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On 3/2/17 I was driving North the 5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Suddenly the car in front of me swerved to the right revealing a large piece of big rig tire in the middle of my lane. I had 2 seconds to decide what to do: (1) Slam on my breaks and get hit from behind, (2) Swerve to the right or left and crash into vehicles in those lanes, (3) Run over the tire debris hope for the best. I chose 3 and caused 5400.00 in body damage to my car. I filed a claim with my insurance and the adjuster said too bad so sad but this was over 51% my fault and I would have to pay the 1000.00 deductible and my insurance would go up. I said that wasn't fair but again, nothing in life is fair.
I took my car in to be repaired and got a rental car and got my car back on 3/15/17. I again said that I thought it wasn't fair that I should be at fault for debris on the FREEWAY. The insurance adjuster said I could speak to her supervisor. I took down the information and decided to call the next day as I needed time to calm down. I got a call from the adjuster today saying that after re-reviewing the claim, they determined that I wasn't at fault and that my insurance would NOT go up and they WOULD reimburse me the 1000.00 deductible.
I was pleasantly surprised. Then 30 minutes later the adjuster called back again and said that, although the accident is still not my fault, they were NOT going to reimburse me the deductible after all. I found the whole experience to be frustrating. I guess I should be grateful that ALLEGEDLY my insurance won't go up because of this. We shall see come renewal time in September.
I am a 25 years member of AAA. Today I learned something about Auto Insurance deductibles. I think most consumers believe the deductible is the amount of damage you may be required to pay. What I learned is your deductible is an amount that dictates whether AAA will assist you in collecting damages from the responsible party's insurance company... it now becomes the customer who was deemed not at fault to collect damages. In my case, I had a $1000 deductible, AAA had contact with the responsible party insurance company who will pay. The damage to my vehicle was $120 less than my $1000 deductible. So AAA contacts me to say it's now on me to collect the debt from the other insurance company... yes AAA dropped communicating on my behalf with another huge insurance company. I understand I have to pay the $880 cost upfront... but shouldn't AAA still follow up on my behalf?
This review is for AAA Southern California: I decided to switch to AAA for my auto, home and earthquake insurance based on their lower rates and past experience of receiving pretty good service (from many, many years ago). Times have definitely changed. I should have seen the red flag when I returned an agent's initial call (after I submitted a quote request online), left a voicemail and didn't hear back for days, even though his outgoing message promised a call back the same day. When we finally spoke, this agent was courteous and provided all the basic information regarding the premiums and coverages. When I finally decided to pull the trigger and switch, he was quick to send the electronic documents needed to initiate the policies. He was also quick to take my deposit.
But after reviewing the e-documents, I asked this sales agent to confirm a question about the earthquake policy. I didn't hear back for days with the excuse of it being busy because it was the end of the month. Red flag #2. Without ever signing any documents to initiate the earthquake policy -- because I never heard back regarding the changes that I wanted -- I later discovered that the earthquake policy was initiated and became in force anyway. Red flag #3. The lack of responsiveness was so frustrating that I decided to cancel all the new policies and go back to State Farm. That's when I discovered there were important details that the AAA agent omitted during the sign-up process, such as the high finance charges for installment payments (vs. one payment) and cancellation penalties (which I am trying to dispute now).
The bottom line is, although buying insurance is never pleasant, it definitely should not be purchased from a stranger in a call center with only one incentive: the commission. As for the post-sale customer service experience, no one in that part of the call center wants to deal with a former customer disputing a bogus charge either. And no one seems to have the power to do anything about it either. Not much service in customer service these days, at least not at AAA Southern California.
Probably the worst customer service I have ever received. Long story short, they would not tow my car because it was in a "safe" location. The limited service I received was shocking considering they told me I would get full service when I initially signed up. Never use this company.
I asked this company to go jump start my car. I was in Florida and my wife needed it. They said they can't because I was not with the car. This was never the case before. I called to cancel and the lady was extremely rude. I wanted to cancel my policy and they want to charge me 10 dollars to do that as well. What a scam.
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AAA Insurance (St. Louis based) has Not met my contract terms for a claim I filed with Tia ** after an accident 12/28/16 in which a rental car was needed, glasses busted and lost, 2 upside down passengers (one a chemo patient) were left stranded for 6 days without requested rental car and medical treatment were never provided, despite my making many attempts to contact them and receive proper recompense. None of the medical and lost items were provided. I have contacted the supervisors Mike ** (Total Loss) and Jeff ** (Claims). Still in the rental because Liz ** and Tisha ** mailed the check for the total loss rather than the overnight as I requested. This added 7 extra business days and 6 waiting days to even receive and clear the check. I have had pain and need my glasses.
