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Road Service
Posted by: 140Vair ()
Date: March 10, 2018 11:17AM

Hi Everyone,

I plan to drive my Corvair this year to events further from home, 100 miles or more. Problem is, most road services will only tow a dead vehicle to the nearest "service center". The last time I checked, Corvair service centers are few and far between.

Before heading out, I'd like to have a solid "Plan B" should, God forbid, I'm 300 miles from home and experience a catastrophic mechanical failure.

Any ideas, advice for getting our Corvairs back home in such an unfortunate event?



"Charles" 68, Monza, 95, PG #7732, built 3rd wk of 01/68
Classic Corvairs of River City (Sacramento, CA)

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 10, 2018 11:23AM

AAA tows to your residence for sure...ask me how I know.

All the other services ( especially DMV) they offer are free.


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Re: Road Service
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 10, 2018 11:32AM

I have Hagerty's Premium $150 150 miles at a time unlimited tows for me after approx 10 years...

AAA is good as well GF has it $150 yr. 200 miles.... but how many per yer?? She just moved up last week..

Over the years we've seen a few breakdown on the way to or from Meets and called AAA a few times to make it all the way..





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Re: Road Service
Posted by: 140Vair ()
Date: March 10, 2018 11:44AM

Thanks Matt. I'll have to check into AAA. It sounds encouraging.

Thanks Phil. BTW: How do you know AAA will tow all the way to home?



"Charles" 68, Monza, 95, PG #7732, built 3rd wk of 01/68
Classic Corvairs of River City (Sacramento, CA)

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 10, 2018 12:06PM

I wish I had taken a picture of my 1991 F250 7.3 jam packed loaded on a skid with my trailer jam packed loaded behind the skid.

The trailer was an extra charge but they did it and they brought the entire rig home and dropped it in front of my house for me.

What a relief it was to not leave the trailer out on the highway overnight and then return to pick it up with the repaired pickup.

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 10, 2018 12:08PM

On a side note...anybody know what a pain it is to get to the thermostat in a 7.3 Navistar IDI diesel.

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: geezer43 ()
Date: March 10, 2018 12:16PM

AAA is 200 miles first tow for Premier Service, rest (5 total) are 100 miles.

After 4 tows they send you a warning just before the year is up. From personal experience.

Jim Johnson, Chandler, Arizona
63 Monza convertible

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: March 10, 2018 12:23PM

Yup AAA Premier here also. Have never needed the 200 miles but glad it is an option to have car delivered home.

-Tom


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Re: Road Service
Posted by: 140Vair ()
Date: March 10, 2018 12:37PM

It sounds like AAA Premier Service is the best plan going. I called them to ask the per mile cost if the free 200 miles is exceeded. Unfortunately, they said since their contractors all charge different amounts, they couldn't answer that. Another, like service said I could expect up to $4 a mile after the free miles are used up.eye rolling smiley

Well, hey! If I'm 300 miles out, maybe I can have AAA tow it the first 200 miles and then call my current road service provider for the last 100! grinning smiley



"Charles" 68, Monza, 95, PG #7732, built 3rd wk of 01/68
Classic Corvairs of River City (Sacramento, CA)

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 10, 2018 01:50PM

That's what My GF and I did a few years ago...

Sadly she insisted on using her AAA first... 118 miles, her limit was 100. $64

Then we used my Hagarty. for the next leg [80] We dropped the car at her place of repair and then he took us home!





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Re: Road Service
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: March 10, 2018 02:53PM

My cars are insured with Hagerty with the tow package.

I also have a AAA Calif. membership with the Premium tow package.

AAA is reasonable compared to paying for towing and you get other services, dead battery start, keys lock in car, maps and tour books.

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: March 10, 2018 03:02PM

You can call AAA, give them a VIN, and they will run it for you.

I have walked away from more than one car guy deal when doing that.

After finding out there were back fees due or a paperwork nightmare.

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: March 10, 2018 06:27PM

If you have Hagerty on your Corvair with the premium plan they will tow any of your vehicles and a trailer up to 150 miles for free. I've only used it once but they towed my truck and trailer home no charge. It was 2 trips since the wrecker service wouldn't tow both at the same time. Since they said any vehicle I asked about my 4900 International. They actually will tow it but only 15 miles.

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Re: Road Service
Posted by: jcorvair ()
Date: March 10, 2018 06:43PM

You could also try contacting CORSA members along the way if you are a member, before you plan to travel, to make a safety net.

Personally, I have driven across the country (10,000 miles in a month in a '65 convertible) and from Canada to California in Corvairs, doing a couple of 1000 mile days even (I can't do that anymore), and nothing came up that I couldn't easily handle.

Good luck.

James
Maple Ridge, BC

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Turbo
2013 Hyundai Elantra (daughter's future car)
2009 Silverado HD Crew Cab 4x4 (for haulin cars, trailers, fifth wheels, quads, etc.)
2013 Victory Car Hauler (enclosed)
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