American Automobile Association Compliment - Compliment - AAAwesome service
I have been a member of AAA for several years (well OK, decades), but I've just now discovered this site. Since so many reviews are negative I wanted to start out with a compliment.
AAA came to mind because they have been consistently wonderful when I've needed them (except one time when I was very pregnant, my car broke down and I had to wait in 100 degree-plus heat for over an hour).
Taking my experiences as a whole, I have been very pleased with AAA's service in three different states over three decades. I definitely feel the $80+ cost of the "Plus" level of membership is worth the peace of mind, safety and great service when it's occasionally needed.
[Edit] After reviewing others' comments about AAA, I want to clarify that I have consciously and purposefully maintained my insurance with companies other than AAA. This gives me a primary and a secondary (backup) source for roadside assistance. AAA is primary, and if they seem to be having a bad day (they do have bad days), I call my auto insurance company.
Based on the quotes I've received from AAA auto insurance over the years, I'm not paying any extra. I pay membership in AAA either way, and the AAA auto insurance quotes don't beat my auto insurance company. However AAA's roadside assistance DOES beat my insurance company's, hands-down. Especially when you consider the insurance company will raise your premiums if you actually avail yourself of their services. AAA's membership rate is fixed (year by year).