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Alternative to AAA Mermbership Car Service

bhome83 253 14 July 25, 2016 at 03:07 PM
I'm wanting to add AAA car service to my my car and am planning on going with just the classic service ($56/year).

My question though is, are there better deals out there for AAA, or are there better companies to do business with? all I hear about is AAA, but surely there are competitors out there?

My credit cards have car service, but the best they will do is call a towing company for me if I need help or gas etc.

Thanks for help

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Pocket the cash and learn how to change/repair a flat yourself, the real slick deal way.
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Pocket the cash and learn how to change/repair a flat yourself, the real slick deal way.
Fuel pump craps out 30 miles from home
tie rod end snaps
ball joint breaks
wheel falls off and disappears in the wood. This car has no spare
air bag blows. illegal to drive
makes a knocking noise and don't want to drive it
radiator hose blows off on back country road.
you have a broken wrist.

What the fuk is learning how to change a flat tire going to do for you.
Talk about freaking idiots

OP check your insurance company, they might come with it
Allstate has one like AAA
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Quote from Rubicon_Joey View Post :
Pocket the cash and learn how to change/repair a flat yourself, the real slick deal way.
I can change a flat, but can't jump a car when another one isn't available. It's just peace of mind. I travel/drive a lot so would be ideal. All I have ever heard is AAA though so wasn't sure if there were other car services out there that were reputable...
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Fuel pump craps out 30 miles from home
tie rod end snaps
ball joint breaks
wheel falls off and disappears in the wood. This car has no spare
air bag blows. illegal to drive
makes a knocking noise and don't want to drive it
radiator hose blows off on back country road.
you have a broken wrist.

What the fuk is learning how to change a flat tire going to do for you.
Talk about freaking idiots

OP check your insurance company, they might come with it
Allstate has one like AAA
The real idiots are people who think things like this are a common enough occurrence with any vehicle made in the last 10 years to spend money on services like AAA. The events you mentioned are very rare but, lets assume one of them happens every 5 years (that's if you're extremely unlucky). OP stated his dues are currently $56 a year, that's $280 every five years. I've had vehicles towed more than 30 miles for less than half that amount.

Unless you're driving a lifted vehicle, tie rods and ball joints don't just break without wrecking the vehicle. Lets say you did manage to wear them out, you're going to know about it long before they break if you pay any attention to your vehicle at all.

Wheel falls off? From what? A wreck? Car insurance covers that. Lug nuts back off cause the idiot at the tire shop left them loose? Make them reimburse you. Who the eff doesn't have a spare.

Air bag blows? Again, from what? They don't just blow randomly and if it's because you wrecked, it's covered by car insurance.

Knocking sounds are a legitimate reason not to drive but, how often does a vehicle just develop a knocking sound that you didn't already know about/notice when you left the house? If it happens once in a your lifetime I'd say you hit the unlucky lottery.

Radiator hose blows off? Again not likely, but most auto parts stores will deliver to you. Assuming you didn't want to because you don't know how/it's an unsafe area to do so, that one time tow is still cheaper than your dues.

Broken wrist? What the eff is AAA going to do for you? Your vehicle is likely already parked somewhere if you're out breaking your wrist. In the rare case that it has to be moved, have a friend move it for you.

Changing a flat, dead batteries,blown fuses and small things of that nature are much more common but usually don't require a tow. So unless you're just too lazy to change that flat/fuse or flag down someone to give you a jump, it's a waste of money.
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The real idiots are people who think things like this are a common enough occurrence with any vehicle made in the last 10 years to spend money on services like AAA. The events you mentioned are very rare but, lets assume one of them happens every 5 years (that's if you're extremely unlucky). OP stated his dues are currently $56 a year, that's $280 every five years. I've had vehicles towed more than 30 miles for less than half that amount.

Unless you're driving a lifted vehicle, tie rods and ball joints don't just break without wrecking the vehicle. Lets say you did manage to wear them out, you're going to know about it long before they break if you pay any attention to your vehicle at all.

Wheel falls off? From what? A wreck? Car insurance covers that. Lug nuts back off cause the idiot at the tire shop left them loose? Make them reimburse you. Who the eff doesn't have a spare.

Air bag blows? Again, from what? They don't just blow randomly and if it's because you wrecked, it's covered by car insurance.

