(Closed) Is it worth renewing my AAA subscription for my car??

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Is it worth having AAA anymore??
    Yes, keep it, you never know! Please explain. : (45 votes)
    88 %
    No, not worth it! Please explain. : (6 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I still have it… granted my parents keep getting it for me every year as a gift, so that makes my decision easier 😛

    I’ve only used it once in the past year, but I drive such a POS car that it’s worth it even if they didn’t keep getting it for me. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have it, but my mom buys it for me every year (it’s part of my birthday gift). If she didn’t purchase it, I would for myself. I’ve had it since I got my learner’s driving permit! While I haven’t used it a lot, I just feel better knowing that it’s there. I haven’t ever had any issues when I have used it. They were amazing when I was driving in an area unfamiliar to me and my tire blew out (on the highway & no spare in my car). They have also jumped my car a ton of times.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    YES you need it! If you break down and need to get towed, it costs like hundreds of dollars without AAA. Granted a new car is less likely to break down…it definitely happens! Plus, what if you’re in an accident? these things really happen.

    Post # 6
    Member
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I say keep it. I needed it two weeks ago and when I went to go use it my asshole ex-stepfather had cancelled my service (in the middle of my contract!) without telling me. It was soooo stressful and I was only a mile from my apartment and in a safe parking lot in the middle of the day. I can’t imagine if it was at night or if I had my daughter with me! As soon as I got home (3 hours later) I ordered a new card. 

    So if you can afford it – keep it!

    Post # 7
    Member
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Do you have roadside assistance on your car? If so, I’d drop the AAA. AAA (generally) will limit how many times you can use it while your roadside will not. Roadside assistnace use on your policy can not be held against you as a claim can be.

    Post # 8
    Member
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I thought about cancelling mine a couple years ago but I am so happy I didn’t. My battery died in a town that I wasn’t familiar with and there was NO ONE i could call to come help me. They came within 30 minutes and I bought a new battery right there from AAA. It was a lifesaver. I think I will always have it unless I get a car that comes with roadside assistance! I say if you can afford it, keep it. You just never know what could happen. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m always going to keep it– it’s gotten me out of a few jams, I get hotel discounts, and I’ve locked my keys in my car probably 5 times in the last few years and they’ve always come to get them out for free.

    Post # 10
    Member
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My mom paid for my AAA when I left home for college. I’ve had it for more than 10 years now and it has really come in handy. I’ve locked my keys in my car more times than I care to admit 😉 and I’ve also had to be towed home a few times when my car messed up. I also use it for hotel discounts.

    Post # 11
    Member
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    How much is AAA normally?

    Post # 12
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Things like this never feel “worth it” until you need it. I renew mine largely for the peace of mind, but I have had to call them twice. The towing alone covers the cost of the membership. And someone else made the good point that you can always try to take advantage of AAA member discounts at hotels and the like.

    Post # 13
    Member
    7408 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Do you have an offer of roadside assistance through your auto insurance?  I have Geico and they offered it to me and so I dropped the AAA.

    Post # 14
    Member
    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It is nice to have someone on call 24/7 to deal with your roadside problems, and I felt like it was a sin to answer “No, not worth it!” but I did anyway.  I am planning not to renew this year either, even though I used them last year. The reason is mostly because I don’t want to spend the $50+ and not use it or not get my money’s worth. These are some things I considered:

    • The last time my car was towed, the insurance company handled (and paid for) it because it was involved in an accident.

     

    • The other last time my car was towed, AAA did the tow.  It was because I ran out of gas. And it was in a dumb way (out shopping & doing errands & didn’t want to stop).  And I just don’t think I’m going to do that again, because after that experience, I’m hyper-vigilant about having enough gas.

     

    • You can always call them and sign up over the phone if you need it.

     

    • So many people have AAA that you may not need to use your membership even if you have to call them

     

    • My car is very reliable and I always travel the same roads at the same time of day — it’s unlikely that I’ll be in a scary or dangerous situation by myself

     

    Post # 15
    Member
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would keep it. We don’t have AAA, but we have the same sort of thing through USAA. I’ve used it a few times to have my car towed somewhere and it wouldve really sucked to not have it! If it wasn’t included with USAA I’d most likely pay for AAA as well.

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