Pros / It has the lowest price for a premium plan.
Cons / You need to meet eligibility requirements to join.
Verdict / AARP has low prices and quality services, making it a good option for roadside assistance.
AARP’s roadside assistance is available to anyone eligible to join AARP. You need to be at least 50 years old to join, and you must pay the organization’s $16 annual membership fee. You pay that membership fee in addition to the cost of the roadside assistance program.
The Road ‘N Tow plan, AARP’s lowest level of service, costs $58 a year, which is about $5 a month. It’s one of the most affordable plans we reviewed and compares well against Allstate and AAA. If you want to include your spouse on your plan, you must pay an additional $10. The Road ‘N Tow plan limits you to three service calls a year.
The Road ‘N Tow plan includes all the standard roadside assistance features. If your car breaks down, AARP provides 5 miles of free towing. In a city, that should be enough to get you to a service station. If your lock yourself out of your car, AARP reimburses you $60 for a lock replacement and $25 for a key replacement.
AARP’s Premier plan costs $74 a year, which is the lowest price we saw for premium roadside assistance. It costs $10 to add your spouse and $30 to add your family. Even with the costs for extra family members, AARP has below-average prices. The Premium plan is limited to four service calls for a single user, five for a couple and seven for a family subscription.
The Premier plan includes 100 miles of free towing, which is standard for premium plans. The locksmith reimbursement also increases – up to $130. If you’re in an accident at least 100 miles from home, AARP’s trip interruption benefit reimburses you for food, lodging and car rental up to $750 per incident and $1,500 per year.
AARP’s Premier plan includes discounts on hotels and car rentals as well as access to other useful features like repair referrals and travel assistance. You also get a dispatch guarantee, which reimburses you $260 for services you find yourself if AARP is unable to find them for you.