I love the AA!

September 16th, 2008 at 8:56 pm by David Farrar

A tyre blew out today on Aotea Quay. Pulled into the BP station and called the . They were there within 15 minutes and all changed within 5 minutes.

AA membership is the best “insurance” you can have. I don’t use them often but they are great for when you do need them.

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50 Responses to “I love the AA!”

  1. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    You can’t change your own tire? Should only have taken you 10 minutes to do it yourself!!

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    AA is great value for money. I found them most useful when I lived in NZ.

    The 15 minute response time suggests that as well as not being in Auckland, you didn’t make the call anywhere near peak time.

    Assistance was always appreciated. AA and roadside assistance is considerably more commercial in the UK compared to New Zealand and its organisation of “members”.

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  3. colinm (65 comments) says:

    Oh my oh my. You can’t change your own tyre!!!
    OMFG are you a metro sexual???

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  4. gazzaj (99 comments) says:

    AA guy once drove 3 hours each way down dirt roads to get my keys out of my boot (got into the car ok but the boot popper thingy was broken so couldn’t open it… not my fault, honest). Not a word of complaint or derision – he seemed happy to do it!

    Also you can use your 6 callouts on any car you like – one year I had 6 calls for 6 different cars… (Please don’t tell them who I am) :-)

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  5. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    maybe Winston and the nice Mr Henry should call the AA to assist with their little puncture

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  6. convicted radical (65 comments) says:

    Alcoholics Anonymous are amazing, aren’t they? Hic!

    :)

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  7. clintheine (1,571 comments) says:

    They should make membership of the AA compulsory :)

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  8. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    If I have a jack I can change my own, but I don’t.

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  9. g_ (28 comments) says:

    There should be a tire change in the driving prac test. Also perhaps proof you can check the oil level, crash start, and other basic knowledge you should have to be on the road!

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  10. andrei (2,657 comments) says:

    This might come in handy for next time

    How to change a car tyre – AA NZ

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  11. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    You don’t have a jack? What sort of car are you driving these days? I thought every car had a jack. Perhaps you lost it?

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  12. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    “If I have a jack I can change my own, but I don’t.”

    Do what I do… Use left arm to lift car, right to unscrew nuts.

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  13. gazzaj (99 comments) says:

    if you’ve got AA you don’t really need a jack…

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  14. Adam (562 comments) says:

    Dear Mr Farrar

    As a duly elected representative of NO MA’AM I hereby revoke your man card.

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  15. Mr Dennis (348 comments) says:

    When you come to renew your AA membership I think you’ll find that a jack, a pair of jumper leads and a towrope are cheaper than the renewal fee. That’s always been my logic, but it could let me down one of these days…

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  16. homepaddock (408 comments) says:

    I agree with you about the value of AA membership – but it still pays to have a jack and a torch in case you’re caught in the country out of cell phone coverage at night . . .

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  17. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Jeez, WADROC, but I’m with Adam, PaulL, and Hagues on this.
    Option 1: Do what Hagues says
    Option 2: Walk into BP, say “where do you keep your car jacks?” Minimum wage SFWU worker points to back wall. Buy jack. Jack up car. Change tyre. Retain membership of Man Card.
    Option 3: Call AA. Put on female voice and say you’ve just got to shoot to Zambesi to pick up a dress and could they change it while you’re gone. Hide in BP toilet until AA leave.

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  18. John Dalley (394 comments) says:

    DPF, You have just done the males of this world a dis-service, no jack what!!

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  19. Gareth (55 comments) says:

    I think Buggerlugs has it nailed.

    You’d never drive a tractor up the steps of Parliament….

    (But I am an AA member: they’re for when the car really breaks down, like the time I ran out of diesel and didn’t know how to bleed the bloody thing (new car)).

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  20. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    dude!!!!! werent you embarrassed?

    its like having another guy bang your wife!

    buy a jack!

