Hi CarTalk! This is a pretty simple question, but I don’t know anyone who knows cars. I was driving my F2007 Ford Focus and all the lights on the dash went on and then all the power went off and the car stopped. Once it stopped, there was no way to get the power on and I couldn’t switched gears. I guess I shifted into park once the car started freaking out and now it’s impossible to switch to neutral. The only light on the dash that works is the anti-theft symbol, which seems to go on for a second when I turn the ignition on. It doesn’t stay on solid.
From what I’ve googled, it seems like the car’s computer got tripped into activating the car’s anti-theft locking system? I’m not really sure. (I was driving the car while this happened – scary!) But AAA towed the car to a random auto repair shop near my house. Should I be having a Ford dealership look at this? Or is it fine in the hands of a private repair shop? Timing couldn’t be worse – I was going to drive my car across country for a new job in two days, so I’m hoping this can be sorted quickly and my car will be safe to drive by then. Thanks in advance!