It will cost about $50 to $140 to tow a car 20 miles, on average, but rates vary based on the towing company, the reason for towing, and the weather or traffic conditions at the time. Plus, you may incur additional costs if your car needs to be winched or if your car is being towed because of a collision.
Note: The extra cost to tow a vehicle 20 miles is based on the maximum distance covered by a driver’s membership as well as national average towing fees for additional mileage. Added towing fees assume a $4.75 per-mile fee, based on J.D. Power averages.
On the other hand, some companies will only cover towing up to a certain price or will only cover tows to the nearest covered repair shop. This level of coverage probably won't cover a 20-mile tow.
Roadside Assistance That Will Take You to the Nearest Repair Shop
Roadside assistance costs $8 to $125 annually from a car insurance company and $38 to $171 annually from a motor club such as AAA, Allstate Motor Club, or Better World Club. Some new cars also come with free roadside assistance through the manufacturer, often for 3-5 years or up to 50,000 miles. Roadside assistance generally covers towing, fuel delivery, tire changes, and jumpstarts for stranded drivers.… read full answer
$35.88 per enrolled phone line (phone must be physically present at scene)
In general, there are a few basic options for purchasing roadside assistance. Customers can choose between adding roadside assistance to their car insurance policy, buying roadside assistance through their cell phone provider, or purchasing a motor club membership. Auto club memberships are usually the most expensive option, but they often provide the most coverage.
The alternative is to pay out of pocket for any roadside assistance needs as they arise rather than purchasing a subscription service. That can be stressful and more expensive in the long run, though.
For more information on the prices of different plans, check out WalletHub’s complete guide to the best roadside assistance.
Roadside assistance covers towing to nearby service stations, battery changes or jump-starts, and delivery of fuel or oil. Many roadside assistance programs also cover locksmith services up to a certain dollar amount and replacing a flat tire with an existing spare.
Removal of vehicles from ditches, deep snow, mud, or off-road terrain
Assistance if a policyholder is locked out of their vehicle
Often includes discounted replacement batteries
Starting the battery after it has died or become too weak to start the vehicle
Help with changing a flat; may include a discounted replacement tire
Can include free or discounted fuel, up to a certain amount or enough to get to the nearest gas station, depending on the plan
Some roadside assistance programs also include discounts at participating restaurants, attractions and hotels, as well as trip interruption coverage and travel assistance. Roadside assistance can cost anywhere from $8 to over $170 per year, depending on whether you purchase it as an add-on to an existing car insurance policy or through another company.
No, your insurance will not go up if you use roadside assistance. While you do need to file a claim with your insurance company when using roadside assistance, your insurer is unlikely to increase your premiums for using it.
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A roadside assistance plan will cost you anywhere between $1-$15 per month, depending on what your plan includes. Towing to the nearest service facility, jump-starts, fuel delivery, and tire changes are among the basic services included in a roadside assistance plan. Check out Wallethub's article on the best roadside assistance plans to find one that's best suited for your needs.
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