NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- The 2 times that I used AAA, I was disappointed. The first time I tried using them, I accidentally locked my keys in the trunk. They told me that it would be 45 minutes before anyone would show up. 1.5 hours later, nobody showed up. I called again. This time they told me that the guy got held up and they are not sure how much longer it would be. Finally, the guy who was supposed to show up called me and said it would be another hour before he got there and he does not know why AAA told him an hour. I was at a gas station where luckily a locksmith walked in and opened my trunk for me. I waited for over 2 hours and nobody ever showed up.
The second time I tried using AAA, I had a flat tire where I worked. Once again I was told it would be about an hour and once again after 1.5 hours I called again. The guy who was supposed to be there to help me with my flat informed me that he wasn't sure why they called him to come because he was located approx. an hour away in a completely different county. I don't understand why of all the tow truck business located in my big city, they called someone in another county. After the last incident, I let my service expire. I will just take my chances next time.
CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY -- I had terrible experience with AAA. First time when my car's tire got flat I called them and was told that the driver will be there in an hour. He didn't come until 2.5 hours of waiting. Luckily I was in the parking lot of my office. He finally arrived and did his job. Second experience was worst. There was an accident on a major highway and somehow the broken glass from that car got stuck in my car's tire eventually leading to a punctured tire. My car was sitting in the fast lane on a major highway with all the rush hour traffic coming in. I call AAA and told them to send someone quickly as I'm stuck in the fast lane of a highway.
They told me someone would be there in 20 mins. 40 minutes passed no one came. Finally a police officer came with a tow truck and moved me to the shoulder. The tow truck guy also changed my tire. The AAA guy never arrived. I was there for an hour and no one from the AAA company showed up. I called them again and told them that no one came and I no longer need them. Instead of being apologetic the representative told me that she cancelled my request so I don't get charged!
Unbelievable...charge for what??? I have been paying them all those years to help me when I need and they want to charge me extra? I would never ever trust AAA again. It is the worst insurance to have if you have an auto emergency.
DENVER, COLORADO -- First time in texas I ran out of fuel in a rental car and called AAA for help. The dispatcher took almost 45 min to get the info, call a service provider then call back and say that AAA could not help me. I should call a local tow company or the police for help! Bad experience. 3 hours and the police brought fuel to get off of the highway. Then AAA shows up to assist me.
Second time AAA failed me I was on the way home and my engine failed, smoke pouring out, piston slapping the cylinder head and off of the side of the highway off ramp. One hour to get AAA on the phone, 45 min for a call back to say it will be 45 min at least due to heavy traffic. Started calling at 3pm and tow driver picked me up walking home at 5:25pm. Not what I think is ok or what I pay for. Bad service, expensive and leave you hanging.
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- I called AAA at 4 pm and it is now nearly 1 pm the following day and I have yet to get my car towed. I have called six times talking to a different representative every time that tells me the tow service is on their way only to find out there has yet been another miscommunication between AAA and the towing service.
I had given the keys to the tow service the day before (he was in touch with AAA about this). I did not need to be there and keys were in possession of tow company for a couple of hours later due to cars being parked around my car and couldn't load onto tow truck. Needless to say, I am still waiting just to get my keys back. I am in disbelief of the incompetence and runaround I have received from AAA. I will not renew my membership this next year.
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA -- Good luck getting a tire changed with AAA. I've had two flats on a 24 ft. MH and no one could do it. First time in April 3, calls and someone showed up to change travel trailer tire. Had no tools for RV lugs. Had to change tire myself with borrowed tools. Second time, same thing. No one to change it again. I borrowed tools to change it. This time I was told they won't change inside tire, too dangerous. What's up AAA, you sell a service and do not provide service. Buyer beware.
SANTA ANA -- I have been a AAA member for 25 years. What a waste of money!!! I took a family vacation to Portland, or in July 2012, for a family reunion. Upon arrival at the airport we rented a car from enterprise, knowing we will get our AAA discount on the car at the end of the trip, four days later. Upon return to the airport, we had a $580.00 total payment due on our credit card!! I hit the roof and called AAA asking why?
