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The AA Breakdown Cover
Member Name: ComputerLover
The AA Breakdown Cover
Advantages: Advance membership means paying less
Disadvantages: None really as its only £28 for cover for the yea and thats pretty good
Anyone who drives and especially long distances knows that its best to have breakdwon cover. You seriously never know when you might need it as I discovered recently!
There are a few to choose from Green Flag, RAC and the AA. AA is the bets known with a good reputation.
The packages you can have with them vary and it depends what you want.
You have normal roadside cover which (as I should have done) only costs £28 for the year. The extras are "Relay" where they will tow the car to a destination of your choice, "Home Start" for breakdown at your own home, and "Stay Mobile" where they will pay travelling costs if you need to get anywhere in a hurry, including overnight accomodation and a replacement car.
All of these extras cost more money. Relay will cost around £50 extra, Home start £41, and Stay Mobile around £37. Take out the whole package and its £140 or so and this is less than i paid at the roadside.
I was gutted to find my head gasket blew in my engine recently while on a long journey. I coasted into the service station off the motorway just about. Better to be stopped there than on the side of he motorway or worse though eh! Anyway i realised, like the idiot i am, i didnt have breakdown cover. When the head gasket goes you're dead basically and i was totally stranded. i called the AA but i wasnt a member. I had to sign up and because i was already in a breakdwon situation they charged me an extra £99 to join. Ouch. Some people use cashback sites like Quidco to get some money back and had i planned to get the cover earlier, sat at home in front of my PC, i could have saved a packet by shopping around and using a cashback site.
I ended up paying £200 plus for breakdwon attendance where my car was towed more than 16 miles from the detsination (this is referred to as relay). Otherwise normal cover would tow the car to the nearest garage or destination of your choice as long as its less than 16 miles away.
Heed my warning: get breakdown cover now!
Summary: Get it!
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