I own my own business, and I do a lot of car travel. I’m on the road at least 4 days out of my five day work week. Since I am self-employed, and I’m responsible for my own car and safety, I had to ensure that I had a great roadside assistance towing plan. However, after doing some research on which one best suited my needs, I found that they aren’t all created equal. I can’t tell you how many times I had to call roadside assistance for a tow over the past 25 years in business.
Since I already went to battle and got some great information during my research, I would like to pass it on to my fellow driver. If you should be in a situation where you have a flat tire, need tow service or a simple jump-start, having roadside assistance is a valuable insurance to be had. Here are some tips to finding the right roadside assistance towing plan for you:
You may already have coverage, and you don’t know it
You may already have some benefits in your insurance policy plan and don’t even know it. Often, we just sign on with an insurance company because we are getting a good rate and we fail to look at the overall details of the policy. You may get reimbursement for towing, and mechanic labor charges. If you have a brand new car, and it’s still under warranty, you may also be covered there as well for free. Some credit cards, such as American Express and Discover, also offer roadside assistance towing as a perk. Call each one to find out what is covered and what isn’t so you can make a decision to add supplemental roadside assistance to meet your needs.
What are your needs?
There are a plethora of roadside assistance plans out there. Depending on what you think you will need, you can make an informed decision. For instance, if you have a medical condition, it may be important for you to a plan that offers medical assistance. Perhaps you have a young teenage driver in your home, and you want GPS tracking. If you are looking for a particular service in your roadside assistance plan but are not sure if it is offered in a particular package, just ask as some plans can be a la carte. Roadside assistance towing usually comes standard.
Do your research
Google is amazing. You can search for “roadside assistance” and a host of options will pop up for you to take a look at and make comparisons. Also take a look at the reviews on each one. Yelp or Google Reviews are great resources to find out how well customers are treated, and how fast you can expect to be towed should you get stuck on the side of the road. People often share their experiences on social media. Any social media platform that you use comes with a search tool. Simply type in the name of the roadside assistance plan you want to know about and you will get a more in-depth look at what people are saying. The Better Business Bureau also keeps track of complaints. If a roadside assistance plan has more negative reviews than positive, and their towing is not as fast and efficient as you would like, then you should consider an alternative plan.
If you are just interested in roadside assistance towing, many plans use a number of reputable towing companies that can get you the help you need. If you really love the towing industry, hop on Google and start searching for tow trucks for sale and open up your own business!