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AMA News: Fall 2019

By AMA Staff

Among the things you always need when driving in the dark: an abundance of caution and a functional set of lights. But if you’re in an older vehicle, it may not be up to the task of illuminating the road ahead. Most headlight lenses are made of plastic, with a coating that prevents scratching and other damage. The coating breaks down over time, clouding the lens and degrading light performance—by up to 75 percent, according to recent AAA research. Headlights typically begin to show signs of deterioration after three to five years. If it’s starting to look like your lights are on a dimmer switch, it may be time to have them professionally restored or replaced at an Approved Auto Repair Services facility.

Don’t get left in the cold. Bring your vehicle to an AMA Car Care event. Our experts will help get your ride winter-ready by checking its block heater, battery, tire treads and pressure, and more. Valued at $100, this service is free to members.

Edmonton: September 8, Mill Woods Town Centre

Calgary: September 14, Mount Royal University

Red Deer: September 15, Westerner Park

At the Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company, we’re committed to looking out for you just as we would members of our own families. That commitment was recognized earlier this year, when you made us the highest-ranked auto insurer in Alberta for customer satisfaction, according to the 2019 J.D. Power Canada Auto Insurance Satisfaction Study. Of course, accolades don’t change our mission: We’ll always strive to offer you, your loved ones and your beloved vehicle the best possible protection—day in and day out. For J.D. Power 2019 award information, visit

Looking forward to heading south for winter? Remember your AMA card. Its benefits come with you when travelling in the U.S.A.

Roadside assistance: Coverage throughout North America, with services provided based on your membership level.

Rewards: Get discounts and earn reward dollars at thousands of partner retail and restaurant locations and online.

Travel insurance: Get a travel medical insurance plan that’s tailored to your needs. AMA members save 10% on their premium. Call 1-866-989-6596 or visit to find out more.

Though the Flames were doused in the playoffs and the Oilers’ yearlong performance was anything but slick, hope springs eternal as a new NHL season gets underway. Show your undying support with a logo-emblazoned licence plate, available at AMA centres. A portion of the one-time cost ($84.45, plus applicable registration fees) goes to support Alberta charities.

Sign up online at to have your vehicle registration renew automatically, or visit an AMA centre. The start of your last name determines your registration’s expiry.

Sept.: F, Po, T

Oct.: S (except Sc, Sz)

Nov.: P, K (except Po and Ke)

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As you help your undergrad carry furniture into her new place, remember that even second-hand bookshelves are worth safeguarding. Does your home insurance policy extend to your away-from-home student’s stuff? If not, renters insurance from AMA offers protection against theft and damage, as well as liability coverage. It all adds up to affordable peace of mind for students and tenants of all stripes. For a free quote, call 1-800-615-5897 or visit

So she’s got her own place. Does she have her own wheels too? If your young adult has become the primary driver of a vehicle, it’s important that this status be reflected in her auto insurance. Students taking a vehicle to school outside of Alberta should also connect with their auto insurance advisor—to make sure they’re covered in case of an out-of-province claim.

Give your scholar a head start with gift cards from AMA. They get great food; you get reward dollars.

Ultimate Dining Card: For use at restaurants like Montana’s and Milestones. Earn 5% in reward dollars on the purchase amount.

Sobeys/Safeway: Available in $25 and $100 values. Earn 5% in reward dollars on the purchase amount.