AA Membership Savings

I received my AA membership renewal notice for 2010 (12 months cover), and for Roadside Assistance and Relay, the charge was £125.40 - after I cleaned the coffee I splattered over my breakfast table, I thought - "What would Martin do?":money: - so I went to the AA website to check on-line costs - guess what, for the same service they were asking £70!
I called the AA helpline, and it was explained that as an existing member, I was now entitled to 7 callouts through the year and not 5 (this was a new one on me anyway) - I explained that I had only had one callout during the year - and it wasn't even for my car, I was a passenger! - I had 4 credits left to use within a month.
Anyway, cut a long story short - and after a threat I was going to the RAC (£71.25 for the same service) - the AA reduced my annual renewal to £69.50.
So - think like Martin - and CHECK EVERYTHING - I've been happily letting things run on for years, but not any more - watch out you big corps - we're biting back!
:p
«1

Replies

  • DD1 has had a similar problem, RAC renewal £113.65, nil call outs, DD1 not in the country for 6 months as in the MN. RAC said that was the going rate. AA can do same service for £70 [roadside & recovery] & as DD1's home addresss is not her term time adress, she can get assistance on her doorstep, not 1/4 mile away!!!. Also AA said when she goes to sea, call them up & they can suspend the cover period until she returns to the UK, so no more wasted months of cover as has happened in the last year. Seems to me we all need to switch every year to another provider?!
    2011, this will be my year .
  • Don't forget that you can get RAC membership by using Tesco points.
  • I cancelled my AA membership and opted for Auto Aid. £36 a year.
    .....

  • I cancelled my AA membership and opted for Auto Aid. £36 a year.

    Just had quick look at the website....am I right in saying that you have to pay for the work first then claim it back from them???
  • 20102010 Forumite
    4.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    I received my AA membership renewal notice for 2010 (12 months cover), and for Roadside Assistance and Relay, the charge was £125.40 - after I cleaned the coffee I splattered over my breakfast table, I thought - "What would Martin do?":money: -

    Well I`ll tell you what Martin might do.

    He`d cancel his AA membership and go to Topcashback site and join the RAC,costing £70, and then he`d get £30 cashback and so for the same breakdown cover you paid £70 for,he`d only pay £40

    That`s what I would and will do come renewal time. :T
  • 20102010 Forumite
    4.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    kailas wrote: »
    Looking for car insurance quotes? Start saving in just six minutes! For over, Need Insurance America has connected visitors with the largest network of national and local insurance agents from the nation's top companies. Just tell us about your auto insurance needs, and we'll make sure you get multiple quotes and big opportunities to save!
    visit:-- dot needinsurnceamerica.com

    THIS is SPAM
  • DumyatDumyat Forumite
    2.1K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker Mortgage-free Glee!
    I had the same experience with AA. I did phone up and instantly the bill was dropped.
    However I will be moving it next time round. Their tactic of bumping up the price and hope you keep paying it after all these years of being a member...well I will be voting with my feet.
    x x x
  • 0netrack0netrack Forumite
    16 Posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Forumite
    Top cashback are offering the following on AA cover:

    Breakdown Cover £75 or Less £21.00

    Breakdown Cover between £76 and £99 £42.00

    Breakdown Cover £100 and Above £50.00


    and on RAC cover:

    Online purchase Uk Breakdown Cover Level 1 + 2 £20.00

    Online purchase Breakdown Cover Level 3 £30.00

    Online purchase Breakdown Cover Level 4 £39.00


    I just bought basic roadside assistance for £28 online, got £21 back so it only cost £7.

    captainladypants (!) - yes, you have to pay for the work then claim it back from Auto Aid. The MSE guide recommends repair & claim style cover if you have a newer car which you are not expecting to break down, while opting for more traditional AA/RAC cover if you have an older car. Search for 'cheap-breakdown-discounts' and 'roadside-recovery' on the main site for more info on these.
  • adambroadambro Forumite
    243 Posts
    Got my AA Roadside membership renewal through recently and they were wanting £49. Both the AA themselves and RAC are offering equivalent cover for new customers for £28.

    Just phoned up to say I'm considering cancelling it and going to RAC or similar at a lower price and, surprise surprise, suddenly the price drops and they'll offer it me for £28. Brilliant. A five minute phone call and I've saved £21. I'm glad I overcame my apprehension about asking for a discount. :j
  • 20102010 Forumite
    4.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    Don`t want to rain on your parade but you obviously didn`t read my post #6.

    If you had cancelled your AA membership and then gone to Topcashback site and joined the RAC,it would have cost you £28 BUT they would have refunded you £20, costing you only £8 for a years membership of the RAC.:T:j
This discussion has been closed.
Latest News and Guides