Knocking sounds are a legitimate reason not to drive but, how often does a vehicle just develop a knocking sound that you didn't already know about/notice when you left the house? If it happens once in a your lifetime I'd say you hit the unlucky lottery.

Radiator hose blows off? Again not likely, but most auto parts stores will deliver to you. Assuming you didn't want to because you don't know how/it's an unsafe area to do so, that one time tow is still cheaper than your dues.

Broken wrist? What the eff is AAA going to do for you? Your vehicle is likely already parked somewhere if you're out breaking your wrist. In the rare case that it has to be moved, have a friend move it for you.

Changing a flat, dead batteries,blown fuses and small things of that nature are much more common but usually don't require a tow. So unless you're just too lazy to change that flat/fuse or flag down someone to give you a jump, it's a waste of money.
Since you have an answer for everything

Answer his question without adding your 2 cents
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this escalated quickly...

I honestly wasn't looking for an opinion as to whether it is worth it or not. It's a very small price to pay for the added security. My car has had some issues over the past year or so, so for me it's worth it, for simple peace of mind. I'll look into what my insurance has to offer.

thanks
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Yes check insurance, I have roadside assistance through Geico and it's pretty affordable. I've had to use the service twice and they were great, easy to call and ask for help and they were quick to arrive.

I don't know if its still around, but the roadside assistance through Allstate that supposedly anyone could use was utter crap. The one time I tried them several years ago, it took forever to get thru to them, they charged my CC 3 times, and then still didn't send anyone out because it was going to take too long in their opinion (they didn't ask me if I was ok to wait, they took the initiative to cancel the tow truck!). I will say a friend of mine saved my butt by coming with her AAA card and went with me to take it in, and the AAA service was great, and the tow truck was very quick to get there (1/2 hr I think?).
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As the other guy stated check your insurance company with USAA it was like an extra $1 on my policy literally and the coverage is way better so call you insurance company
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yeah, I have Pemco and not sure they offer roadside assitance but will look into it. thanks guys
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yeah, I have Pemco and not sure they offer roadside assitance but will look into it. thanks guys
http://www.bestroadsideservice.co...omparison/
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Thanks for the link. Do you currently have the service? Seems to beat AAA, but curious the service overall.

Thanks!
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Thanks for the link. Do you currently have the service? Seems to beat AAA, but curious the service overall.

Thanks!
No, I have new cars.

It's just a reference. I think AAA gives 5gal and that site says 3.
I did have AAA when I was younger. If I didn't have it, we would use someone else that had it. They would just say they were driving/borrowed car. Not sure if they ever fixed that loophole.
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I have roadside assistance through my insurance and it's like an extra $2 or so per month for 2 vehicles. Verizon Wireless also offers it for their customers for $3 (I think) per month. AAA is nice, but you'll still have to wait on a tow truck if you call them, just like any other assistance program. Check to see how many miles you get per tow before they charge overage as well. Through our insurance we get 15 miles, but we get up to 3 tows each billing cycle (every 6 months). I believe with AAA you get 3 tows per year. We pay for any fuel if we need fuel delivery, but the delivery is free. Flat tire change and jumping is free, so is lockout service. I'd check your credit cards too, many of them offer roadside assistance for a small fee as well. You just have to compare what each offers to your own needs and go the best route.
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I have roadside assistance through my insurance and it's like an extra $2 or so per month for 2 vehicles. Verizon Wireless also offers it for their customers for $3 (I think) per month. AAA is nice, but you'll still have to wait on a tow truck if you call them, just like any other assistance program. Check to see how many miles you get per tow before they charge overage as well. Through our insurance we get 15 miles, but we get up to 3 tows each billing cycle (every 6 months). I believe with AAA you get 3 tows per year. We pay for any fuel if we need fuel delivery, but the delivery is free. Flat tire change and jumping is free, so is lockout service. I'd check your credit cards too, many of them offer roadside assistance for a small fee as well. You just have to compare what each offers to your own needs and go the best route.
oh wow, you're right, it is $3/month from Verizon Wireless. Seems to be a better deal too (i.e. 10 miles of towing, 3 free gallons of gas and $36 year). Would be curious how fast they respond to service, but its looking like I'm going to go this route. can't be $3/month

Thanks for the help!
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