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which is better..BCAA or ICBC Roadside Plus?

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which is better..BCAA or ICBC Roadside Plus?

hello guys,

i currently have the ICBC Roadside Plus aside from being a Roadstar. Do I still need BCAA? i'm driving a 1998 Honda Accord and it is still on top shape but you never know what might happen in the future.

which one is better... BCAA or ICBC Roadside Plus? are they the same or different? i need your inputs, suggestions or recommendations.

thanks. :)
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Aug 7, 2005
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I've had BCAA for a long time and think it's really good. I've used the service many times. Not sure about RS+, but with BCAA, you can use it even if it's not your car, so, even if you're in your friend's car, and he needs to get it towed.

Also, use your BCAA card at Mohawk and Husky and you'll automatically save a percentage of your total bill towards your next BCAA renewal.
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Mar 8, 2005
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bcaa is transferable as well.. if u are stuck in a friends car, u can use your bcaa to get it towed for free.. but as with icbc, its limited to that particular vehicle. and remeber to get those annual free maps if u sign up for bcaa
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Guys, anyway we can shed some light on this some more? This thread is old, but I am thinking about ditching ICBC RoadSide service for BCAA.

Good idea? Bad idea? Recommendations?

I think I am paying $7x.00 for ICBC and I think I'd go for the BCAA Basic Membership ($76.00 + $17 fee).
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I don't know about ICBC Roadside, but I know BCAA is great for if you're in the states, etc.

I've had mine ever since I got my license (I'm actually a Premier member) and being able to have free tows up to 160km = awesomeness. I've used it twice in the time I've had it, once for a tow back from just outside Seattle to my shop in Vancouver, and once for a car from Langley to Vancouver. Both times, my towing bill = $0.

I think I pay something like $100/year for my membership, but it definitely beats a towing bill, especially since they offer services such as jump starts and gas drop-off if you accidentally run out of gas.
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I have been a member for so many years I care not to remember. I believe that their only business is roadside assistance (or it started that way). Other companies jumped on the bandwagon when they found out they could make some money.
The Automobile Association is the original and still has all the affiliations with shops, tow operators and repair facilities. Sometimes the first is still the best. I even retained my membership when I get free roadside assistance for the OEM of my new cars.
Plus, their travel help and triptiks are nice.
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Dec 10, 2017
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Use ICBC for as little as possible! They try to help you as little as possible!
We have Roadside plus and called to see if we were covered for flat repair and were told yes then submitted the bill and they sent it back and denied our claim because they do not cover parts or labour! When I called them to discuss the letter they said that they only cover putting a spare tire on for you! Isnt that a labour charge? WTH ICBC!
We will now only get the basic coverages from ICBC and use Family insurance for the extras and we will be getting BCAA! BCAA is flexible with the vehicle you are using and you get discounts at a number of stores with the BCAA card!
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Icbcsucks wrote:
Dec 11th, 2017 10:04 pm
Use ICBC for as little as possible! They try to help you as little as possible!
We have Roadside plus and called to see if we were covered for flat repair and were told yes then submitted the bill and they sent it back and denied our claim because they do not cover parts or labour! When I called them to discuss the letter they said that they only cover putting a spare tire on for you! Isnt that a labour charge? WTH ICBC!
We will now only get the basic coverages from ICBC and use Family insurance for the extras and we will be getting BCAA! BCAA is flexible with the vehicle you are using and you get discounts at a number of stores with the BCAA card!
Why don't you get the optional insurance from BCAA?
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Nov 15, 2017
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Roadside Plus is good for renting cars while on vacation.

BCAA is decent if you take advantage of their perks (Husky, restaurants, etc.).

Certain car warranties would also provide roadside assistance, so you can effectively ditch the above two.
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Dec 10, 2017
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Up to 20% off of the lowest regular or sale price at the Source also sounds good for buying Christmas presents!
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OP must really hate ICBC to resurrect a 12 year old thread!

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