Sunday 10th of September 2017 01:14:06 PM
On 5/1/17, I received a Renewal Notice from the Automobile Club of Southern California at my Nevada address. Having recently moved from California to Nevada, I thought I'd call and have my membership transferred from California to Nevada as a part of the renewal process. I thought it a bit odd that I should receive a Membership Renewal for Southern California at my Nevada address since I had not notified them of an address change. Then, I concluded that AAA must have automatically changed my address based on a Life Insurance Policy I have with them (on which I did submit an address change).I called the 800 number for membership services. After navigating through the non-live person phone tree, I was finally connected to a live individual. After asking for my membership number, etc., this person said they were in the Northern California AAA office and could not help me, but would transfer me to the Southern California office. Instead, I was put back into the automated phone tree, put on hold awaiting a live person. When the call was finally answered, it was the Insurance Division of AAA. I explained to them what I was trying to do (simple renewal and transfer) after giving them all my information for the SECOND TIME. Again, I was told by this individual that they would transfer me to someone in the Southern California AAA Membership Office that could help me. 5 seconds later, I was back into the original automated phone tree where I originally started.We are now at the 15 minute mark of being on the phone, navigating the phone tree, being on hold, or being transferred to the wrong location for a simple membership renewal and transfer. Back through the phone tree and on hold, finally getting in touch with a live person in the Southern California AAA Membership Office. They said they would be glad to help me with the membership renewal and transfer, although they said that the Nevada is a separate business entity, but under the nationwide AAA umbrella. They said they would call Nevada AAA and give them my information if I would hold... 5 seconds later, I was back in the original automated phone tree. In the phone tree this time, I punched "0" and waited for someone to come online while holding.When I finally got a live person, it was the Membership Division (a different person this time). They asked for my membership number which I provided (for the 4th time) and asked how they could help me. I stated that I wanted to renew my Membership and transfer it from the Southern California AAA to the Nevada AAA. I was told by this person (I assume working in the same office as the previous person) that she could not help me with that--that I would have to contact Nevada AAA and join them as a new member (been 14 years with the AAA Southern California). I told this person that the previous person I spoke with said this COULD be done in their office and was in the process of helping me do it when I was disconnected and placed back into the automated phone tree. The current person insisted that she could not help me with the membership issue.We are now at the 30 minute mark of time spent on the phone: dialing, going through phone trees, being mis-transferred, talking to at least 4 different people, and losing ALL PATIENCE. So, I told the person that I was speaking to that I will not be rejoining such an inefficient, time-wasting, ridiculous organization as a member. I gave her my membership number and told her to CANCEL my membership immediately... and in the process, was put back into the original automated phone tree!!!If you are thinking of joining the AAA in California, Nevada, or anywhere else, you will probably be time and money ahead by simply paying for services (towing, etc.) as you need them, rather than subsidizing an organization so disconnected from each other and its membership base as the AAA is. As of 24 hours later, I have received no follow-up telephone calls from anyone at the AAA about this issue. I'm assuming the last person I spoke with did not even inform a supervisor of a membership problem that needed to be looked into. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!The reason I am providing this review is to let others know that the AAA is apparently unable to provide simple membership services via telephone--and to alert others to the high level of inefficiency in this organization. At one time, the AAA was the epitome of automobile services organizations. IMO, this is no longer true.