Yes, Allstate does offer free towing for customers who have the company’s roadside assistance coverage. Allstate roadside assistance generally costs $25 annually per vehicle when it is added to an Allstate car insurance policy, and the coverage pays for up to $150 in towing services. Allstate customers can request roadside assistance online or call 1-877-597-3393.
It’s also worth noting that drivers without an Allstate policy can purchase an Allstate roadside assistance membership plan, which starts at $79 annually. Plus, drivers without any pre-purchased roadside assistance can request pay-per-use roadside assistance through the Allstate website.
What Allstate Roadside Assistance Covers
Towing services up to $150
While Allstate’s roadside assistance covers towing and other services, it doesn’t cover the cost of repair parts, replacement keys, or major fixes due to things like engine failure or structural damage.
Allstate offers pay-per-mile insurance through a program called Milewise. Allstate’s pay-per-mile insurance program works by charging customers a base amount plus a small fee per mile driven, making it a good choice for low-mileage drivers. For instance, Allstate provides an example rate of $1.50 per day plus 6¢ per mile.
Milewise has a mileage cap of 250 miles in some states, which means that drivers won’t be charged for any miles beyond this limit. As a result, long road trips will only cost up to a certain maximum amount. Unlike most insurance premiums, Milewise charges policyholders immediately after they take a trip, so drivers must keep a certain balance in their Milewise account.
Allstate Milewise Tracking and Availability
Milewise is available in 18 states, including Florida, Texas, and New Jersey. Milewise tracks mileage using a device that plugs into your car underneath the dashboard, which is compatible with most cars from 1996 or later.
Keep in mind that Milewise is different from Drivewise. Drivewise is a usage-based insurance program from Allstate that gives policyholders cashback on a traditional policy based on driving habits such as speed, braking, and the time of day that you drive.
Yes, the Allstate Motor Club is worth it if you want 24/7 roadside assistance anywhere in the U.S. and anticipate using at least $79 in roadside assistance services in a year. Allstate’s Motor Club has two membership plans: Roadside Advantage, for an initial fee of $79, and Platinum Elite, for an initial fee of $149. You can even get an Allstate Motor Club membership without having an active insurance policy with the company.… read full answer
Why Allstate Motor Club Is Worth It
24/7 roadside assistance services, including towing, jump starts, lockouts, tire changes, and fuel delivery.
Three (Roadside Advantage) or five (Platinum Elite) free service calls per year for as little as $75 the first year.
Covers any car a member drives, including cars they borrow or rent.
Access to trip planning tools and services, plus savings on travel, health, entertainment, and more.
Members can add a second household member for free (16-18 year-olds are always covered for free).
Members still have access to Allstate roadside assistance on a pay-per-use basis after exhausting their free service calls for a year.
More Details on the Benefits of Allstate Motor Club Memberships
An Allstate Roadside Advantage membership provides three free service calls per year for things like jump starts, fuel delivery, lockout services (up to $100), tire changes, and towing services (up to $150 per tow request). The Platinum Elite membership provides five free service calls per year, and it ups the towing limit to $250 per disablement. Keep in mind that neither membership includes the cost of fuel or any parts.
Allstate’s Motor Club memberships, which can be renewed annually for $99 (Roadside Advantage) and $169 (Platinum Elite), also provide discounts on oil changes, auto parts, and flights. They even include motorcycle and RV coverage, as well as a road hazard benefit that reimburses customers for damage to tires and wheels.
Bottom Line on Allstate Motor Club
The bottom line is that if you break down on the side of the road or wake up to a flat tire at home, you’ll find that an Allstate Motor Club membership is worth having. Some notable competitors to the Allstate Motor Club are AAA, National Motor Club, and Good Sam Roadside Assistance, but Allstate’s Motor Club coverage stands out because of its multiple coverage options and its availability to customers on a pay-per-use basis. To learn more about your Allstate Motor Club options, call 877-597-3393.
