If your car breaks down, it's a breather to have roadside assistance to help you day or night. But how do you pick the best plan? There are several providers, and the plans they offer are just as diverse. What are you to consider before finding the plan at that seamlessly fits your needs?


Covered Services


Look for the essentials: towing and jump-starting, fuel delivery, changing a flat tire, removing your vehicle from mud or snow, lockout or lost-key or service, etc. Some organizations and companies offer a whole range of plans, every one of them having a unique price and benefits. Just be sure to go over the fine print, along with the FAQs.



Plans often bill for yearly membership, but there are those that charge on a monthly or per incident basis. Yet other plans either collect surcharges or give out discounts on the first year. If you're not that familiar with a plan, see if it's possible to avoid a long-term commitment.


Destination of Towed Vehicles


Know where your car will be towed under the plan you are considering. It will probably go to a nearby repair shop or one that you pick within definite limits - around 100 miles for an elite plan and about 5 miles for basic coverage. If you want the car towed farther than the limits, you need to pay extra.


Service Call Limits


In most cases, you are allowed to make four service calls within a 12-month period of membership. After that, you may not be covered or have to pay the costs out-of-pocket. The rules can vary widely so it's a must that you are fully informed regarding each plan you're considering.




In most cases, plans contract with Salina Towing operators and local repair shops. Some pride themselves with numerous service providers across the United States and, at times, in Canada and Mexico. Know if the plan you're interested in has providers within in your area or where you may travel. 


Vehicle Eligibility


Plans usually cover passenger vehicles, though some provide separate or enhanced coverage for motorcycles, trailers and RVs, and even bicycles.


Additional Benefits


Know what other benefits are provided by the plan you're considering, such as reward offers for stolen vehicle recovery, trip interruption insurance, repair service warranties, trip-planning tools, car repair discounts and the rest.





As in any purchase you make, research whether the group that's offering you a roadside-assistance plan has complaints files against them at the Better Business Bureau. Know what others are saying about the coverage on complaint boards. Explore online reviews too, but make sure to read third-party consumer websites to avoid fabricated testimonies. Finally, ask friends and relatives for referrals.