State Farm Insurance Complaint - Claim Processing Disaster
BLOOMINGTON, IL, ILLINOIS -- I'm older and have been told I'm an insurance company's dream client: a high FICO score and a virtual claim-free past (one previous loss in 30 years). It the following can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. In March, I experienced a sewage back up in my home that cost $70,000 to repair. The SF policy coverage provided a maximum benefit of just $10,000. That, however, is not at issue - I knew that from the outset and accepted it. I attempted to contact my agent to discuss how to proceed, but she failed to call me back for nearly four weeks due to (quote) "personal issues." Ultimately, the SF claims representative sent me a check for $10,000. When I finally reached my agent, however, she told me that SF would cancel me if I cashed the check. Not wanting to be canceled and left without insurance, I held on to the check and sought other coverage over the course of several months. (During this period, the company called me several times, trying to force me to make a decision to send the check back or cash it.) I finally found alternative coverage with a good company and wrote my agent several emails asking her to cancel my SF policy. It took her nearly two weeks even to reply to my communications. (Note that the second company insured me knowing about my loss experience and I'm paying an annual fee equivalent to what I was paying - thus, so much for SF's claims of customer loyalty and support.) I finally wrote the SF president Edw. Rust a letter detailing my experiences. I subsequently received calls from not one but three SF representatives, all bent on justifying the company's actions and trying (obviously) to limit the PR damage. One called me back even after I left her an explicit message saying there was nothing to discuss. So . . . if you want to receive poor customer service from your agent and you want your company to cancel you after you experience two claimse (that were not due to your actions or inactions AND you rectified the source of the problem at your own cost), go with State Farm. Otherwise, run in the other direction.