I have been an over 3 year premium member with them, and they have bullied and tried to ruin my life by not providing the process steps, claims propriety, and have basically tried to eat my entire settlement by forcing me to continue to pay for a rental car they caused me to continue to drive due to their illegal and improper actions. All full and comprehensive coverage premiums were paid up at the time of the accident. Thank you, in advance for any and all help in resolving and making this right for my passenger and me!
On December 24th some woman with no insurance pulled out in front of me totaled my car. Police report even says she has no insurance. My insurance claim adjuster said she will take care of it then proceeded to go on vacation for 3 weeks. Came back, told me my case is closed. Apparently uninsured motorist does not cover uninsured. You could give him all the money you want but in the end they'll do whatever they can to weasel out of their responsibilities. I feel ripped off and neither me or my family will be using their services again.
I called AAA East Auto Insurance department and received a quote for my auto. I told the person that I was speaking with that I wanted an exact quote and had her to run my driver record and Consumer Info. The lady I spoke with was very thorough and gave me a quote for full coverage on 2005 - Toyota Camry for $407 or a prepay of $387.
Then comes the fun part. I spoke with her the next day or so to express my interest in purchasing the coverage. All of a sudden she tells me my current insurance company State Farm showed a lapse in coverage for approximate 10-days in March of 2016. I knew this was not correct and told her I contact State Farm to correct the matter and because her information was incorrect I might just stay with State Farm because a lapse in coverage usually means you pay a higher premium. She quickly stated I would be paying the same premium. I called State Farm and they told me they show no lapse in coverage and did not know where AAA was getting their information from. I also called a couple of other reputable companies and they ran my driver/credit information a said they showed not record of a lapse in coverage.
Today I received a call from AAA from another representative who told me the first person that I spoke with was a new agent in training which I did not believe and I told him AAA credibility was damaged with me. However, he went on to ask me question as to when I purchased the car and I asked him why he said he would be able to calculate the correct mileage. I told give him the same information that I gave the first representative (approx. 3500mi/yr.) and he then told me she had recorded 900mi I told him I did not believe that either.
My reason for not believing him was because the first agent and myself had several conversations and mileage was discussed extensively. He also wanted to know what premium I was paying with State Farm and I refused to give him that information, his rebuttal was he wanted to know if AAA would be saving me any money. I told him I did not like giving out that sort of information so it can be manipulated the company's advantage. He re-phrased his question about what I was paying State Farm and I told him he just re-framed the same question. I just refused to answer.
At some point he made the comment that the information his company was able to obtain from State Farm was limited. He then told me my premium would cost me instead of $407 for 6-mo. it would be $445. In essence AAA was trying to find some slick way of charging me more for my premium since the lapse in coverage did not work they tried the mileage calculation strategy. Too bad the last person that I spoke with did not have all of his facts together as to why I called AAA in the first place, I told the first agent that I spoke with my primary reason for wanting to leave State Farm was poor customer service. Of course if I could save money that would be good. In summary I do not trust this company.
The people who work there are very friendly. I call to pay my bill every month. Like all Ins companies, they have their drawbacks. Some people wouldn't notice. The roadside service is 5 star! I have used it 4 times since I got it 5 yrs ago. Each time I have used it they were there quickly. The roadside service price you save good money. The policy itself has helped us more times than I care to admit. Question 1- Would I recommend this Ins company? YES! And I am staying with them!
AAA 9 Charleston St Wellsboro PA 16901. They are very dishonest to their customers. According to their tax chart and guidelines it says (I have the papers) "Pennsylvania will recognize a credit for local sales and use tax paid to another state, only if the tax is collected by that state and paid under a provision of state law. This chart does not include local sales tax rates." So according their guidelines they are suppose to count the local tax, use tax and the chart is only state tax. According to them the only follow the chart which is state tax to register your vehicle. When we were in CO we paid 2.9% state 1% county 3% city. Both county and city taxes are considered local tax.
Their guidelines state they recognize and will use it to deduct. Well they did not do so according to the employees. All they use is state where their tax guidelines and documents state otherwise. They are thieves by doing this and breaking the law. So they charge you additional tax as if it wasn't ever paid in full. We have now paid 10% sales tax to register a vehicle. And when you tell them in the office "no I got insurance already we don't need any just registering today" man they get mad and then let you know you have to pay an additional $70 because you went there to register, unless you want to sign up for one of their credit cards. LOL no thank you I don't want or need a credit card. Cash is fine with me.
