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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: rooflessVW] #4960358 12/24/18 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
4.5 hours is completely UNSAT. I'd be furious.

Also, keep the best looking of your old coils in the trunk.


I'm keeping the five good ones in there. But I haven't added the tools to do the job though...

I keep a spare serpentine belt, with the tools to do the job! The tensioner requires a Torx T-60! You won't find that locally!

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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: Blkstanger] #4960366 12/24/18 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Blkstanger
Im not sure who you should blame. AAA hands over their calls to local tow companies that they have agreements with. If the tow company is located many miles away it could be on them.

Tow company was just 2 or 3 miles away, based right there in King City. I hear you, but I hold AAA responsible. They are the ones I pay every year.

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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960438 12/24/18 01:48 PM
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That car looks Sharp!

Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: Leo99] #4960447 12/24/18 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Leo99
You should AAA to complain and see about a free renewal for next year or something.


Ditto, my wife says to quit AAA and go with our auto insurance GEICO Roadside Assistance. They come to you aide in 15 minutes here in Honolulu (her boss's experiences).


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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960457 12/24/18 02:27 PM
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I guess it's where and when you need a tow. So far we've had decent luck with AAA showing up fairly promptly on the tows we needed. I guess it depends upon where you breakdown and how busy the tow company is, but a 4+ hour wait is ridiculous. Since you're in California maybe AAA and the tow company had to file an environmental impact study first. Then they had to pay the associated California environmental fees before they could retrieve you. Just kidding LOL! Though I'm in NJ and I'm sure our new "gov" would be more than willing to charge one smirk2.

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Originally Posted by Blkstanger
Im not sure who you should blame. AAA hands over their calls to local tow companies that they have agreements with. If the tow company is located many miles away it could be on them.



Sorry if their service fails because due to someone that fails to give service they wear the pie!

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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960462 12/24/18 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by SLO_Town
Originally Posted by Blkstanger
Im not sure who you should blame. AAA hands over their calls to local tow companies that they have agreements with. If the tow company is located many miles away it could be on them.

Tow company was just 2 or 3 miles away, based right there in King City. I hear you, but I hold AAA responsible. They are the ones I pay every year.

Scott


Right you are. If the local tow companies don't want to affiliate with AAA and AAA can't provide the service they shouldn't take the money.

Seems like it's harder to pay for a service ahead of time and cash it in when needed vs just waving a hundo in the air to summon an angel with a flatbed.

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AAA will refund a private towing service, I have done that before.

It was standard CAA so I still had to pay a little bit because it was like 500km away, but it wasn't even my CAA membership.
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Seems like it's harder to pay for a service ahead of time and cash it in when needed vs just waving a hundo in the air to summon an angel with a flatbed.
I have it mainly to not have to deal with crooked towing companies, they are quite predatory in Toronto. Last time I hired a private firm to move a car out of my driveway, they bent my fence pole and put scratches in my driveway.

Didn't stop the driver from giving me his personal number if I ever needed a tow! LOL


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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960587 12/24/18 05:14 PM
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I normally keep a few things in the cars that can hopefully get me home. Do a search on what other items your car is prone to fail and buy some of the low cost easy to get items.

In my Volvo's fuel pump relay is a common item that I carry on all cars. The 960 has 2 spare coils and tools to replace them in parking lot.

Find a local towing company that you like and you can be reimburse later on.

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Originally Posted by eljefino
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Im not sure who you should blame. AAA hands over their calls to local tow companies that they have agreements with. If the tow company is located many miles away it could be on them.

Tow company was just 2 or 3 miles away, based right there in King City. I hear you, but I hold AAA responsible. They are the ones I pay every year.

Scott


Right you are. If the local tow companies don't want to affiliate with AAA and AAA can't provide the service they shouldn't take the money.


A few years ago, I had a good conversation with a tow driver after a fuel pump crapped out.

Whereas there used to be multiple AAA tow contractors, the one he worked for had taken over coverage for most of the area.

He said that most tow companies had decided to get out of being AAA contractors due to the terms they provide, and the demands they make. Not worth it.

Despite that, this company was very good, and even made an extra trip to bring me back home to retrieve a spare key after I goofed and locked myself out of the car trying to diagnose the problem. I guess it also saved them from a claim because a slim jim would have only worked by damaging the door trim, but he was able to fully comprehend the situation, not force anything, and take the most agreeable course of action.

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I think AAA is one of the few ways to get an honest tow.


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Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960627 12/24/18 06:30 PM
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I fired AAA decades ago. I have state farm and for like 50 cents/month you get road service. Used it twice it great. I can't belive people still use AAA. Oh wait you get free trip planning and free paper maps.

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Originally Posted by PimTac
If any consolation it’s a good thing you were in a safe area and not a dread zone. That would be very scary.

I am suggesting we put a GPS tracking app on my wife's phone. She drives 4K miles per month for her job, and most times she checks in with me at predetermined checkpoints while on her travels. She a great wife, faithful and all, but she's not crazy about the tracking app. It's the principal. Can't blame her.
Scott

I use the iphone tracking app. My wife appreciates that I can track her for safety. And yes she can track me. Great security. And we are both 72 lol.


Re: Horrible AAA roadside assistance experience! [Re: SLO_Town] #4960667 12/24/18 07:40 PM
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what did 6 coils cost for that car?


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
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Originally Posted by dishdude
I think AAA is one of the few ways to get an honest tow.


I think they kinda have the best price. I've used them a few times. I think a tow without AAA will probably cost you a couple times more than whatever the the annual cost of a membership is. That's why lots of tow companies don't want to contract with them, but if they've got nothing else going on, it's still better than nothing. I also get their 100 miles of free towing. I've used it a couple of times just to tow a car to my indy instead of being stuck with whatever mechanic is local. I remember getting towed once about 104 miles years ago, had to pay an extra $20 for those 4 miles as they charged $5 a mile. No idea what they charge now. Ride was kinda frosty. It was kinda near the end of the day and I think the guy wasn't looking forward to driving back 104 miles to wherever he came from.

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They contract the tows to private companies. If the company thats on rollcall that day is busy with a fatal,multiple tows or had to take a tow many miles away it could easily take that long.


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