Qatar AAA review

by: xtian001

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26 Apr 2010

AAA Qatar
Arabian Automobile Association (AAA) is a specialized emergency roadside assistance service provider in the region. AAA in Qatar covers our valuable members through out State of Qatar on 24 hours and 365 days. Our members are our strength and to be their trusted partner for entire automobile related tasks we devise various value added features along our core emergency roadside assistance. Explore “The Pearl of Gulf” – Qatar and count on us to be your guaranteed friend, just a phone call away.

Triple AAA is a service that I never really heard of until one of those bank marketers came to our offices and offered me a credit card with free Gold membership to Triple AAA. Doing some research and getting a look at their website (http://www.AAAqatar.com), I found out that as a Gold member, they provide free car registration and free towing to a garage if your car breaks down. Great! AAA Qatar is also a part of GCC wide association of roadside assistance network enabling them to coverage across most of GCC countries.

I got the chance to see how well their Free car registration work last week As my cars’ registration was already expired 2 weeks ago (the traffic department gives you an extra month after the expiry of your registration before it penalizes you). I called AAA Qatar a few weeks back to register my Citroen Picasso. My Picasso is already 6 years old so I have to take it to one of the Inspection Centers to get clearance for registration. For cars less than 4 years old, you just take your car to the traffic department and renew. That is if you’re good with your Car insurance. In any case, the AAA Qatar representative asked me if my car insurance is good (they don’t do this) and they’ll call me up again to schedule the pick up. The good thing about their service it that they pick up the car from any place in Doha and would return your car after the registration. So they called me up on a Saturday as I asked if this could be done on a Saturday. Sabu, their representative, came to the apartment at about 8 AM, took the papers and the car. He made a quick check for scratches,lights and saw that my fire extinguisher is missing a part. He told me that he can buy a new one at the inspection office and drove off.

After 3 and a half hours, Sabu called me and told me he was already downstairs. Everything was done for me! The car got inspected and was now registered. With the receipts at hand, I paid 60Qr for the Fire extinguisher, 75QR for Inspection and 100QR for registration. That’s it. I gave Sabu some extra though it was not imposed. Overall, I was impressed with the service.

There are 2 levels of membership. The Basic Coverage – AAA Silver, includes Mechanical First Aid, Battery Service, Fuel Service, Flat Tyre Service, Lockout Service, and Towing Service. Silver membership would cost you 250Qr. The AAA Gold Membership includes all the Silver benefits plus Car Registration every year, and pickup to and from the airport once a year.  Gold membership would set you back for 500QR.

Honestly, I’m not too sure if paying for 500QR a year would be worth it especially if you have a new car. A towing service would also cost you 150QR if you know a number although AAA Qatar assures you of only a 45minute wait time for the towing service.  However, as for the service, I think they are good and my registration was done without any hassles.

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