If you are planning to take a road trip this summer, now might be a good time to study up on roadside assistance plans. In addition to helping with a car issue, some of these plans offer nice discounts on hotels, attractions and car rental. If you have not purchased a plan, here are some things to check out:
There are a number of plans offered by motor clubs, auto insurers, and car manufacturers with different levels of coverage and benefits. When shopping for a plan, pay attention to:
How many miles are included in the towing service? Basic plans tend to cover up to five miles while more extensive plans may cover one hundred to two hundred miles.
Will you be charged an annual fee or a flat fee per service as needed?
Is the plan limited to just one vehicle and one family member or does it extend to other family members and other vehicles?
Are there any added benefits such as discounts for rental cars or hotels, or coverage for legal assistance for travel citations?
What is the customer satisfaction rating of the plan?
If you do not purchase a roadside assistance plan, and something goes wrong, you might be able to get help from the concierge services offered by a major credit card company, your auto insurer, or dialing 511 in states that offer this transportation and traffic information hotline.