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#3315983 - 03/18/14 04:33 PM Is your AAA service paid up?
Number21 Offline


Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 230
Loc: OR
I just wanted to make a little public service announcement about my AAA service. I will NEVER let it expire again. A few months ago I wrecked my truck. It took 3 tow trucks 3 separate attempts to finally get my truck out of where it landed, and AAA covered the bill no problem. On the final attempt I had 3 trucks winching me out for over an hour. I asked one of the drivers how much this tow would have cost if I didn't have AAA, he just laughed at me.

The very next day I get the truck back to my shop and lock the keys inside. AAA was there in 15 minutes.

My AAA service expired last month, so instead I signed up with another company "Autovantage", because they were about half the price. As it turns out, that's because they don't cover anything!

My truck broke down again last night in an intersection. It took the idiots at Autovantage 11 minutes just to tell me F350s like mine are not covered! It would have been nice if they mentioned that before I signed up instead of hiding it deep in the fine print. (And they did ask what kind of vehicles I have) F250s are covered, and the only difference between a 250 and a 350 is springs. My truck is not a dually. They did offer to send a tow truck out for an additional $100. It would have been the same tow truck they sent for any other vehicle.

So I told them a few places they could stick their service and called AAA again. Apparently, I was still in the grace period, so they sent a truck out no problem. No charge. Not one penny. The driver didn't even want to see my AAA card. And he was quick!

The moral of the story: If you drive a car, you need AAA. You may think you have a reliable vehicle, since you just spent a pile of money on it like I did, but in reality, there is no such thing. I will complain to my bank to reverse the charges made by Autovantage, avoid them like the plague.

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#3315987 - 03/18/14 04:42 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
AandPDan Offline


Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 601
Loc: MA
$5 on my auto insurance and I'm covered. Anyone can tow the truck, to my choice of destinations, within 150 miles.

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#3315991 - 03/18/14 04:47 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 3890
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Autovantage is a joke! I've never had AAA, but I can see the advantages.
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#3315995 - 03/18/14 04:50 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
PKNY1 Offline


Registered: 03/14/14
Posts: 1
Loc: N.Y.
I drive a tow truck. There are lots of things AAA will *not* cover. There are lots of places that won't accept AAA because they don't pay well. There are many restricted highways that won't take auto clubs.

With that information in your heads, do sign up for AAA. I have it, and I like it, and highly recommend it. But then again I know what they'll cover and I know which AAA shop I prefer towing my vehicle.

That all said, mine expired end of February, so thanks Number21 for the Public Svc. Announcment wink


AAA Plus membership is the biggest advantage. 4 uses of up to 100 mile tows each year for ~$80. The region you are in will really make a difference in who responds quickly, and who will respond at all. For example, where I am folks may wait 90 minutes for a Geico or Allstate affiliated tow truck to show up.


Edited by PKNY1 (03/18/14 04:54 PM)

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#3316013 - 03/18/14 05:12 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: PKNY1]
Number21 Offline


Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 230
Loc: OR
Originally Posted By: PKNY1
There are lots of things AAA will *not* cover.

Such as? Around here it seems like they call whatever tow company is closest - I've seen 3 different companies come within 20 miles. Never had to wait more than 30 minutes.

I do have the "Plus" membership. Prior to all this other stuff, I had my other truck towed twice last year. That makes 5 total incidents and they didn't cut me off.

I do need to get something else that covers trailers though.

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#3316024 - 03/18/14 05:27 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Doog Offline


Registered: 10/24/11
Posts: 3364
Loc: Ohio
I have RoadAmerica. But I don't drive Fords so I'm good and haven't had a breakdown in 21 years.


Edited by Doog (03/18/14 05:28 PM)
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#3316037 - 03/18/14 05:46 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Doog]
Oil Changer Offline


Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 1311
Loc: Detroit Metro
Now you did it. You said it. You'll break down tomorrow now. Better start throwing salt over your shoulder or something.

Originally Posted By: Doog
I have RoadAmerica. But I don't drive Fords so I'm good and haven't had a breakdown in 21 years.

