Good Sam Roadside Assistance
Good Sam offers roadside assistance for breakdowns, flats, tows and other common auto issues. The company specializes in coverage for RVs and offers several service plans for those kinds of vehicles. However, they also have a comprehensive plan for regular family vehicles. Their Good Sam Platinum+ plan covers all household vehicles you own (which means any non-commercial vehicles like cars, SUVs and minivans). They also automatically cover you, your spouse and your dependent children under your plan.
One great feature is their unlimited distance towing policy. If your car needs to be towed, they will cover the total towing cost to the nearest service facility. Other top companies only cover towing up to a certain amount and you have to pay the rest. Also, members get large 15% discounts, up to $150, on repairs at AAMCO.
Another interesting feature is their theft rewards. If your car is stolen, Good Sam offers a $5,000 reward to the person who discovers it. It's also good to know that Good Sam's coverage area spans all of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This is yet another thing that makes them unique, as most roadside assistance plans only cover the continental US.
Good Sam's mobile App makes it much easier to seek help, should something happen on the road. The App uses GPS to track your exact location, as well as, giving you the option to pre-register your vehicle, making service times much shorter. You'll even be able to see how far away your roadside assistance is, and how long it will take them to reach you. This is a very useful little tool.
Plans and Pricing
Good Sam offers a few different plan options for you to choose from. These mostly cater to RV owners and households with more than one vehicle:
Auto & RV Standard - For $69.95 a year Good Sam will cover 1 recreational vehicle and any non-recreational vehicle you may own, such as cars, vans and motorcycles. Another great thing is that everyone in your family is covered at no extra cost. This includes, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children under the age of 25. As part of your coverage, you will get 24/7 towing covered by your plan to the nearest service center, no matter how far away it might be. They will also send a mobile mechanic to help you with your vehicle, should something happen on the road.
This includes bringing spare tires, changing flat tires on the spot, bringing fuel and different fluids you may need for your vehicle and even helping you get into your car if you lock yourself out. The only thing you have to pay is for parts and labor. Another benefit is up to $1200 Trip Interruption coverage in case you get into an accident while on a road trip and need to pay for any necessary lodging, car rentals or food expenses. You will also receive an emergency referral service to help you when you're far from home and should ever need a doctor, hospital, or even a lawyer.
This feature is something that few other roadside assistance memberships offer. Of course, as with any membership, Good Sam has discounts such as 15% off of certain parts and services at any AAMCO Transmission Centers. With so many useful and practical services, the Auto & RV Standard plan has plenty of good value at a very reasonable price.
Auto & RV Platinum - For $104.95 a year you can get all the Auto & RV Standard Coverage plus coverage of multiple RVs, utility trailers, leases, rentals and even a car borrowed from a friend or family member. You will also get all the roadside assistance from the Standard Plan with $1500 in Trip Interruption Coverage, which is $300 more than in the Auto & RV Standard plan. As part of your membership in the Platinum Plan, you will get access to a 25% discount at Avis or Budget rental car services, 20% off of hotels including Days Inn, Howard Johnson, and more. Good Sam even has a concierge service you can call for help finding repair and service facilities, gas stations, and even food and lodging. With lots of different features, this plan is great for those who want a little more bang for their buck.
Auto Platinum - Just like the name says, this plan is strictly for those with non-recreational vehicles. For $69.95 a year you get coverage for all non-recreational vehicles you own and coverage for all family members as with the Auto & RV Platinum. You also get the same towing coverage as with the other plans and the same roadside assistance, however, the only discounts you have access to are the 15% off of certain parts and services at AAMCO service centers. This plan lacks some of the features that come with the RV plans, but it is a decent plan for those without an RV.
All in all, Good Sam has plenty of great plans that rivals other roadside assistance plans, with an eye towards the RV owner's needs.
For those wanting to know more about care for their vehicle, advice by mechanics and car industry professionals, or just simple tips about upkeep, Good Sam provides a blog full of great information. Some of the most recent articles include information such as knowing what materials to keep in your car in any kind of snow or ice related emergency, a how-to on inspecting and replacing your RV bearings and wheels, and repairing an RV battery. You can find plenty of easy to read guides that cover any car problems you can think of. They're a great resource for automobile lovers who want to learn more about how to care for their vehicle.
Verdict - Superb
Despite their slightly outdated website, Good Sam really earns its name with its impressive features and pricing. They feature plenty of unique services for RV owners and non-RV owners alike. Good Sam is a good idea.