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How to save on roadside assistance

Ever been stranded on the road? It could be anything - a flat tire, an empty tank, a dead battery. One thing's for sure, having roadside car trouble is always a terrible feeling.

Thankfully, there are car services out there that can help you in these times of dire need.

You've probably heard of the American Automotive Association (AAA), the roadside assistance service that offers towing, jumpstarts, locksmithing, fuel delivery, flat repairs and other car "first aid" services. AAA annual membership plans start at $57, which is a good deal especially for the peace of mind it brings while you're on the road.

However, if you're not an AAA member and all you really want is fast roadside assistance only at times you need it, I found an app that will do just that.

HONK

The app is called HONK and it is an on-demand car assistance that does not require any annual membership fees. The app offers instant access to towing, tire changes, jump starts, fuel refills and locksmith services with just a tap of a button.

Unlike AAA, HONK charges you only when your car is serviced (as low as $49 depending on the type of service required).

HONK also claims that its services are often 50 percent faster than AAA since its technology connects the app directly to towing services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, HONK has more than 35,000 tow trucks in its network for quick and reliable service whenever you may need it.

If it sounds like it's ready to disrupt established roadside assistance services like AAA, well it's because HONK does. It's almost like the Uber of roadside assistance.

So next time you're having car trouble and you have nowhere to go, try honking for HONK.

The HONK app is available for both iOS and Android.

Do you want another option? Honorable mention goes to another app that pretty much does the same thing - Urgent.ly. Urgent.ly doesn't have the same coverage as HONK but it's still a great option to have for car emergencies.

Urgent.ly is also available on iOS and Android.

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