In many areas, workers can rely on public transport to travel to and from work. But if you live in an outlying area or a region where public transport is either non-existent, unreliable or expensive then owning and maintaining a motor vehicle becomes a necessity. Even with the best maintenance and attention to your vehicle, there comes a time when something will go wrong at the worst possible time and you will be stranded either on the way to work or the way home. While neither scenario is a good one, having your vehicle make you late for work is possibly the greater problem.
Roadside Assistance to the Rescue
Breakdown coverage includes roadside assistance, even for the oldest vehicles. Roadside assistance is where a licensed, certified mechanic shows up with a van or truck full of parts, and replacement supplies that can help with most common mechanical failures. Events such a flat tire, running out of gas, a failed spark plug, or a failing alternator need not completely derail your day. Often, the well-trained mechanic can have your vehicle back in running order and you on your way in record time. If you have a vehicle that is no longer covered by a warranty or extended warranty, you might have to pay for some parts or supplies. Read your policy carefully.
For the Big Problems
Sometimes vehicles develop mechanical problems that cannot be repaired easily. If something goes wrong with the motor or the transmission, you can be certain that roadside repairs will not be an option. There are other, smaller repairs that might require more than a simple fix, as well, or the repair van might not have the requisite parts on board. In those cases, your vehicle will be towed to a nearby repair center or to your home, as you desire. The towing service often also includes getting you to your destination so that your day is not completely derailed. This can be especially important if you are on your way to your work. It can be equally important on the way home, however, if you need to pick up children from a daycare or similar situation.
Assistance with the Big Bills
For vehicles that are less than twelve years old and have fewer than 15,000 miles on the odometer, you might even be able to obtain coverage that will help with the cost of repairs. That can be a real blessing if a transmission refuses to shift gears any longer or a motor develops a problem. Help with those big-ticket repairs that can occur in spite of the best of care can be a real blessing for your budget. There is no fun at all in having to choose between paying the rent or repair your transportation. Breakdown insurance can help smooth out that problem.
Perhaps you have planned a trip for your vacation time. Here is where a good assistance policy can really shine. In addition to helping you stay on the road and taking the worry out of your travel, some policies will help you with planning your trip so that finding a place to stay, appropriate places to fuel up and get a bite to eat. While it might cut down on the adventure factor, as a certain fictional character once said, “Adventures are nasty uncomfortable things that make you late for dinner.” Reliable roadside assistance in the event of mechanical trouble can go a long way toward making your vacation a pleasant adventure, instead of the disagreeable kind that makes you late for dinner.