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  21. voltaire (40 comments) says:

    I appreciate that this post is completely off topic but could Whale Oil or another kindly person tell me what is going wrong with Whale’s site as all I get on my screen when trying to visit Whale’s blog is Welcome to your new Drupal website!

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  22. longpockets (3 comments) says:

    I remember getting a newsletter from the AA a few years ago and it had a list of the most common call-outs. The top 3 were (can’t remember the order):

    tyre change
    keys locked in car
    run out of petrol

    and I wonder why my renewal fee is so high!

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  23. longpockets (3 comments) says:

    “Do what I do… Use left arm to lift car, right to unscrew nuts.”

    Hagues,

    If you try to unscrew the nuts once you’ve lifted the car the wheel just spins round. It should be… left arm to lift car, right to hold tyre steady, unscrew nuts with teeth.

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  24. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    WhaleOil had a run in with Robinsod which has resulted in some issues lately. Apparently WhaleOil wasn’t all that secure. Hopefully Cameron will clear things up for us soon.

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  25. Bullitt (140 comments) says:

    I have an AA Plus membership and have used it once. When the rear suspension on my motorbike decided to detach itself from the bike. Bike and I were duely delivered the 100ks home. Not something you can fix on the side of the road. Even if I dont need to use it again for years Ive had my moneys worth.

    However using it because you dont have a jack. I cant say I endorse people being rescued when they didnt take responsibility for their own actions.

    I hope you are planning on going to buy a jack.

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  26. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    longpockets “If you try to unscrew the nuts once you’ve lifted the car the wheel just spins round. It should be… left arm to lift car, right to hold tyre steady, unscrew nuts with teeth.”

    Umm I see you haven’t done this before, you shouldn’t show your ignorance. Obviously you are holding the tyre between your knees. If you have use your teeth to unscrew the nuts then you can’t kiss all the supermodels at the same time. Bloody rookies!

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  27. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    David, open your purse, take out your man badge and throw it away. You are suspended… Indefinitely.

    Update, have now read the comments….
    You need to fight off a mugger or something David…

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  28. clintheine (1,571 comments) says:

    Yes- Robinsod hacked into his site and then conjoured up a scandal with the personal details all those who had registered on his site. Not that anything surprises me about him.

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  29. GK (97 comments) says:

    You should always carry a jack in the car, boyo. In some parts of your fair city the handle is more useful than your manbag.

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  30. Chicken Little (741 comments) says:

    Well so HE says Clint. I see someone asked him to post their ip address but he hasn’t done it yet.

    Me thinks Robinsod might be trying to make into Tumekes top 100, I think he’s sitting at around 999 at the moment alongside newzblog. :)

    DPF – get a jack or don’t tell us about these adventures, I’d always thought you were a bit manly, but mate, that’s just plain embarrassing.

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  31. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    To make a little use out of what we are already paying for they should publish the phone numbers of beneficiaries for such a purpose.

    ring ring…Hello ….Whoar fast flatties!

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  32. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (852 comments) says:

    oh the shame, no jack (all cars come with jacks!) and having to call the AA, you really have come over all metrosexual havent you…

    yes the AA are good, but they are supposed to be for serious breakdowns – the reason the premiums are now so high is people who can’t even change a tyre. I remember a (female) friend of mine, her dad wouldnt buy her a car until she demonstrated she could strip and put together an engine (what a woman!), tyres are easy, 5 minute job maximum. I always used to carry a trolleyjack and overalls in the back of my old rover – mind you, I drove british and needed them…and my AA membership

    :)

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  33. clintheine (1,571 comments) says:

    Chicken Little – I agree…. hence why I said he conjoured up that nonsense. Robinsod is desperate and sad and I suspect in decent need of a BJ.

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  34. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    hell david welcome to the world of hedonists … we pay so we can play.
    and ff**n proud of it … Busted blondes can change tractor tyres but why would ya when you get to see some brawny boy in an sweaty singlet do it for you… You rock – I still want your babies..!

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  35. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    my mother could have changed it for you. Waahhd are ya?

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  36. Spoff (275 comments) says:

    Perfectly consistent with National Policy – Privatize the driving, socialize the punctures.

