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The AAA is growing a chain of repair shops in the mid-Atlantic states. AAA started in 2011, and now have 11 repair shops which they use to sell insurance, increase membership and perform automotive repairs. AAA plans on opening up more facilities in the next few years. AAA has different clubs across the country and each have different strategies.

 

As an AAA Approved repair shop in New York, you can only imagine that there are questions I would like to have answered.

 

Below is a link to an article in Tire Business Magazine.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20140804/ISSUE/308049999/going-clubbing-for-car-repairs-competition-growth-strategy

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Northern New England AAA which is part of the California AAA group is taking a very different approach to this issue. They had a couple of stand alone repair facilities which they have closed. They have told us they have no intention to get into the repair business and want to partner with us to build our business. They had some interesting study results that showed AAA customers who had been into independent AAA repair facilities renewed their AAA memberships at a 6% (I believe that was the figure) higher rate.

Each AAA group is handling this differently, so you may want to ask your group what their intentions are.

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