I got a flat tire this week and learned that in some cases, the experience doesn't have to be all bad.
I was fortunate enough to discover the flat once I was already parked in my work parking lot--and didn't do any damage to the rim either. So I gave AAA a call and they were there within 1 hour as promised and my spare was put on in 15 minutes. Then I phoned Discount tires (thanks Judy's Book for all the advice)in Bellevue and they let me know that they could repair my tire and put it back on if we arrived before 6pm. I arrived at 5:58pm and they were happy to help me out. I was expecting to have to leave the car overnight but they quickly made the fix and the charge was $0! I will definitely be taking my business there when I need new tires. All in all this was a pretty pleasant experience as far as flat tires go.