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Do most of you have AAA?

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  1. robiferretti

    robiferretti F1 Rookie

    Oct 31, 2003
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    does anyone have AAA, and is it worth having in your opinion? any stories to share? will they tow you from a track? etc
     
  2. ILuv4Res

    ILuv4Res F1 Veteran
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    I have AAA Plus. This gives you a lot more miles that they will tow you than basic AAA coverage. I think it costs about $75 per year.

    It's like any other type of insurance. If you need it, the payments were worth it. If you don't need it, the payments are a waste.

    They sometimes take a long time to come to your rescue. That's the only down side. However, overall, I think it's worth it.
     
  3. watt

    watt Formula 3

    Jun 17, 2004
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    Ferrari roadside seems competent, they sent the quality truck co and came on time and didnt get lost...
     
  4. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran
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    Mar 16, 2003
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    Agree with all Fred wrote about AAA plus, except in my limited experience they ALWAYS take a very long time to come to your aid. My wife likes the travel guides. In the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, I'd likely be glad to have AAA.
     
  5. DoingAnything

    DoingAnything Rookie

    May 6, 2004
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    I use AAA and think its really worth it. My favorite part about it would be: being able to walk into their office and register my cars in about 5 minutes instead of going to the DMV and waiting for hours in line. Simply just walk in give paperwork, get new registration card and sticker, walk out. Love it.
    That right there makes it all worth it to me.


    Have to also love the assurance of having a tow truck available to me if something happens to my car.
     
  6. MarkG

    MarkG Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
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    If you own a 'F' car you MUST have AAA+ and a very good cell phone.

    Had both the 3 years I had my 308. Got to be on a first name basis with my local tow company.
     
  7. jlm348

    jlm348 Formula 3

    Nov 26, 2002
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    Blew a tire 60 miles outside of Vegas.
    AAA sent a flat bed within 1 hour towed me 87 miles to barstow for a new tire.
    Tipping the guys a little extra to take care of your car and quickly always helps.
    AAA Plus is a great value.
     
  8. Brian C. Stradale

    Brian C. Stradale F1 Rookie
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    Mar 17, 2002
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    No, I don't have AAA. Having newer Ferraris, I haven't yet needed towing... and if I do with my Stradale, I'll use Ferrari Roadside Assistance.

    The maps do nothing for me as I prefer to use a nav system. Magellan's Roadmate 700 is quite good.

    The ability to register my car in their office is nothing... in Texas I can take care of vehicle registration at any of my regular grocery stores... right next to my bank in the grocery store... can't get easier than that.

    Any other benefits of AAA that I am failing to consider?
     
  9. Kevallino

    Kevallino Formula 3

    Feb 10, 2004
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    I have it - upgraded to AAA+ with the impending F-car purchase.

    I just make sure to go through $50 worth of maps each year and anything else I need is gravy.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     
  10. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
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    no i use a local towing service i can trust...but they are expensive once they have to cross a few county lines.......my insurance only covers $75 a pop......
     
  11. racerx

    racerx Guest

    Nov 23, 2003
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    Have had it for years. For long stretches you never use it but if you need it its great. I do not know how they can turn a profit. It is well worth the small fee.
    T
     
  12. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    I used an almanac until it became a characteristic of terrorists.

    No kidding, law enforcement was told to on the lookout for almanacs.... i just ask directions now...lol
     
  13. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran
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    May 24, 2004
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    AAA...........got it........like it.......use it.....worth it.....hope you don't need it

    Get AAA+, ask for a flat bed, send the car where you want, miles not an issue and less stress. I've had it for 10 years - and say you have just blown a tire, had a little accident, engine trouble, etc.... do you really want to be looking for someone to call?

    In my experiences they quote a long time of upto two hours or so.... then a truck arrives in 20 mins. Maybe just lucky, but I doubt it.
     
  14. Greg G

    Greg G F1 Rookie

    hey Rob... AAA plus is defintely worth it, especially if you need a flatbed far away from home.

    The only downside in our north Jersey area, is the long response times. My wife was waiting for 1.5 hours along Rt 208 Franklin Lakes one time, so I just drove out there to fix her flat tire myself. That kinda sucked, but....

    On the other hand, my fuel pump died near Allentown, and they flatbedded my car all the way back to Pompton Lakes no charge.

    HTH
     
  15. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    I've been a member since 1972. Joined originally for the maps, but I find the TourBooks most useful. I will not stay at a lodging if it is not listed. And the emergency road service has been necessary at times. In fact, when I first received my 328 the battery had gone dead during the cross-country shipping, so AAA got it started for the first time in Georgia.
     
  16. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I have lots of AAA's. Also some AA's, some C's, D's, and 9 volts. Bruce sent them to me. :D
     
  17. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    JRV has suggested i use AA........
     
  18. goyal99

    goyal99 Karting

    Mar 5, 2002
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    So for those of us who haven't had the pleasure of dealing with AAA, what is their yearly PLUS rate (is it still $75) and what's serviced are included in the PLUS package??

    Is unlimited miles, pick up anywhere when stranded part of the deal???

    Any hidden charges or conditions???

    VK
     
  19. Juan-Manuel Fantango

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    my AAA was cancelled because I used them too much! Yes, I drive, Yes, I drive somewhat undependible cars, Jaguare, Ferrari, and I drive them hard, yes, I have had a few off road excursions. AAA was fine while it lasted, but if you don't care about saving the money for towing, it's not worth the wait to get a AAA approved carrier.
     
  20. Jdubbya

    Jdubbya Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I have AAA+ but also have coverage through my insurance company, Hagerty. AAA+ here is around $80 a year and the Hagerty protection network (I think that's the name) was only $15 a year.

    Pretty cheap peace of mind!!!
     
  21. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

    Oct 31, 2003
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    I have AAA+. Gotta love it. :)
     
  22. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Sep 5, 2001
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    AAA Member since 1985.
     
  23. Ksullender

    Ksullender Formula Junior

    Sep 3, 2003
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    Yes, we meet every week for recovery
     
  24. Ken

    Ken F1 World Champ

    Oct 19, 2001
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    Yes, I have AAA; with a 32 year old car that you drive a lot, it's a must. I've been towed twice; both for free on a flatbed. Worth the peace of mind if nothing else.

    Ken
     
  25. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    All my recent cars have been later models as well (with roadside assist programs) however when I picked up this '98, I was glad I had kept AAA...especially since I have had it towed and needed a jump.

    As for the other benefits....they offer travel, golfing and retail goods/service discounts all over...not to mention if you get stuck in some one else's car who doesn't have it! :)

    DL
     

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