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Roadside assistance Queensland

Make sure you always have someone who can come to the rescue with roadside assistance in Queensland.

Has your tank run dry just a few kilometres out of Cairns? Engine refuse to turn over after a quick stop for lunch on the Warrego Way? With the many problems you can encounter on the road, it's important to have a plan for what to do when things go wrong. With roadside assistance, you have that plan built in. Don't waste time with expensive towing costs and inaccessible repairs when you could be off enjoying the sun-soaked beaches; invest in roadside assistance.

Queensland roadside assistance options

Name Product Call-outs (Unlimited/4 per year) Joining Fee Fuel Replacement Locksmith Cost per Month
Budget Direct Roadside Assistance
Unlimited
No joining fee
$125
N/A
15% discount on your first year's membership when you buy online and use the code SOLVED15. T&Cs apply.
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Name Product Roadside assistance Accidental damage Choice of repairer Agreed or Market Value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2024 winner of our Best Value Car Insurance award. It's cheaper than most, plus you can lower costs by adding age restrictions.

⭐ Current offer: 15% off your first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Anyone who wants a good value policy.
Youi Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2023 winner of our Best Features Car Insurance award. Plus, it's one of the only insurers to automatically include roadside assistance.

Who it might be good for: Those who want good customer service with lots of inclusions.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You need car insurance so why not get one that lets you earn Qantas Points? It's good value too (it's underwritten by the same insurer as Budget Direct).

⭐ Current offer: Earn up to 30,000 Qantas Points with every Qantas Car Insurance policy you take out by 28 May. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: People who want more bang for their buck with Qantas Points.
Huddle Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Huddle's comprehensive policy will cover you if your vehicle is damaged or lost as a result of a collision, a natural event, a malicious act, theft or fire. It also includes up to $500 for essential repairs.

Who it might be good for: Someone who drives less than 15,000 km a year can opt for Pay As You Drive cover.
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Who else offers roadside assistance in QLD?

CompanyCost per yearJoining feeCallout limitsNeed to hold a policy with them?Lockout / Lost keyOut of fuelBreakdown towingGet quote
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Youi

Included with a comprehensive policy$0First 2 includedYes$15010 litres50km in the city, 20km in rural areasGet quote
NRMA

NRMA

$121$0UnlimitedNoYesYes25km in the city, towing to attending NRMA centre in rural areasMore info

Budget Direct

$89.95$0UnlimitedNo$125$15Up to 20km in metro and up to 50km in remote areasGet quote
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Coles

$83/year$0UnlimitedYes$150Enough to reach the next petrol station20km in the city, 50km in rural areasMore info

AAMI

$86$0UnlimitedYes$250$1020km in the city, 100km in rural areasMore info

Allianz

$99$0UnlimitedYes$200Yes20km in the city, 50kms in rural areasMore info

GIO

$95$0UnlimitedYes$250$1020km in the city, 100km countryMore info
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Suncorp

$95$0UnlimitedYes$250$1020km in the city, 100km countryMore info

Apia

$84$0UnlimitedYes$250$1020km in the city, 100km in rural areasMore info

*Always read through the product disclosure statement (PDS) to make sure the product is suitable for you.

What does roadside assistance cover me for in Queensland?

You may get extra options and services depending on who your provider is, but there are certain basic features that are a part of pretty much any roadside assistance plan:

  • Flat battery. Running out of juice can leave you stranded without even a way to charge your phone. A roadside assistant will be able to provide you a quick jump-start to get you rolling again.
  • Empty fuel tank. On a long road trip along one of Queensland's many scenic highways, it can be easy to forget or misjudge just how much fuel you have. If you run out, roadside assistance generally carries a bit of petrol or diesel, or will tow you to the nearest pump.
  • Engine trouble. Whether it's billowing dark plumes of smoke or just acting up, you won't be going anywhere without a working engine. Call roadside assistance to figure out what's wrong and fix the problem.
  • Lockouts. Don't feel too bad if you're on the outside and your keys are lost or out of reach. Lockouts happen and roadside assistance can help you access your vehicle or even get a new set of locks if required.
  • Busted tyres. Don't let a nail on the road be the final nail in your holiday. If your tyre's feeling flat, roadside assistance can get it inflated again for you or replace it with a new one.
  • Towing. Every so often, you'll run into a problem that can't be fixed on the side of the road. In such a case, roadside assistance will tow you to wherever it is you can get professional mechanical help.

What happens if I'm travelling interstate?

If you tire of the beaches and waterfalls of Queensland and take a trip out of state, there's no need to fret about whether your roadside assistance will apply elsewhere in Australia. Whoever you've signed up with should have partnerships with other providers across the country to keep you in good nick on your travels.

How do I choose a roadside assistance brand in Queensland?

There are two options when it comes to securing yourself a decent roadside assistance service in Queensland. One option is to take out a standalone roadside assistance policy from a provider like Budget Direct or 365 Roadside Assistance. These carry no extra obligation, but double check the response time for whatever you choose – it could be worth paying a little more per year to shave a few hours off your wait.

The other choice is to bundle up roadside assistance with another insurance policy. If you take out comprehensive car insurance with a company like AAMI or GIO you could save a bit of money by adding roadside assistance on as an extra. As always with insurance, what you decide should be based upon what you need and what you can afford.

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