Roadside Assistance Tasmania

For less than $3 a week, you can get roadside assistance in Tasmania.

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To ensure you're safe on the road no matter where you are in Tasmania, we've put together a list of roadside assistance providers in TAS. Our guide breaks down what roadside assistance covers, its costs and compares policies side by side so you can pick out what matters to you.

Get roadside assistance in Tasmania

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 2021 Finder Award for Car Insurance - Value in QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA and Car Insurance - Features in NSW, VIC, WA, 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 2021 Finder Awards for Best Car Insurance - Value in VIC, QLD, SA, WA and TAS, 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.
Stella Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed
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.

⭐ Current offer: Save 10% when you pay your premium annually. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a female-centred car insurance policy (it will cover men too).
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.
Huddle Black Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Huddle's black comprehensive is its cover with highest limits and exclusive benefits. It includes roadside assistance. You can also get up to $2,000 for emergency travel and accommodation and up to $30 million legal liability cover.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a 24/7 claims processing.
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.

⭐ Current offer: Get a 15% COVID-19 temporary cashback on the monthly premium paid until 3 October 2021. Applies to all existing or new customers in NSW and VIC. Eligibility criteria, terms, and conditions apply.

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 Tasmania?

Every provider will have its own list of what it does and does not cover, so always read the product disclosure statement. However, most will cover the following:

  • Towing. If you breakdown and the problem can't be solved there and then, roadside assistance will usually provide a towing service for your vehicle. Keep in mind that there are usually distance restrictions that apply, which is worth keeping in mind if you're far from the nearest town in Tasmania.
  • Flat or punctured tyres. If you have a flat tyre, roadside assistance can help you to either inflate or replace it with your spare.
  • Out of petrol. Some roadside assistance services will carry around small amounts of petrol and diesel, so if you mistime your fuel stops and run out of gas, they might be able to help. Others will tow you to the nearest station.
  • Flat batteries. Whether you've accidentally left the lights on or there's something more serious wrong, roadside assistance can replace your battery or help you get started again with a spark.
  • Keys. If you lock your keys inside your car or lose them, roadside assistance can send out a locksmith to help you. You might need to have your keys re-coded or replaced depending on your vehicle and the situation.

What happens if I'm travelling interstate?

In most cases, roadside assistance providers maintain partnerships with other insurers from different states so that you're covered wherever you go. Even in Tasmania, you'll find that most providers will still offer some roadside assistance if you are travelling on the mainland. Keep in mind that there might be more restrictions especially in rural areas. For example, there's likely to be some towing limit restrictions, such as 32km towing in country areas.

How do I choose a roadside assistance brand in Tasmania?

Check out these tips to help you choose a roadside assistance brand in Tasmania.

  • Do you also want comprehensive insurance? If you're on the lookout for comprehensive car insurance, you can usually get roadside assistance included or added on to your cover, which is likely to save you money in the long run.
  • Getting a standalone policy. If you don't want comprehensive car insurance, then the other option is simply to get a standalone roadside assistance policy.
  • Look at response times. Providers can have very different response times, so it's worth looking at who is fastest. It's probably worth paying a few extra bucks to get the assistance you need as soon as possible
  • Look for someone with no joining fee. Most providers including Budget Direct, Youi and AAMI do not have joining fees, so unless there is a specific reason you are going with a provider who has a joining fee, there's no need to pay one.
  • Interstate travel. If you frequently travel to mainland Australia, it's probably worth ensuring the roadside assistance provider offers interstate coverage.

How do roadside assistance policies compare?

Comparing roadside assistance policies 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 comprehensive policy$0First 2 includedYes$15010 litres50km in the city, 20km in rural areasGet quote

Budget Direct

$89.95/year$0UnlimitedNo$125$15Up to 20km in metro and up to 50km in remote areasGet quote
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RACT Ultimate

$198/year$0Up to $5,000 NoYes10 litres15km in the city, and up to 32kmMore info

AAMI

$86/year$0UnlimitedYes$150$1020km in the city, 100km in rural areasMore info
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Coles

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

GIO

$90$0UnlimitedYes$150$1020km in the city, 100km countryMore info
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Suncorp

$90$0UnlimitedYes$150$1020km in the city, 100km countryMore info

Apia

$84$0UnlimitedYes$150$1020km in the city, 100km countryMore info

Which companies offer roadside assistance in Tasmania?

Listed are some of the companies offering roadside assistance in Tasmania:

  • RACT Roadside Assistance
  • Budget Direct
  • Roadside Response
  • Youi
  • Tasmanian Roadside Assistance

Is roadside assistance included in car insurance?

In most cases, no. Youi is one of the only car insurance providers to include roadside assistance for free with their comprehensive car insurance policy.

Most insurers offer them as an optional extra, which can cost as little as $7 a month extra. Alternatively, you can buy a standalone roadside assistance policy if you don't want comprehensive car insurance.

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