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Any value in keeping AAA

Discussion in 'Model S' started by golfnut, Jan 12, 2017.

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  1. golfnut

    golfnut Member

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    Purchased my first Tesla last summer and have had nothing but good things to say about it. Have used AAA of CA for many years in the past and currently have a 2nd ICE car that might have some use for my membership. But if I sell that car this year, does anyone have, or keep their AAA membership with the Tesla service being there for us? Just planning ahead I guess.
     
  2. mblakele

    mblakele radial cross member

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    So far I'm keeping my AAA. It isn't a big expense, and I see it as insurance against all the things Tesla's roadside assistance doesn't cover. Have you read through Tesla's terms? If you get a flat they only cover getting the car 50 miles of the way to a service center. They don't cover accidents or getting the car stuck. They don't cover getting you to a charger if you run out of charge. In practice Tesla RA may be lenient about these things — but on paper the policy wouldn't cover any of the things I've used AAA for in the past.
     
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    Thanks for your insights. I know the renewal fee is pretty small, but the new card for this year arrived right when I was faced with other expenses in my life and it fell into the "is it still worth it" pile. I also have considered the AAA discount program and there is some possible paybacks there.
     
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    I still have my AAA family membership. Of course we also have ICE cars, so that probably doesn't help much.
     
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    I will be keeping my AAA membership. I actually use their hotel discounts fairly often when traveling, too.
     
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    i just used mine last week when i blew out a tire.. aside from that my wife and daughter have there own cars so i was gonna keep it anyway
     
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    I blew a tire on the freeway last night, pouring rain and wind. Roadside assistance arrived in 30 mins, zip zip, my wheeel was swapped and I was on my way. No one beats RA for flats.
     
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    That depends on where you are. You would not have that experience in Charlottesville, VA. The nearest SvC is about 100 miles away and it is unlikely that any tow truck there would have a spare wheel on board.
     
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    They gave you a whole new wheel?
     
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    Me, too. But I recently got a premium Chase credit card that gives me a 33% discount on hotels when booked through their reward portal, so I may be reevaluating AAA again. However, I still order their tour books for time to time, and they recently added broken down bicycle coverage, and I do a lot of riding.
     
  12. NikeWings

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    Yes.
    Its the 2nd time I've had RA come curbside, and replace my wheel or in the first case wheels (2 blowouts) on the spot. I drive long distances and often with long days at the office. I couldn't feel any safe than having Tesla RA at my side. They always try avoid a tow unless you are very remote or have aftermarkets.
     
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    I don't disagree. I only pointed out something favorable as an offset to the seemingly too often complaints.
    I stand by my statement though as delivering wheels if only 10-20-30-40-50 percent (or whatever it is) of the time, is still better than zero.
     
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    So how does that work? Do they take your wheel to a service center or some place and then have you swap it back once the tire has been repaired or a new tire has been mounted on it?

    I ask out of curiosity. I don't see a wheel swap happening in my area if I should ever wind up in that situation.
     
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    Yes, they swap it in minutes and take it to the SvC of my choice. The SvC contacts you with costs/options the next day. I've always had them replace the tires and then return to swap/balance etc which is a few more bucks than a tirerack prchase but far less hassle and worth it to me.
     
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    I have kept our AAA membership. Remember it covers you in another vehicle (rental, friend's car).
     
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    My AAA membership pays for itself in time avoiding the DMV lines and notary fees. Being able to be towed is just another bonus.
     
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    What does AAA allow you to avoid?
     
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    If you need in-person DMV transactions (registration, lost stickers, titles, etc) you can do them at the AAA office in CA. The waits are MUCH shorter at least around here where you will spend several hours at the DMV.
     

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