We had to use that cross-border compatibility just this past summer.
We'd driven down to Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC for summer
vacation. At one point we were at Tyson's Galleria mall in McLean, VA.
After some shopping we went back to the car, only to discover the keys
were locked in. Oops! Called CAA in Canada, was switched to AAA. AAA
dispatched a guy who took an hour to get there (it was busy that night),
then was into the car in 10 seconds.
The hour's wait wasn't so bad. We just went for supper at Legal Seafoods
of Boston in Tyson's Galleria. We were finished and paying our bill the
instant the AAA guy phoned to say he was ten minutes away. Perfect
Worst part is my wife won't even allow the photos of that incident in
the picture album of the vacation! She's embarrassed because she's the
one that left the keys on the back seat.
By the way, I highly recommend Legal Seafoods of Boston. The food was
excellent and the service impeccable.
He could have been 2 miles away when dispatched, and still taken the hour to
get there - that local area can have some of the worst traffic I've ever
seen. I can't imagine it the day after Thanksgiving (biggest shopping day
of the year).
Part of AAA's job is getting you out of a locked car when you "don't have
Once the guy pops the lock and it's discovered the door won't open, you're
supposed to act all innocent and say, "Aw geez, now I'll have to take the
door panel off to fix it. Do you think you could move the latch mechanism
and get the door open for me?"
It's free and certainly worth a try before doing it the hard way, no?
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