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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
Budget Direct Roadside Assistance
Unlimited
No joining fee
$125
Nationwide
From $6.70 per month.
NRMA Roadside Assistance
Unlimited
No joining fee
$0
Nationwide
From $9.99 per month. 24/7, nationwide coverage available.
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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.

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy without breaking the bank.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: While it has similar features to other brands, it has one of the higher limits for personal effects and key replacement. Plus, you'll earn Qantas points and get access to the Qantas Wellness App.

Who it might be good for: People who love collecting frequent flyer points.
Youi Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Youi Comprehensive Car Insurance is one of the few providers to include roadside assistance in their policy. You'll also get access to YouiRewards which gives you discounts on furniture, parking and more. Youi also have a live chat feature on their 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.
Coles Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Coles have two-tiers of comprehensive car insurance to choose from. You'll 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 you're over 30, you can get roadside assistance free for a year.

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. You'll get 15% off when you buy online and get access to their hail hero service.

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy that's affordable.
Real Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Real Comprehensive Car Insurance provides similar coverage to other insurers for the important stuff like looking after your car if it's stolen or you crash. They're also one of the few insurers who offer a Pay As You Drive policy, so you might be able to save big if you don't drive much.

Who it might be good for: Those that don't drive much can take advantage of their Pay As You Drive policy.
Kogan Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Kogan comes with all the perks that most comprehensive car insurance policies include but you'll also be entitled to some benefits on their online store. This usually comes in the form of a gift voucher or discount if you buy online. Plus, Kogan offer a pay as you drive option, which could be good if you're not on the road that much.

Who it might be good for: Kogan shoppers and those that don't drive much.
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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

$79.95/year$0UnlimitedNo$125$1515km in the city, and up to 50kmGet 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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