AAA roadside assistance is worth it if a driver has multiple cars, an older car, or a car with frequent mechanical problems. AAA roadside assistance might also be worth it if a driver plans to make frequent use of AAA discounts or wants extensive roadside coverage.
AAA ranked 14th out of 22 companies in WalletHub’s analysis of 2021’s … read full answerBest Roadside Assistance. The biggest drawback is that AAA received an F from the Better Business Bureau due to a large number of unresolved customer complaints. However, AAA does offer above-average protection for a reasonable price.
Drivers can choose between three different levels of AAA roadside assistance, but they all include the same base services.
AAA Roadside Assistance Benefits
Battery changes and jump starts
Stuck vehicle services
Other AAA benefits include trip planning services like maps and guides. AAA also provides miscellaneous discounts and perks, including hotel and rental car discounts, free or discounted passport photos, legal defense insurance, and identity theft monitoring.
The details of AAA’s services depend on the level of coverage that you choose. Prices also vary by location, just like with car insurance premiums, and some regions have a one-time enrollment fee of around $10-$15. Drivers can add family members to their plan for an additional fee, often ranging from $30 to $65 per year.
AAA Roadside Assistance Plans
Average Annual Cost
Up to 7 miles
Up to 100 miles
Up to 200 miles
Locksmith for Car
Covered up to $50
Covered up to $100
Covered up to $100
Free delivery (member pays for fuel)
Free delivery and fuel
Free delivery and fuel
Extrication If Stuck
Two trucks/drivers if needed
Two trucks/drivers if needed
Tire Change, Jump Start, Battery Service, Lockout
Trip Interruption Benefit
Up to $250
Up to $700
Up to $1,500
AAA Basic and Plus members who are in a collision up to 100 miles from home qualify for the trip interruption benefit, while Premier members can receive the benefit for a wider variety of reasons. Basic and Plus memberships also include daily credit monitoring, lost wallet assistance, and bicycle assistance up to the plan’s towing limits. Premier members receive these perks, too, as well as $10,000 in identity theft insurance and coverage for motorcycles, RVs, and trailers.
Alternatives to AAA Roadside Assistance
The top alternatives to AAA roadside assistance are your car insurance provider, your cell phone company, and competitor auto clubs.
Car Insurance Provider
Adding roadside assistance to your car insurance policy is usually cheaper than purchasing a AAA plan. However, using it – especially more than once or twice a year – might cause your premium to increase, since it can be treated as a claim. That makes AAA a good option if you can’t afford for your premium to rise.
Cell Phone Company
Cell phone companies like Verizon and AT&T offer cheap roadside assistance for their customers. In general, these plans cost $3 a month and cover four incidents per year. Verizon and AT&T roadside assistance plans cover towing, fuel delivery, flat tire changes, lockout services, and dead batteries. Verizon also includes winching. If the coverage options are enough for you, these plans can be a good value.
Many rewards credit cards offer roadside assistance benefits, but they usually involve a flat fee for each service call rather than a subscription model like AAA.
AAA competitors like Allstate Motor Club and Good Sam sell similar roadside assistance subscription services.
It’s worth noting that some providers, including AAA, might charge a small one-time enrollment fee in addition to the annual price. However, these fees vary by state and are sometimes waived.
New-Car Roadside Assistance Plans
Drivers with newer cars might not need AAA if their car warranty includes roadside assistance. If roadside assistance is not included, drivers might be able to purchase it separately at the dealership. Most plans will cover the car for 2-5 years or up to a certain mileage limit.
Bottom Line: Is AAA Roadside Assistance Worth It
Yes, AAA roadside assistance is worth it for the average driver. Whether AAA roadside assistance is worth it for you depends on how much coverage you need and how much it costs in your state. The added perks and discounts are worth considering, too, though these bonuses will not cover the cost of membership for every driver. You can join AAA by applying online on their website or in person by visiting your local AAA branch.
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