I will never do business with them again. There are other places to register each year that will cost less in gas to drive to then to go in their building and be charged extra by them. They are a horrible company. If you want a customer to be willing to want your insurance and additional business you don't charge them additional money when they come in. I would have considered their insurance when ours expires in 6 months but after the additional crooked charges I will no longer consider getting their insurance or anything else for that manner.
AAA ARE BAD BUSINESS AND THIEVES. I get my car towed by AAA. I give them directions and address. They send my car 6 miles away to wrong address. Call them again. They need me to be present at the location... The driver steals my money... He was drunk or/and high. Very unprofessional, waste of my time and money, I got AAA for roadside assistance but that was THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER - CANCELING AAA.
On Feb. 9, 2017 my daughter slid off the road due to snow. After calling for help was told they could not help because there was restrictions due to weather. But, she could call for a wrecker herself and they would reimburse her. Now if she could call a wrecker then why can't AAA? She had no money on her so she had to bundle up her children and start walking home in the dark on unlit streets. They stated they could not dispatch to residential areas due to weather. So, beware. Your memberships are not usable during winter months in New England. Shame on you AAA!!! Leaving children stranded is just not civil. Shame on you!
I'm not satisfied with my services with triple A of CO. at all. I have had two incidents happened in one day my first time using their services. Customer service was horrible by reps and supervisors they want to argue about things that they know is complete bs. They were in the wrong when my car had got damages on the back of their tow truck supposedly for malfunctioning of the truck and the driver take full responsibility. And all of a sudden they are treating me like I'm the bad person here that has to pay for the damages. Saying that I have to go through a claims department and see who's to blame here when it's obvious my car was damaged on the back of their truck on the way to our destination.
Meanwhile my car is fixed at a shop waiting for me to pick up but I have to wait for the claims department to get ahold of me to try to fix my car. Two tires were dragged and popped remind you they were brand new. I would never go through this company ever again. I get to wait for my vehicles damages to get paid for before I can take it from the shop. Triple A has been more of a burden than a help. Go elsewhere.
I have had AAA car insurance for awhile and had been thrilled with the low rates and what I thought exceptional customer service. In 2015, another driver crossed over 4 lanes of traffic and totaled my car. Ten months later, a deer tried to leap over my car but broke the roof and windshield, also causing the car to be totaled. In between all this, I scraped the side of my car on a boulder that was out of my line of vision. This was my fault and the only car damage claim, other than comprehensive, that I have filed in 45 years of driving. This alone raised my rates 40%. Yikes! I know the not at fault claims do not raise your rates, but what would they have risen to if they did??? I have three vehicles insured, a 2009 Hyundai, 1998 Dodge truck and a 2008 horse trailer. I can't imagine what drivers would pay if they scraped up a new car costing three times what my vehicles cost together!!!
My girlfriend got T-boned by some sorority girl who was texting and driving through a red light turn a week ago. Our car was dented and the passenger door won't open, and because it's over 10 years old, the claims agent said it's enough damage to count as a total loss. We've been dealing with that news accordingly, and my girl has been having to bum rides to work for a week now (since there is also some fluid leaking and she doesn't want to risk driving it). She filed the claim immediately after the incident, and we provided the info for a witness that stopped and confirmed it wasn't my girl's fault.
Almost a week later, and multiple attempts to contact the agent again, we finally got a hold of her manager who at last directed us back to the claims agent... and she hasn't even touched the case. It had been 4 business days since the claim was filed. I don't know if she is overworked, or just a bad worker, but she hadn't even attempted to contact the sorority chick's insurance company yet. It has been a week now, and through no fault of our own, my girlfriend has been having to bum rides to work AND had to go to the chiropractor because her shoulder has been in pain.We are simply waiting on our claims agent to DO SOMETHING and help us resolve the current issues of a) having a car that is apparently "totaled", b) shoulder pain, and c) not being at fault for any of it, yet having to deal with these consequences without any sign of hope via payment from the sorority chick's insurance.
AAA, I used to think you were worth the cost, but honestly a lawyer is looking like it would provide more value and expediency than your ineffective claims agents.
I'm handicapped with Cerebral Palsy and have been a member with AAA for so many years I can't even count. They came today to pick up my handicap van to take it to the shop for repairs. This shop because it's a handicap van sales shop that sells handicapped vans and repairs them is a hour and half drive from where I live. They picked up my van, drove it that far and dropped it off. I called AAA to see since the truck was already down there and the fact was I couldn't go with the truck when it was picked up because I'm in a power wheelchair and can't get up in the truck and to they won't anybody ride in a car or van that's being towed I couldn't go. I have to have a handicap van and while my van was going to be tied up for days I was going to rent a van till mine was finished with the repairs.
