Being a member of a premier Automobile Club offers female motorists more than prompt, reliable roadside service says Emile Spence, Jamaica National Building Society Executive in charge of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA). He also maintains that membership provides opportunities for great savings on travel and shopping ventures and an array of convenient motoring services.
“The JAA is more than just an auto club,” Mr. Spence comments “It’s a pillar of comfort to all our members and we aim to provide services, which ease the burden of not only travel, but also reduces economic challenges.”
Having JAA membership offers women the peace of mind of having access to breakdown and accident services from a competent and internationally certified recovery team of technicians who are located across the island. They respond quickly to calls from the toll free emergency line at: 1-888-CALL JAA. All JAA response technicians are competent in operating all standard forms of land transportation, including motorcycles, and are qualified automotive technicians.
“Our technicians can manage every aspect of road emergency, from assessing security concerns on the spot and providing security if necessary, to coordinating transportation of your disabled vehicle to a garage. They will also call for medical assistance, if it is needed,” Duane Ellis, JAA Operations Manager explains. Accident scene reconstruction is also a capability all response technicians possess, in order to assist with crash investigations.
Beyond that, the JAA also provides a number of convenient and affordable services for its clients including valet and document renewal packages. For example, members can save the time lost in joining queues to get their motor vehicles’ fitness certified, Mr. Ellis adds, by simply making a phone call to the Association to have the matter handled by a valet.
“Call us and we will inspect your vehicle to ensure that it is in order. Then we will take it for assessment at the Examination Depot which is just next door to our offices on Central Avenue in Swallowfield.”
In addition, the Association offers document renewal services free of charge to members; and it is also available to non-members for a fee of $500. The JAA takes your documents, waits in line at the tax office and returns the renewed documents to you,” Mr. Ellis says.
These services fit naturally into the overall response services provided by the JAA because of the logistical capabilities of the team, Mr. Ellis says.
“And, there are myriads of business places where our members can access discounts,” says Mr. Spence. “JAA members can use their membership cards to save as much as 20 percent at more than 200 stores and shops across the island.”
He noted that women can save when shopping at electronics and jewellery stores; clothing and shoes stores; at beauty salons, spas, gyms; at flower shops, gift shops, restaurants and even access discounts on hotel accommodation.
“Showing your JAA membership card can also gain you discounted access to visitor attractions and even discounts on services from wedding planners,” he pointed out.
Becoming a JAA member is easy. The motor club has two membership packages which offer similar services but are differentiated based on usage. Persons can either choose to be a Platinum member for a cost of $7,000 annually or a Gold member for $4,100 annually.
“Whichever package you choose, when you are a JAA member your benefits multiply,” Mr. Spence maintained.