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  37. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    spoff – care to explain your cryptic analysis?

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  38. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    You are no longer a bloke.

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  39. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Heh this has been a fun thread.

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  40. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    Clint, Sod’s description doesn’t even come close to the definition of hacking. He’s saying there was a tab provided on the software that Whaleoil was using that showed all the ips, and that Whaleoil didn’t turn it off. That’s like saying that I hacked Kiwiblog when I looked at the recent comments list.

    If Whale was so stupid as to leave that tab visible, then there really isn’t any doubt that Sod has the information. As to whether it tells him anything – well, most people know that linking ip addresses to individuals isn’t that easy. And his long-drawn out fantasy (including allegations that Farrar is working from National HQ) is just silly.

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  41. Spoff (275 comments) says:

    spoff – care to explain your cryptic analysis?

    Simply a joke based on the taxpayer bailout of institutions such as Fannie May, Bear Stearns, NZ Rail etc. which the Left characterize (with a certain amount of validity in my opinion) as “privatize the gains, socialize the losses”.

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  42. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    I helped a driver change a tyre on a Greyhound bus a couple of years ago. It was in northern NSW, about 40deg, and on the sunny side of the bus. We had to jack up the bus, undo a LOT of nuts, which involved bouncing up and down on top of a pipe placed over the handle of the spanner thingy, and levering the old tyre off and the new one on. It took about 45 minutes and we were dripping by the end of it.

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  43. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    your laughing off being the butt of this thread..dpf..

    ..is redolent of key trying to laugh off the collapse of his merrill-lynch/masters of the universe..curriculum vitae..

    ..eh..?

    ..phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  44. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Did the tyre really “blow out” or just go flat? A blow out is generally when the stress on the tire due to heat or mechanical failure is so high that a chunk of the sidewall actually gets ripped out and you get instantaneous deflation. This is very dangerous. A flattie is when the air quickly leaves but doesn’t really put you in too much danger as the tyre stayed in one piece.

    Are you talking up the danger level to offset the complete lack of manliness exhibited?

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  45. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    Chicken Little said:

    “….DPF – get a jack or don’t tell us about these adventures, I’d always thought you were a bit manly, but mate, that’s just plain embarrassing……”

    Yep, what you do in the bedroom and what you can’t do with a flat tyre are both among the sort of things we don’t want to know……..

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  46. Adam (562 comments) says:
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  47. Chicken Little (741 comments) says:

    Robinsod is desperate and sad and I suspect in decent need of a BJ.

    ???

    *options*

    – (a) Bob Jones?

    – (b) Brown Jacket?

    – (c) Breast Job?

    Hmmm……..I’m confused.

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  48. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Those of us driving Old British Steel appreciate those 6 callouts. I know I got my money’s worth the year my clutch, clutch slave, thermostat, coil and coil lead all died (independently) on various country roads around the Waikato…

    I suspect Mr Farrar probably drives something newer and more Japanese (code for “more reliable”) and, hence, to get any value out of his AA membership he probably HAS to use them for (flat tyre / rear wiper won’t stop) type situations. And let’s face it, some people do find wheel braces confusing, especially the cross-shaped ones with a different sized socket at each end :-D

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  49. redbaiter_baiter (108 comments) says:

    Yep, the subscription is well worth it when you are stopped in the rain with a flat tyre.

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  50. Penelope (69 comments) says:

    I too, am horrified, Mr Farrar. Crikey, this is more girlie than most girls! My Dad wouldn’t let us learn how to drive a car until we had demonstrated we could change a tyre and clean a spark plug. Haven’t cleaned a spark plug since, but I have been known to change the occassional tyre in an emergency. I do prefer to have my emergencies in well populated places, with chivilrous men passing by who volunteer to save my fingernails and femininity by changing said tyre for me (and always accept such offers), but on dark lonely lanes or the open road, I just roll up my sleeves and do it myself.

    I save the AA for flat batteries and munted fan belts.

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