Having the option for roadside assistance—whether for road accidents, breakdowns or simply a flat tire—are very important especially if you live in an isolated area. Though road safety has come a long way in the last century, emergencies like these road accidents and other problems still occur with regularity. Having reliable roadside assistance from a stable company is crucial even before an emergency occurs. This service is available through many sources, such as car insurance coverage and even through some credit card companies.
In many cases, however, this service is usually offered when you purchase a new or used vehicle; but there are stipulations to this, such as certain mileage or age of the vehicle, and depends on the manufacturer and the contract.
Road accidents can be anything from fender-benders or hitting a wild animal, to head-on collisions and blown tires. A reputable roadside assistance company should have a few solid benefits, such as, 24-hour dispatch for emergencies and appointments; no or little to none mileage restrictions or expense limits; coverage for the US, Canada and Mexico; trouble-shooting that is manufacturer or car brand specific; live access and help from technical advisors; and mobile and concierge services. Road safety measures have lessened the likelihood of road accidents, but emergencies happen regularly, so you should be sure to have roadside assistance on hand just for these occasions.
Roadside assistance can help a stranded driver in the case of any of the emergencies listed above, and based on the particular contract you might have with the vehicle maker or the dealership. Be sure to choose a plan with the broadest range of options for your needs (if you have a new teen driver, purchase a plan that includes full, 24-hour roadside assistance in case of breakdowns or a car accident). If you don’t travel a lot, however, purchase a basic plan with just towing and flat tire assistance.
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