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    • aardvaak
    • By aardvaak 6th Aug 18, 3:05 PM
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    The rac
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    The rac 6th Aug 18 at 3:05 PM
    My Wife pays over 260 a year to the rac.


    Earlier today she had to call them because her car wouldn't start she was told they would be out in 5 hours time


    In the end it was quicker for me to travel 30 miles with a set of jump leads to start the car.


    Ironically on my way to there I saw a rac van parked up doing nothing at a local farm cafe.


    I have told my Wife when the renewal is up do not renew with them there must be a better alternative.


    This is not a breakdown service it is a joke.
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    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 6th Aug 18, 3:16 PM
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    My Wife pays over 260 a year to the rac.


    Earlier today she had to call them because her car wouldn't start she was told they would be out in 5 hours time


    In the end it was quicker for me to travel 30 miles with a set of jump leads to start the car.


    Ironically on my way to there I saw a rac van parked up doing nothing at a local farm cafe.


    I have told my Wife when the renewal is up do not renew with them there must be a better alternative.


    This is not a breakdown service it is a joke.
    Originally posted by aardvaak
    Are you saying their staff aren't entitled to a break?
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    • aardvaak
    • By aardvaak 6th Aug 18, 3:26 PM
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    Are you saying their staff aren't entitled to a break?
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....

    No I am saying 5 hours to come out is a joke
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 6th Aug 18, 3:33 PM
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    No I am saying 5 hours to come out is a joke
    Originally posted by aardvaak
    Was she stranded at the side of the road?
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 6th Aug 18, 3:51 PM
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    I'd be questioning why she is paying twice as much as the most expensive package that is available on their website (134 - which is still much more than I would want to pay).


    https://www.rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 6th Aug 18, 4:08 PM
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    No I am saying 5 hours to come out is a joke
    Originally posted by aardvaak
    Maybe they have others to attend too.
    • Clive Woody
    • By Clive Woody 6th Aug 18, 4:09 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 4:09 PM
    Are you saying their staff aren't entitled to a break?
    Originally posted by AndyMc.....
    He might be suggesting that 5hr breaks are somewhat generous.
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 6th Aug 18, 4:40 PM
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    Now would be a good time to search around for cheaper cover. About 200 cheaper.
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    • Andy L
    • By Andy L 6th Aug 18, 5:08 PM
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    I'd be questioning why she is paying twice as much as the most expensive package that is available on their website (134 - which is still much more than I would want to pay).


    https://www.rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    Could be part of an RAC car insurance package?
    • Arklight
    • By Arklight 6th Aug 18, 6:33 PM
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    Wife's Micra broke down and she had Green Flag cover. The bloke who came was apparently very surly to the point of rudeness, which isn't the best for a stranded female driver (luckily she wasn't stranded anywhere remotely remote on this occasion), but he arrived within an hour and had her on the road again without fuss.

    I have RAC Cover through a bank account, but as for most of my driving life I have owned a Nissan Almera I have never needed it.
    • poppasmurf_bewdley
    • By poppasmurf_bewdley 7th Aug 18, 10:25 AM
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    I'm with Green Flag and pay 54 for their top tier. I've called them out three times in 10 years and always had excellent service each time.

    And, no I don't work for them!
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    • davidwood681
    • By davidwood681 7th Aug 18, 10:30 AM
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    Wife's Micra broke down and she had Green Flag cover. The bloke who came was apparently very surly to the point of rudeness, which isn't the best for a stranded female driver (luckily she wasn't stranded anywhere remotely remote on this occasion), but he arrived within an hour and had her on the road again without fuss.

    I have RAC Cover through a bank account, but as for most of my driving life I have owned a Nissan Almera I have never needed it.
    Originally posted by Arklight
    Driving an Almera is like marrying someone because they are good at housework
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 7th Aug 18, 12:37 PM
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    Could be part of an RAC car insurance package?
    Originally posted by Andy L

    Yes, you could be right, the OP hasn't been specific.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 7th Aug 18, 2:14 PM
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    Driving an Almera is like marrying someone because they are good at housework
    Originally posted by davidwood681
    There are worse reasons for getting married. So do you mean the Almera drives well but maybe doesn't look good? If your purpose is to be transported, then that is no bad thing.
    • davetrousers
    • By davetrousers 7th Aug 18, 2:16 PM
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    I have told my Wife when the renewal is up do not renew with them there must be a better alternative.
    Originally posted by aardvaak

    Yes the Nationwide Flexplus account.


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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 7th Aug 18, 2:35 PM
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    Ironically on my way to there I saw a rac van parked up doing nothing at a local farm cafe.


    I have told my Wife when the renewal is up do not renew with them there must be a better alternative.


    This is not a breakdown service it is a joke.
    Originally posted by aardvaak
    Working Time Directive makes it a legal requirement to have a break. Your wife's car won't have been the only one to break down that day and given it is the summer there are a lot of cars doing journeys longer than they're used to and breaking down. They have limited resources so prioritise based on risk.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 7th Aug 18, 2:39 PM
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    My experience of RAC call out response time has been very good. Around an hour tops. Perhaps your wife was just unlucky, or maybe I've been exceptionally lucky.

    As has been pointed out, there is no need to pay 260 a year for RAC cover.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
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