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    Hi

    what do you reckon is the best breakdown recovery service.

    I have been with the RAC for a number of years but I reckon I am being ripped off. The reason- because I get my membership with a group discount through Kingfisher I do not qualify for the no callout discount which in my case would be 50%. The Kingfisher discount, I work out, is about £3.50 a year.

    I am tempted to try Autonational Rescue, but because my wife is disabled I need a reliable quick serevice.

    What do you guys think.

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    I am with autonational rescue, I have not had to use them yet fortunatly, but I am happy with them.

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    i ould stick with AA or RAC,was with RAC for years,didnt use them much,went to AA cos I get it free with my bank account,the wife has used them twice and they come pretty quickly especially if you are a lady alone or with children,am sure they would respond just as quickly of you explained your wifes situ

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    be careful with the basic packages tho. My Mrs had a problem with our Astra - major oil leak - needed taking to vaux garage 20 miles away cos its under warranty. RAC were going to take it the nearest garage 10 mile radius. complete poo. then i remembered that the warranty comes with AA cover - sorted, but the AA guy did say the the warranty cover was the same 10 mile radius. luckily he disagreed with that policy for obvious reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave57
    i ould stick with AA or RAC,was with RAC for years,didnt use them much,went to AA cos I get it free with my bank account,the wife has used them twice and they come pretty quickly especially if you are a lady alone or with children,am sure they would respond just as quickly of you explained your wifes situ

    aa are a dead loss! hate the fact that my new astra is covered by them!
    few years ago when i had my vectra b v6 the cam tensioners gave way on the m42 junction 11
    IT TOOK THE AA 7 HOURS TO COME AND LOOK AT THE CAR i had my 2 young daughters with me (3 and 6) they really weren,t bothered about the fact i was on my own with young children.
    so the aa is a pile of ####

    the last time i called the RAC to my Cavvy SRi (many moons ago) they were there in 30mins even though i couldn,t give them exact location! fixed the car on the spot (snapped clutch cable)
    my Opel Manta,s are covered by the RAC
    stuff the aa

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    The AA won't recover you after an accident! The RAC will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLC
    The AA won't recover you after an accident! The RAC will.
    Blimey, that's good to know!!

    I switched to with Direct Line last year (insurance and their recovery) and my recent 'rear end rearranging' is the first time I've had to test them. There was no problem whatsover them recovering the car from the local garage (where the police had arranged their own recovery to) and taking it 300+ miles down to my dealers here.

    Saying all that, I'm not sure if that would have been part of the receovery service or the insurance? I think maybe the latter. I'd need to check the documents.

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    A few years ago, we were locked out of the car at Hilton Park Services northbound on the M6 between J10 and J11. A bystander said they'd call the AA for us and say they're with us. The AA never turned up and after three phone calls AA admitted they could find us and didn't understand where we meant! Could we have any more exact?

    Soon after that my Brother in Law ran out of fuel on the M40 300 Yards short of Oxford services due to a dodgy fuel gauge. Guess what.... The AA could find him. We drove up from Hampshire to help him and even when an AA van was dealing with another breakdown on the opposite carriage way 50 ft away, They still could find us! 5 hours later they turned up! The battery was flat from the Hazards that how long they took!

    In short....I don't do AA!

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    I have been with the RAC for years. Have used them for mine and my family's cars. Always arrive very quickly and usually repair the car at the side of the road if possible. Only exception is after midnight it is mostly subcontractors that get sent out, most of which are only recovery companies. I have not had good experiences with the subcontractors.

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    Ive been with both the AA and RAC and havent had any real problems with either. Both arrived in the same amount of time etc. I didnt know about the accident recovery not being part of the AA cover though. Thats got me worried now as im currently relying on the AA cover that comes with the networkQ warranty.

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