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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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AAA Service - Pros and Cons

Does anyone have AAA Service? I am thinking about getting it because of the D110. I have had SPOT, but was wondering what people thought of AAA service...good or bad.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Old June 6th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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Very good, well worth it. Get the plan that gives you at least one 100 mile tow a year (I forget what they call it).
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Old June 6th, 2012, 09:14 AM
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Very good, well worth it. Get the plan that gives you at least one 100 mile tow a year (I forget what they call it).
Gold package is 100 miles tow. The standard is a waste as I believe it covers 5 miles of towing. It is worth it because if you are just a passenger in someone elses car it still covers the tow. I have used it for free tows and for free opening of a vehicle when locked out. Well worth it. I feel better knowing I have it, especially when driving a series truck far from home.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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I have it for the family-3 drivers, 4 Rovers, 2 subarus. Until a recent water ingress issue with the LR3 that set off a cascading series of events that left us stranded 85 miles from home ( even had my Autolgic with me and couldn't 'reset' the LR3 to get us home), had only used it once for the 2000 Subaru in the last 7 years. Still, a cheap piece of mind for when I don't trailer the trail pig.....
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Old June 6th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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Brett,

Like the guys mentioned... AAA Plus is the best plan, they will tow you up to 100 miles to any destination of choice. The regular rate is ~$110... I've seen it on Groupon for a lot less.

I got it and used it two weeks later when my Series IIA fuel pump crapped out 40 miles from my house.

The tow guy told me that I was looking at $200-250 if I were to pay out-of-pocket. I'm good for the next two years... LOL
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Old June 6th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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+1 on AAA Gold. They even towed my chassis from spot to spot as long as it had the license plate and VIN on it. When I called, I just said that it would not start. Did not mention that was because the engine was gone. The guy was a little skeptical when he got there but still towed it.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 10:43 AM
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I just got AAA gold membership for both my wife and me for a total of 111.50. Seems to be a good deal. Thanks everyone
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Old June 6th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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There are also + and RV versions that will cover longer distances and trailers.

Had for 20 years...but don't currently as I have coverage through my insurance and warranties on my vehicles...thinking about renewing again...
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My Defender broke down the day I bought it over 200 miles from home. I used AAA to tow it 100 miles to a body shop (the owner was nice enough to let me store it there), and then called AAA and said the body shop couldn't fix it and had it towed another 100 miles to my house for free. I had to use two tows, but it was cheaper than me driving my mom's Range Rover with my trailer to pick it up...
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Have had AAA plus for years. It's either free 100 or 200 miles I don't remember.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:32 PM
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100 on the gold membership. Saved me a bundle.
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Have had AAA plus for years. It's either free 100 or 200 miles I don't remember.
AAA Plus is 100 and AAA Premier is the same plus one 200 miles tow a year.

The other perks is the difference.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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In 35 years of driving Land Rovers all over the eastern and midwest US I've needed a tow twice, both close to home, so about $50 each.
I had AAA for a few years a couple of decades ago but only ever used it for maps and a free passport photo.
In my case I've come out way ahead financially not having it.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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I have AAA Premier, which I believe has one free 200 mile tow, and 4 100 mile tows per year.. I've used it at least 5-6 times over the past 8 years, everything from breaking down while on a trail (we pull the truck out to the street first) to moving a truck while I was in progress of working on it (removed engine, lost work space)... I even used it on a friends truck once or twice, once about 150 milese away... so it's paid off for me.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 03:49 PM
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AAA also gives a 10% discount on parts at Napa as well as discounts on many museums and other venues.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:37 PM
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Also at hotels... I've gotten some much better rates by using AAA
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I have had it for over 20 years worth every penny.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 07:45 PM
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I have AAA Gold and generally have to get one of my pieces of junk towed home once a year - like the time the water pump decided to self destruct on the way to work one morning or the time the Range Rover just decided not to start when I ran out for an errand one afternoon and stopped at Blockbuster. Came out and it just wouldn't fire - bad coil.

It also came in handy the time my sister locked the keys in her truck in my mothers driveway - AAA came and opened the truck for us.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:04 PM
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I used AAA more for the discounts it has, like cheaper amusement park tickets, cheaper limerock tickets, NY Auto Show discount, 5% off at UPS, and usually I call just to get keys out of the car, I had to tow once, but we don't have the tow package, wasn't bad at $7 for 10 miles.
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