Choosing an Auto Club – How to Choose the Best Club For You

There are a lot of auto clubs who provide roadside assistance. Each one is very different. While they all offer more or less the same five services.

  1. Towing
  2. Flat tire
  3. Lockout
  4. Dead battery
  5. Fuel Delivery

They all have different pricing and levels of customer service.


When selecting a company based on towing remember that the higher miles allowed is not always better. Some will allow over 100 miles per tow but they restrict you to the nearest repair facility. With this service you could end up having your vehicle stuck in a repair garage for who knows how long and you would be at the mercy of someone that you did not necessarily trust. I would rather limit my towing miles and be allowed to take the vehicle to the repair facility of my choice. This opens up your options to national chains that are trusted no matter where you are traveling.

Flat tire

This service is almost the same regardless of which company you decide to purchase a plan from. If you get a flat tire, they will send someone to change it to your spare. Just make sure that your spare is working or you may be paying for a tow out of your own pocket to get it to the tire shop.


The lockout service can work a number of ways. You could lock your keys in the vehicle or you could lose your keys. Some of the better plans supplement the lockout service with a reimbursement for the locksmith to create a temporary key for your vehicle. This is a service that only premium roadside assistance plans will have and it can be very handy since we don’t have unlimited copies of our keys.

Dead battery

This service covers a jump start when your battery is dead. This could be from leaving your lights on or having your battery go bad. The battery no longer working can surprisingly happen very quickly. You could start your car and go to work and then when you try to leave to go home, your battery could no longer hold a charge or receive a charge. The dead battery service offered by roadside assistance companies and auto clubs only covers the jumpstart and will not charge your battery or pay for any repairs of your battery. Once they jumpstart your vehicle it would be best to drive directly to the auto store to have your battery tested and repaired or replaced.

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