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#3316039 - 03/18/14 05:46 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Oil Changer Offline


Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 1311
Loc: Detroit Metro
Same here. Such as??? What are some things they will not cover?

Originally Posted By: Number21
Originally Posted By: PKNY1
There are lots of things AAA will *not* cover.

Such as? Around here it seems like they call whatever tow company is closest - I've seen 3 different companies come within 20 miles. Never had to wait more than 30 minutes.

I do have the "Plus" membership. Prior to all this other stuff, I had my other truck towed twice last year. That makes 5 total incidents and they didn't cut me off.

I do need to get something else that covers trailers though.

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#3316041 - 03/18/14 05:48 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 8684
Loc: Middlesex County CT
I pay for (4) memberships; mine, my friends and her (2) sons who drive marginal vehicles. She said it is by far the best xmas gift I can give her since she doesn't have to leave work or spend $$ to bail their .... out. once, twice or three times a year.

I had one bad experience with a tow truck operator, but that was almost 30 years ago. Every call since then, no issues.
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#3316059 - 03/18/14 06:00 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: simple_gifts]
chriscreags Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 93
Loc: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Originally Posted By: simple_gifts
She said it is by far the best xmas gift I can give her since she doesn't have to leave work or spend $$ to bail their .... out. once, twice or three times a year.


My AAA membership renewal is the Christmas gift that my Grandma gets me each year. Always one of my favorite gifts too. thumbsup Gives great peace of mind.
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#3316072 - 03/18/14 06:08 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
earlyre Online   sleepy


Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
AAA+ is what Mom & Dad get my Sister and I for our birthdays each year.
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#3316085 - 03/18/14 06:15 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
MuzzleFlash40 Offline


Registered: 06/20/11
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Loc: Ohio
Reminded me to renew mine!
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#3316090 - 03/18/14 06:20 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 7983
Loc: MN
I got the best AAA pkg., but am maintenance obsessed, so don't use it often.

Just if we lock the keys in the car, etc. smile
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#3316105 - 03/18/14 06:29 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Doog]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2403
Loc: Richmond, VA
Originally Posted By: Doog
I have RoadAmerica. But I don't drive Fords so I'm good and haven't had a breakdown in 21 years.


I prefer Fords, and have never ever ever ever had one towed.... Except for my Explorer which was covered by Ford. And fixed by Ford, nice try tho....Nissans btw are pure garbage... See how that works?
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#3316117 - 03/18/14 06:43 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33230
Loc: New Jersey
Yeah, tow companies are amongst the ranks of the biggest crooks, so it's nice to have a third party deal with it.

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#3316134 - 03/18/14 06:55 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 23517
Loc: ME
My dad got me AAA for a year. I barely used it. Just got 7% off at NAPA. I let it lapse.

They started sending me paper cards every six weeks; these cards were good for a month. I had them tow a volvo I had just bought eight miles to my house. The car had a bad ball joint so the wheel was hanging like a loose tooth and no license plates, and I was noowhere near it. They responded promptly. The bill was $12, I got 5 miles free then $4 a mile over that.

Then, suddenly, I got all this "welcome back" stuff in the mail and a bill. I was a member again. Read the fine print on the paper card and by using it I entered in a contract with them.

Well, shucks!

More fine print offered me a 30 day money back guarantee if I wasn't satisfied. I didn't like their marketing techniques and called them up, unsatisfied.

Punch line? I got black listed and am no longer getting junk mail from them. Just the way I want it!!!

The other moral of the story is, if you have expired AAA and need a tow, you can probably re-up your AAA right then and there and get the tow for about what you paid for the membership.

FWIW, a phone call to AAA of Northern New England (there are a bunch of AAA franchisees) gets picked up quickly by an American the next city over.

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#3316390 - 03/18/14 10:57 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
moving2 Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 584
Loc: USA
I was a AAA member for several years, but now I use Coachnet / National Motor Club. Prices are comparable with AAA plans above base level. Why did I move away from AAA? Because, when I actually used them one year (for a lockout), I was not allowed to upgrade to a higher level of membership the following year. I told them that would make me move to another provider, and of course that's the whole point, so I moved to Coachnet / National Motor Club instead. I have to say, the quality of service provided on the "front-lines" is MUCH BETTER with Coachnet / NMC.

