Roadside Assistance Western Australia

Living in Perth or wider Western Australia? Find a roadside assistance policy so you don't get caught out.

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Roadside assistance can help you if you get stuck halfway down the Great Central Road, or breakdown in the middle of Perth. Compare roadside assistance policies here, and make sure you're covered.

Get roadside assistance from $7 a month

Roadside assistance can help you if you get stuck halfway down the Great Central Road, or breakdown in the middle of Perth. Compare roadside assistance policies here, and make sure you get the right cover.

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
From $6.70 per month.
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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 plus you will get 15% discount on first year's premium when you take out a policy online. 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.
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. Get 15% off on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new eligible comprehensive car insurance online. T&Cs Apply.
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
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. You get a free Bauer magazine subscription when you sign up and a portion of your premiums go to supporting female-led businesses.

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 pick and choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like roadside assistance, choice of your own repairer and the option of agreed or market value. Plus earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up by 28 February 2021, you can earn up to 40,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.

Who it might be good for: People who love collecting frequent flyer points.
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What does roadside assistance cover me for in WA?

While each provider has its own list of what it will and won't do for you, you can expect the following basic services no matter which one you choose:

  • Dead engine. It has given up the ghost while chugging up a hillside or it's spewing out black smoke. Trust roadside assistance to diagnose the issue and get to work on solving it.
  • Flat or punctured tyres. WA gets hot and stays hot. It's easy to pop a tyre on the boiling tarmac or accidentally run over something sharp hidden in the dust. No need to worry about whether your spare tyre is up to the task, roadside assistance will change your tyre and inflate it for you.
  • Out of petrol. After running on fumes for the past few kilometres and praying you can make it to the next servo, you grind to a halt. No worries! Roadside assistance will carry around small amounts of petrol and diesel, and if not will tow you to the station to get your tank filled up there.
  • Dead batteries. Left the lights on? Roadside assistance can replace your battery or just give it the spark it needs to start turning over once more.
  • Lockouts. It's never fun to stare in through the window at your keys hanging from the wheel, but it's a lot worse when you have no way to get in and grab them. With roadside assistance, you'll have help getting in.
  • Towing. Occasionally what ails your car is too serious or mysterious for roadside assistance to solve. When this happens, a tow is unavoidable and you'll be taken somewhere your poor vehicle can get the attention it requires.

What happens if I'm travelling interstate?

If you somehow find your way out of the frankly endless natural bounds of Western Australia, there should be no reason to stress about running into trouble. Most roadside assistance providers, even if they're locally based in the state, maintain partnerships with other insurers so that you're covered wherever you go in our great big beautiful continent.

How do I choose a roadside assistance brand in WA?

Getting the right roadside assistance service for your car may be intimidating, but the decision should come down to two simple concerns. What do you need and how much are you willing to spend? If you go through a single provider, you can potentially add on roadside assistance to an existing comprehensive insurance policy and spend much less in the long run. Providers like GIO will bundle it with other coverage.

The other option is to seek a standalone roadside assistance policy, which is handy if you don't want to take out comprehensive cover. Here, what you should mostly consider is how fast the roadside assistance tends to be as different providers can have very different response times. Paying some extra cash can keep you from wasting an entire afternoon in the withering WA sun waiting for someone to arrive and pump up your tyre.

How does roadside assistance compare?

Here is how some insurance companies in Australia stack up. Most insurers offer very similar cover as each other but as you can see, the joining requirements, cost and benefit limits can vary quite a bit.

  • None of the following policies require a joining fee, although only a few will let you purchase roadside assistance as standalone cover.
  • Towing limit can vary by as much as 30km in urban areas and 50km in rural areas.
  • Cost can vary by more than $30 per year.
CompanyCost per yearJoining feeCallout limitsNeed to hold a policy with them?Lockout / Lost keyOut 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

$79.95$0UnlimitedNo$125$1515km in the city, 50km in rural areasGet Quote
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Coles

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

NRMA

$113$0UnlimitedNoYesYes20km in the city, towing to nearest NRMA centre in rural areasGet Quote

AAMI

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

GIO

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

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

Apia

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

*Always read the product disclosure statement (PDS) on the provider page to help you make the right choice.

What is the cheapest roadside assistance in WA?

We've highlighted the costs of a few roadside policies available in Western Australia.

Standalone:

  • 24/7 Roadservices Australia – $69 a year or $110 for 2 years (3 tiers)
  • Ultra Roadside Assistance – $74.50 (2 tiers)
  • Budget Direct – $79.95
  • 365 Roadside Assistance – $89 (3 tiers)
  • RAC Roadside Assistance – $108 (4 tiers)

With comprehensive insurance policy:

  • Youi – free
  • Apia – $84
  • AAMI – $86
  • GIO – $95
  • Suncorp – $95

Which companies offer roadside assistance in WA?

Get cover for roadside assistance

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 plus you will get 15% discount on first year's premium when you take out a policy online. 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.
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. Get 15% off on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new eligible comprehensive car insurance online. T&Cs Apply.
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
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. You get a free Bauer magazine subscription when you sign up and a portion of your premiums go to supporting female-led businesses.

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 pick and choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like roadside assistance, choice of your own repairer and the option of agreed or market value. Plus earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up by 28 February 2021, you can earn up to 40,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.

Who it might be good for: People who love collecting frequent flyer points.
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*Always read the product disclosure statement (PDS) on the provider page to help you make the right choice.

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