this yet, but one neighbor suggested
they took the wrong pickup and hadn't realized it right
away. I cannot adequately describe the feelings I had
about all this. It was pouring down rain, as it has been
doing for several days here, and I could not get underneath
it to check if there were any damage to the new dual
exhaust I'd just put on it, and I was so sick because of it
all, I missed Thanksgiving dinner too. Not to mention being
afraid to even drive it.
I took pictures of the position of the truck. It's front
wheels were turned to about 30 degrees. They would have
been straight when I parked it. It was also left in auto
four wheel drive by me, as I'd been driving it in that
range due to the street water collection here. It was
still in that range when I drove it to the store to get
medicine for my headache. I did not hear or feel any
noticable difference when I drove that short distance, and
thats all I've driven it.
My concern is that with todays astounding incompetence
levels that some $8 and hour tow truck driver may have
really damaged this vehicle by towing it improperly.
Wouldn't they have had to disconnect the transfer case at
least, if leaving the front wheels on the ground and towing
from the rear? Wouldn't they have had to get inside the
vehicle to take it out of gear? It was still locked when I
went to use it. Would they have used an air bag to pry
open the door far enough to get inside?
I called the tow truck company apparently under contract
with our apartment management, not knowing what arrangement
they might have, and they denied towing it. I semi-bluffed
them and told them that three residents told me they saw
them tow it away. That got me a very nervous towing
manager who would not shut up long enough to answer my
questions, but promised to call me back yesterday after he
talked to the driver on duty at 5pm. He did not call back.
I don't know where to go from here. My instinct tells me
to take it to an auto body expert or frame and axel expert
to get checked out, and send the bill to either my
apartment management or the towing company, OR go see a
lawyer first. What do you think? What possible damage
could have occured to the front or rear end of this truck?
This was a very stressful event. I would be hard pressed
myself to imagine what someone would have gone through if
they had told me what they felt like. This is a $35,000
truck and I worked very hard to get it. I have not had a
new vehicle for 30 years until now.
Thanks for reading.