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AAA 'No Hassle' Auto Buying Service a rip-off
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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.

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Waste of Time and Full of Lies
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Rating: 1/51

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS -- We had some SEVERE storms in our area, and called AAA when our roof began to leak, and ruin our ceiling. We called AAA and got them out as soon as possible considering we had several more storms on the way. I took off work to meet with the guy coming to inspect the roof, who said there was damage and he would be writing the report stating that the roof needed replaced due to damage, and that we would receive a letter with a check to help with the damages.

A week later another adjuster called and stated that the photos that were taken were not clear and he needed to come out and look at it. Then four days later and two more rainy nights he calls to tell us that our insurance is not going to cover any of the damage, and that the issues with our roof our due to "installation".

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Refusal of Service
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Rating: 1/51

ARIZONA -- Our car broke down on a narrow shoulder on a dangerous mountain road, with no cell reception for miles. AAA refused to send a tow truck because we did not remain with the vehicle, even though we came in to a central location on the edge of town where no tow truck could have gotten to the vehicle without driving right past us.

The first thing the call center asks is are you safe, and are there animals or children in the vehicle. It was not a safe location, and we did have animals. But forget all that: HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO GET ROAD SERVICE FROM AAA WHEN YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE CAR TO MAKE A PHONE CALL??? I'm cancelling my membership.

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Corrupt Company
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Rating: 1/51

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK -- AAA is a corrupt company who collects payments and then drops their clients if they make too many claims. The day after Christmas, AAA dropped my mother's insurance. This was after a drunk driver totaled her vehicle. They gave her very little time to choose a new vehicle, and she ended up getting one with faulty suspension, which caused her to injure her leg severely. Her injury required two surgeries, involving 27 Staples, and resulted in a pulmonary embolism. This cost the insurance company more money; however, this claim was a result of their own reluctance to give her a fair deal after the drunk driving incident.

When a drunk driver destroyed her vehicle, which was her prized possession, AAA refused to allow her to repair her car (which cost $3000 less than the total value of the car) and they refused to grant her a reasonable amount of time she to find a new car. As a result, they ended up having to pay for the injuries caused by the faulty suspension in a car she bought solely because she did not have enough time to shop around. Now, they are dropping her insurance. AAA is an unethical company. I am warning everyone I know not to get their insurance or their roadside assistance through this corrupt, immoral company.

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Towing
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Rating: 2/51

TIDEWATER, VIRGINIA -- I called AAA because the transmission in my car died. It's my husband's vehicle and I hadn't noticed that while we had current registration he had not put the sticker on the plate. Tow truck shows up and notices and tells me it's now $200 to tow my car home! So I told him I couldn't afford that and he left me and 3 kids to figure out how to get the car and ourselves home.

Why do I pay for these options if I can't use them? This was also not disclosed during the time of the call. Luckily the person whose driveway I was able to pull into let me keep my car there until I can return with the plate sticker. I also don't blame the driver as I do AAA. He had an order to follow to not allow my car to be towed. I place this solely on AAA.

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Contracted Service provider
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Rating: 2/51

GEORGIA -- Be careful dealing with AAA. They get you sign a contract with no price schedule attached to the contract, tell you all about how this contract is so much better than the last, give you a price sheet they say isn't the correct rates. And just all out lie about the whole thing. Then when its time to get paid from them you realize you didn't get paid for everything you submitted. You then have to submit all the paperwork with your mileage, maps, as detailed as possible.

Then they still may not pay you 100% of what you have done. And if they call you to do any type of road service and the customer leaves the scene, you get nothing!! They don't feel its their responsibility to pay you if they dispatch you and their customer leaves..

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AAA Is A Scam - From A AAA Dispatchers Lips
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Rating: 1/51

ANYWHERE USA -- Every bad review about 3A is accurate. The biggest problem is they continue to open new memberships and greedily collect money yet they have so many members now that the supply cannot keep up with the demand. They hire/contract regular tow companies to perform these services (these tow trucks do not belong to AAA they belong to private owners). They do not have enough tow trucks to service all these members and since most of the time cars break down during traffic commute times, this is what causes super long wait times.

AAA is greedy and will keep accepting new memberships knowing they have not thoroughly explained their policies and procedures and are not the caped super hero's to help you in your time of need. They are a corporation of thieves like EVERY SINGLE OTHER CORPORATION THAT EXISTS. It's all about greed. AAA has not upgraded their computer systems in over 2 decades to keep up with technology and demand in order to improve efficiency because they are greedy and cheap.

