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I have had AAA every since I was 16 and started driving. I was covered under my fathers plan (extra cardholder). Last year in atticapation of my father retiring, I gave up my coverage to lessen his burden. I, including my family, have been without a roadside assiatnce plan for almost a year. Though I have never had to use it in my personal vehicles (Z included) I have had to use it for the radom vechiles I have riden in. Now that I have a young child and winter is here, I am thinking more and more of needing it.

Question. Who do you guys use?? I am sure 99% will say AAA, as they are who I have used in the past. But are there other companies? There must be. I find the basic coverage of AAA to be useless (5 miles) of towing. Thus had the next step up with 100 miles of free towing for $91.

Though my Z has never left me stranded on the road, these are things you think about driving a 20+ year old car.
 

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Re: Roadside assitance

Many insurance companies offer it, if not most. Century 21 (my insurance) provides it automatically while others provide it as a component of the premium you pay but usually only in the $10 to $15 range, not the amount you pay AAA. I had AAA but dropped it years ago.
 

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I'm under USAA, and its offered (for an extra fee, though not much like 5 bucks to the policy total). I have it on all 3 of my cars. I have never used it. I usually just have a friend come get me because in the past any time someone has used their AAA for me, or whomever I was with, they always took over 3 hours to get to us. I'll keep the coverage though because the day I cancel it is the day the car breaks down and none of my friends are available or whatever.
 

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I've had AAA for 40+ years and never used it. I was always able to do the repairs and limp home. Now that I'm much older and wiser I don't put myself in harms way locally, but when I travel from Memphis to Tampa, I'm glad to know AAA is there. You never know when you need a helping hand.
 

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I have USAA insurance they give me road side for "free" although i probably pay for it.
 

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I have AAA and have used it enough to have it make sence for me & my 2 boys

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Funny thing is that I have AAA insurance and basic roadside does not come with it. You are suppose to be a memember to start with.

I guess I am going to be joining back up with those guys.
 

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I registered with Allstate yesterday, just for the peace of mind of having a number I could call if needed. It's free to sign up, and although their prices may be a little higher, my insurance company will partially reiburse cme anyway.

My daughter's car broke down on her way back to college two weeks ago, and the thought of her sitting on the side of the road makes me nervous. Luckily she was able to pull off the interstate to safety at a Post Office, and the people there assisted her until I got there.

http://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services.aspx
 

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I have USAA and they are the best insurance/banking/investment house I have come across. I have all my financial accounts with them. If you can get it, get it. Roadside assistance is part and parcel of their auto insurance policy and their is no 5 mile limit I know of. A month ago they towed my car over 10 miles to my shop.
 

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Check with your insurance company. Also AAA gives you other advantages besides just roadside assistance. As of right now my Chevy truck has a 5 year/100k roadside assistance plan GM offers with all their vehicles.
 

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One thing to check, some of the insurance companies offer it per vehicle, and its specific to your vehicle...

I was in the cell phone business for the prior 13+ years and just about ever since they offered it, we got it on our company demo phone plans. It did work well for locked keys in car and such, but as I remember, the towing portion wasn't that great. Probably similar to the 5 miles program and you pay difference. But, with AAA and the phone plans, you are not limited to just your vehicle.

After leaving the cell phone business a couple years ago, my wife broke down, and I was wishing i knew somebody with AAA at that point... I wouldn't pay a tow truck because we have a truck and trailer, but sitting at home thinking about the hassle of driving out there (she was 40 miles from home), loading the trailer, and driving back just wasn't appealing at the moment...

The cost of AAA is a premium considering the other options, but I know they are extremely lenient on everything. And I can promise you this... If you need it, and you find yourself falling into one of the limitations of a lesser cost service, you will probably be cussing yourself for saving a few bucks...

The better price isn't always a better deal...
 

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On the other hand, roadside assistance isn't that much of a science so if you have it as part of an existing policy, why overinsure? That may just be my innate bias against insurance expense speaking so take my advice with caution if you want to minimize risk.
 
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