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  • Peace Of Mind On The Road

    On our way home from our morning run (Marc) and walk (me) at the park this past weekend, we got a flat tire. We pulled into a gas station and called AAA. A truck arrived in about 10 minutes, and we were on our way home less than 10 minutes after that. It was a good reminder that AAA is one of the best bargains around. For less than $75 a year, Marc and I have peace of mind when we’re on the road.

    I know there are a lot of other options out there for roadside assistance, and I think everyone should have a form of it. My previous car insurance company provided this service, although I kept my AAA membership because I know they’re reliable. If the service you choose doesn’t come with a wallet-size card with the telephone and membership numbers you need, make your own. You never know when you’re going to need it.

    Comments

    1. You’ve had better luck with it than I had when I had my membership. I remember waiting almost 4 hours (and this was in Oklahoma City, with lots of providers nearby) for a tow – I kept getting put off with excuses, and I called AAA three times asking them to please call another tow service to come get me but for some reason they couldn’t/wouldn’t.

      I agree that roadside assistance of some sort is essential, but we’ve chosen to go with insurance through our car insurance – we do a lot of travelling to small towns that are an hour away from the nearest AAA servicer, and my insurance company reimburses us 100% no matter who the service is through. Blindingly fast, too – I frequently get the check when I drop off the receipt, and the longest I have waited was two days (they mailed it the next day, I received it the day after that). We pay about $4 a month for this.

      The other nice thing is, we can get towed to wherever at our discretion – so if the nearest town that actually has an open service station is two towns over, that’s where we go.

      There is the inconvenience of not having a universal number to call for a tow, but since we have cell phones and a mother-in-law who hardly ever leaves the house and doesn’t mind looking up numbers for us, it’s not too bad.

    2. Alice – That’s great! I don’t the deal offered by my old insurance company was anywhere near that good – as I recall, there were limitations on distance and what not. Obviously (as usual!) it pays to comparison shop. :)

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