How does roadside assistance work with rental cars?
"Do rental car companies have their own roadside assistance programs? I rent vehicles a lot as I don't have my own. I often travel to remote locations for hiking and camping. Should I purchase a separate roadside assistance membership?"
Answer provided by
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
“Most rental car companies offer their own roadside assistance programs. Since you don’t own your own vehicle, you may not fully benefit from a separate roadside assistance membership.
If there is a particular company you frequently rent from, you can find out the rate that they charge for roadside assistance. You may find that the rental car companies rates are lower than a yearly or monthly membership.
However, companies like AAA often have partnerships with other retailers and businesses. If you frequent places that offer AAA or another company discounts, it may be worth purchasing a roadside assistance membership.
Since a variety of companies offer roadside assistance, you should compare rates and coverages. If you’re going to remote locations, many companies offer a specific towing radius. You’ll want to consider a membership or plan that will fit your lifestyle and needs.”
Did this answer help you?
Ask us a question by email and we will respond within a few days.
Have a different question?
You can meet us at our office and discuss the details of your question.
Browse by topics
What others are asking
Can I use my car insurance to cover a scratch on my Volkswagen?
"Can I use my car insurance to get a scratch fixed? I have a 2013 Jetta and I just noticed it has a huge scratch on one side, but I don't know where it's from."
Jul 28, 2021
Can you get a car loan with a 450 credit score?
"Can I still get a car loan with a credit score of 450? I want to buy a car to get to work, but I'll need a car loan to do so. I make about $4,000 a month, but my credit score is only 450."
Jul 28, 2021