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Old 02-14-2008, 12:38 PM   #41
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........... A single, older woman with rudimentary knowledge of car fixing really needs something, and, even tho there are some complaints from others, what else it out there?
Can't vouch for it, but it sounds interesting.


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Old 02-14-2008, 02:37 PM   #42
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After all of the good info, I'm just about to sign up for the AARP plan. Thanks. If the 5 mile towing is a show stopper, they have an more comprehensive policy that is similar to AAA's, but still much cheaper (think it's $70). My State Farm has a towing clause that is about 10 bucks a year, but think I'll still go for the AARP road side assistance for $37 to cover anything else and have some peace of mind while travelling.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:59 AM   #43
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I've been with AAA in Illinois 4 years now. I just paid last month $50 for the year. FYI.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:17 AM   #44
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Just did a check of USAA's roadside assistance cost for me since I will need to get it when I come off of the 4 years Automakers Roadside Assistance later this year. Cost to add it to my policy will be $6.72 per 6 month period (about $1.12 per month). MUCH lower than AAA and AARP AND they would be liable for any damages incurred while being towed, on or off loaded, seems cheap and simple to me.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:19 AM   #45
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If you are looking for a program to save you money on towing, then 5 miles is a pretty short distance unless you spend most all your time in a city. OTOH, if you are mostly willing to pay for tows but just want a service that will respond to your call, then the low limit may work in your favor. A tow operator with a 5 mile limit will charge extra for any extra distance, so it can be more worthwhile to respond to those calls first. YMMV.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:17 PM   #46
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AAA is worth the money. It pays for itself, besides like men, women don't like to change tires. I travel a lot of long scenic trips across country and it gives me peace of mine to know that I can call a dispatcher and they have the number of a tow truck in Nowhere, USA and hopefully, they won't rip me off.

We are always using the travel tiks (though now we have GPS so that will change), but we will still get the maps (GPS is not infallible). Also the travel books have valuable information. Though the AARP rate is generally as cheap as the AAA rate at hotels. There are some museums that only take the AAA.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:07 AM   #47
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Has anyone had any problems at all with USAA? I have one of their credit cards, and am thinking of checking into them for insurance needs next time, and then will check into the roadside assistance. Any problems at all?
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:24 PM   #48
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I used USAA Roadside Assist a few years ago for a tow of about 15 miles or so. Took about an hour for the towing truck to arrive. They hauled me and my car to the nearest dealer (about 15 miles) all for no cost. DW picked me up at the dealer about 30 minutes later. I picked up the car the next day. This is about what I expected for $2 each six months in premium.
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