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Automobile club membership in Australia is a must, baby. You'll need roadside assistance more than you think, so hand over some thick Aussie dollars, and get a membership to a Royal Automobile Club. Australia has the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the RACV; the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, the RACT; the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, the RAA; the Royal Automobile Association of Queensland, the RACQ; the Royal Automobile Association of Western Austrlaia, RAC; and the Royal Automobile Association of the Northern Territory. Automobile and car coverage galore.


Royal Automobile Associations


"Groucho Marx once said he'd never join any club which would have him as a member.  But if Groucho had come to drive around the vast distances of Australia, he would've reconsidered.  After his first breakdown, he'd join the local auto club."  Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Royal Automobile Club Australia
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Australia is vast. And if you're driving around it, probably in an anti-Semitic Ford or bankrupt (GM) Holden, something will happen to your car.   Plenty happened with my three cars.  The cars failed to start, they stopped accelerating, they leaked oil.   This is why you purchase an automobile club membership -- to cover you for those unexpected emergencies.


Australia Automobile Association

Groucho would be begging for membership after the first 10,000 km
My mother enrolled me in the Ohio Automobile Association with the premium roadside assistance membership the day after I got my driver's license, and I've been an automobile club member somewhere ever since.  I joined the club in Australia after purchasing my first car.

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) club you join has to be for the Australian state in which your car is registered.  You cannot register your car in New South Wales and then join the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria because the benefits are better.  Services between the various state motoring organizations is reciprocal.   If you join the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia and your car breaks down in the state of Queensland, it will be the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland which comes to offer you roadside assistance.

  Automobile Association Website
RACQ - Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Royal Automobile Club of Queensland click here
NRMA - National Roads and Motoring Association National Roads & Motoring Association (New South Wales and A.C.T.) click here
RACV - Royal Automobile Club of Victoria Royal Automobile Club of Victoria click here
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia click here 
  Royal Automobile Association of South Australia click here 
Royal Automobile Club of Northern Territory  Royal Automobile Club of the Northern Territory click here 
RACT - Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania  Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania click here 
 
Rates vary across the state clubs.  The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria's "Total Care" plan costs, as of June 2009, AUD 172 per annum.  South Australia's "Premium" plan costs AUD 150.  Benefits are similar, but the allowances usually vary slightly across states. 

Automobile club membership is insurance.  You buy it hoping you won't need to use it, but when you need to use it, you'll be glad you have it.  The cost difference between the most basic of roadside assistance and the most comprehensive, spread out over an annual membership, is negligible, just AUD 50 to AUD 125 per year.  Always purchase the most premium plan on offer by the auto club.   Given the value an autoclub membership is, I was surprised that most of the foreigners I encountered who owned cars did not have one. 

Doug Knell Doug's Personal Story Doug Knell
Before I begin, I will state for the record that I am not a shill for any Australian or American automobile clubs.  I will also state that if any automobile clubs would like me to be a shill for them, I would be more than amenable to the arrangement if the compensation is fair!    

All my cars were licensed in the Australian state of Victoria, so I joined the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV). I should've had to pay a one-time membership fee, but the lady in the RACV office waived this when I showed her that I'd been a member of the Ohio Automobile Association since 1984.

It was oversight that I did not join the RACV right away. I drove my first car to Tasmania before applying for membership. I had a few mishaps with my starter motor and regretted not having gotten it. When I returned to Melbourne and dumped car #1 for car #2, I joined up immediately. Five weeks later, driving around the Barossa Valley of South Australia, my car failed to start and I called the autoclub to come jump me. They spent 30 minutes doing so and were the ones to inform me I needed to get the starter motor in car #2 replaced.

Two weeks later, I was in the Outback of South Australia, in Andamooka, and staying with the parents of a friend. My car failed to work after I visited my friend's father in his mining job at the Olympic Dam mine in Roxby Downs. While I had the extra tubes to replace the torn ones under my hood, changing them was not as simple as screwing in a new lightbulb. I called up the automobile club and they did the repairs with my parts.

A month later, I totalled car #2 several hundred kilometers out of Alice Springs. My premium membership with RACV covered up to ten nights' accommodation per accident valued up to AUD 110 per night. RACV was more than courteous when I called them, found a hotel and booked it for me, and paid the hotel directly.

Four months went by without using my RACV membership benefits. I missed them. Cruising out of Townsville, Queensland on my way to Ayre Beach for a shipwreck scuba dive trip, my car stopped accelerating. The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland came out to tow my car to a garage. A new fuel pump was intalled, but done so incorrectly. Two weeks later, I found my car leaking gasoline in Rockhampton. RACV came to the rescue again and booked me in another AUD 100 hotel for one night.

When you combine the massive size of Australia with Murphy's Law and the fact you'll be driving around the continent with a semi-lemon soon-to-be-committed to an automobile nursing home, an automobile club membership will pay for itself very, very quickly.




 

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 Automobile club membership in Australia is a no brainer, mates. You'll need roadside assistance mover over and over again with the crappy car you'll probably get. Don't be an idiot and get a membership to a Royal Automobile Club. Australia has the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the RACV; the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, the RACT; the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, the RAA; the Royal Automobile Association of Queensland, the RACQ; the Royal Automobile Association of Western Austrlaia, RAC; and the Royal Automobile Association of the Northern Territory. Car and automobile coverage in Australia.