When a tow company refused to pickup at an auto repair shop, they talked to the tow company to change their mind. When another tow company refused to drop off at an auto repair shop without the shop owner being there, they talked to that tow company to change their mind. And just overall, the customer service provided by Coachnet's service provider is leaps and bounds ahead of AAA. Not to mention RV tow service and unlimited tows for about the same price as AAA's above-base services. It's a no-brainer really. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.
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#3316655 - 03/19/14 09:17 AM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Oldmoparguy1 Offline


Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 3953
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Some years ago, my wife filled out a discount card for AAA that came in the mail. Why? no-no Haven't needed a tow in 10 years... Later son needs a tow, took 1 1/2 hours and 3 calls, then the s0b charges me extra for over 8 miles. Not happy. Fast forward, same son different car, 3 hours/ many calls later, still no tow. Will not ever use AAA again. Now have towing on my car insurance for a small charge....

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#3316730 - 03/19/14 10:19 AM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 931
Loc: NY
I thought a lot of insurance companies today offer towing coverage? I have State Farm - $1.60 every 6 months per car gets you towing to the closest shop, or further depending on how nice your rep is.

I've had very mixed experiences with AAA. 8 years ago or so, my gf had AAA, I came out of an appointment and car wouldn't start, she came over, called AAA and I was set pretty quick. Fast forward 4 or 5 years (couple of years ago) - big snow storm I was coming around a bend and stalled, tried AAA for about 40 minutes, could not get through to a person, just a recording that all reps were busy due to high call volume. Finally got the car started and off the road, but coverage didn't make sense after that.

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#3317106 - 03/19/14 02:54 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: 99Saturn]
Number21 Offline


Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 230
Loc: OR
Originally Posted By: 99Saturn
I thought a lot of insurance companies today offer towing coverage?


Sure, "to the closest shop", but AAA tows me 100 miles. Wherever I happen to be, the closest shop is most likely not where I want my vehicle taken. Also, I've never ever heard a good story about customer service from any insurance carrier. My own experience shows me they all behave the same way Autovantage does - and that is, when you need them, they turn into weasels. I find it hard to trust any auto related company, but insurance companies are at the bottom of my list, below used car salesmen.

I'm sure some other people have been unhappy with AAA before but at least the local version has proven to do me right.

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#3317165 - 03/19/14 04:05 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 931
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Number21
Originally Posted By: 99Saturn
I thought a lot of insurance companies today offer towing coverage?


Sure, "to the closest shop", but AAA tows me 100 miles. Wherever I happen to be, the closest shop is most likely not where I want my vehicle taken. Also, I've never ever heard a good story about customer service from any insurance carrier. My own experience shows me they all behave the same way Autovantage does - and that is, when you need them, they turn into weasels. I find it hard to trust any auto related company, but insurance companies are at the bottom of my list, below used car salesmen.

I'm sure some other people have been unhappy with AAA before but at least the local version has proven to do me right.


Cheers2 I'm sure AAA local results and the rep that answers the phone (if one answers) cause results to vary greatly. I'm sure that goes the same for car insurance add on coverage.

Since you said you never have heard a story about good customer service form an insurance company, I'll give you mine. Broke down on the way to work one day - called local indy I use (~20 miles away). Tow truck sent, picked up, received bill for full time to go both ways, paid, brought to local rep's office on the following Saturday (I don't get home during the week before their office closes) and received a check for the full amount of the bill. Granted, I did bypass whatever the 800 # was that I was supposed to call since I knew who I wanted to be towed by. They happen to be one of a few places locally that tows for AAA and other insurance carriers but I was in the next county over so I knew that wasn't who I would get calling an 800 #.

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#3317439 - 03/19/14 08:22 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: JHZR2]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 649
Loc: Central Virginia
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Yeah, tow companies are amongst the ranks of the biggest crooks, so it's nice to have a third party deal with it.


