CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- My dog had a urine incident on my couch. I was going in for major surgery and had to schedule a cleaning for the following week. This company refused to clean my fabric cushions since I put water and vinegar on the stain. Technician staff was very rude and didn't even attempt to clean during house visit. Also the plan does not cover the actual foam cushions just the cover. Very very bad experience. Save your $350.
HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased a 5 year warranty plan and they did not honor at all. The chair I purchased deteriorated over time and the leather started to split. After going back and forth with the Claims Department I gave up. DO NOT purchase any plans from this company as that is just money down the drain.
Guardsman, Elite furniture protection plan, to buy or to not buy? I feel it is extremely important to make possible future customers fully aware of how this company chooses to conduct its business. Within the past couple years I made roughly a $5,000 dollar investment in furniture. During the transaction with Ashley Furniture, I made the decision to protect my investment by purchasing coverage through Guardsman for about $400.
About 3 months ago, the electric motor that drives the recliner broke. I filed a claim with Guardsman to have the recliner motor serviced or replaced. The process to have a technician come to my house to evaluate the issue took almost an entire month. The technician spent less than 30 minutes at my house and made the determination that indeed the electric motor was broke. He ordered the necessary parts which would take another 6-8 weeks to arrive at my house.
Just over 8 weeks passed and still no motor arrived. I called Guardsman and discovered that the motor had been shipped to the wrong address, and that it would be another 10-14 days to have them shipped to the correct address. Once they arrived at my house, I contacted Guardsman. I was told I would have to wait another 7-10 days to have a technician contact me to schedule installation of the new motor. The technician took 11 days to contact me. The earliest availability to send a technician to my house was another 9 days away. Additionally, I was told they would call me the night prior to establish the service window for the following day.
Evidently the customer, myself in this case, has nothing better to do than to wait around the house for a technician to come at their earliest convenience. So the night prior I end up calling the technician's office around 5 pm to determine what time they would be coming to my house the next day, but I get a voicemail. About 45 minutes later I received a return call and I was told the window would be from 1-4 pm the following day. I clearly state that I am not available after 3 pm because I have to take my son to his doctor's appointment, which must be scheduled a week in advance, not the night prior.
The technician's representative tells me that the new window is 11 am – 3 pm. So the following day at 10:15am I leave my job to be at my house by 11 am to meet the technician. I arrive at my house at about 10:50 am. By 3 pm no technician, no one has bothered to call me, and now I have to leave to take my son to the doctor's office. I call the next morning and I am rather rudely told that the technician did in fact come to my house and that no one was home. He even sent a picture of the house to prove that no one was there at 3:25. 3:25? That is correct, no one was there, just as I had explained the day prior and why the service window was 11am – 3pm.
But lucky for me she can reschedule me 8 days from today. So just to recap the timeline, this has now been more than 3 months that my recliner has been broken. Not that big of a deal right? Well kind of is an issue because it is stuck in the ¾ extended position. Additionally, I had to move during this time because I am in the military and I was transferred. Ever try to move a recliner in the upright, extended position? Lots of fun to be had. So now I call Guardsman again.
After explaining my situation and being transferred to three different departments, I am essentially told I can stay with the current technician and wait another 8 days or I can change technicians which will take 10-14 days. I am tired of waiting! I explain to all Guardsman representatives that that I am not asking for someone to “hook me up” or do me a favor. I paid hundreds of dollars for this service and I, as the customer, am getting no value from their service.
I also provide what I determine to be a reasonable solution. I requested they call a technician in the area and schedule the repair to be completed immediately, within 24-48 hours. This may require Guardsman to pay the technician contractor additional pay (overtime), but at this point I felt it was a reasonable request. I was told this is not a possibility. Service repairs and customer satisfaction is the sole reason you, Guardsman, sell your protection plan, or is it?
I submit that maybe making the process so difficult and time consuming may in fact be a business strategy to deter your customers from seeking to file claims for repair, thus allowing you to take their money (earn revenue) without ever having to provide any real service (expenses) to your customers.
Purchased the 5 year GOLD plan for three barstools - one barstool got stain - they could not remove so they replaced it. The new chair arrived with loose arm. The delivery person stated he would tighten it. After being used VERY seldom - the arm fell off the chair. "NOT COVERED" says Guardsman. The salesman at Havertys told us no matter what happened to the furniture it is covered for 5 years - "even if the dog chews the leg off". They state if they replace an item, the replaced item IS NOT COVERED. Loophole!!!
