Like I said earlier, they are honest and just do these things at the
tax collector, because that is what all of that auto stuff is, a tax.
Our tax collector is actually pretty good tho. I have had some strange
title issues here with boats and they made it very painless ... in one
trip. Most mundane things can be done completely online.
Once you get a paper less title, there is not any real reason to even
go up there and all they really want is the money. They take
Visa/MC/Amex on the web site.
I needed AAA service last year, because of a dead battery. There were no
delays while on the call, and and a service truck arrived in less than
an hour to start my vehicle.
They called back while I was at the shop to verify that the service went OK.
BTW, the dead battery was about 22 months old, and was replaced free.
99 days until the winter celebration (Friday December 25, 2015 12:00:00
AM for 1 day).
In cases where it is possible to go to a company to get service it is
usually far more time-effective to go there rather than to call. The DMV
and AAA are two good examples. Cellular carriers are another example.
The person on the phone is far less likely to give you an accurate answer.
Another example is HMOs. I gave up calling my HMO to get an appointment.
I just go there and make an appointment. The medical offices are 10
minutes away so it's generally faster to go there than to call. When I
explain why I didn't make an appointment on the phone they shake their
head, not at me, but at the people at the call center. First you're on
hold to talk to someone. Then they're unlikely to find you a timely
appointment even if you don't care about the appointment being with
other than your primary care physician. Then they want you to talk to an
advice nurse. Then they want you to make an appointment with a
non-physician. Then they wonder why they do poorly in patient
The other thing I learned about my HMO is that the ER is actually not a
bad deal. You get immediate care, referrals are included, and at $50
it's not much more than a PCP visit and a referral visit ($20 each).
There's a 24 hour pharmacy on-site, they take x-rays and read them while
you wait. My HMO has a wonderful ER with private rooms. They are very
fast and efficient.
I've been a AAA member for more years than I can remember, but I was
shocked, shocked to discover that they wouldn't tow my disabled car
(transmission failure) from my driveway to a used car place three miles
away willing to pay me an acceptable price for it.
Why? Because I'd taken off the license plates to transfer them to a car
I'd just bought from a dealer to replace the disabled one.
Had I known that in advance I would have had the car towed by AAA before
I took off the plates and transferred them and the registration to the
Yes, I probably could have "borrowed" the plate from my new car and put
it on the disabled one long enough for AAA to tow it, but I'm still
trying to live as much as possible by the rule, "There is no right way
to do the wrong thing."
So, I paid a private towing company a hundred bucks to put it on a flat
bed and take it to the used car place for me.
We carry towing coverage on our auto insurance. It's a small fee -- used
to be something like $3/6 mos -- I think it is double that, now. Only
used it once so I'm "behind" if you want to count that sort of thing.
OTOH, when I needed it, I just handed the receipt to my local agent and
he wrote out a check, on the spot.
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