We’re always on the lookout for ways to help you save money, whether it’s at the grocery store or on the road. Check out our top tips for getting cheap roadside assistance so you can save more money for the good things in life — like pizza!
The cheapest type of roadside assistance is actually free. But that involves bugging your handy-with-tools uncle or your always-willing-to-lend-a-hand older sister. Who really wants to do that?
Otherwise, your best and cheapest alternative is to learn some of the tricks of tow truck drivers and auto mechanics. Since one of the most common reasons for emergency roadside assistance calls is a flat tire, you might want to brush up on how to change a tire.
Remember, keeping your tire pressure at an adequate level and practicing proper tire maintenance can help prevent flats entirely.
Prepare for Anything
Other ways you can steer clear of the need for roadside assistance:
- Make sure the tank contains enough gas to reach your destination.
- Get regular oil checks to ensure your car runs smoothly.
- In case you lock the keys in your car, stash a spare car key at your home or office, or keep a spare car key in your wallet or purse.
While you might be able to change a tire on your own or avoid other vehicular mishaps, some roadside problems might require assistance. For instance, a dead battery might come back to life with a jumpstart from another motorist or a roadside assistance technician.
However, if your alternator or starter has conked out, or you just aren’t the fix-it type, it might be time to call roadside assistance. Whether you’ve got a flat tire or need a tow truck, in comparison to paying out of pocket, cheap roadside assistance is within reach. Paying a few extra bucks each month for roadside assistance can help you when on-the-road malfunctions happen.
Next time your policy renewal rolls around, visit Direct Auto online or in-store to purchase emergency roadside assistance.
Know When to Call for Help
Road assistance plans are almost as different as the kinds of cars we drive. Direct Auto’s roadside assistance plan is affordable and comprehensive and pays for itself after one use. It includes helpful services that would cost more if you paid for them out of pocket, on the spot.
- Towing: Most tow companies charge between $50 and $125 for a single local tow, reports HomeGuides. With roadside assistance, you can sidestep that fee. Our plans offer 24-hour emergency towing if you’re stuck miles from home and your car won’t move an inch.
- Fluid delivery: Is your car running on fumes? Is it thirsty for oil? A roadside assistance technician can rush you the fluid you need so you don’t have to walk or hitchhike to a gas station*.
- Lockout help: On average, it costs $50 to $250 to hire a locksmith to unlock a car, says eLocal, but not with Direct Auto’s roadside assistance. Whether you’ve locked the keys in your car, or your key broke off in the ignition — we can help you unlock your car or even replace a damaged key.
- Jumpstarts: Few things are more frustrating for motorists than a dead battery, whether it’s 90 degrees or 9 degrees outside. With roadside assistance from Direct Auto, you can get your car battery started again and give your to-do list a jumpstart.
Other types of roadside help are impossible to put a price tag on, like mechanical help. Most of us aren’t as knowledgeable about cars as roadside assistance technicians are. So, if your car won’t budge and you don’t know why — a call to roadside assistance can help get you an expert than can diagnose and fix it.
Roadside Assistance is a separate product, administered through NationSafeDriver, Boca Raton, FL and is not insurance. Cost of fluid(s) is the member’s responsibility. Direct General Insurance Agency, Inc. dba Direct Auto Insurance.