There are a lot of ways to get roadside assistance. Families that have multiple cars save a lot of money over the long run. Sadly, however, not all of these services may be available to you. Some have certain qualifications to joining them. Though a lot of the better services have restrictions on member eligibility, not all of them do. AT&T’s roadside is obviously limited to customers that pay for the subscription. USAA used to only be available to military officers, but now is available to military personnel, their widows, their children, or the children of those who had a USAA product, but as it is more complicated than that, we cover it in more detail below.
AT&T’s plan is among the absolute cheapest, but that is because to enroll you must have a cellphone plan through them. It is $2.99/month for the cheapest plan. Like most other roadside companies, they can use your phone to pinpoint the location you’re stranded at. If you do not have Roadside Assistance, but do have an AT&T cellular plan, you may qualify for your first 30 days free! This list of services provided is pulled from AT&T’s website.
• Towing for mechanical failure
• Make minor/temporary repairs
• Battery jump-start
• Unlock and key service
• Flat tire assistance
• Winching service
• Out-of-gas fuel delivery
This is a great option, especially if you don’t happen to qualify for any of the other plans, for whatever reason that may be. They’re also very affordable, $16 to become an AAA member for a year, and $56 and $124 for the standard and premium plans, respectively. It is $34 to add a spouse or family member to the plan. The standard(“classic”) plan includes 4 calls a year, for things like fuel delivery, tire assistance, locksmith for your car, dead batteries, towing and mostly everything a basic plan normally has. Sadly, AAA Classic only offers 3 miles of towing. But the premium plan has extra benefits, as well as all the benefits one gets from premium. If your car breaks down 100+ miles from home, they’ll cover $1500 worth of travel fees. Traffic tickets are covered via legal representation in court and identity theft protection are also included.
From their website, coverage is available to:
• Active, retired and honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military
• Officer candidates in commissioning programs (Academy, ROTC, OCS/OTS). Adult children whose eligible parents have or had a USAA auto or property insurance product*
• Widows and widowers of USAA members who have or had a USAA auto or property insurance policy
*Children must be 18 years or older to be eligible for USAA membership and purchase products in their own name. Children under the age of 18 can be listed as family members on their eligible parents’ auto policies.
If you have car insurance with USAA, it is likely to only cost $12-$15 a year to add it onto an existing policy. It has everything a basic roadside assistance plan should already have. USAA is absolutely amazing, and if you qualify, should 100% be purchased.