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The United States Automobile Association (USAA) began in 1922 in San Antonio, Texas by 25 Army officers who needed to insure their automobiles. Today, USAA also offers banking services, health insurance, online shopping items and an advice center. Their clientele has grown to include all past and present military and their families, as well as a select group of individuals outside of the military. Stuart Parker, retired United States Air Force officer, is the CEO. Under 4 major lines of business, USAA has 46 different products and 5 services. There are 19 locations, but only the headquarters is a full service operation. USAA also has online and mobile banking options.
USAA offers the largest portfolio of products for the military. These products are designed as the standard products offered to the general public, but with specific features that fulfill the unique needs of soldiers, veterans, the honorable discharged, and their family members.
USAA has the unique structure of being an entity of members who insure each other. This means there are no shareholders; their entire account belongs to them. Each year, members receive profits from their investment, based on how much premium they paid and their account balance.
Banking services are available with all of the modern conveniences of completing transactions in person, by mail, online or on the phone. Checks are free at every order and can be deposited by mail. Soldiers and veterans are also entitled to free financial counseling. USAA account holders can count on the following benefits:
Account holders can download the mobile app for Google play and Apple for free, and take advantage of many features. In addition to depositing checks, paying bills and transferring funds, they can track spending, and on Google Play, research investment markets, get quotes and make trades.
USAA products and services are not offered to a select group of people who, by the same values upon which this business has been established, are also entitled to have them. Widows, widowers, and children of the military who did not have a USAA membership are not eligible to join.
Although there is a large quantity of products that USAA offers, the quality is lacking. The automobile insurance rates are comparatively higher than other major companies. Credit card payments are designed to pay off interest, and little of the actual balance. The accounts that see extremely low interest rates include:
What USAA has in terms of products and services, it lacks in terms of customer services. There are over 500 complaints posted from old and new customers alike about the negative experiences they have had. Most of the complaints are concerning the negligent way auto claims are handled. There are cases in which USAA are accused of catering to the unrepresented party in an accident to compensate for their negligence, even when the uninsured is at fault. Other reports explain general practices of negligence, resulting in slow resolution of claims.
Clients are stating that USAA, the company developed to service the military in a way that they deserve, are NOT providing that service. Some of the members have received such bad service that they believe USAA is a con.
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I have been a USAA member for almost 30 years. Last week I moved all my banking to Navy Federal (great place) and I will also not be renewing my USAA insurance policies. Their customer service has devolved from absolutely stellar to barely functional. I'm so disappointed in what USAA has become. They will no longer get any of my business. There was a time in my life when I couldn't imagine surviving without them, but now I can't wait for them to close my accounts.
Good coverage, but I think there are better prices. My experience with USAA has been that they have excellent customer service, though.
USAA really has a great banking app. It is super easy and convenient to use. Transferring funds from other banks is extremely fast, and paying bills is easy. I have had to talk to customer service several times and have always had a positive experience. I would recommend using USAA to anyone who has a military background or military family member.
There customer service isnt all bad, when your just starting out. Once your out they get pretty bad. They should honestly be ashamed of themselves or atleast fire there entire customer service. They have some great perks though. The car shopping and discounts is a pretty nice feature to have. Sometimes 5,000 off sticker price though in all honesty Ive gotten quite a bit more than that off without any of there help, it is nice though if your are not used to dealing with salesmen though. The insurance is hit or miss, I have a friend who swears by them but has never gotten in a wreck or needed to use them. If you ask around there are some pretty unhappy customers, if you get there insurance make sure to have GAP insurance to be safe they are really hit or miss. My wife got in a real bad wreck and only received 300 dollars. This company cost me quite a bit of money for a period of a month, I had to survive a month of cereal and dollar TV diners, due to a mistake at USAA and only got a sorry and we can give you 45 dollars back. They do some good things but they also do some horrible things as well. For every happy customer they have 3-5 who wish the company would go bankrupt and eventually go somewhere else. They pray on young service members and there families though. My experience was absolutley horrible, and they did some real shaddy things that affected my credit score. I dont owe them anything either I paid all my debts in full, they just did something verry unethical to me and I will allways remember what they did and friends and family do too.