I was told by **, the supervisor to customer service with AAA, that they do not honor or work with enterprise anymore!!! I told him how am I to know that? He said they do not notify members on these issues!!! My feelings are that AAA does make business decisions without the member's awareness behind the scenes and the chances are members get upset but eventually drop their complaints and move on!!!
For the past several months, I have written formal complaint letters to their president/CEO Robert **, communicated with **, again followed up 15 times on the status of my complaint!!! Up to now, I have not received any resolution, get my refund, or communication back from their complaint department. The customer service complaint department is a total joke!!! They ignore letters, faxes, and you can't reach them unless you fax them. Still they don't respond!!! Wow what a great company!!! When I call to follow up, they are surprised as to how many times I have called to complain about their customer service and how they ignore customer related issues!!
** always has a excuse, or does not return calls. When he does, he blames it on the other company!!! I have been passed around from one supervisor to another, even talked to a supervisor's supervisor!!! This is not a complicated thing, just refund the damn money!!!!! How hard is that??? From California to Texas and then back again the follow-up calls go around and around!!! Still no resolution and I'm aggravated like hell with AAA!!!!
I have to thank Enterprise, because they were nice enough to give me a 20% discount equal to $40. That's more than I can say about my own membership of 25 years with AAA which did not do crap for me!!! The AAA does not deserve my money. Nor would I want membership with AAA any. I cancelled my membership on the phone and demanded to get my prorated membership refund. My money was wasted on them for so many years. I have been a loyal customer. What happened to their loyalty to me???? People.. save your money.
This AAA is not what it used to be. They are greedy, irresponsible, and so secure with their jobs that they pass you around, giving you run around until you get tired and drop your complaint. I deserve so much better than them. I feel bad, wasted my time believing in AAA!!!! Is it the company policy to ignore members???? You tell me. Shame on you AAA. You are disgusting taking advantage of good members like me.
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA -- The Auto Club's Verified Mileage Program or Pay as You Drive Program was approved by the Insurance Commissioner earlier this year and was touted as a way to save consumers money by lowering the price of insurance when they drive less. In theory, the program has its merits by discouraging unnecessary driving by motorists. In reality, the Auto Club's implementation of the program has many troubling flaws.
Auto Club agents are pressured to forge insurance documents and manipulate insurance premiums in exchange for more phone duty, better phone calls, better leads, paid vacations, better treatment by management, a trip to the Bahamas, and to maintain their employment. Ethical agents are threatened and harassed to quit or accept their fate that they will be terminated for low performance.
High production is looked at as a virtue and not scrutinized as agents submitting fraudulent business. Low production is looked at as laziness, incompetence, stupidity, and reason for punishment and termination. Lead distribution is such that high producers are given more leads and low producers are given even less leads insuring a huge gap between high and low producers. It also skews the policies written with integrity verses policies that are problematic.
Rather than estimate the accurate or actual mileage for each policy, agents are lowering initial mileage readings when starting a policy, which lowers the annual mileage category and thus lowers the annual premium, but just for that year. Agents that use this practice to quote will sell more policies because the premium will be much lower than it would otherwise be. Agents can accomplish this because only about 25% of all policies require inspections with an odometer reading. Agents at the district offices are allowed to inspect their own vehicles. They omit odometer readings intentionally and enter any figure they want to sell the policy.
All this would be a moot point; however, with the Verified Mileage Program insureds are required to submit their exact mileage reading upon renewal of the policy or be removed from the program. Through no fault of their own, many Auto Club insureds will have renewals with extraordinarily higher mileage depending on how much the agent lowered the original mileage and how many miles were driven during the current policy period.
An example to illustrate the wrong that is being perpetrated on unsuspecting consumers: If I start a policy today and my current annual mileage is 15,000 and I bought the car exactly a year ago, with zero miles, the mileage category should be 15,000 miles or less. The agent knows if he quotes me at 15,000 miles per year I won't buy the policy so he enters my mileage at 5,000 and my premium is much lower than what I am paying now so I switch to the Auto Club.
I'm happy until my renewal arrives next year. The premium almost doubles in price. When I am asked by the Auto Club what my current mileage is next year, it will be 30,000 because if you remember I was driving 15,000 miles per year and my vehicle had 15,000 miles at the inception of the policy. The Auto Club is going to rate my renewal at 25,000 miles per year because my agent entered 5,000 as my current mileage at the time I purchased the policy. The renewal will encompass the miles that were deficient from the prior policy (10,000) and include the actual miles driven (15,000). My annual mileage rating goes from 5,000 per year to 25,000 per year because it looks like I drove all those miles in only one year.
