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Where do cars go when they’re towed in Chicago?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Hatchback car being towed in city

Having your car towed isn’t just an immediate hassle, you also have to figure out where it went after that. So, where do cars go when they’re towed in Chicago? Let’s find out.

Where did my car go in Chicago?

You can find your vehicle by filling out the form here. According to the www.chicago.gov, there are multiple auto-pounds where your car could be taken after it has been towed. So, if you have an unpaid parking ticket, red light tickets, or other reasons to be towed, you’ll need to fill out the form linked above in order to find which auto-pound your vehicle has been taken to. Once you find it, you can get in touch with that auto-pound to determine pickup time and payment methods.

Who do I pay to get my car out of the auto-pound?

If your vehicle has been towed, you’ll have a few fees that will need to be paid, including   things like the boot fees, towing fees, and storage fees. These can add up, so expect to pay at least $250, if not more. The storage fees can add up the longer your vehicle is in the auto-pound, so if your vehicle has been towed, it’s best to pay the fees and get it out as soon as possible. You can pay the auto-pound directly in order to get your vehicle out.

Read more: How can I avoid getting my car towed in Chicago?

What happens if I don’t pay the auto-pound fees?

If you decide not to pay the fees in order to get your vehicle out of the auto-pound, then your vehicle will be subject to either auction or demolition after 21 days. However, if you have a legitimate reason to extent the grace period before this happens, then you’ll need to get in touch with the auto pound, as you can potentially receive a 15-day extension.

Vehicle towing and services in Chicago

Car crash truck being towed in parking lot

On the flipside, if you need to have your car towed to a mechanic, we encourage you to get in touch with our team at Continental Motors. Not only can we assist with engine and transmission issues, but we also have a collision center that will help you get your car back into its best shape. So, if you need the assistance of our experienced service team, we encourage you to get in touch with Continental Motors. If you are in need of a new vehicle, we encourage you to check out our vehicle inventory, all of which is listed online.

How much does a car cost in Chicago?

Friday, February 21st, 2020
Chicago skyline framed by the lake and night sky.

Chicago Vehicle Cost-to-Own Rates

The payments made to a dealership are just part of the hit to one’s bank account that buying a car provides. In addition, there are the necessary recurring insurance payments, along with fuel costs, maintenance costs, and possibly other expenses like parking.

These monthly expenses are different depending on where one lives. You may have heard horror stories (or conceived them yourself) about the expenses of a vehicle when living in a big city. So how much does it cost to own a car in Chicago?

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Where can I get my car ready for winter near Chicago?

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Winter appears to have come early this year, and it’s not showing any signs of pulling back. While we’d like to be optimistic, we’ve learned to expect the worst when it comes to the midwestern cold. The complete leapfrogging over fall that winter pulled off has left drivers scrambling to get their cars ready for ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. Where can one get their vehicle ready for winter near Chicago? (more…)

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles at Continental Motors

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
Stock of cars in showroom of automobile dealer

Certified Used Vehicles near Chicago

When it comes to buying a used vehicle, many drivers approach with caution – and with good reason! Nobody wants to spend money on a car only for it to turn out to be a lemon. To help our customers achieve peace of mind in their pre-owned car purchases, Continental Motors and its various locations offers a wide range of certified pre-owned vehicles. (more…)

Which SUVs are the best for Families?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
teddy bear buckled into back seat

Family-friendly SUVs for sale near Chicago

Looking to upgrade your current vehicle to one that is a little more family-friendly? Here at Continental Motors, we have a wide selection of full-sized SUVs that offer the versatility and practicality that families are looking for. Here are some of our favorite family vehicles currently available on our lot. (more…)

Compare the Nissan Altima vs the Honda Accord vs the Toyota Camry

Monday, August 27th, 2018
2019 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Toyota Camry

Which mid-size sedan is the right choice for you?

One of the most competitive segments in the industry, the mid-size sedan is a must-have vehicle for many drivers. Offering an exciting drive, efficient fuel economy, and comfortable interior, the mid-size sedan is a staple vehicle for everyone from students to families. To help you decide which sedan is the best choice for you, we’re comparing three of the segment’s most popular models, the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. (more…)

Which automotive brands offer military discounts?

