COLORADO -- I have been a loyal customer of 21st Century (formally known as AIG) for the last year. I didn't have any problems with this insurance company until a month ago. When I renewed my policy I decided it would be more convenient to get set up on auto pay. Well of course my payments had come out of my account every month on a regular schedule until last month. When I called 21st to ask why my bill hadn’t been taken out they said that we were using our vehicles for business purposes and that we would be dropped from our policy. When I reassured them we weren’t using them for business purposes, faxed them a form stating that we weren’t they said to wait till September to pay Augusts bill because it would take time to process the paperwork.
I called back in September to pay my bill and I was informed that after renewing my policy that my premium was to be raised by almost $100. After hearing that I told the operator to make sure that auto pay would not be set up for September because I was going to shop around for a lower premium. He said nothing would be automatically taken out because it was a new policy and I would have to set up auto pay again.
Later that week I signed up with Progressive, which ended up being cheaper than I was paying before. Well my husband called a few days later and said that 21st Century had just taken out $774 from our account. This was not authorized; I had no idea this amount of money would be taken out of my account and didn’t have the funds to cover this charge. As a result my account had $350 in overdraft fees and my account was frozen. When I called 21st Century the operator was talking in circles and eventually said that she would not be able to refund the full amount or cover the overdraft fees. I then asked to speak to a manager. After letting him know that the charges were unauthorized he put me on hold to listen to the phone conversation I had with the operator that told me I would not have any money taken out of my account. The manager came back to say that he listened to 5 min. of the 20 min. phone call and didn’t hear anything about auto pay being discussed. I assured him that it was discussed at the end of the phone call. He said if I wanted to dispute it I could fax in my overdraft fees and THEN he would listen to the whole call.
I finally gave up and just asked that he refunded my money. I then call my bank and they said if 21st Century was able to refund the full amount that we could claim it under fraudulent charges and they would take off the overdraft fees. So I sit here still waiting for 21st Century to refund my money. The operator said I would have to wait 5-7 business days before I saw my refund and there still isn’t a guarantee that I would get the full amount back. I love how they are so quick to take my money, but so slow to return it.
Meanwhile my account is frozen, I have no funds and my husband and I were supposed to go on vacation this weekend that had to be cancelled because we don’t have enough money (due to the $1,000 that was unexpectedly taken out of our account in the last few weeks).
21st Century has horrible customer service and will do whatever they can to take your money! I would not recommend this insurance company to anyone!