I really didn't drive that much but that is the way the miles are calculated. That's a big increase. If I complain, I am told by the representative that I am a liar and can bring in a service receipt in 30 days to lower my mileage to where it should be. Now that is customer service! Some in the company may say the miles are being accounted for over two years so it really doesn't matter. This is all being suppressed by the sales department. My view is the original sale would not have taken place and the premium manipulation has put the insured into a situation where the policy is written under false pretenses and can be voided by the insurance company.
The agent doesn't care because all this stuff will happen a year later and he sold a policy he normally would not have. The Auto Club praises the current agent and lavishes him with more phone duty, pays him more per policy, and sends him on paid vacations because he is a top producer and gets away with doing this on a daily basis. Nobody seems to notice except our insured. On the renewal the policy is way over priced and the insured non-renews or has to fight with our customer service department that won't believe him.
The insured doesn't know exactly what happened because they did not see the fraud that was committed against them. The fraud only becomes apparent on the renewal a year later. The insured has lost all longevity with their prior carrier because they are now with the Auto Club. Their current renewal is too high so the insured must shop for insurance elsewhere. The only way to eliminate the out right fraud and corruption at the Automobile Club of Southern California is to require inspections with odometer readings for every policy written. Currently, inspections are not required for “liability only” policies or insureds that have prior insurance with similar coverage.
Also, agents in the field can perform their own inspections and omit the odometer photo on purpose! This lack of accountability on new policies opens the door for agents to commit fraud and abuse on the unsuspecting public. This is a “verified” mileage program so you must “verify” the mileage, or otherwise this is a sham and should be abolished. Also, allowing the same agent that writes the policy to inspect the vehicle is a flagrant conflict of interest. The inspection should be completed by a manager or impartial third person at all levels of the organization and at all times include a photo of the odometer.
There should be a separate disclosure just for mileage in the insurance documents that require the exact mileage for each vehicle to be listed at the inception of the policy. The insured should be required to sign the disclosure verifying the exact mileage for each car on the policy. There should be an explanation that this figure will be used to determine next year's mileage calculation. Unbelievably, this is not now required. The mileage would therefore be verified by the insured, by an inspector, and by the agent. The current system allows for only the agent to verify the mileage and the agent has a conflict of interest to be trusted with that.
Currently the only disclosure that references anything about mileage is on the Coverage and Limits page and this only lists what the annual mileage is calculated at. This is misleading if the insured doesn't know what their real annual mileage is or how it was calculated. Most insureds don't know what they drive and are influenced by the agent. When you ask an insured how many miles they drive, they most likely under estimate. This figure should still be listed in that location but the mileage disclosure should list the exact miles at the inception of the policy. There is a culture of corruption within the Auto Club of Southern California and drastic measures are needed for true change to be forthcoming.
The Auto Club will defend its position by stating it has systems in place to catch fraud and abuse and to some extent they do. However, the only way to avoid agents from lowering mileage is to educate the insured with a mileage disclosure that must be signed by the insured and the agent. It should explain how this figure will affect the rating for the following year. When only some of the policies require inspections, and this can be manipulated by field sales agents, then there is no effective process. When the agent knows in advance which policies will require an inspection the agent can make up the mileage on selective policies to, “get the job done”.
The Auto Club will also reference the fact that conversations are recorded and can be audited for integrity. The agent knows this and never asks the insured what their mileage is. They'll only make reference to how much the insured's commute is and make up a figure that is statistically consistent with the commute, albeit on the low end. The policy ends up being a fill in the blanks bonanza for the agent.
Some managers look the other way and others go further by processing business that has serious errors. In fact some managers were required to send policies through processing a second time to verify corrections were completed because the managers couldn't be trusted to verify the corrections were actually completed. This company needs managers to watch the managers. But when the processing team can only catch incorrect phone numbers or spelling corrections, the mileage factor cannot be corrected at the pre-completion level but only at renewal when the insured complains about the increase in premium unless an inspection is completed and a mileage disclosure is developed.
