Vehicle Recovery and Road Side Assistance in the USA
If you don't have roadside assistance for your vehicle, you are missing out on a good service that is easy to get.
Roadside assistance is a type of insurance that helps it's members if they have a flat tire, need a jump start, run out of fuel, or need to have their vehicle towed to a service station Autel MaxiTPMS PAD. Almost all automobile manufacturers in the United States give out free roadside assistance as part of the warranty program, and this lasts as long as the vehicles warranty, which is usually no less than three years or 36,000 miles. Also, many automobile insurance companies are now offering roadside assistance as a way to entice more customers to sign up with them.
Here is how it works. If you need one of the covered services, you call a toll free 800 number given to you by the service provider. After providing your name, the operator asks if you are in a safe location, and what type of service you require. After you give this information, the operator will dispatch the nearest participating towing service to your location. This is usually all done at no extra cost to you, but if you need towing to a service station all repairs done on the car will be covered by you, unless the car is under warranty. The coverage is nationwide, so if you are from the east coast, and your car breaks down on the west coast, you can still get assistance. Under most manufacturers roadside assistance plans they will cover the cost of towing to the nearest dealership, up to 50 miles. The service is generally good 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most Roadside assistance providers will limit the amount of times you can use the service in one year.
The cost of Roadside Assistance plans usually run about 50-100 dollars, depending on which service you go with.
The oldest and most well known American roadside assistance provider is the American Automobile Association, or AAA. It was founded in 1902, originally as a way to lobby for better roads. The price of membership runs about fifty to eighty dollars.
Allstate insurance was founded in 1931 as a part of the Sears-Roebuck company. A one year roadside assistance plan with them costs around 50 dollars.
GM Motor Club offers it's roadside assistance to the general public as well as it's automobile customers. It starts at around 80 dollars, but if offers unlimited towing.
The Auto Club of America was founded in 1976, and it is a fast growing company. The price of their plan is about 90 dollars x431 pro mini.
Road Care Plus was founded in 2000, and it is one of the largest suppliers of towing and roadside assistance in the United States. They start at around 60 dollars.
Roadside assistance can come in very handy, and with all the providers available there is no reason to not have it. Ask your insurance provider if they carry it, and if they don't, find a plan that's right for you.
Ed Terran is the pen name for the editor of a automotive journal motorcycle listings truck listings
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