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AAA Washington Insurance Agency Opens First South King County Location

Acquisition of Fenix Insurance Agency a “Good Fit” for AAA’s Customer Care Focus

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The AAA Washington Insurance Agency is pleased to announce the expansion of services to South King County through an acquisition of the Fenix Insurance Agency in Auburn and its team of very experienced insurance professionals. Bellevue-based AAA is excited to partner with an insurance agency with a similar business approach to customer care to serve its members and clients in this rapidly growing area.

Pat McCormick, AAA Vice President of Insurance put it this way, “As part of our acquisition strategy to grow, we have been searching for a quality partner in south King County and are so very pleased to find a great fit in the Fenix Agency and its staff.”

In 2008, a father/son team of insurance agents, Bob and Jeff Melnyk created the Fenix Insurance Agency. Instead of selling policies from one specific company, the Melnyks wanted the freedom to represent several top rated companies and offer their clients the best coverage at the most competitive price. With that philosophy matching AAA Washington’s approach to business, the acquisition of Fenix Insurance presented a perfect opportunity for expansion.

All of the Fenix Insurance agents, including former owner Jeff Melnyk now represent the AAA Washington Insurance Agency at its Auburn location (903 E St. SE). After 48 years in the insurance business, Bob Melnyk decided to take his well-earned retirement.

In expressing his enthusiasm for the acquisition, Jeff Melnyk said, “By joining AAA Washington, we can not only better serve our current clients but grow and expand our offerings for both personal and business insurance, and offer them life and retirement services too.”

The AAA Washington Insurance Agency provides access to additional lines of insurance (home, auto, life) plus long-term care planning, annuities and business insurance. You do not need to be a AAA member to purchase these policies. However, Fenix clients who are also AAA members can now get a discount on their auto insurance from the majority of AAA’s carrier partners.

Note: As an insurance-only AAA office, the Auburn location does not provide travel services. You can reach one of AAA’s expert travel agents at the Tacoma AAA Cruise & Travel store (1801 S. Union Ave or 253-761-3551) or the Southcenter AAA Cruise & Travel store (17250 Southcenter Parkway, Suite 112 or 425-251-4835). Most of AAA’s services, including emergency roadside assistance, are available online at or on-the-go using the Auto Club App.

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws, the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. Nearly 120 years later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

Members of AAA Washington receive exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts on hotels and rental cars, comprehensive insurance options, and personalized trip planning. AAA Washington was named a Best Place to Work by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted the best Travel/Tourism Company by 425 Business readers in 2023, and AAA was named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s Washington and northern Idaho stores and at 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more. Find more Pacific Northwest scenic drives and road trips.

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