Do I need roadside assistance?

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

Roadside assistance helps you out if you are stuck on the side of the road, or even at your home, work, or other location. It is typically an option with car insurance or an extended warranty, and is also sold independently by organizations such as AAA.

Roadside assistance plans have varying levels service, service coverage and may vary with geographic location, so it is important to shop around to understand what you are buying. All include at least some of the following services, and the best include all of them:

  • Towing:  Check the distance limit, as well as whether you can choose the drop-off location. Some plans only provide towing to the nearest service center.
  • Battery Jump:  If your battery goes dead, almost every roadside rescue plan provides a jump start.
  • Flat Tire Change:  Roadside rescue plans do not provide the tire, but they will help change a flat tire to your spare. However, this service may not extend to motorcycles, heavy trucks, RVs, again understand the specifics of what you are about to buy.
  • Lockout Service:  If you lock your keys in your car, roadside rescue will likely provide professional assistance. However, if the dispatched professional cannot get into the vehicle, the plan might or might not include locksmith service.
  • Fuel Delivery:  If you run out of gas, roadside rescue will typically deliver enough to get you to the next station. Some provide this for free, while others charge for the fuel.
  • Vehicle Extrication:  If your vehicle is stuck in mud, snow, or the like, some roadside rescue plans provide a truck and a driver to pull you out. However, if more than one truck or driver is required, there may be an extra fee.

Roadside rescue coverage is generally inexpensive, so there’s usually little reason not to buy a plan – you decide on your level of comfort with a service such as roadside. Be sure to read the fine print, and choose one that fits all of the situations you are likely to encounter. Buying on price is not always the smartest choice, buying on value is.

If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try   Colchin Automotive  instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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