Without seeming redundant, I have spoken in generalities because it is not my intention to get employees in trouble but to correct the failures of this program and this company. If the deficiencies discussed here are not corrected I have lists of managers, employees, and policy numbers that are at issue and I will release this information to the media and notify those insureds that have been wronged. Insureds will have grounds for a class action lawsuit.
LONG BEACH,, CALIFORNIA -- I have read some of the posts regarding AAA employees and how they are like robots, how they only know how to read the scripts and how they are incapable of thinking outside the box to assist their clients. Well I think I know why most of you are experiencing such horrible customer service amongst other things. I just recently applied for a job at triple A (AAA) and was very excited when I received the call back from a hit on resume. Thrilled because I have been laid off for approximately 2 years.
During the time I was laid off, I managed to renew my real estate license, as well as started working on my degree. I have completed 73 units and will be transferring to receive my BS degree. I have been in sales for over 23 years and have been very successful! What is on my resume is all true, every deal I have ever closed is verifiable. On my resume it shows that I worked for one company for 10 years the first go round and was hired back for another 9 months before being laid off due to an acquisition by Hitachi. That speaks volumes!
If an employer is willing to rehire a sales representative back for a second time around after resigning (one would think) AAA would recognize that. I must be a great sales representative and a top producer. I listed my previous VP and Director of Sales on my application for them to verify my performance and work ethic. I have no criminal record, I have a ticket free driving record for the past 7 years.
These are questions they asked me before I made it to the assessment part of the interview process. I was told that after the assessment tests (if I pass) I will move on to interview with a live human being (a manager). Keep in mind that I was told repeatedly that the assessment test. There were no RIGHT or WRONG answers, to just be truthful. (Keep in mind I was very excited about working for triple A selling insurance products. Big company, room for upward mobility, already had at least 12 people saying that they would switch their insurance policies over to me, because I would be working there).
Well let me tell you the type of questions on the assessment tests. Some of these questions I went to the EEOC website and have determined that some of these questions are better suited to be asked after being hired. The first question (if I am remembering correctly) was HOW OLD ARE YOU? EEOC says that how old a person is should not matter during the application process that people over the age of 40 are protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and that these are questions that can be asked after being hired.
They asked me questions like the following.. "How many jobs I've had in the past five years", "how many times have I collected unemployment", "how many people I know that sells insurance", "how much do I think a first year sales representative should make in a year", "how much should a representative be making after 3 years", "who told me about this job", "Did I speak to the person who told me about this job".
Here are the choices they gave me to answer from. "1 hour to 1 week", "2 hours to a month", " 2 months to a year" etc.. you get the point. They also asked me how much money would I spend on a client in unreimbursed dollars and pretty much gave at least 10 or more choices. They also asked how many hours do I think a first year sales representative should work a week, then they asked questions if I like spending time with my family etc.. Keep in mind they told me to be honest "there are no right or wrong answers".
So anyway I finished taking this God forsaken test and what do you know, I go back to the training coordinator and he says to me "oh.. You didn't score high enough on the test" (remember, there are "NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWERS"). Also keep in mind that there isn't one question on the test I would have to lie about, not one question on the test that has anything to do with intelligence, sales, or anything relevant to sales. Just questions that can disqualify you if you have been out of work for a while, questions that can lead to age discrimination, (they also asked me my nationality) questions that can disqualify you if you have been on unemployment twice in your life.
They asked a lot of questions about school also. All of which were answered truthfully. The training coordinator told me that he was sorry and that maybe sales is not for me. Can someone please tell me, what part of this test has anything to do with my ability to sell insurance? Or any other product for that matter. Also how can a personality test determine what type of human being I am, and how well I have done for the past 23 years in sales. These tests maybe set up for the younger generation. People who have no experience. Most of the questions I answered from experience. I don't think they want anyone who has experience. I said all of this to say.
With the economy the way it is today, unemployed workers should not have to take tests such as these to get back to work. Many of you have mentioned you've been talking to people who don't know how to make decisions, people who don't appear to know what they are doing. This is because good people like myself with a proven track record cannot get a job, because of tests like these that have no meaning, no substance, no ability to determine if a person will be a good employee at all. This is a way to keep certain nationalities out of work, to keep older people down.
