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What to Know About Buying Roadside Assistance

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents

During the winter months, you may have to deal with an issue such as a flat tire, dead battery, or a key locked inside your car. To protect yourself from these issues to ensure you can get back to the road and avoid large expenses, you should purchase roadside assistance. Since every roadside assistance plan varies, make sure to follow the tips below to find the right one for you.

If you are involved in a winter car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should consult our lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 right away for a free consultation. We can help you hold the negligible party accountable for their actions.

Find out If You Already Have Roadside Assistance

If you recently purchased a new or certified-used vehicle, it may have come with a roadside assistance plan. You may also already have roadside assistance coverage if you purchased an extended warranty from your automaker.

Determine Which Plan is Right For You

Since there are so many roadside assistance plans out there, you should consider which one is right for you. If you own multiple vehicles, you should opt for a full-service plan that’s offered by AAA, Better World Club, or National General Motor Club.

In the event there are multiple drivers in your family, you should purchase a plan where all drivers in your family are covered. If your vehicle is new or certified-used and you don’t own any other vehicles, consider your automaker’s roadside assistance program. If you travel far from home often, make sure to select a plan with plenty of towing allowance.

Make Sure It’s Easy to Call for Roadside Assistance

Prior to selecting a plan, make sure it allows you call for roadside assistance quickly and easily. The plan should have a toll free number and a smartphone app that you can use to call for assistance. Most roadside assistance smartphone apps show your exact location, making it easy for help to arrive.

Search for Reviews

The internet is full of reviews on all types of products and services, including roadside assistance plans. Make sure you look for reviews on the plans you are considering so that you know what to expect and can avoid choosing plans with unsatisfied customers.

Find out Where Plans Provide Coverage

In most cases, roadside assistance plans provide coverage throughout the United States and Canada. If you drive in Mexico, Puerto Rico, or other countries frequently for work or pleasure, you should find out whether you will be reimbursed for assistance there and what plan you should choose.

Understand How Often Services Can Be Used

Most plans will allow you to make service requests four or five times per year. If you exceed this amount, you will be charged an additional fee. Be sure to determine how often services can be used in the plan you are considering so that you aren’t left with any surprise charges.

Contact Our Lawyers Right Away

Although a roadside assistance plan can help you when your vehicle breaks down, it cannot prevent the negligence of other drivers. If you get hurt in a car accident that was not your fault, you should call our lawyers right away. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys have years of experience helping those who have suffered from another’s negligence recover compensation.

Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free case consultation.