tc101 wrote:I'm 60 and have a bad back and a bad shoulder. Yesterday I had a cold and was driving in the rain and I thought about how hard it would be for me to change a tire if I had a flat. I thought about joining AAA. Is it a good deal, or are there better options?
It depends. I've had nothing but good experiences thus far -- I'm an idiot about locking my keys in the car, and AAA was nothing short of miraculous getting me back in my car once. At midnight. On a Sunday. In the airport parking lot. When I was joining because my keys were already locked in the car
. Heck, the basic membership isn't much more than a locksmith call, anyway. Of course, if you're less forgetful than I, it probably won't pay for itself the same way.
Then again, I've had relatives to have bad experiences with them; they wouldn't give my aunt roadside assistance because she couldn't tell them what mile-marker she was at. (Then again, I'm not sure how they would've found her anyway if she didn't know what mile marker she was at on the highway, so I somewhat sympathize with the representative on that one.) AAA is like a lot of big companies -- you get some great reps, but you get some awful ones too. FWIW, they took a long time on the phone to sort out some initial billing confusion with me (I accidentally got registered and charged twice), but they were very, very courteous about it, and had no qualms giving me a refund once they found the mistake. They even refunded the difference for the employer discount I forgot to ask about when I'd first set up the account.
Also, if you're looking at it for peace-of-mind for breakdown scenarios (and not prepaid locksmith visits
), you might think about AAA Plus. It's a pretty hefty cost difference, but there's a much bigger difference in the distance they'll tow you (the regular AAA will only allow something like a five-mile tow).