I drive a 2004 Chevy Impala Sedan. I was T-boned today on my rear passenger side. The Vehicle that hit me was going between 5-15 MPH at collision going down hill while breaking. I was going no more than 10 MPH as well. My rear passenger door was not hit, and there is virtually no aesthetic damage other than minor paint and a plastic hub cap all over the middle of an intersection. Though I did not notice, the blue suit on the scene pointed out that the wheel was bent and made me tow it home. The wheel appears to be vertically straight, (from ground to roof of wheel well. However is slightly noticeably bent horizontally inward towards rear bumper and outwardly bent towards the backseat passenger door. After a few minutes of comparison and cross-examination prone in a snowbank combined with all knowing Google, and looking at multiple diagrams, I've learned the outer tie rod is bent upward just after the gas tank. I'm not a professional, and understand that until fully examined there maybe multiple much more expensive factors at work here. However, could this be the reason for the slightly noticeable horizontal bend in the wheel. If this is the case, would I be able to drive my vehicle to my mechanic approximately (just under) 20 miles away. I would of course be driving very. Gently and taking back roads as to travel at slower speeds. Based on current life circumstances and on the brink of being broke, I have a slight cushion in the bank which is mostly going towards rent already. I will be trading (computer assistance, free professional massage sessions, and likely and sum of cash I cannot afford (yet will still be inexpensive compared to the alternative). I live in the city and have no room or place to make the repairs. I will need to have it towed if I cannot drive it for approximately 125$ one way. The less money I spend on the tow truck, the more I can contribute to my mechanic. Please advise. Thank you so much.
Monday, January 7th, 2013 AT 6:59 PM