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Roadside assistance / AAA

In the USA (where I'm from) I would purchase a AAA (roadside) assistance plan in the event I needed automobile breakdown help.

I just went on a long roadtrip and realized --- I don't even know who I'd call if my car decided to no longer work.

What should I be looking into?

I'm doing a very long driving trip coming up that includes 4ish countries - does anyone have a recommendation of auto roadside/AAA that I should purchase before my trip.

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Old 03.04.2018, 11:11
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

Double-check your insurance policy. If you are fully insured for collision (Vollkasko/casco complète), there is a good chance that you are already covered for breakdown roadside assistance and towing if necessary.

If you don't have coverage, the Swiss equivalent of the AAA is the TCS, where you can buy coverage for around CHF90- a year. This coverage is only for Switzerland -- you will have to request (and pay extra for) coverage for all of the EU.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

Depending on your car and if you bought it directly at the importing garage, you might have it included also already. Check the car papers and see what it says in the folder where all the paperwork is in.
the gas station avia also offers assistance (you have to tank 1 a year or sth like that to be eligible for that at an avia station).
the tcs is the best known assistance.
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Old 03.04.2018, 12:07
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

I have Intertours insurance. Worked well on the few occasions I had to use it.

https://www.axa.ch/en/private-custom...insurance.html

Covers you for not just your car breaking down but a hire car or loaned car, and across Europe.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

And yet another one:

http://www.acs.ch/schutzbrief-reises...UaAghMEALw_wcB
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

Every major insurance sells this for peanuts as an option on top of your mandatory coverage. It's something like 10-20 CHF a year which TCS is four times as much.


Many people are double or triple covered as newer cars come with warranties that cover roadside assistance as well.
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I have Intertours insurance. Worked well on the few occasions I had to use it.

https://www.axa.ch/en/private-custom...insurance.html

Covers you for not just your car breaking down but a hire car or loaned car, and across Europe.
And a much better deal than TCS if you have multiple cars and bikes.

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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

The best car assistance I ever had was from Zurich, called Relax. Unfortunately I was kicked out because one year I called them too many times (I have a couple of vintage cars and was just a bad year). Highly recommended.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

Thank you everyone - I'm checking with my auto insurance now before I purchase more.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

I definitely recommend TCS, you also receive member benefits (discounts in certain shops, or for events) and their worldwide assistance coverage is excellent
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

Not sure if you will be driving your own car or if it s a lease car? For lease cars road assistance is included (most often). Otherwise I can also second the TCS recommendation mostly because they were easy to communicate with.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

I got once stuck with a vintage car on a mountain pass near St. Moritz.
Called Zurich, they towed my car to a mechanic nearby and brought us home in Lugano by a private chauffeur. They were really excellent to deal with.
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Re: Roadside assistance / AAA

www.tcs.ch
CHF 90 a year, they also offer driving classes, vehicle checks and other benefits for extra CHF.
Really comparable to AAA and if you go back to the states I understand they got an agreement with AAA. You can also get a "Schutzbrief" aka letter of protection worldwide to help with hospital costs and returning you to your home.
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The best car assistance I ever had was from Zurich, called Relax. Unfortunately I was kicked out because one year I called them too many times (I have a couple of vintage cars and was just a bad year). Highly recommended.

speaking of zurich relax assistance, is there actually a defined limit on number of calls for roadside assistance?
i could not see such a statement in the gci.
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