The organization American Automobile Association, better known as AAA and called Triple A, has long provided top-notch roadside assistance. The collective of regional auto clubs offers many more services for its annual fee. It’s this amalgam of services that makes an AAA membership an asset for every family.
AAA’s 24-hour road service provides a range of services, including changing flat tires and jump-starting vehicles with dead batteries. The service also provides advice and educational materials on automotive care. The organization recommends creating an automotive repair account in which you deposit $50 each month to pay for routine vehicle maintenance. This service can easily repay the AAA member for the $49 annual fee, but many other services come with the membership.
Car Rental Discounts
When your vehicle needs service, AAA’s road service tows it to the garage for you, whether you’re like the 75% of Americans who take their vehicles to independent auto repair shops or you’re among the 25% who take it to a dealership for service. A second benefit keeps you moving because AAA also provides Hertz car rental discounts. Even if you drive across the border into Canada, AAA provides auto rental discounts, so you can keep moving while your vehicle undergoes repairs.
AAA offers a trip-planning service that provides up-to-date information on road closures, route planning help, hotel and motel reservations, and travel guides. Members also get access to a travel agency that books tours, makes reservations, and helps members obtain international driving permits. This service also provides discounts for off-airport parking and auto rentals.
AAA Insurance Agency
The diverse organization also includes an insurance agency with licensed professional insurance counselors. AAA works with a range of insurers to provide competitive rates for its members. Those rates include an auto insurance discount for its members and a personal accident insurance policy that comes with membership. AAA offers auto and recreational vehicles, all forms of home (homeowners, condo, mobile home, and renters), and flood insurance.
The auto club provides travel protection for its members, including reimbursement of legal fees if the member gets ticketed or arrested for an automotive-related offense. Membership also includes a bond service certificate valued at $1,000. By phoning the local AAA office, members may be eligible for a $5,000 certificate, according to AAA.
Other Travel-Related Services
AAA offers a plethora of travel-related services, including hotel and motel discounts, attraction discounts, and traveler’s cheques. The auto club takes color passport photos at discounted prices, too. When you drive your vehicle, discourage theft by displaying your AAA membership decal that informs everyone of the AAA $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a thief of a member’s vehicle.
Vehicle Purchase and Maintenance Assistance
AAA pre-negotiates auto prices at various dealerships, which members can access using the auto club’s car-buying service. It also provides auto financing, so members can obtain low-interest rate loans. Even caring for your vehicle becomes easier with AAA mechanical repair agreements. According to the Transmission Repair Cost Guide, a vehicle needs transmission repairs between 150,000 and 200,000 miles, and the mechanical repair agreements help you afford these expensive repairs.
AAA Provides Value
For $49 annually, an AAA membership provides a lot of value. Because the auto club offers so many services, every family typically finds at least one membership benefit that they use regularly. While one family member’s name goes on the membership card, every person in the household can use the benefits. When kids graduate high school, and go to college or move out and take a job, provide them with their own AAA membership, so they continue to enjoy its protection and services.