We purchased the 5 year plan with Guardsman for our leather furniture. When something caused small holes on one cushion which lead to an area peeling, I filed a claim. They would not cover it because I was not specific enough when I filed it. Then when I called in and was clearer they said it wasn't covered anyway. I don't know the last time I had such an awful experience with a company. I asked to cancel my plan and have a refund. I was told that is also not possible.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- I contacted Guardsman September 12, 2016 due to a few stains on my pillows and couch cushion. I also had a zipper that had come apart due to damaged teeth in the zipper. I was told to take pictures, and mail in all the paperwork which was sent in the next day, September 13, 2016. It was October 5, 2016 before I received an email from Guardsman to schedule a date for them to come out and repair the items I purchased.
It was October 31, 2016 before they came out. The gentleman they sent out was able to get the stains out for the most part but wasn't able to repair the zipper. He informed me that he would order a new cushion cover and took pictures after he was able to get the zipper back on track. It's now November 7, 2016. I called Guardsman to get an idea on how long it would take to receive the new cover because any weight on the cushion would break the seam again because the teeth of the zipper are damaged.
I was informed that because the gentleman was able to get the zipper back together that the order was closed and I would have to reopen a case and start over and request a new case to be opened. This process took 6-7 weeks. I spent $300 on this "protection plan" and now I can't even get my main item (the zipper) fixed.
I am 100% disappointed with this entire purchase. Not one person has tried to make this right. I am very disappointed. I've had to take day off of work and didn't even get this situation taken care of. Not one person has tried to make this right. Very disappointed in your customer service and I will NEVER spend another dime in the future for this so called "protection plan". It's WORTHLESS.
I purchased a Guardsman furniture protection plan at Nebraska Furniture Mart when I bought my leather sectional about a year ago. When doing so I also received my service agreement from Guardsman. When I went to file a claim with them when my couch was cut by a box cutter it took them two weeks for a guy to come out and fix my couch. But instead of fixing it he just took pictures of it and left.
Two weeks later I received a very vague email from the company that my claim was denied because the damage was from wear and tear. However, it is very obviously a cut. When I tried to call the company regarding my denied claim they kept on avoiding letting me talk to a manager about it and when I finally did the manager said that the cut has to go all the way through into the stuffing of the couch in order for them to cover it.
This is not stated on their service agreement at all. "What is covered: any puncture, cut, tear, or rip from a specific incident or caused by a defective furniture mechanism." That is quoted directly from their service agreement. The company has absolutely no customer service and if you look up all of the complaints on the bbb they respond to all of them but never resolve a single one.
The only reason the company is still accredited from the bbb is because they have been in business since 1915 and always respond to complaints. However they never resolve them. That is directly why the bbb has given them the grade they have and the bbb actually tells you that! Those are the only reasons they are still accredited! This business has been in the business of scamming people since 1915! Just do me a favor google: "Guardsman reviews" and read the reviews from a site that is not the Guardsman site. This company is absolutely awful.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- My claim was denied for reasons best known to them. When I called them to ask about why the claim was denied, their representative (**) told me that it is not covered under the "not covered part" of the contract. I read her the contract and pointed out that a tear is clearly covered in the "what is covered" part of the contract and that is precisely what the issue at hand was. At this point the representative ** started being rude and questioning if I knew how to read??? Great Customer Service... Did not know I was supposed to send my transcripts along with my claim?
Anyhow at this point not wanting to waste my breath and indulge a rude and belligerent person I asked her to please connect me to her supervisor or anyone else who can help me. She got ruder at this point and hung up the phone. So much for Customer Service if that's what they call it (go figure!)
I called again and this time did not want to waste my time and asked for a supervisor to talk to straight away and lo and behold was connected to her voice mail. So I left a message. Surprise I get a call a few days later at 8 am as I am driving to work. Seriously who calls you at 8 am???
Unfortunately, I could not get to the phone in time and this time get a message from Guardsman representative ** from the company saying that my claim has been denied and no reason given again. Surprise!!! Moral of the story, STAY AWAY FROM ALL THINGS GUARDSMAN. They may have gotten away with my money this time, but NEVER AGAIN. PS: Did I tell you they just lost a bigger order for my office/business which I am proud to say I cancelled with no hesitation. I do wish them all the best though, they will need it.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- This company is a fraud and according to my La-Z-Boy dealer who sold me the furniture and the warranty, declines most if not all claims. I purchased a $1300 leather chair from La-Z-Boy and bought the 5-year extended warranty provided by Guardsman. The leather on the chair headrest tore after four and a half years.
I reported it to Guardsman and they acknowledged the warranty. They took over a month to look at the claim and then sent me an email declining the claim without explanation. Also, you cannot reply to their emails and you can only send them an email of a maximum 300 words. This is clearly their business plan and constitutes fraud and misrepresentation in my opinion against consumers. I will be taking legal action and reporting them to the Federal Trade Commission and appropriate consumer affairs offices where I live as well as in their home state of Michigan. I urge all of their other unfortunate customers to do the same.