(Closed) CAA/AAA memberships…are they worth it?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Do you have a CAA/AAA membership? Do you use it?

    We have it, never use it but I like having it just in case

    We have it and have used it

    We don't have it and have wished we did

    We don't have it and have never needed it

    I have a different answer

  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I have AAA, and it is the most wonderful. I’ve only used it once, but when that happened, it made things 1000x easier. Especially since you’re taking a long drive, I’d say it’s totally worth it.

    My fiance isn’t on my plan. We’re usually together if driving (or I could get to him easily), so I didn’t see a reason to pay for both of us. Maybe just get it for one of you to make it a bit cheaper?

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    OMG…I would not feel even remotely comfortable without AAA (especially as a mom with kids).

    Flat tire? They’re there.

    Dead battery? They’re there

    Need a tow (AAA has pulled me out of the snow many times btw)? They’re there

    Locked my keys in the car (yes, this has happened) They’re there

    Plus, it’s pretty cheap. Also,I am completely clueless when it comes to cars. What else would I do if I got in trouble?

    Post # 5
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    232 posts
    Helper bee

    I have it and have used it multiple times since I drive a super old car. It’s much better to have it then get scammed by a tow truck driver – where I live it costs minimum $250! Good to have if you run out of gas, need a boost, or there’s a bad storm and need help getting pulled out.

    Also there are perks such as rentals, cheaper movie tickets, travel insurance. In my area I have a gas points card and by the end of the year I use them toward my membership! Find out if your work has any corporate partnerships or maybe alumni benefits to get it for cheaper?

    The rule is, if you have it you can call no matter who’s car you’re in. I would get one and put it under whoever drives by themselves most. Then if the non-membership holder needs it hopefully the other is free to meet them somewhere to help them out.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We don’t pay that much for CAA, but I’m the only one with a membership since we only have one car (and never really drive more than 20kms without each other) it seems redundant for both my husband and I to have one. Plus, my mom has CAA so I get a discounted rate ($84 a year instead of $114 for CAA Plus). The nice thing about CAA is you’re covered in whatever car you’re in – so if you’re out with your friend and they lock their keys in the car or run out of gas somewhere, you can call CAA aha 😉

    Yes, I find it’s worth it. You can get discounts on different Canadian websites, when booking hotels, and on travel accessories so it’s helpful even if you don’t end up using it for your car. I’ve never needed it for towing, but my parents have. I used mine when my cousin locked her keys in her car. I like having it for piece of mind 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

    I have TERRIBLE luck with cars and AAA has bailed me out many, many times. (Also, just when I’m an idiot and leave my lights on, etc and the battery died, helped me out then, too.) Worth it’s weight in gold. 

    Also, I get discounts at hotels and car rentals and stuff. Yes, I feel like an 80 year old pulling out my AAA card for a discount but, eh. Discounts are cool.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I’ve had to use mine a few times. Totally worth it. I wouldn’t be without it now. Also the discounts you get as a member are a nice perk.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    The only thing I’ve used my AAA membership for is discounts on towing on the rare occasion I’ve needed a tow truck. I think it’s really important that every driver know how to change their tire without help. If you’re in the habit of locking yourself out, though, it might be worth it.

    Post # 11
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Totally worth it!  I call them the Angels of the Road.  They’ve saved me more than once – flat tires, batteries, getting my car towed, etc.  I would never be without them.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    MsGinkgo:  We technically don’t have it so this is kinda cheating….but my parents have it and kept me on after marriage because it wasn’t a big addition. They have gotten SOOO much use out of AAA during their lifetime, and DH and I have too. We were all on a family vaca together several years ago and my parents had car trouble. This was really rare for them and they were like…oh no, what do we do? I whipped out my AAA card (their account LOL but they both forgot their cards) and saved the day. Also, we love to get the travel/tour books that come free with your membership. They’re really good guides to hotels, entertainment, and food in the area where you’re traveling, and they have them for all the states and I believe international destinations as well. We also get a AAA discount rate on all hotels, car rentals, and occasionally flights that we book. 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    Yes, it saved me last week. I had a 20+ mile tow after my car started shaking violently. They were there within 30 minutes of my call. I also got a discount on my repair for being a AAA member. I use the hotel discount and go in to get papers notarized. I used to have roadside assistance through my insurance, but now that my car is more than a decade old, I prefer this!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Used AAA last night when I locked myself out of my car (for the first and hopefully last time, ever) – absolutely worth it! I was a semi-frequent user (ugh) when I was driving an older, unreliable car and even now that we have something new it gives me peace of mind.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I think it’s worth it.  I’ve used it many times for the discounts, not just for car stuff. 

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