While that is true, some wreckers cost big, big money, so there is overhead to deal with too. For example, one that will tow an 18 wheeler w/loaded trailer can cost over 400K.
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#3317462 - 03/19/14 08:41 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2326
Loc: FL
Had AAA until the refused to deliver diesel fuel to my dad when he ran out of fuel on an old Mercedes thats fuel gauge was not working properly.......they said transporting diesel was too dangerous!

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#3317552 - 03/19/14 10:12 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: mcrn]
antiqueshell Offline


Registered: 03/02/12
Posts: 3837
Loc: chicago, Illinois
Originally Posted By: mcrn
Had AAA until the refused to deliver diesel fuel to my dad when he ran out of fuel on an old Mercedes thats fuel gauge was not working properly.......they said transporting diesel was too dangerous!


That sounds like utter nonsense!

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#3317560 - 03/19/14 10:21 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 5986
Loc: New England
I found it overpriced for needs and usage. Progressive offers a $12/vehicle plan x 2 instead of spendy $100+.

I have yet to use towing in 20 years of car ownership ever. Not going to jinx myself but Subaru XT, Honda Civic, Subaru WRX and now Acura MDX all beyond reliable as have been wife Honda and Subaru.

I carry my own jumper cables so that is all set too.

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#3318402 - 03/20/14 07:56 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: antiqueshell]
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 2326
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: antiqueshell
Originally Posted By: mcrn
Had AAA until the refused to deliver diesel fuel to my dad when he ran out of fuel on an old Mercedes thats fuel gauge was not working properly.......they said transporting diesel was too dangerous!


That sounds like utter nonsense!



lol thats what we thought too! Then we found out no matter what year and what owner....Mercedes offers free road side assistance.....at least they did then. Not sure if they still do. I loved that about Mercedes.

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#3318414 - 03/20/14 08:05 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 2988
Loc: Bremerton Wa
I have it through USAA and it includes my trailer. It is an adjustment on the auto policy for each car. I have had to use it once. Worth it in the case I did as I lost an aftermarket transmission cooler line. What a mess!
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#3318752 - 03/21/14 08:09 AM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: AandPDan]
Anies Offline


Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 2708
Loc: NJ
With my Toyota Platinum Warranty I get free towing and rental assistance.

I'd get AAA if I was without, but since the wife leases she is also covered for towing and mishaps as well. AAA is worth it if your without any type of assistance/coverage and pays for itself that one time something unfortunate happens.
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#3319011 - 03/21/14 12:49 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Norm Olt Offline


Registered: 01/27/03
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My Mom added me to her policy in 1967 when i turned 16: my AAA card says I've been a "member since 1953" which is probably when my Dad signed her up and we got a 2nd car.

I've had my motorcycles towed, the F250 with a camper, etc.

ONE tow/flat/lockout/gas problem per year more than justifies our memberships and I still consider it one of the best investments one can make, especially if you own multiple vehicles.

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#3319356 - 03/21/14 08:23 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
babyivan Offline


Registered: 07/31/09
Posts: 270
Loc: brooklyn
Ive always had great experiences with AAA.
I have the PLUS membership because I work upstate in the summer and I need the extra mileage.

Last time I used them, they got to me in 15 minutes at 2am on a Saturday night.
I mostly drive older cars, so having AAA is well spent piece of mind.

Ive heard using insurance company plans can raise your premium should you utilize it enough, so I stick with AAA.
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#3319415 - 03/21/14 09:48 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 5986
Loc: New England
Folks balk about paying for "extended" warranties and pinching pennies. However towing service they seem all over. I am hoping you folks use maybe once in 5-10 years. But that means you forked about $500-$1000 you never used. I think the odds are for you things won't go wrong. At least my experience with Honda/Acura, Subaru and even VW.

Note I waste $24 on Progressive service, however that is wife's insistence.


Edited by rjundi (03/21/14 09:49 PM)

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#3319447 - 03/21/14 10:28 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: rjundi]
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 2988
Loc: Bremerton Wa
Originally Posted By: rjundi
Folks balk about paying for "extended" warranties and pinching pennies. However towing service they seem all over. I am hoping you folks use maybe once in 5-10 years. But that means you forked about $500-$1000 you never used. I think the odds are for you things won't go wrong. At least my experience with Honda/Acura, Subaru and even VW.

