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AA Renewal

Post by hotred » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 14:19

Just happened to be looking through bank statement and noticed the figure for my AA membership renewal and was putting it mildly "gobsmacked"
A mere £329.71!!!
I phoned AA, original fee when I signed up in 2011 was £183, this was increased to £243.31 in 2012 (obviously slipping my attention) and now this year £329.71.
I think all will agree, taking the P**s, what are they playing at!!
I have now cancelled all cover and waiting for my full refund as renewal just taken place.
I have never had to call them so in my book renewal should go down not up and certainly not nearly double. As with everything these days if you renew automatically they start to take liberties, what is happening to this world, is there nothing that we take for granted that isn't a con. No explanation for increases just that when I first joined it was discounted.
If everyone cancelled when this sort of thing happens they would soon stop this fleecing of their customers, why do we put up with this sort of thing, same goes for most insurances as well, you are penalised for 'loyalty' not rewarded.
I'll contact RAC or another breakdown recommendations appreciated.
No wonder AA are branching out all over into new things I have been financing them and so have all the others, shame on them!!

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Gary-D » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 14:35

Have a look what your bank offers on their current accounts, some offer premium breakdown cover i.e home start, relay, etc, family travel insurance, mobile phone insurance, the list goes on depending who you bank with for about £17 per month. just an alternative than taking breakdown cover from the AA/RAC.

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by PCSAM » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 15:13

my zed insurance is just about £100 cheaper than your AA quote .. :shock: :shock:
and I get full Europe breakdown insurance included ......
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Z3cade » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 15:19

My AA renewal comes through every year at around £130 and I just give them acall and tell them I ante paying it!.. Then low and behold they drop it £50 :wink:

I know what you saying though you shouldn't have to ring and bargin with them.. It's ridiculous..

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by reddyzeddygo » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 15:44

I've been with the AA for quite a number of years now with the 'automatic annual renewal'. My latest renewal was £196. I have the 'full works' on the levels of cover though, for both self and wife and this includes cover for us both when we're travelling as passengers in cars of other people. Last couple of years, the AA has given me the 'Home Start' element of cover free of charge to (in their words) 'reward me for my loyalty'.

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Robert T » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 16:08

At £397.71, I at first thought you were talking about car insurance and not breakdown cover!

My AA membership is £63.93 (renewed just last month) and I just received my gold card. I have called them out just twice in the 18 years I have been a member. That is for roadside + complimentary homestart, so the big question is what level of cover are you on? For the higher levels of cover, the cost of fuel, hotels etc. has spiralled recently and I guess someone has to pay to cover these things.

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by geminimustang » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 16:21

I pay around £100pa for family membership,myself,wife,son & daughter for breakdown & homestart. Was getting no-claims bonus but no mention this year. My son used it once when zed water pump failed and only then were we told, they only tow you a maximum of 15 miles.In summary, good service, reasonable cost but has limitations but I wouldn't be without cover.

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Post by gookah » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 16:42

hotred wrote:Just happened to be looking through bank statement and noticed the figure for my AA membership renewal and was putting it mildly "gobsmacked"
A mere £329.71!!!

No wonder AA are branching out all over into new things I have been financing them and so have all the others, shame on them!!

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by gookah » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 16:46

Robert T wrote:
My AA membership is £63.93 (renewed just last month) and I just received my gold card. I have called them out just twice in the 18 years I have been a member..
so..... the equivalent of £575 per call out then, but what price peace of mind I suppose.
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Robert T » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 17:16

gookah wrote:so..... the equivalent of £575 per call out then, but what price peace of mind I suppose.
Well, not quite, as it started at something like £30 a year, but quite a lot. However as the two cars I drive are 14 and 54 years old respectively, I like the peace of mind. :wink:

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Phil » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 18:39

BMW Breakdown via Mondial is £148.
Excellent cover and service.
Usually a BMW technician in a 5 series touring turns up with lots of BMW parts etc.

I know, the Z wouldnt start today and there they were in a pretty short time and sorted it. Guy even remembered the car when he fitted a new battery about 2 years ago.
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by gookah » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 19:27

Robert T wrote:
gookah wrote:so..... the equivalent of £575 per call out then, but what price peace of mind I suppose.
Well, not quite, as it started at something like £30 a year, but quite a lot. However as the two cars I drive are 14 and 54 years old respectively, I like the peace of mind. :wink:

Cheers R.
but 18 years ago you could buy a house with £30....
well you know what I mean... that's why I said equivalent :D
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Post by Boysie » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 21:26

