I’ll never forget the morning I got a flat tire on my way to work — on the Interstate, no less. I was riding along one second at (or near) the 70 mile per hour speed limit, and the next thing I knew, I was clopping along on my rim trying to get out of traffic before anyone hit me. I managed to get to the shoulder, but it was just my luck that the tire that blew out was on the side nearest the traffic. And I was alone. With no AAA to call.
So I did the only thing I could think to do: I called my husband to come change the tire for me.
Suffice it to say that it was a scary moment, and I was paranoid about driving alone for a long while after that.
When Walmart asked me to try roadside assistance service by AutoVantage, this was the first experience that came to mind. So of course, I was only too eager to right the wrong of doing without roadside assistance.
So what exactly do you get with AutoVantage? Well, for just $69.88 a year for the whole family, you get 24-hour roadside assistance, whether you need help, like changing a flat tire or getting a jump for your battery, or a tow to a safe place. You’re allotted up to 150 miles per occurrence. Also awesome: Their new LocateMe technology means that they’ll be able to use your phone’s GPS signal to find out exactly where you are — perfect if you’re in an unfamiliar area or not sure which mile marker was the last one you passed.
In additional to roadside assistance, they also offer a lockout service, not just for your car, but for your home, as well. I’ve been fortunate enough never to have locked myself out of the house, but I’ve definitely been locked out of a car. While it was running. With my infant daughter inside. Thankfully, the A/C was running and she was none the wiser, but the 15 minutes or so that we had to wait for a locksmith felt like a lifetime. And now if baby Juliza ever locks me outside the house, I won’t have to panic.
But on top of all that, you can use their Mechanic’s Hotline to get advice on maintenance and repairs, plus discounts on those repairs, along with hotel and rental car discounts.
I can think of another situation in which all of this would have been immensely helpful. Back when my husband and I were still dating, we went on a road trip and ran into some transmission trouble that completely sidelined his car. We had to spend a night in a hotel with just the clothes on our backs, pay to have the car towed 60 miles back home, then rent a car so we could get around until his car was repaired. All of which got really expensive in a hurry. No fun.
I personally think my peace of mind is well worth $69.88 a year, but that’s just me. Considering that AAA Plus costs twice as much for fewer overall benefits, becoming an AutoVantage member at Walmart is a no-brainer.
So what about you? Was there ever a moment when you really wished you’d purchased roadside assistance?
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.