Note I waste $24 on Progressive service, however that is wife's insistence.

You don't tow heavy often...nice to know if you are towing 7500lbs they will come get you, or you have a defective part. Never guessed I would have an aftermarket hose fail, but I did. Towing made things easy.
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#3319799 - 03/22/14 01:29 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: rjundi]
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 3762
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: rjundi
Folks balk about paying for "extended" warranties and pinching pennies. However towing service they seem all over. I am hoping you folks use maybe once in 5-10 years. But that means you forked about $500-$1000 you never used. I think the odds are for you things won't go wrong. At least my experience with Honda/Acura, Subaru and even VW.

Note I waste $24 on Progressive service, however that is wife's insistence.


My AAA+ saved me about 5 years' premiums when the variators on my scooter took a dump last year. Almost a 55-mile tow on a flatbed, with special equipment (MC dolly) would have cost me $450! Other than that, used it 3 times in 5 years: fuel pump wire in my Jeep (~25 mile flatbed tow), flat tire (in pouring rain) on my Magnum, and locked myself out of my Jeep in the middle of rural Connecticut. Also had Liz's Festiva towed home when the engine scattered.
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#3319809 - 03/22/14 01:47 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 1614
Loc: Ohio
I have had AAA for 32 years. Initially, it was a gift to me from my Grandmother when I was commuting 60 miles/daily to college. I saw the utility of it and as a result, I have had it for years.

There have been times when I was not too happy, such as the time that AAA almost got my car impounded by Columbus Police when they sent out an unmarked/unlicensed tow truck and driver to tow my car when it broke down. I was really unhappy when my wife had a flat, and they sent someone out to change it and they refused too because it "was not totally flat." When I had to drive 35 miles to change it and took a pressure gauge to it, it had < 5 lbs. of air in it. Flat enough for me. They got a personal visit from me and I got a free year out of it.

The real plus for me is that should I break down, I do not have to worry about finding someone to tow my car or worry about getting reimbursed. Yes, there have been years that I have not used it. However, there have been years like 2012 that I was towed twice and the sum total would have been more than the yearly membership.

For me it is about piece of mind, and sometimes that costs money.
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#3321666 - 03/24/14 07:03 AM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: ls1mike]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 5986
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: ls1mike

You don't tow heavy often...nice to know if you are towing 7500lbs they will come get you, or you have a defective part. Never guessed I would have an aftermarket hose fail, but I did. Towing made things easy.


Agreed , when towing heavy(RV?) the cost of AAA is a drop in bucket compared to the excessive costs in 9-12MPG and all else involved.

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#3321667 - 03/24/14 07:05 AM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Jarlaxle]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 5986
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: Jarlaxle
Originally Posted By: rjundi
Folks balk about paying for "extended" warranties and pinching pennies. However towing service they seem all over. I am hoping you folks use maybe once in 5-10 years. But that means you forked about $500-$1000 you never used. I think the odds are for you things won't go wrong. At least my experience with Honda/Acura, Subaru and even VW.

Note I waste $24 on Progressive service, however that is wife's insistence.


My AAA+ saved me about 5 years' premiums when the variators on my scooter took a dump last year. Almost a 55-mile tow on a flatbed, with special equipment (MC dolly) would have cost me $450! Other than that, used it 3 times in 5 years: fuel pump wire in my Jeep (~25 mile flatbed tow), flat tire (in pouring rain) on my Magnum, and locked myself out of my Jeep in the middle of rural Connecticut. Also had Liz's Festiva towed home when the engine scattered.


Agreed on your end, my vehicles(Subaru & Honda) are either more reliable or plain luck over twenty years.

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#3322527 - 03/24/14 09:31 PM Re: Is your AAA service paid up? [Re: Number21]
2cool Offline


Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 408
Loc: Delaware
What most people don't know is that insurance companies and other sellers of road service do is contract out to one of two national networks. They have about 20% of the call volume of the AAA federation. That's one reason why even though they're cheaper, you'll wait longer; because AAA is really everywhere.

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