Like was what said in the thread earlier,
I am billed anually and have to phone the AA have moan and they reduce the amount by £100
I do get annoyed but that is life now ,with introduction of internet prices
They took £375 from me, I got it reduced by £70 and refunded.
I have all the AA cover plus Vehicle insurance breakdown on three vehicles covering parts and
repair up to a certain amount
And this covers batteries as well :)
The first year i had to renew the two batteries in my van, I was not aware these were covered until the AA man said
The cost for the two batteries far exceeded £300 so that made continue with this cover
I have had to have five new batteries in various vehicles in last three years
Haviing classic vehicles you need cover
I am happy with the cover and cost
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by pingu » Thu 28 Feb, 2013 21:35

Tesco Vouchers = Free Money :D (It's RAC, though)
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by TitanTim » Thu 28 Feb, 2013 22:20

Mines around 90 quid with the RAC which includes everything. Not too bad really as it would cost more than that to get towed off the motorway, although never had to use them :)

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Post by cooknerkid » Thu 28 Feb, 2013 23:01

I have renewed my Green Flag today, £138 p.a. covers National recovery/roadside/at home , chauffer service/hotel if unable to drive,It also covers me and Mrs Cooknerkid personally in any car we are in- As I have to put X5 reg in , but am covered if we go out in Z3....... I thought that was pricey originally before I read this thread, now I think its good value for money

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Post by petecossie » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 10:32

I've used the RAC for years as that with me working away a lot my wife would be covered in case of breakdown if I wasn't around. Both our cars have been covered for breakdowns away from home. We've used them 5 times in the last 14 years between us. Response has always been good and it's great to have that peace of mind.

My renewal was £115 this year, which seems quite reasonable going by what other people have been paying on here.

My latest callout was when the Z3 MC waterpump seized and snapped the fanbelt last year. The first guy with the van diagnosed it but could only tow me 10miles max, which was no good. He arranged a lowloader to complete recovery back to my local garage in Teesside (distance 56 miles) at no cost to me.
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Ragtop » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 16:34

I got my AA renewal today for April 1st. It is £172.80, joint cover. It includes free homestart and relay for Mrs Ragtop and myself. With the relay it gives us peace of mind that they will transport our cars and passengers anywhere in the UK.
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Post by Phil » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 17:05

Ragtop wrote:I got my AA renewal today for April 1st. It is £172.80, joint cover. It includes free homestart and relay for Mrs Ragtop and myself. With the relay it gives us peace of mind that they will transport our cars and passengers anywhere in the UK.
Interesting the BMW cover is Europe wide with a courtesy car included for £148
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Mint » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 20:20

I've got 'Green Flag Personal Cover UK + Recovery Plus' for Mrs Mint and I. Covers; Roadside Assistance, Local and Long Distance vehicle recovery & Cover at home. This is for any vehicle we are in - not just the ones we own. Cost us £87 last year (July). I thought it was a good price then. Having read this thread I'm now sure.
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Post by Jonttt » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 23:10

Free with my bank account plus phone, travel and some other bits and bobs. Swmbo damaged her iPhone last year and it even covered that :grin:
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Post by G2JRP » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 06:04

Same for me with bank, it is properAA cover with home start. used the travel insurance and AA a few times.

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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Ragtop » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 10:16

Ragtop wrote:I got my AA renewal today for April 1st. It is £172.80, joint cover. It includes free homestart and relay for Mrs Ragtop and myself. With the relay it gives us peace of mind that they will transport our cars and passengers anywhere in the UK.
After reading all the comments on this thread, I rang the AA this morning to say I was unhappy with the renewal price. Without any quibble, they reduced it by £37.80 down to £135. :D

In the quote above I forgot to mention we both have personal cover for any car we are travelling in.
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by Phil » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 16:58

Zedonist wrote:
Phil wrote:
Ragtop wrote:I got my AA renewal today for April 1st. It is £172.80, joint cover. It includes free homestart and relay for Mrs Ragtop and myself. With the relay it gives us peace of mind that they will transport our cars and passengers anywhere in the UK.
Interesting the BMW cover is Europe wide with a courtesy car included for £148
Phil, does this cover vehicles over ten years old, I have a similar policy, but the Europe cover excludes cars over ten?
There is nothing in my documents about the 10 year age restriction. I understand that when the car has 100,000 on the clock no renewal will be offered.
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Re: AA Renewal

Post by hotred » Sat 02 Mar, 2013 18:14

Well this all goes to show that at least the AA are consistent.
They consistently over charge for renewals and consistently charge different rates and consistently discount them when they know they've been had.
So I am going to be consistent and consistently tell them to shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
Green Flag here I come, its just for the Zed so don't need any car cover.

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