Emergency roadside assistance is possibly one of the best automotive services you can purchase for yourself and your family. There's no telling when you'll hit a pothole and need a tow or accidentally lock yourself out of your vehicle in the middle of the night. When you consider that one tow from a local agency will cost you $2- $3 per mile plus a host of miscellaneous fees, it's easy to see how roadside coverage can come in handy.
Most roadside programs come with the following services:
In many instances, the types of coverage you receive vary based on the package you purchase. AAA is a company most folks have heard of. They have two basic forms of coverage for vehicles: the AAA Classic and Plus memberships. The Classic membership includes 5 miles of towing, vehicle locksmith, free mobile battery service, fuel service delivery, care travel interruption and $1,000 car theft reward. For a slightly higher fee you can get either the Plus or Premier membership. These are ideal for individuals who do a considerable amount of driving and need higher distance coverage. AAAC Plus gives you up to 100 miles of towing, vehicle locksmith, extrication/winching, two free sets of passport photos, emergency fuel delivery and a car theft reward up to $2,000. As you can see there's quite a difference between the basic plan and higher coverage plan.
Factors to take into consideration when debating which level of coverage to choose include the make and model of your car, the vehicle's age, your (driver's) level of experience driving and regular weather conditions.
You May Be Already Covered
Sometimes auto owners don't even realize that their car is still covered under the manufacturer's warranty or an extended policy. More often than not, new-cars purchased in the U.S come with umbrella coverage for things like service repairs and even roadside assistance. General Motors rolled out a roadside assistance plan which covers the car for five years or until the odometer hits 100,000-whichever occurs first.