Comparing CAA Membership to Canadian Tire and Costco

Looking at which membership offers the best roadside assistance in Canada


There aren’t many guarantees in life, but in Canada, there’s one thing you can count on. It’s going to get cold. And in some parts, really cold. And what that cold weather impacts the way you drive. Even newer cars aren’t spared from the black ice or snowy roads, and no one is free from forgetting their keys in their car. Things happen. That’s what CAA count on.

The question isn’t whether a CAA membership is worth it. We’ll compare CAA to other popular Canadian roadside assistance memberships to determine which has the best value, then you can choose. Regardless, if you own a car in Canada, it’s a good idea to make sure you have some kind of protection during the year.

Comparing Roadside Assistance Memberships

The three most popular roadside assistance memberships in Canada are CAA, Canadian Tire, and Costco. Here’s a rundown of what each has to offer:

Source: Credit Card Genius (2018, January 8) Roadside Assistance Comparison: Could Free Be Better than CAA? Retrieved from

So based on this chart, it seems like Costco gives the best deal. But to get Costco’s coverage, you need to be a Costco member, which comes at its own cost. You should know that there are different membership levels for each of these offers, so you may choose to take more or less coverage depending on your needs.

Butter makes it possible to manage either or all of these memberships. Add it to your Butter account and stay on top of all your subscriptions.