Roadside assistance SA

Roadside assistance policies in South Australia start from $9.99/month. Get quotes online.

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Roadside assistance in SA can be purchased as a stand-alone option that starts from $9.99 per month or you can get a comprehensive policy that might include it.

We've put together a list of roadside assistance brands in South Australia.

So you know exactly what you're paying for, we've also broken down what roadside assistance covers and its costs. You can compare our roadside insurance brands side-by-side and get the best deal for you.

Get roadside assistance in South Australia

Name Product Call-outs (Unlimited/4 per year) Joining Fee Fuel Replacement Locksmith States Available
NRMA Roadside Assistance
Unlimited
No joining fee
$0
Nationwide
From $9.99 per month. 24/7, nationwide coverage available.
Budget Direct Roadside Assistance
Unlimited
No joining fee
$125
Nationwide
15% discount on first year's premium 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: Awarded the 2019 Finder Award for the Best Value Car Insurance, this policy offers solid coverage at a low cost. Budget Direct's claims service has received a 4.2/5 based on nearly 5,000 customer reviews.

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

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy without breaking the bank.
Coles Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: With Coles comprehensive car insurance, you could earn double flybuys points at Coles supermarkets and you can get $10 off your Coles grocery bill every time you redeem 2,000 Flybuys points. If your car is damaged, you could benefit from a one-week turnaround on repairs.

⭐ Current offer: Get 10% off your first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Coles customers and Flybuys collectors.
Virgin Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Finalists for the 2019 Finder Awards for Best Value Car Insurance, Virgin Comprehensive provides a good level of cover for a decent price.

⭐ Current offer: Get 15% off on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new eligible comprehensive car insurance online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: People who'd like to manage their policy online 24/7.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You'll be able to choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like choice of repairer and the option of agreed or market value.

⭐ Current offer: Earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up today and earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.

Who it might be good for: People who'd like to earn Qantas Points.
Stella Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Stella’s a female-focused insurer. It'll cover you if your car is damaged as a result of domestic violence. It offers higher cover for baby gear than most, with up to $2,000 cover for prams, strollers and child seats.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a female-centred car insurance policy (it will cover men too).
PD Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed
Finder's summary: PD comprehensive car insurance policy lets you buy, manage, and start your claims process online. It includes cover for emergency repairs up to $500 and free windscreen chip repair. Ability to customise your extras cover.

⭐ Current offer: New policyholders can enjoy 15% off on their first year's premium. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Those with low claims history and the only driver.
Youi Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Youi Comprehensive Car Insurance is one of the few providers to include roadside assistance in its policy. You'll also get access to YouiRewards which gives you discounts on furniture, parking and more. Youi also has a live chat feature on its site to talk through any questions.

Who it might be good for: People over 25 who want comprehensive cover with a focus on customer service.
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*Brands may differ in benefits so always read the product disclosure statement (PDS) to see what suits you best.

What does roadside assistance cover me for in South Australia?

While cover varies from provider to provider, you will generally find that the following roadside assistance benefits apply:

  • Flat batteries. You might just need a jump start or your battery could be faulty. A roadside assistance technician should be able to help you there and then.
  • Locked out of your car. If you accidentally lock your keys in your car or lose them, your provider should send out a locksmith to you.
  • Flat tyres. Sometimes you need roadside assistance for the most common problems. If you have a flat tyre, they can help.
  • Out of fuel. Many roadside assistance technicians carry an emergency supply of petrol or diesel. Otherwise, they will arrange to tow your car to the nearest petrol station, within limits.
  • Can't get your car started. Sometimes your car just won't get going. A mechanic can come out and see what the problem is. If they can't fix it, they can arrange for it to be towed.
  • Towing. Most insurers will pay to tow your vehicle if the mechanic can't get it going again.

What happens if I'm travelling interstate?

You should still be covered. Since so many Aussies frequently travel across states, most roadside assistance providers maintain partnerships with insurers from different states. This means if you break down outside of South Australia, you should still be covered.

Depending on the provider you opt for in South Australia, there might be different breakdown towing limits. For example, in South Australia, there could be a limit of up to 50km. In a state like Victoria, this could be lower. It really depends on the provider you are with and the partner they use in the state you are travelling to. If you're concerned about this, call your insurer before you travel to find out what the towing limit is in the state you plan to visit.

How do I choose a roadside assistance brand in South Australia?

It depends on what you are looking for. Broadly speaking, you have two options:

  • Get roadside assistance with your comprehensive car insurance. When you purchase a comprehensive car insurance policy, you will usually have the option of adding roadside assistance to your cover. It usually costs less than $100 for the year and works out better value than a standalone policy in the long run. Some policies automatically include it in your cover, like Youi, but this usually comes with limitations, for example, you only get two free callouts.
  • Buy a standalone roadside assistance policy. If you are happy with third-party car insurance, then you can just purchase a standalone roadside assistance policy in South Australia. Top tip – most providers don't have a joining fee, so if you want to save, go with someone who does not have one.

How do roadside assistance policies compare in South Australia?

To give you an idea of how policies compare, we've highlighted some of the key benefits to help you make a decision. Comparing roadside assistance will not only make sure that you get the right product but will also help you get the best price. When choosing a policy, don't forget to check out the Product Disclosure Statement to make sure it suits your needs.

BrandCost per yearJoining feeCallout limitsNeed to hold a policy with them?KeysOut of fuelBreakdown towingGet quote

Youi

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

Budget Direct

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

$103 a year$04 callouts per yearNo$50Yes10km in the city, 40km in the countryMore info

AAMI

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

$83$0UnlimitedYes$150Enough to reach the next petrol station20km in the city, 50km in rural areasGet quote

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 countryMore info

Which companies offer roadside assistance in South Australia?

Here are some of the companies operating in South Australia:

Is roadside assistance included in car insurance in South Australia?

Ordinarily, it will be offered as an optional extra when you purchase car insurance. This is often a good value way to get roadside assistance if you're also looking for comprehensive car insurance. Youi is one of the few car insurance providers to include roadside assistance for free with its comprehensive car insurance policy. However, it only gives you two free call outs, and you will have to pay for the rest.

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