This year I was astonished and delighted to read it was a mere £158 for exactly the same standard of cover. This is what they call "popular prices" in other words they like them.
I've always been with The AA however that's a load of handbag, consequently I went on line and looked up The RAC.
I've never considered myself to be worthy of The Royal Automobile Club before however they came in at £125.
£33 buys a lot of that cough medicine you shouldn't take more than twice a day but makes you sleep even in the queue at The Post Office.
So I phoned the AA and spoke to a very nice young man to whom I explained I was cancelling my renewal and would be most irritated should they go ahead and take the money out of my asthmatic bank account as per the Direct Debit.
He read his script about how they were the leading blah blah blah ...... Attended more than blah blah roadside breakdowns ...... Had the Yellowish Vans blah blah and then asked if a colleague could call me back later.
They were as good as their word for exactly later o'clock Mr Colleague phoned and was quite beside himself with glee at being able to give me the good news that they were so horrified at losing my custom they would on this occasion match The RAC price.
I was so choked with their generosity and humbled by their offer I immediately gulped back my rising emotions and declined.
He was half way through the next line of his script and had reached the bit about getting written confirmation out to me of the new price when he realised what I had said, I think the word Goodbye was the clue.
"Err .... but ..... ummm" He confidently parried. This guy was no push over and I could see that I needed to up my game somewhat!
I explained that all he had done was match their price, I didn't want match I wanted better than. Otherwise there was nothing in it for me, only them, consequently I intended to continue with my plan to join The RAC.
Without a moments hesitation he told me he was authorised to lower my renewal to last year's price of £95.
The cheeky, arseholing greedy bastards! They think so highly of their existing customers that they rely on them being compliant and polite enough not to challenge a hike in price of a third.
Although I have been with them on and off for forty one years, and I admit they have gotten me out of the soft and smelly on many occasions I did have a disconcerting experience with them last year.
I saw in the paper that AA were having an open night locally so I popped along. I have to say I came away more than slightly concerned at the thought of letting any of them work on any vehicle of mine, they were all self admitted drunks.
Edited one times as even I got bored reading this twaddle and started typing with thumb up bum and brain in neutral.