I was compelled to type this letter because this particular rejection is not sitting right. I have spoken to CEO's, CFO's and owners of companies all of my life. I have closed major real estate deals, sold technology products to Novartis, Delta Airlines, and many other huge deals, yet AAA felt Sales was not for me because of a "personality" test that has nothing to do with sales. In fact the training coordinator said to me, "maybe sales just isn't for me."
I will continue to do my research and converse with the EEOC to make sure that companies are doing right by long term unemployed workers, workers who were once stable before the economy fell apart, and now seem to be undesirable to these companies through no fault of their own. So if you all are wondering why you are being treated poorly by AAA reps etc. I feel it is because they do not want someone older, qualified and experienced, instead they want someone that doesn't have a clue about life and the real world, and someone with a proven track record.
I would love to hear if anyone else have been through the same experiences I have with these personality rests. I know several sales reps all over the age of forty that have their Bachelor degrees very educated and have proven track records and have been told they were not going to be hired because of the way they answered a "personality" test. I feel sorry for the economy and anyone who is going through this new way of being hired. The economy will never be the way it was. Never.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- After buying a new Toyota Prius with the AAA's 'no hassle, no haggling' pre-negotiated price, I found out two days later the dealer was $1356 more than the other two in town for the exact same car (with Pkg#6). I am really shocked that AAA won't make this Member dealership honor their agreement. The regional AAA program rep, Jay, refused to do anything about it, as did the dealer, since it was a completed sale. Jay even has copies of the ads and emails I sent him from the other local AAA Dealers, so I was able to fully back my point, but he doesn't seem to care.
Everyone I talked to at Steven's Creek Toyota in San Jose basically was lying through their teeth when I went back in to speak to them after I found out they ripped me off. After being referred thereby AAA's website and purchasing the car (with a fancier trim package than what I was originally looking for, so I didn't have an exact out-the-door quote on hand) at what I was told was their AAA price, the floor manager later said they did NOT have ANY written agreement with AAA (which is not true if they are in AAA's program!) and he told me that the AAA price was whatever the general manager wanted it to be that day.
They said I should be happy that I did not pay full List price and left it at that. They refused to show me the AAA agreement during the sale and after when I returned, saying they could not find it (** has never sent me a copy either, despite repeated requests). The dealer also refused to price match, after their in-house AAA rep had emailed me that they do price match. Between the AAA program and a promise to price-match, I felt confident buying the car there without shopping around, but boy was I wrong to trust AAA!
The dealer's excuse for his high price is that they actually only wanted to give me $3500 for my trade-in, not the $5000 we agreed upon (for a vehicle worth $7k wholesale at the time, $9k retail, per KBB), and that justified the higher sales price. They also said their own *cost* on the Prius was higher than what the two other dealers in town were *selling* them for. This is a bunch of hogwash, since they also bragged that they are one of the highest-volume Toyota dealers in California, and I know high-volume Dealers get better discounts from the manufacturer.
The floor manager showed me a scribbled piece of paper with their 'cost', but they had tacked on hundreds of dollars worth of advertising fees, sales commissions, prep fees, and other misc. fees; the floor manager didn't even know what some of the fees were! I assume the other dealers (Capitol and Sunnyvale Toyota) have the same costs, and they manage to sell the same car for $1356 less. I wonder if AAA ** fell for the line of crap that they were handing out. These fees didn't include any closing costs, either, which were additional and added later.
Per the AAA Buyer's program website, trade-in value is not supposed to alter the price of the new car. I would never traded a $7000-$8000 car in for only $3500, especially since the having the older car saves my teenage son a lot of money on auto insurance. $5000 was the amount agreed upon.
I do not know if I should be more mad at the slimy dealer or at the AAA Buying Program regional manager ** for not backing up the customers using the AAA buying program when a dealer does not honor the terms of it. I tried speaking with the dealership myself, but found that they couldn't care less about customer service once the car is off the lot, and all promises go by the wayside. I was hoping for either a refund of the $1356+tax, so as to honor the AAA and the original sales agreement(s), or at least booting the Steven's Creek dealer out of the AAA program because they refused to honor it.