Since my car is brand new, why would I need roadside assistance?

The odds of a new vehicle breaking down are slim; why would I buy roadside assistance? While I was at the dealership buying my car, the dealer kept pushing me to buy roadside assistance.

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Shannon Martin
Answered on Jun 25, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
“You have a good point in that a new car isn’t likely to have a standard breakdown, but mechanical breakdowns can happen. Roadside assistance is helpful if your new car:
  • is involved in a collision from driving around town
  • skids on ice
  • has a flat tire
  • the battery dies
This does not mean you have to purchase it from the dealer!
Many insurance carriers like Progressive and GEICO have excellent towing plans that are very affordable, usually a few dollars a month.
Another option would be to purchase a membership from a company like Urgently or AAA. These typically have a yearly fee and come with additional benefits like travel discounts.”
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