There are many available roadside assistance plans that are available for purchase right over the internet. Almost all plans are similar in nature. For a one time annual fee, they will dispatch a service provider to arrive and offer one of any covered services. These are typically towing, lockout, jumpstart, dead battery or fuel delivery.
The factors that typically decide a roadside service are the towing mileage and the number of service calls per year.
How Many Miles of Towing Do I Need?
Towing miles are sometimes confused since many companies offer high permitted miles but in the fine print they restrict you to the nearest repair facility. This is understandable due to the fact that if your vehicle is disabled then it needs to be repaired. But, not everyone in the repair business is reliable or trustworthy. In my opinion it is much more reasonable to accept less than 100 miles of towing to be able to have it towed to the repair facility of my choice. If peace of mind is what you are after then this could offer more than high miles and no choice of where to take your vehicle.
How Many Service Calls Per Year Do I Need?
Service calls allowed per year is an interesting thing. Many companies allow anywhere between 2 and 6 calls per year. Really any person should need between zero and four calls per year. Any more than that and there is a very good chance that you will be canceled by the roadside assistance company for abusing their plan anyway. This happens in every company due to a small number of people who try to rely on a roadside assistance program rather than properly maintain their vehicles. If you are shopping for roadside assistance then a plan that allows four or more service calls per year is plenty for anyone.
What if I Get Into An Accident?
In the case of a car accident, most plans will not provide towing. This is because roadside assistance is for mechanical breakdowns only which are for the most part unforeseen. Accidents are typically handled by insurance companies and police officers and a roadside assistance company plays little part in that exchange. Roadside Service plans are for those breakouts and emergencies when you are stranded and far from other services.