I ask AAA if the truck could bring the rental van back to me since AAA wouldn't let me ride in my van to go with driver. AAA said "No." The truck was coming back to Birmingham, AL. Anyways so with gas being as high as it is here's what's so stupid about AAA. The truck drove a hour and half one way so why couldn't they just bring me the van. If you can get up in the truck one can go with your auto but, in my case I can't ride in my own van because of AAA policies. I couldn't get out of my wheelchair to ride in the truck so a handicapped person with AAA hasn't the rights as their other customers but yet we have to pay the same yearly prices. This sucks. I could see it if that truck wasn't coming back to the same place it left from.
As soon as my time's up with AAA I'll never renew my account with them. All of you might think that just because I'm handicapped and can't do as everybody else can it my bad luck. Well, This could have been you in my condition and how would you have felt stuck without a way to get around. If I had to go to a doctor or hospital then look what it would cost me. If AAA would do me this way it shows just what kind of company they are. LOW DOWN!
AAA's insured driver put a huge dint in my car, while she was visiting Reno. I had no dings in my car previous to this incident, and take pride in parking away from other cars. Nov. 19, 2016 Thanksgiving week, a lady parked her car further to one side of the identified parking area; which this day had very strong winds greater than 20 mph. Her door blew open and damaged my car. She could not have closed her door without having to pull and scrape my door again. At this time, she knew that she caused damage to my car; no question.
There were two other people with me; we waited an hour for her to return to her car. When she opened her door, the designer area of the door aligned 100% with the damage on my car. She hurried and closed her door, as I took pictures. She lied to her insurance, AAA, and said that she did not cause the damage. AAA sent adjusters to measure my car damage and hers. The adjuster, whom obtained the measurements, also confirmed that the file indicates that the measurements align. AAA is saying the measurements are off by 5". I know 100% that the measurements align, so I asked for the measurements and pictures; AAA never sent the file.
I did my own investigation; going to a car dealer measuring the same make, model, year of her car and proved that the same model car door aligns to the damage on my car, there was no measurement difference - it aligned 100%. I sent the info to AAA, and never received a response. AAA is straight out lying about the damage not aligning. They said I have to get with my insurance. Why would I pay a deductible for damage that is confirmed as caused by their client? How can an insurance company straight out lie? I am not done yet, when I know I am right, have witnesses, and pictures. The statement at the end of this site submission states: "I understand that ConsumerAffairs has zero-tolerance policy on fake reviews" - this should also state "zero-tolerance policy for AAA Insurance dishonesty!"
Requiring me to be there at the vehicle when I am unable to be during a reasonable time of day because I work and traffic is terrible until late at night. Also if their damn mechanics had done the correct fix I would not be in this situation in the first place... I don't even cuss but AAA has really put me off.
Filing a claim with AAA Auto was not painful and was efficiently handled. Calls were always handled and process went okay. It was easy to get answers and information to process claim as efficiently as possible.
AAA Auto has excellent customer service and fast response (settled claim). It's a great company with many benefits though they could reward their repeat customers better and the policy could be better discounted.
I have been a member of AAA Northern California for 40 years. I moved to Central California and tried to keep my auto policy here. I was able to keep my AAA road card which states 40 Year member. But for auto and home I was told I had to start over again and get the one year level rates which are much higher because it's considered a new policy since my area is covered by Southern California. I'm 1/2 way between San Francisco and LA. My rates were higher and I had to change auto and home policies. I keep the roadside assistance but no longer do business with a company that wouldn't accept 40 years of loyalty. BAD BUSINESS! Bad for the consumer. I'm upset with them. I never did business with any other insurance for my cars and home. I will never do business again.
I have had AAA for roadside assistance in the past but due to financial constraints, I cancelled the account. Today I looked at my bank account and found out they took out $114.00 for a renewed account. I have not had their service in two years and even have a different debit card from when I first signed up. When talking to AAA's customer service representatives, they had to call their own corporate office to see who authorized the automatic withdrawal from my account. When the customer service representative got back on the phone, she claimed that that AAA's corporate office told them that my bank gave them my debit card number, complete with expiration date and authorization code.
When I did have the service, I never signed up for automatic withdrawals. No bank in the world would just give out someone's bank account or debit/credit card number. It is clearly fraud on AAA's part as I had not had the service in two years and somehow, they acquired my bank card information by their own admission. I have called my bank and their fraud department is investigating the matter. If you have had a AAA account in the past, check your bank accounts to make sure they do not do this to you.
