Is the AARP Roadside Assistance Service as Good as AAA?

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I recently read an article that said that using your car insurance’s roadside assistance could raise your insurance rates. So I decided to explore and compare other roadside assistance plans to see which one has the better value. And since I’d just recently joined AARP, it was a perfect opportunity to put my membership to the test.

I compared AARP’s Roadside Assistance Service from Allstate to the top runners in the industry. Needless to say, the main comparison of services and benefits was with AAA, a leader in the automotive roadside assistance industry for over 100 years. I know many folks who are completely dedicated to AAA, and it would take a crowbar to budge their loyalty. However, when I took a comprehensive look at both AARP and AAA pricing for services, I was surprised by AARP’s competitive packages. AARP was offering multiple tiered plans that nearly paralleled all of AAA’s plans, some at much lower rates. It’s a little difficult to line up both companies side by side for a straight comparison because the household tiers vary with each membership.

Although this snapshot of their basic membership plans is incomplete, it offers enough information to encourage you to take a closer look at their packages and products.

Roadside Assistance Comparison Charts

Both membership programs had additional benefits that covered aspects of legal fees, arrest bonds, auto theft deterrent incentives, warranty repair service coverage, and much more. Also, (and one of my all time favorite benefits) both offered car trip planning guides and materials.

From my research, it looks like AARP’s Roadside Assistance may have a slight edge over AAA if you’re 50 and over and join AARP. It’s more affordable, and as an AARP member you also benefit from all of those valuable AARP discounts – saving you even more money.

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