Do not waste your money on AAA. Keep your money and set it aside to pay a tow truck directly as you will almost always receive better service when you are paying cash and cut out the greedy middle man. PLUS AAA only pays 30-40 dollars per local run to these tow companies. That is barely worth it to them. It pays fuel and little else. AAA is not worth it for anybody except AAA. Because they keep getting richer and richer while more and more of you are stranded on the roads. Save your AAA money and put it away for a tow and a rainy day. You will be better off.

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Dreadful Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51

WALLA WALLA / TRI CITIES, WASHINGTON -- Big company that caters only to the Seattle WA area population but enjoys taking money & membership benefits from the rural areas of Eastern Washington. They closed the Walla Walla WA office without notice leaving the nearest office 50 miles away in the Tri Cities. I have called that office to get road travel info only to be apparently talking to Penny a clueless ditz working there.

Where do they get these people or am I really talking to someone in India who doesn't know where anything is in the United States? Membership & service is not what it used to be. I will be taking my emergency road service to another company where I pay a whole lot less & get better service. As they say... you're paying for the name only. Company gone bad & is a well named rip off.

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Junk Mail!!!!
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Rating: 1/51

DENVER, COLORADO -- Do not get a AAA membership - you will be overwhelmed with junk mail. I couldn't believe the number of credit card offers and other crap I immediately started receiving. All of it was affiliated with AAA, so I have no doubt it was because I had become a member. I immediately opted out over the phone. The recording told me it would take several weeks for it to take effect. I waited those several weeks. Things seemed to quite down. But then about 6 months later, I started getting junk mail again.

I called to talk to someone about it, but the operator told me there was no one available. So I told her to send me to someone so I could cancel my membership. She immediately sent me to a live person. I doubt the irony of that even occurred to her. I canceled my membership and the woman thanked me and said goodbye without asking why I was canceling.

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Stranded and Not Caring
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Rating: 1/51

OREGON -- On July 18, 2013 I was driving my Ford Cargo van and a small trailer on vacation. Gold prospecting in southern Oregon, I came to a big hill just passed Canyonville on I 5 about 30 miles from Grants Pass. All of sudden I noticed smoke out the back and the truck slowing down, I almost made it to the top. The engine sounded fine but no tranny. I called AAA. I had AAA plus. It was about 3:30 pm they said they would have someone there to tow me soon. The tow truck got there around 5:00 pm. The driver was nice and got me hooked up and towed me to his boss' shop so he could remove my drive line.

We got there after 6:00pm. The mechanic was having trouble removing the drive line. He said he could not do it. The owner shows up at 7:00pm says he is not going to tow me because triple A doesn't pay him enough to tow me to Eugene. He says AAA does not cover box vans or small trailers. He parked my truck across the street on the Hwy shoulder, unhooks me and leaves me. No Water, no nothing. He was a total jerk.

I just paid my AAA plus $171.00 the week earlier to be covered for this. I am a 100% disabled Vietnam vet with several health issues. I had my 4 English bull dogs with me and a Cockatoo. One English bulldog was overheating so bad he was foaming at the mouth and noise badly I didn't think he was going to make it. The owner watched me from across the street smiling and joking and pointing while I was trying to save my dog.

I was on the phone with AAA from 6:30pm to 1:00am trying to get them to tow me. They told me on page 14 part way down there was a small paragraph that said they will not tow box van or utility trailers unless there is a motorcycle in it. I said what booklet? The one we sent you when you first sign up. I said "are you kidding? 15 years ago? You have taken my $171.00 for 15 years and now you're going to let me down when I need you?"

Anyway, 6:30pm to 1:00am to get them to OK the tow on the side of a highway w/ 4 dogs. They called back and said the tow truck will not tow me with the drive line hooked up and I needed to change the right rear trailer tire? (there was 70% tread on it...). I said I would do it in the dark if it meant me getting out of there. I did it in about 45 min. both. With the tools I had with me.

Bill's towing should not be a AAA tow service. Very rude, non caring. Their driver could not apologize enough for the rude behavior of their owner. If you're a AAA member, you should e-mail them first, describe what you'll be doing have them e-mail you back so you have it in writing. They don't cover a lot of dirt roads either (by the way). AAA should give a booklet each time you pay your yearly fee. That's not too unreasonable is it??

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