You need roadside assistance because, without it, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for expensive services such as towing and lockouts. These services could cost you hundreds of dollars, versus the roughly $100 you’d spend on a roadside assistance program yearly, if not less.
Take the cost of towing, for example, which varies based on distance.
- 5 miles or fewer: $35 to $125
- 40 miles: $125 to $275
- 100 miles: $600 maximum1
It’s better to pay $100 a year for roadside assistance than to risk having to pay $600 if you need a tow a long way from home (not to mention the cost to stay in hotels, for which some roadside assistance programs reimburse you).
J.D. Power also looked at the costs of car locksmiths, which don’t come cheap either.
- Door unlocking: $70 to $150
- Car rekeying: $50 to $100
- Car door lock replacement: $300 to $600
- Rekeyed ignition: $100
- Multiple key copies: $30 to $50
Those expenses could be covered if you had roadside assistance.
Roadside assistance is also a necessity for teen drivers or anyone who lacks driving experience. It will give you peace of mind to know that when your loved ones are on the road, they can easily get the help they may need with just one phone call and little expense.