emergency Roadside Assistance app alternative ?

opinions on this service, please
[my toyota roadside service is free for 2 years, so i will be exploring my options, after the 2 yrs]
Now there's an app that connects users with the quickest and cheapest options to have their car towed, have a flat fixed, get a jump, and much more.
http://www.clarkhoward.com/emergency-roadside-assistance-app-can-save-day?ecmp=clarkhoward_social_facebook_sfp
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

That is not any cheaper/better than AMA(AAA). I never used AMA service myself, kids used it a few times making it worth to have the family membership. New cars have some apps. built-in already. There are run flat tires, they tow upto 70 miles w/o extra charge, can't get locked out with new cars. Running out of gas? I always fill when gas is down to quarter tank. I have Acura link for now but I won't renew it, may trade the car in before renewal comes up....
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On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:15:36 PM UTC-8, Tony Hwang wrote:

this service is one time/when needed, not yearly - i think
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On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:15:36 PM UTC-5, Tony Hwang wrote:

You can't lock the door, toss the keys on the seat and close the door?
What system in a new car prevents that?
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On 1/24/2016 12:23 AM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

First, no keys to toss on many cars, just a fob in purse or pocket. If a fob is in the car or trunk it cannot be locked from outside. The car knows if it is in or out just inches.
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On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 10:43:24 AM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

By "keys" I included fobs. Some fobs have keys built in.

What about from the "inside" via the door lock button on the door?
Are you saying that the doors can't be locked with the lock button with the door open and the fob on the seat?
Yes, that would be not be a common occurrence, but if that could happen then the statement "can't get locked out with new cars" is not true.
Is there absolutely no way to get locked out of a "new" car? We can ignore lost keys for the purpose of this discussion.

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On 1/24/2016 11:26 AM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Correct, no need to anyway on my car. Close the door and on my car you just have to touch a button on the handle of either front door. That locks all doors if the fob is not inside. In the dark, I approach the car and puddle lights come on. On drivers door, one touch unlocks the door, two touches unlocks all doors. On passenger side on touch unlocks all doors.
Button inside still works when door is closed as it always did. Many cars lock when you shift into drive. That function can usually be set. I can choose to not unlock in park, unlock all in park, unlock only driver's door in park.

Can't speak for all cars, but my last two you could not lock your self out. On my 2007 I still had a key. You could not lock the doors if the key was in the ignition, but if it was laying on the seat, yes you could lock.
Not sure when the fob inside started, but my 2013 Sonata and 2015 Genesis you can't lock yourself out.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

This feature is programmable any way one wants. My doors all lock once driving speed is ~15 mph. After parking if I open my door(driver's) all other doors and tail gate unlocks. When manually unlock at distance with fob one tap unlocks driver's door, second tap unlocsk all other doors, etc. If I keep pushing unlock button all 4 doors go wide open and sun roof opens, I think this is for safety in emergency. All programmable using MID(multiple information display) When I pick up this car few weeks ago, I had to spend good 1 hour or so to set up this and that with delivery specialist. Asking/answering questions, every thing the way I want. Many more bells and whistles compared to last car which was 2008.
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On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 12:56:36 PM UTC-5, Tony Hwang wrote:

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I doubt it's the same across all manufacturers or even across trim levels within the same manufacturer. I have 3 Hondas, ranging from 03-07, at various trim levels. Lower trim level on the 07 Civic has more door-lock programming options than the higher trim level 06 Ody. In other aspects, the 06 blows the 07 away as far as features.
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Your *doors* go wide open?
My 06 Ody opens all *windows* with the unlock button on the fob, but not the moon roof. I prefer it that way since I don't want to have to close the moon roof when I get in. I can also open the windows just a little with the fob by releasing the button as soon as they start to open. I wouldn't want the moon roof to open at all in case it rained. (see below)
As far as window safety, my Ody includes 2 window related features:
1 - While the windows can be opened with the fob, they cannot be closed with it. To close the windows, you either have to do it from inside the car or with the key in in the door lock, held towards the lock position. In other words, you have to be in physical contact with the vehicle. I guess they don't want you to remotely decapitate a kid or a pet.
Of course, this safety feature has its disadvantages also. Last summer I opened my windows from my office before leaving work to cool the car off. A few minutes later a thunderstorm came through. All I could do was watch. Luckily I have leather seats so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
2 - If the windows on the power sliding doors are down, the doors will only open 3/4's of the way. This is too prevent a head or other body part from being caught between the door frame and the rear pillar. ...snip...
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On Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 12:14:33 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I am aware of the feature, but this isn't about "need to". This is about accidental or brain fart pushing of the inside lock button with fob on seat. Fob on seat while washing windows, treating leather/vinyl/etc. Wipe door, hit button, doors lock, close. Whoops! Not possible?

Nice.

That feature is available on older cars too. You can sort of tell the "phase in period". I'm guessing mid-2K. My 06 Ody EX-L (mid-level trim) has some but limited programability, but the 06 top-end Touring trim is fully programmable. However, on my daughter's 07 Civic LX (one trim level above the bottom) it is fully programmable. SO I'm guessing it was mid-2K when manufacturers (Honda, anyway) started rolling it out.

Same with my 06 Ody, not sure about the 07 Civic since it's away at college, but I'd guess that you can lock it with the key on the seat.

See above about "accidental" use of the lock button. Still not possible? (Just trying to make sure we are talking about the same situation/conditions)
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On 1/24/2016 1:21 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Not possible on my car. No way if the fob is inside car or trunk. .

Not that I can find. If we go out and my wife wants to lock her pocketbook in the trunk, she has to take her fob out or I can't lock the doors.
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

If you try to lock with lock push button the fob will give plenty audible beep. Nothing in this world is absolutely fool proof. Even space ships. Fob's radio signal range is like 1 meter for the car brain to sense it. My fob has key I can remove by pushing the little latch. Main purpose of this key is to lock the glove box. For entry or staring the car or putting it only to accessory mode to listen music, etc. Key is not need. One note, if you leave the fob near the car frequently fob battery will wear out sooner. As a side note tire TPMS has embedded battery to power radio transmitter, the battery is only active when tire is in motion(rotating) to lengthen the battery life. I never experienced dead TPMS due to dead battery. If car battery is run down(dead) some headaches arises some set up features/options are lost.

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On 1/23/2016 3:57 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

My Hyundai comes with 5 years of RA. Only used it once for a gashed tire. I called on my cell phone and they were able to pinpoint my location from the car signal and it took about 30 minutes to show up.
If I did not have it I'd probably get AAA because the seem to have a decent reputation but I see offers from cell phone providers, credit cards, etc.
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