This morning l decided to ‘rethink’ about the breakdown recovery renewal for our cars. We have always been with the AA - and have continous cover - direct debit. l noticed last year - but left it too late - how expensive it had become. So this year l did a price comparison with another breakdown company. The quote was £150 cheaper then the AA. So l phoned the AA to cancel our membership. Hung on to the phone for ages whilst they listed all their ‘benefits’ and how important my membership was to them - and l was shouting at the phone ‘Just bl88dy answer it’. Then just as l was about to put the phone down - [coffee was getting cold] they answered. l explained how l thought the cost was too expensive - and yes it did take about 15mins of wrangling - but l did end up with a much better deal. So we have stayed with the AA - got a better deal for nearly half the price.
Now last year l did do this with the car insurance. At the time we had three cars to be covered. l did the ‘comparison’ bit and actually it was the AA that came up best. But they wanted over £400 for our vw Golf. l said to the operator - ‘Thats ridiculous’ - l am going to put the phone down and l suggest you have a rethink and ring me back in 10mins with a more sensible offer’. They rang back in 5 - with a quote for £106. ln fact, l got all three vehicles insured fully comp Golf/Subaru Forester/Volvo Estate/- two named drivers for £450.
Now l just need to pursuade my OH to do the same with our telephone/broadband -as l know he pays far too much - but as the accounts are in his name l cannot change them. He is a ‘head in the sand’ type of man - but aren’t they all.
Hope my post helps - and will encourage some to make a stand and save their cash.
And if anyone knows of other areas we can make savings do tell us.