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CAA vs CdTire vs Costco roadside

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CAA vs CdTire vs Costco roadside

I' ve been subscribing to CAA for the last couple of years. Had the plus membership and dropped down to basic last year. This year we may do more travelling so I thought of bumping it up to CAA plus for added towing distance. I was reading the CTire deal thread but too late to take advantage of the discounted offer.

Does CTire tow to the repair shop of your choice or whatever they deem as the closest repair shop?

I have a Costco membership and the Costco service is $99 which is $15 cheaper than CAA. Any thoughts?

I my main concern is that if I need my vehicle towed it should be towed to the repair shop I designate and NOT the most convenient shop for the tow truck driver.

CAA also has several other deals as part of their membership as well that I've yet to take advantage of in the two years I've had their card. Should I stick with the leader?

Any promotions for CAA? Nothing showed up on RFD.
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I don't know much about the others but I myself have CAA. I'd personally stick with CAA just for the fact their tried and true. And guaranteed to help anywhere in Canada or US.
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As far as I know CAA is the only provider who allows you to designate your tow destination. Worth it for this reason alone.
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I personally have CT, because it is cheap. I only used it once in a rural area, service was decent.

CAA covers driver regardless of the car (suitable for families with multiple car). expensive.
CT covers car regardless of the driver (suitable for families with one car). Gold membership can be as low as 50$ plus free oil change. The free oil change itself pretty much makes this deal a no brainer for me. I know RFD doesn't like CT. But I didn't have any big issue so far. I only go to CT for the free oil change though.
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I haven't tried the others but I have CAA and love the service.
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Does CAA or Costco provide better coverage for travel to the states?
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I have never had an issue with CT when I select my shop. I have towed over 200km many times.

If you tow to a CT, it does not count towards yours tows. On one instance I towed to a CT closer to my home and then used my own rope tow to bring to to my preferred shop a few km away.

Costco used to be really good under DAA but I recall the price having increased dramatically.

I otherwise see no difference between providers on a service level because they all call local towing companies to come get you.
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Wpegger wrote: I personally have CT, because it is cheap. I only used it once in a rural area, service was decent.

CAA covers driver regardless of the car (suitable for families with multiple car). expensive.
CT covers car regardless of the driver (suitable for families with one car). Gold membership can be as low as 50$ plus free oil change. The free oil change itself pretty much makes this deal a no brainer for me. I know RFD doesn't like CT. But I didn't have any big issue so far. I only go to CT for the free oil change though.
Actually CT is better for multiple cars if you only want one car covered, but have multiple drivers. With CAA you would have to get two memberships to in the event both people may use the car.
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mr_raider wrote: Actually CT is better for multiple cars if you only want one car covered, but have multiple drivers. With CAA you would have to get two memberships to in the event both people may use the car.
One service IS the best...and the rest are the rest..roadside(travel and insurance) assistance IS CAA/AAA 's business...the rest are just trying to cut their piece of the pie..and will tell you/sell you everything you want hear..whether they deliver is another thing.....CAA/AAA are the best
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the only time i needed CAA, they showed up 48 hours after intial request (battery died during winter)
cancelled service asap, never again. use CT now
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karakoram wrote: the only time i needed CAA, they showed up 48 hours after intial request (battery died during winter)
cancelled service asap, never again. use CT now
I notice the lowest tier of CT does not offer flatbed towing. I have an AWD car. What do they do? Charge extra?
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I pay for the Costco roadside, and used their services a few times, and never had an issue. A couple of calls were for a dead battery in one of the coldest days of the winter, and they came to my vehicle within 30 minutes. Also, I've had them tow to wherever I have requested, with no issues. The one thing that I like about Costco's roadside is that it covers the driver. We have 2 cars, and if I need to have a service to either of them, I just have to make sure I am there.
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uahmed wrote: I pay for the Costco roadside, and used their services a few times, and never had an issue. A couple of calls were for a dead battery in one of the coldest days of the winter, and they came to my vehicle within 30 minutes. Also, I've had them tow to wherever I have requested, with no issues. The one thing that I like about Costco's roadside is that it covers the driver. We have 2 cars, and if I need to have a service to either of them, I just have to make sure I am there.
Bingo. Same here. Nothing but positive experience. Also twice i requested a flat bed to tow to my mechanic, no issues.
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Dealstalker2 wrote: I' ve been subscribing to CAA for the last couple of years. Had the plus membership and dropped down to basic last year. This year we may do more travelling so I thought of bumping it up to CAA plus for added towing distance. I was reading the CTire deal thread but too late to take advantage of the discounted offer.

Does CTire tow to the repair shop of your choice or whatever they deem as the closest repair shop?

I have a Costco membership and the Costco service is $99 which is $15 cheaper than CAA. Any thoughts?

I my main concern is that if I need my vehicle towed it should be towed to the repair shop I designate and NOT the most convenient shop for the tow truck driver.

CAA also has several other deals as part of their membership as well that I've yet to take advantage of in the two years I've had their card. Should I stick with the leader?

Any promotions for CAA? Nothing showed up on RFD.

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The main advantage of CAA over Canadian Tire is that the CT plan is tied to a specific car and owner. I can use my CAA card when driving any car or even riding with a friend.
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oldyellr wrote: The main advantage of CAA over Canadian Tire is that the CT plan is tied to a specific car and owner. I can use my CAA card when driving any car or even riding with a friend.
Which in my case would be a disadvantage since I want both drivers covered but only for one car. At least they discount the associate membership.
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I've had CAA for years and never had issues.

You get towed to where you want provided you're within the distance limit (or, pay for going beyond). They show up pretty quick usually. If you tow your buddy's car they usually don't make a stink about it. Just give them license plate and vehicle info, and be there to show your card.

I can't comment on CT but for CAA you get what you paid for.
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mr_raider wrote: I notice the lowest tier of CT does not offer flatbed towing. I have an AWD car. What do they do? Charge extra?
Many regular tow trucks have a portable dolly system so they can tow an AWD with all wheels off the ground.

edit - went through the CT t&c, they don't cover dolly towing either , so SOL

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