Friday, May 25th, 2018
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Military Discount Dealerships near Chicago

Here at Continental Motors, we cater to a wide range of drivers throughout the Chicago area with our large inventory of different brands, makes, and models. With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, we want to be sure that all of our customers who are military personnel are aware of the various military discounts and rebates available. Take a look at the various brands available at Continental Motors that offer military discounts. (more…)

Tidy up your vehicle with these spring cleaning tips and tricks!

Monday, April 30th, 2018
View of polishing car from the inside

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks for your Car

Now that spring is finally here in the Midwest (fingers crossed), many people are getting out and enjoying the warmer weather. But if you’re planning on traveling anywhere this spring or summer, now is a great time to get your vehicle ready and cleaned out. Here are a few spring cleaning tips and trick to get your car looking neat and fresh. (more…)

Continental Motors of Naperville test-drives for a cause

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Autism

Did you know that autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around one in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum?

For the past six years, Continental Motors of Naperville has taken part to increase autism awareness through the offer of a $20 donation for every test drive taken within the month of April. Across our three Naperville locations (Continental Mazda, Continental Acura, and Continental Audi), 478 test drives were given. At the end of the month, we raised $9,560 for the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.

All funds raised throughout the campaign went directly to fund the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation’s many programs and resources for families with autism. Turning Pointe provides families essential support while managing the challenges faced by children with Autism. The foundation is based in Naperville.

“We applaud their innovative programs and approach that help those affected navigate through life’s challenges,” Dealer Principal Joel Weinberger said.

For the event, we opened up our test track to give drivers the ultimate opportunity to experience the true power and capability of our vehicles from our dealerships.

“The test drive event enables us to showcase our great Naperville Test Track facility and demonstrate why Naperville Test Track members like Continental Acura, Audi, and Mazda offer the best test drive available in Chicagoland,” Weinberger said. “We have donated $20 per test drive each April, resulting in over $40,000 from Continental over the past six years.”

Thank you to all who participated in this annual event. For more information on Continental Motors of Naperville, visit www.napercars.com.

Are you free from distractions while on the road?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Did you know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month?

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While the month is almost over, it’s always crucial that you maintain focused driving wherever and whenever you go.

We’ll admit, smartphones are addicting, and it can be hard to ignore that new Facebook notification or hilarious Snapchat from you best friend.

But all that we ask is that you put it away when you’re behind the wheel. And no, red lights are still not okay.

So, how can you do this?

Hide your phone

Out of sight, out of mind. Put your phone somewhere that you won’t be tempted to check it. Zip it up in your purse or hide it in a pocket in your gym bag. Keep it out of reach if you have to, like in your backseat so you won’t even think about it. If it’s easily visible, you’ll jump back into the habit of picking it up and checking it every so often throughout the ride.

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Eat before/after

Distracted driving doesn’t just happen when you’re on your phone. Snack smart and avoid eating while behind the wheel. A spill of hot coffee on your lap or a messy burger will not only leave a mess in your beautiful clean car, but will also distract you from keeping your eyes on the road. Make it a habit to meals or snacks before or after your trip. Plan to make a stop somewhere to eat on long road trips if possible.

Dress to impress before/after

It’s nice that your vehicle has a handy pull-down mirror and accompanied light, but it’s not meant to be used when the car’s in drive. Whether you need to do your makeup or floss your teeth, save some time before or after your trip to get it done. Not only does it distract your from your surroundings, but could also cause further injury if you were to have an accident.

Decide on your playlist first

If you’re in for a long drive, you want to find that perfect playlist that’ll get you through, but during your drive is not the time to search for it. Have you music planned out before you hit the road. Have some fun with it and make a custom playlist on your phone or computer, so that you won’t have to worry about searching for the next best track.

Keep pets in check

Your pets probably love going for a ride in the car (unless it’s to the vet). And while they may get excited, you need to ensure that they are secured to prevent them from getting in the way of your focus. If your pets require any attention, pull off to the side of the road to take care of what’s necessary. Reaching to the back gives you a greater chance of losing control of the car.

Ask for a helping hand

If you need to send a message to someone, or make a call, have your passenger in the car take care of it for you. Their help will free up your hands and allow you to place all of your focus on the road ahead.

Take some time today and make a pledge to be a safer driver. What could you improve to increase your attention to the road and make driving safer for everyone?