Nothing brings a road trip to a halt like car problems, such as running out of gas or a mechanical break-down. When this happens, the dollar signs start adding up. The cost of a tow, or a gas service. The cost of repairs, and time lost. Some of these costs can be mitigated by having a roadside assistance plan. In some cases, plans are already provided for you, and in others you’ll have to purchase one separately. Even without plans, roadside assistance is available on an as-needed basis from many auto repair shops, such as Collinsville Auto Repair just outside New Hartford, CT.
There are two ways to determine the cost of roadside assistance. One is the monthly cost for a service provider plus any additional expenses for using it. The other is the cost of on-demand services from the nearest provider on an as-needed basis. The specifics vary greatly but, generally speaking, the cost of a provider will be saved with one call every year or two.
Provider plans range from less than $20 a year to over $100 a year, whether you need it or not. While it is true in some sense that you get what you pay for, there is a little more nuance than that. Tacking on service to your credit card will usually get you better overage than the middle-tier AAA plan for a lower cost. The caveat is that some providers will increase your rates if you use the provided roadside assistance too much. Your rates would be unaffected by using a provider separate from your insurance company. The higher end auto club memberships, such as AAA, will provide additional perks beyond roadside assistance, such as home lock-out assistance and trip interruption benefits.
Getting service directly will only cost when you need it. It can cost as much as a couple of hundred dollars for some services, or as little as $50. This is harder to plan for as the very nature of roadside assistance is that it’s an unexpected need. It’s also rare for the average person to need assistance, perhaps only calling once every two years.
Whether you subscribe to one of the various services, or just call directly when you need help, Collinsville Auto Repair is happy to help you with your needs in Connecticut. Call us 24/7 for help.