My AAA Card: A Handy Little Tool Of The Trade

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

AAA is just amazing.  They didn't pay me to write this post.  They just awed me with fabulous customer service.

Yesterday, my car didn't want to start, so my neighbor helped with a jump start.  All was fine until I pulled over to make a phone call on my way home from the office.  I turned off the engine and after about a fifteen minute chat, it just wouldn't turn over. 

Nada. 

Nothing!  

Oops.

Now, I should mention that I left my house without my wallet, and all of my cash, credit cards, ATM card and my AAA card were all sitting on the cozy coffee table in my living room.  I did, however, have my check book with me.  Other than that, I might have qualified as a vagrant.

What to do?  I called AAA (I have their number stored on my I-Phone), and they were able to pull up my membership information over the phone.  They promised that a truck would be there within 40 minutes. 

Within 5 minutes, I got a call from their jump start guy, as he pulled his truck up beside me.  I mean, talk about exceeding expectations! 

It turned out my old battery was a goner.  AAA trucks always carry a supply of new batteries, and their guy offered to install a new one for a very reasonable price.  But wait!  I didn't have my credit cards.  I did have a check book, but not a shred of ID!  He took my check and sent me on my way with a brand new battery with a six-year warranty.

These guys have it down. 

For a car-ignorant driver like me, they provide an extremely valuable service, and they do it really well. 

I mean, wow!  These guys are turning into my new best friend!  They're at least as fabulous as my neighbor who got me off to a good start in the morning!

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Carol Hamilton
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It is great to hear such a positive testimonial.  Sometimes people only spread the word about the negative experiences.  I'm so glad it all worked out for you.  It would have been a cold walk.

January 10, 2010 02:33 PM
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Elizabeth Bolton
Cambridge MA Realtor
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

Hi Pat ~ Sometimes I wonder how Triple A does it - it's very inexpensive considering the service they provide.  You sure had a day of it. Yeegads!

Liz

January 10, 2010 11:32 PM
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Cheryl Ritchie
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RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com

Wow! What a nice endorsement for AAA! Glad they helped you get out of the scrape!

January 11, 2010 05:42 AM
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Eric & Rebecca~ Getz/Pepper
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I too can praise AAA for saving me in a pinch.  Early one day I was keeping a tight schedule and found myself unable to dodge an enormous pothole.  Ouch!  that hurt and sounded horrible.  Everything seemed fine, at least for the next mile.  A humming noise prompted me to pull over and realize I was now running on a totally flat tire.  No problem, I will get out the dummy tire and be on my way.  I know my wife subscribes to the AAA service, the card is in my wallet but I can handle this.  I moved the seats and pulled up 2 layers of carpet in my Honda Mini Van to get the spare.  I knew right where it was.  Then I just need the jack.  I knew right where that was too.  So I thought.  Opened the compartment and nothing.  All of the sudden I could picture exactly in my garage where the jack sits.  Not sure why it was there but it was there.  Probably some project I was working on unrelated to my vans tire that the jack came in handy for.  Thank you AAA!

July 25, 2010 06:20 PM
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Gloria Martinez-Weiland
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Prospect Equities Premier

I have the premium coverage and it is well worth it. They tow up to 100 miles to your preferred auto mechanic shop. When my brakes went out on the expressway, I was lucky to be driving slow and moved to the construction zone safely. AAA alerted police to come and check on me to make sure I was safe until they arrived with the flatbed tow.  I was amazed when the tow person was a woman and she did the job in 15 minutes!

In addtion, I do not shop often at target, but since they have 10%  discount for AAA cardholders, I think I will give it a try. I can always buy pampers for my grandchild. There are many more benefits. I will never give up my AAA.

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!