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AMA News: Winter 2020

By AMA Staff

GET AMA ON YOUR PHONE
It’s easier than ever to get the most out of your AMA membership—thanks to the new AMA Mobile App. Available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, the app puts all the benefits of membership at your fingertips. Log in to your AMA account to access and easily update your membership information, then check your reward dollar balance and browse AMA Rewards offers wherever you are. You can even personalize the experience by saving your favourite AMA Rewards partners and be the first to know about limited-time offers, contests and more. And in the event that you need a roadside save, you can rely on the app to help you request assistance and track your request all the way to arrival. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play and AMA’s trusted services will always be with you—on the road and at home.

A BETTER ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Notice anything different about AMA online? That’s right! We’ve fully redesigned and relaunched our website to better meet your needs. The site’s straightforward design will let you seamlessly and confidently navigate AMA’s many services while giving you a deeper, more personal experience with us. So take a few minutes to visit us at ama.ab.ca—where, among many other things, you’ll find:

• A modernized, more accessible design with clearer navigation and improved search functionality, so you can find what you’re looking for quickly and conveniently.

• The ability to do business when and how you choose with AMA’s expert insurance advisors, registry agents and travel counsellors—by booking appointments online.

• A personalized experience in the AMA Rewards Marketplace, where you can filter offers by location, category and more, and view limited-time deals.

• A self-serve membership tool, which can help ensure you have the right level of coverage for your lifestyle—and help you upgrade if your needs change.

• An overhauled Community page where you can learn about AMA initiatives and events that you can attend throughout Alberta.

• All the reliable information, articles, tutorials and more that you’ve come to expect from AMA.

SPOT PHISHING SCAMS
Computers and mobile devices make our lives easier, but they can also expose us to fraud. Phishing emails are a common trick: Scammers ask you to click a link and then try to get your personal info or password. These emails look like they’re from established companies, but there are warning signs: the email address or website may look unfamiliar, or the spelling might be off. If an email seems phishy, call the company directly. And if you’re victimized by identity fraud, call your bank, the credit bureaus Equifax and TransUnion, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and your local police department.

SAVE ON CAR CARE
These AMA Rewards partners help your vehicle and your wallet.

Lube City: Earn 15% in reward dollars on oil changes and other products and services.

Certified Radio: Save 15% on products like remote car starters.

GlassMasters: Save 50% on your first rock-chip repair and earn 5% in reward dollars on windshield and tempered glass installation.

IN THE LOOP
Congratulations to AMA member Marion Rogers! The 83-year-old Calgarian started a walking group with her friends and neighbours to beat the pandemic blues. Over the past six months, they’ve been closely counting their steps as they strolled around their Marda Loop neighbourhood. By August, they collectively walked more than 14.2 million steps—that’s far enough to make it from Vancouver, B.C. to the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about Rogers in an episode of This Is AMA, a web series profiling member stories.

Pair of hands forming a roof over range toy car
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PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Auto theft remains a stubborn problem in Alberta. One car crime that’s on the rise: catalytic converter theft. The cylindrical device reduces pollutants in your vehicle’s exhaust—partly by creating a reaction with precious metals such as platinum and palladium. Thieves cut converters from vehicles’ undercarriages; they’re then sold to dealers who extract and resell the metals. A single converter can fetch upwards of $650. Trouble is, each theft costs an Alberta car owner about $2,000 for replacement and repairs.

That’s one reason why AMA supports Bill 25, the Protecting Alberta Industry from Theft Act, 2020. The new law aims to eliminate the market for stolen catalytic converters—as well as materials like copper wire and industrial batteries—by strengthening identification and reporting requirements for both sellers and dealers of scrap metal. Vehicle owners can do their part too: Whenever possible, park your car or truck in a garage or busy, well-lit area—all the better if there’s a surveillance camera nearby.

BE SAFE AND SAVE
As the days get shorter and colder, remember that using winter tires can save lives. They improve your vehicle’s traction when the temperature is 7 C or lower—whether or not you’re on a snow- or ice-covered road. Winter tires can also save you money: AMA Insurance offers a winter tire discount on your premium. Need a new set? AMA members save 5% on tires at Kal Tire. And if you buy four Pirelli tires (from Kal Tire or elsewhere), you’re eligible for a rebate of $25 in reward dollars. Already have on-rim winter tires? Members in Calgary, Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert—and now Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat too—can book a mobile tire change: An AMA technician will swap your tires right in your driveway. Click here to learn more.

KEEP YOUR PLATE UP TO DATE
Sign up online at ama.ab.ca/Automatic to have your vehicle registration renew automatically, or visit an AMA centre. The start of your last name determines your registration’s expiry.

Nov.: K, P (except Ke & Po)
Dec.: Me, O, W
Jan.: A (except Av), I, J, Ke, U, X and numbered companies