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post #1 of 21 Old 02-24-2015, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Progressive vs. AAA

Anyone have experience with Progressive insurance roadside assistance? I dropped my AAA RA for the VStrom because it was cheaper to get it with Progressive along with my insurance. Thankfully, I've never needed to use it, but I"ve heard from some guys who ride that they don't trust Progressive's RA, mostly because they had bad experiences with it.

Of course, this could be the local towing company's fault, but I'm wondering if it's more systemic. Just planned a long trip for the summer and kinda nervous now in case I break down. Any thoughts?

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Had Progressive for several years until 2005. I was riding on a very busy road when my bike quit. I called and was put on hold five minutes. Hung up and called again. Same thing... I think 20 minutes total of being on hold on a sunny clear day. Never understood why and really didn't care. Called my wife and did my own recovery.

Dropped them ASAP and I have never regretted it. I pay an extra $50 a year for AAA RV Gold Plus and enjoyed many worry free miles since. Have only used them once for a car and they treated my roadside emergency as important to them as it was to me. Even better, they took care of my wife when she had a flat tire on a busy road. Well done.
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Maybe Progressive has different levels of roadside assistance but last time I considered it, the covered towing distance was like 5 miles or so - pretty worthless. AAA pays for 100 miles IIRC but the RV membership I bought from them last year for my bikes was over $100 and that was the only option - nothing cheaper.
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Maybe Progressive has different levels of roadside assistance but last time I considered it, the covered towing distance was like 5 miles or so - pretty worthless. AAA pays for 100 miles IIRC but the RV membership I bought from them last year for my bikes was over $100 and that was the only option - nothing cheaper.
AAA covers the driver, not the vehicle. AAA Plus RV is $110 plus $30 for every extra driver here in AAACarolina.

I think Consumer Reports compares different companies... Roadside Assistance Programs - Consumer Reports

Another Comparison...
How to pick the best roadside assistance program - Living On The Cheap

Like they say, a call to Progressive may be viewed by them as a claim against your insurance and your rates will reflect it.
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I have been using Better World Club for years. Read about AAA and you'll find that they spend money on lobbying AGAINST mass transportation because the more cars on the road the more money they make.
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I have AAA roadside plus rv option for the bike. Used it a couple times over the years. Worked fine. Plus I do like their maps.

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Hmm. I'm an AMA member and remember there's something about roadside assistance, which I've never had to invoke and just realized I don't have the info on me if I were to need it. Is it on the card I don't carry? What's their coverage like (given the 5 mile warning about Progressive, and the story about never getting through on the phone, how does the AMA service work and compare)?
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If you can't find your AAA card, request another. It has their toll free number and the plan you're on. You can confirm your coverage by calling them. They're happy to upgrade anytime!

Sorry to hear about poor Progressive service. I decided to drop AAA and go with Progressive but I need to find out if they cover Canada. I know AAA does but they've gotten awfully pricey!


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