Information About CAA Car Insurance

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), provides numerous automobile related services for its members. This non-profit organization was started in 1913 and consists of 140 offices and nine clubs across Canada: BCAA British Columbia, Alberta Motor Association, CAA Saskatchewan, CAA Manitoba, CAA North and East Ontario, CAA South Central Ontario, CAA Niagara, CAA-Quebec and CAA Atlantic. More than five million people are members of CAA, which is affiliated with sister organization the American Automobile Association (AAA) which services the United States.

Emergency Roadside Assistance

One of the many services provided by CAA is emergency roadside assistance. You can request road assistance by phone or through the Internet. Through CAA, members can take receive discounts at participating companies. To get these discounts, when you are making a purchase with an approved company, you show your CAA card. There is also a program called CAA Dollars, where you earn points that can be redeemed. You can collect these points by shopping at participating merchants or by using a CAA Mastercard.

More Than Just Car Insurance

Through CAA, members can purchase insurance. This isn’t limited to just auto insurance – CAA also has home, life and travel insurance. Members can also use CAA to plan their vacations by working with one of CAA’s 135 travel agency locations. Through the association members can find vacation packages, cruises, airplane tickets, hotels, maps, trip planners and special. If you’re looking to get an International Driving Permit or Carnet de Passages en Douane and Camping Cards International, CAA is the only registered agency in Canada who can provide them.

The Canadian Automobile Association also functions as a political lobby dedicated to the needs of Canadian car-owners. They lobby for issues that are of relevance to car-owners, such as urban planning and public transportation. In order to properly perform an advocacy role, CAA conducts public campaigns, meets with government officials, talks to the media and publishes reports to inform consumers. Some of the individual auto clubs take their advocacy role quite seriously. For example, CAA Manitoba started the Move Over Manitoba campaign in order to provide tow truck operators with the same status as emergency roadside personnel. The Ontario CAAs help run Ontario’s Drive Clean program, an automobile emissions control program that tests vehicles under its purview in order to cut down on pollution.