Status: 02.12.2023, 05:32 a.m.
By: Anna Heyers
In the event of a car breakdown, would you like immediate help from Germany's most famous automobile club? Not always easy. Find out when immediate ADAC membership is possible.
A breakdown on the road can catch any motorist off guard. In such situations (e.g. a flat tire), many people look for quick help and protection. The ADAC, Germany's largest automobile club, offers its members a wide range of services and support in emergency situations. But can you become a member of the ADAC immediately in the event of a breakdown?
ADAC: Members are given preference
The "yellow angels" from the ADAC also help non-members, as long as they have free capacities. An immediate membership is usually possible and guarantees the help of the employees – although in some cases not the entire cost coverage. (Symbolic image) © Daniel Meissner/Imago
Basically, it is important to know that the ADAC offers its protection first and foremost to its members. This means that non-members usually cannot immediately benefit from the extensive benefits. Instead, the aid here is provided "on a voluntary basis within the framework of available capacities". Non-members will also have to cut back if a regular member also needs support.
But: "In the event of a lack of road patrol capacity, non-members will be given priority to the fee-based assistance provided by mobility partners," the automobile club writes on its website. If costs arise as a result, these are communicated by the employees to the breakdown driver.
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Watch out for an instant membership
In order to be able to take advantage of all the advantages of an ADAC membership, prior registration is required. However, this can also be done at short notice. However, it is important to note that if you have an instant membership, some services will not be covered in the event of a breakdown. This applies, for example, to costs incurred prior to membership. If the vehicle has already been towed or repair costs have been incurred before the membership has been applied for, the ADAC is not obliged to cover these expenses.
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Info: The entitlement to benefits begins at 0.00 a.m. on the day after receipt of the membership application, if the acceptance actually takes place and no later start of the membership has been agreed.
By the way: If a breakdown caused minor damage, such as scratches on the paintwork, you should not rely on a popular home remedy.
This article was created with the help of machine support and carefully reviewed by editor Anna Heyers before publication.