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It’s just one of life’s unfortunate events. You’re driving to work, school, or maybe even to a first date when…THUNK. You’ve got a flat tire. What do you do? If you have Roadside Assistance, you don’t have to think about it twice. If you don’t have Roadside Assistance, you’re stuck dealing with the situation on your own, meaning you could end up spending more time on the side of the road.

You may think you’re saving money by going without a Roadside Assistance plan, but multiple breakdowns could lead to just the opposite. We’ve broken down the cost of some common car problems to see how our Roadside Assistance plan stacks up. At about 25 cents per day,* you could very well be better off with a Roadside Assistance plan from Direct Auto!

An Emergency Tow

According to 24 Hour Towing, towing vehicle costs can vary due to a number of factors: your vehicle type, the distance of the tow, your exact location, if there’s a service need, and the time of the call (day or night). Depending on how far your car needs to go to reach a service station, your final bill could end up being quite hefty! Check it out:

+ Average Cost for a Local Tow (up to 5 miles): $55-$85/event 

+ Cost of a 6-month Roadside Assistance Plan: $8/month

A Car Lockout

American Best Locksmith estimates the average auto lockout service to cost $65-$120, and if you drive a high security car like a VW, Audi, Lexus, or Jaguar, you can expect to pay between $180 and $320. Yikes! So how does Direct Auto’s Roadside Assistance plan stack up against these rates?

+ Average Cost for a Car Lockout (non-high security vehicle): $65-$120/event

+ Cost of a 6-month Roadside Assistance Plan: $8/month

Battery Jump Start

Oops—you forgot to turn your car’s lights off last night and now your battery is completely drained. How much could it cost for an emergency battery jumpstart? Car Cost Helper estimates the average battery jumpstart for a typical car costs around $50-$120. A more premium battery, like those found in luxury vehicles, could cost around $90-200.

+ Average Cost for a Battery Jumpstart (typical car): $50-$120/event

+ Cost of a 6-month Roadside Assistance Plan: $8/month

Let’s do the math now. If you didn’t have a Roadside Assistance Plan and each one of these occurrences happened to you once in a six month period, you’d end up shelling out anywhere between $170 and $325.

On the other hand, if you purchased a Roadside Assistance plan from Direct Auto, you’d end up spending about $48 over the course of 6 months, which is about $8 a month. The plan would pay for itself after one use. Let’s take a look at the bottom line…

= Average Cost of an Emergency Tow, Lockout Service, and Battery Jumpstart: $170-325

= Cost of a 6-month Roadside Assistance Plan: $8/month

So what are your thoughts? Would you rather pay for the above issues out-of-pocket? Let us know in the comments below!

*Roadside Assistance is not insurance and is administered through NationSafeDriver, Boca Raton, FL. Which is not affiliated with the Direct General Group.  Terms and conditions apply. Cost per day/month is based on average cost for 6 month plan.