I have dealt with AAA on two separate occasions and the people have been wonderful, very helpful, very informative and the rates have brought me back. Customer service is outstanding and very professional. I will not go anywhere else for auto insurance. I also like that I can count on getting a callback if I leave a message.
I was with a different insurance company before and checked around for competitive premium rates. AAA not only beat everyone else by a long shot, but also offered me valuable recommendations on how to enhance my coverage and still save a bundle. Bought a new car last week. The AAA staff was awesome in how they processed my request to add the new vehicle to my policy. No fuss. They have prompt, courteous customer care with a smile.
Customer service sales department was welcoming, thorough, patient, & keep to their commitment to follow up with me to complete & activate the policy as expediently as possible. They were very helpful with deciphering policy insurance needs for my household.
It was easy to get a rep. He was professional and assisted me through the claim and followed up. The claim process went very well and was handled promptly. I have had SCAAA insurance for my autos for many years. I have had very few claims but have very pleased with the response and customer service with them when I need service. The only gripe would be that I believe the premiums are high. I am retired so I do not drive very much, my driving record is clean and has been for many years, so I believe that my premiums should reflect that.
The cost of the policy is very good. AAA give auto policy owner discounts on your policy if you have other insurance policy's with them.
My car died in rush hour traffic. 4:40 pm I'm on the phone with AAA emergency call line, because of my location. The police come and help move me out of the (L) fast lane on 84 in Windsor, CT where 91 No.-So. merge of 4 lanes with on ramp cars coming from everywhere it seemed. I got half hour tops but you will be notified of any change and the driver will call when in route. 5:15 I call back. Recording states that driver will be there at 5:51 pm. My 1/2 hr I thought turned into an hour wait, upset and not being able to leave my car or go to the bathroom. I wait on hold to confirm just an hour and I'll see them at 5:51. When I finally got through 5:55 I was told that the wrecker went to a police call. I asked “When were you going to tell me?” “We will get back to you...” Now 6:15, “Sorry we will get another wrecker dispatched.” 6:30 still nothing I call a local co AAA contractor. Statement: “Yup I’m free. I'm right off the ramp 1/4 mile, but I can’t come, I can’t take direct calls.”
I can use you and file a claim they said. They would reimburse, nope can’t. Breaks my contract. I'll lose my contract. Oh and good luck getting reimbursed. They will tell you they investigated and their people took all the right steps. You'll see no reimbursement. Now 6:50 on with AAA. Again truck will be there at 7:01. Still sitting on the side of the road driver calls direct be there in 25 min (wasn’t). So let me tell you I started this nightmare sacred cold and alone. AAA was less than helpful and total wait time 4:40 to 7:33, to the garage by 8:05, home 8:30. Try to find a rental car at that hour. Whatever you do, if you are a gold member paying good fees don’t think because you have AAA gold premier, that you will be helped in a emergency – crisis. And note they are in OHIO, no concepts of CT bad areas or here is a really good one. They suggesting that I leave my car with the key in it, in a bad area.
Great company. Oh but they are sorry? I said what does that get me? “You get 4 calls a year. We will remove this one. You’re back to 4.” I laughed and said "You really think I'm doing this again with you." Then I asked the less than concerned operator, how do I get the 4 hours of my life back. I just lost! Good luck!! AAA members in CT Hartford area AAA stinks. Take heed.
All companies where I live are competitively priced for auto insurance, but AAA offered the best discounts for a combined home and auto package. They were fair in handling my claim and sent me written correspondence to confirm all updates on my case. I was able to fill out a form initially online and was then contacted by a representative who took a statement. They were professional and fast in handling the claim. They are knowledgeable, too. They arranged a rental car and suggested a very competent shop for repairs.
The agents are always responsive in a timely manner, patient with my questions and are consistent about keeping me up to date on my insurance policy changes or updates. The prices are competitive and I believe the coverage is acceptable.
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AAA is officially a federation of motor clubs that offers auto insurance to drivers across America. The company now has more than 54 million members, and it operates out of its corporate headquarters in both Heathrow, FL, and Washington, D.C.
- Specialized insurance: AAA Auto Insurance offers policies to drivers of very specific types of vehicles, like classic cars.
- Educational opportunities: The company offers drivers online courses in defensive driving, which gives customers a 10% discount on their plan.
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- Accident Assist: People who cover their vehicles with AAA accident can take advantage of the company's Accident Assist program, which provides roadside assistance, towing services and rental vehicles for drivers in the case of an accident.
- Garage parking discount: AAA offers many unique discounts to members, including ones who choose to park their car in a protected garage rather than outside in the elements.
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