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WHO CAN JOIN S.S.A.?
WHAT DOES IT COST TO JOIN?
WHAT DOES IT COST FOR RENEWAL?
WHAT DO I GET AS A MEMBER?
WHAT DISCOUNTS CAN I GET ON CAR STUFF?
HOW DO I JOIN?
WHY DO I NEED TO SEND INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY CAR?
WHAT IS THE SHORT TERM VISION FOR THE CLUB? 
HOW ABOUT IN THE LONG RUN?
WHY CAN’T I JOIN WITH AN AUTOMATIC? I KNOW HOW TO DRIVE STICK!
HOW DO I GET A FREE INVITATION?
I DON’T OWN A STICK SHIFT CURRENTLY, BUT I LOVE THIS. CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

WHO CAN JOIN S.S.A.?

Anybody with a valid drivers license and a currently registered manual transmission vehicle (no motorcycles, you have your own clubs!).

WHAT DOES IT COST TO JOIN?

1 year membership is FREE, for the first 500 members. 

Without an invitation, a 1 year membership is only $10, plus Shipping & Handling (covers print and postage for your sticker and ID card).

WHAT DOES IT COST FOR RENEWAL?

All members pay just $10 per year. Your renewal date is one week after your vehicle registration expires.

Renewal requires a new copy of vehicle registration with same VIN on file, OR resubmission of the files listed under “How Do I Join?”

What do I get as a member?

Great partner perks and cool swag! First, you get a sticker of our cool logo to put on your car, and a membership ID card with your PRIVATE membership ID number. Remember, we're brand new and growing our community as quickly as possible. We may not have dozens of partner companies on board just yet, but we are working every day to bring new savings and events to our members. See our PARTNER LIST for more details.

Before the end of our first year, we aim to save you enough money on parts, services, and events that the $10 membership fee is a no-brainer. Here are some of the partnerships we have already established:

  • Discount track days
  • Discount parts from online vendors
  • Driving events just for SSA members
  • Rotating monthly incentives

You also get access to our members-only discussion forums and events pages, where you can submit the names of companies you wish for us to partner with.

Our job is to work for you, our member, to provide discounts and partnerships with enthusiast companies that support our mission.

What discounts can I get on car stuff?

We are working on that as we speak. As our PARTNER LIST grows, please check back regularly for new ways to benefit as an S.S.A. member. If you are a company or organization interested in partnering with us and reaching our rapidly growing member base, please CONTACT US

How do I join?

After reading the eligibility requirements below, CLICK HERE.

All prospective members MUST provide the following documents for eligibility:

  • Your current vehicle registration (so we know the car is yours)
  • An Instagram-worthy exterior photo (matching description on registration) 
  • One STICK PIC (just like example below) taken from the driver's side door perspective. Must show three pedals, a stick shift, or both.

STICK PIC Example:
Sample

WHY DO I NEED TO SEND INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY CAR TO JOIN?

Stick Shifters of America is a verified owners club, not a fan club (there are a couple of those already). Our members ALL actually own and drive stick. This is an important eligibility requirement to become a member, so we must validate each and every prospect by confirming they are licensed to drive and actually own the stick shift vehicle they say they do. 

There are two reasons we do this: First, to qualify for the great member deals we call Partner Perks, we have promised the companies that provide them that our members are real stick shift drivers. Second, we can't influence automakers to continue to build stick shift vehicles without credibility. Without verified owners and drivers, we have no credibility, which means we would never fulfill our mission of keeping the manual gearbox alive and well. 

What is the short term vision for the Club? 

We plan to partner with hundreds of organizations across the country to offer you better deals on everything from parts and service, to brand new vehicles. Your $10 membership should pay for itself many times over. 

Host regional members-only driving events and rallies to raise awareness and build our community. 

Ensure anyone with a desire to learn to drive stick can find a mentor in their area

How about in the long run?

Our goal is to build the strongest network of verified stick shift drivers in the world.

We will use our influence to lobby automakers to continue to build models with manual transmissions.

We will fundraise for charities and honorable causes consistent with our mission of promoting driver engagement.

We will find out if manual transmission drivers have a better safety record than distracted drivers, and push for lower insurance rates for our members.

We will run voluntary surveys of our membership base so we can more accurately represent our values to larger and larger partner organizations.

Why can’t I join with an automatic? I know how to drive stick!

Because if we want automakers to keep building stick shift cars, people have to buy them. There's no other way to guarantee the survival of the manual transmission besides buying them.

Also, if you have a vehicle registered to you and it’s a stick, we know (or at least hope) you can drive it down the road. Plenty of people say they know how to drive a manual, but haven’t driven one in 20 years. They are not helping the cause!

How do I get a free invitation?

Ask a friend or relative who is already a member of SSA for a referral and obtain their membership ID number.

Click the FREE Membership (Invitation Only) button on our JOIN NOW page and enter their membership ID number.

All current members are allowed ONE free referral - once their member ID number has been used once, it can never be used for a referral again!

We will approve your membership upon successful receipt of the documents required to join.

I don’t own a stick shift currently, but I love this. Can I make a donation?

You bet your slushbox you can! Click here to donate. Thanks for your support and we hope to have you as a member down the road. 


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