Save money when you need a tow?

Yes, it can be done and although forward planning for a blowout or similar road disaster might not seem top of the things to do in life – and, alright, perhaps it isn’t –it still needs doing all the same.

Here in Edmonton, Canada we are lucky because there are so many tow companies to choose between. And that helps when it comes to trying to save some money!

Because, heaven knows, breaking down is bad enough. But then being ripped off to get going again, takes the proverbial biscuit.

When your car gives up the ghost, it is inevitably, never in a good place and it can render you completely vulnerable.

You probably don’t appreciate how vulnerable you are, as a motorist, most of the time. It is easy to feel invincible, when we are in our cars. Driving about in our little bubble, which feels like a home from home.

It is easy to forget that this is a machine which, like any other, can malfunction and suddenly leave you, stuck out on a limb, somewhere in the world.

Add in a couple of other random factors, such as bad weather (and let’s face it, here in Edmonton Canada, we should know all about that) and you have got a fully fledged disaster.

This is why we believe seriously in planning ahead for every possibility, behind the wheel, and trying to troubleshoot scenarios before they have occurred.

Breaking down and needing to call a tow company are just part of the disaster planning that every motorist should do.

Here’s how and what to think about, when it comes to making the trauma of your breakdown, just that little easier…

CHECK WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY BEFORE PAYING

About to pay for your tow or recovery service with your plastic? Just hold your horses for a second before you splash the cash and stick that bill on the never-never.

A lot of credit card companies now offer things like free roadside assistance, as a benefit of their card services.

It is well worth checking with your company to see if they are one of the ones who are doing this, before you pay for your tow ride!

Also, if you are ever in the market for a new credit card, be sure to shop about for this lucrative perk, before choosing a provider to go with.

ARE YOU ALREADY INSURED?

The other thing that it is worth checking, before accepting the charge of the callout for your tow, is your insurance company.

Nowadays, a lot of car insurance already has towing and recovery services added into the deal. And in other cases, it is available for a small extra charge.

This is something that you should plan for in advance and check thoroughly. We would, of course, advise on taking out any extra cover that will help you out in this situation.


GET IN AN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION

The best way of avoiding a callout charge for a tow, in your hour of need, is to already be paying for it – in terms of a subscription to an auto club. Annual fees are somewhere in the region of $50-$100.

This will save you money in the long run, especially if you take the view that eventually, one day, you will break down at the side of the road and need a tow somewhere.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

Instead of just waiting to break down and then panic about which service provider you should call, do some research in advance.

Find out what is on offer and all the charges for the local tow companies and plan which one you will choose in the event of a break down.

This ensures that there are no nasty surprises in the even of you breaking down at the roadside.