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CAA Canada

Just to be clear, "CAA Canada" stands for the Canadian Automobile Association.

In my mind, CAA is to Canadian residents what AAA is to United States residents. 

Of course, there is also Good Sam which services both countries with their excellent roadside assistance and insurance program.

In the US, AAA is a group of "branded" independent insurance companies that predominantly offer roadside assistance, but each branch may offer various and specific services to its local members.

From my research it appears that Canada's CAA acts in a similar manner. In fact, I'm pretty sure that CAA could be called a "sister" or "cousin" to the US based AAA, and ultimately part of the same affiliation.

The main CAA product or service that Canadian residents enjoy from this not-for-profit group is the wonderful emergency and roadside assistance that they offer to their members.

One of the best benefits of this service is that the coverage follows the member, not the vehicle. So, even if you are in someone else's car that has a breakdown, you can still call CAA to the rescue.

The cost is minimal for the services that are provided and the benefits you receive. I personally feel being a member of CAA is much better value for money than automobile insurance (although you have to have car insurance by law, of course).

CAA Canada has 9 different clubs throughout the various provinces and caters to over 5 million members. Depending on your own place of residence, you can join the CAA club that is nearest to you. Keep in mind that if you move from province to province and change membership to a different club, investigate the "perks" or services for that particular club. The new CAA club may not offer every service that you took advantage of previously, or they may provide even more services and discounts.

Each club has their own website that will provide you with the specific details, and of course, you can always give them a ring during office hours for more info.

For example, CAA Manitoba offers the following services to their paid members...

  • Emergency Roadside Assistance - 24 hour service for members who are drivers or passengers in a vehicle in both Canada and the US

  • Battery Service - Mobile battery and installation (up to $100)

  • Bike Assist Service - Roadside assistance for your bicycle

  • Drive You Home Service - they'll drive you home if you are impaired due to illness, accident, alcohol consumption, etc.

  • Fuel Delivery

  • Locksmith Service

  • Travel Accident Insurance

  • Free Maps and Tour Books

These are some of the great benefits that CAA Manitoba offers, but being a member also makes you eligible for plenty of discounts, too.

CAA auto insurance discounts, rental car discounts, help with buying or selling a car, hotel discounts, and travel discounts at major attractions are just some of the additional ways CAA Canada can save you money and make your life just that little bit easier.

If I were a Canadian resident, I would definitely take advantage of the services of either my local CAA or Good Sam Club.

Safe Driving!

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