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Aviva Auto Insurance Reviews

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Hope you don't have a problem

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Dan Unhappy Oct 21, 2019
...Cancelled my policy and they're charging me for the time it took them to do it. When I called to see if they would fix this they told me not a chance. That was my problem. Thanks for all your help and support Aviva. I will never use you again or recommend you to anyone...
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Terrible customer service.

 
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by Bryan O Sep 27, 2019
...Don't use Aviva insurance. Very unprofessional and terrible customer service! I've been with Aviva insurance for about 6 months now. When I signed up with my visa debit card, just like I did with my last car insurance company, I also pay several other bills without any issue. Well, in August I couldn't figure out why my payment hadn't been taken out on the 16th. So I waited a few days thinking they are just late taking my payment out. So on August 20th, I called to find out why it wasn't taken out yet. The guy says it's against their policy to accept Visa Debit they needed my checking account info. I said that everything was fine, however, I disputed my 50$ NSF fee. Because I had the funds in my account and it was their mistake to not inform me that they don't accept Visa Debit when I started the account. So he said he'd wave the 50$ fee. So in September, I called to give them a change of address and give them my bank info. The agent informed me that my policy would be an extra 500$, which is ridiculous, to begin with, but I agreed. As far as I'm concerned that's a verbal contract. I get my new policy today and it's a 546$ increase. That's an extra 46$ more than I agreed to. Continuing with that 2nd agent, at the end of the call she told me my amount owing for September was 50$ more than usual. Without getting a chance to respond, she hung up. So I called back immediately, realizing the mistake. The first 2 calls I got through to an agent in less than 20 min. I waited an hour before I could speak to the next agent. So, they've obviously flagged my number now. Anyways, I finally talk to an agent and informs me that I still have the NSF fee from August. She tells me they can only way to wave the NSF fee if I show the bank documents. She didn't give me an email address or anything to send the bank documents. Something the first representative should have said to me in August and it would have been dealt with. Being very frustrated now, I asked to speak to a manager to straighten this out. She informs me that she doesn't have a manager available. I said to her I pay good money for your services and it's unprofessional not to have someone to deal with this. She said the only thing she could do is make a note and have her manager call me back. Being a Friday Monday was the soonest I could get a callback. Monday was when my insurance was due. So I ended up paying the 50$ fee. Waited all week for a callback. I had one voicemail that I couldn't understand, which must have been them. So today I got my new policy in the mail with the extra 46$ added to my policy and still having paid the extra 50$ last month. So, I called today to deal with it again. Another one hour wait on hold. As soon as I get an agent, I insisted that I speak to a manager. Apparently, the manager isn't available again. The agent I was speaking to was one of the most condescending people I've ever spoken to. Spoke to him for about 30min. By the end of our conversation, he was literally mocking me. I worked in customer service and sales for a couple of years. I know my rights as a consumer. If it was anyone else besides the insurance company I would be compensated with free services. Which I've done several times in the past! Not to mention I would have been fired on the spot if I talked to anyone like that. If someone knows a good place where I can post this I would really appreciate it. This kind of customers service should not be tolerated...
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THE WORST COMPANY EVER

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Maddie Sep 18, 2019
...Been with them for 3 years (and it is my first time having insurance) I never had a late payment, and haven’t caused an accident. May of 2018 I had someone sideswipe me, who was late getting in the lane, didn’t check their blind spot, didn't even use their blinker... swiped me so hard! My front passenger wheel was ON THE CURB. The police report was made, and I had 3 witnesses. 4 months later I get a letter in the mail saying due to a faulty accident my policy will not be renewed (a few weeks before I got my brand new car and was upgrading to full coverage) I had fought with them as it was nowhere’s near my fault. (The lady had lied in her claim and said I reared ended her when the damage was on the SIDE of my car) After about a month the claim was changed to 50/50 because it involved lane switching? That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard when I was clearly beside her when she attempted to switch over in the lane. (It also happen at an intersection, right turning lane, as soon as the right lane opened, I had gotten into the lane. She crossed over a solid white line and hit me) Aviva said that they still can’t renew my policy after it was changed to 50/50 so I had to switch. All of this caused my insurance to sky rocket! Save yourself the headache! They are good when you don’t need anything from them, but the moment you do, they are literally useless. They don’t care about their customers, I felt mistreated and not listen to, and brushed off. I will never have good things to say about them and all my friends and family have been warned, who has also warned others. If I could give zero stars I would. Not even worthy enough to have the one. Now with Customer Service. I was transferred all around before I actually got to the right person. For a while, I never heard back from anyone, and nobody could give me any answers on anything. And Everyone was so unpleasant to speak with besides one gentleman, who I think understood how I was feeling, and he tried his best to renew my policy...
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Cancelled - refund slow

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Victoria Sep 18, 2019
...After I purchased my insurance for my new car, I asked the agent if there was a cooling-off period for the contract if I had second thoughts the next day, and was assured that would be no problem. Then, I contacted the company the next day to cancel, send the required documents as requested (scanned copies) and was told that the policy would be cancelled immediately. Well, that was around August 23 and it is now September 17 and I have not received a refund. My husband contacted the company today and they said they were putting a "cheque in the mail" today. What horrible service! I'm not at all impressed, and may also pursue this with Consumer Protection BC...
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No appreciation of customers

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by ByeAviva Sep 16, 2019
...Customer for 6 years (never missed a payment) and now they send a letter saying they may renew me but I must pay the whole year upfront. Already found cheaper insurance and dealing with them on a claim that wasn't my fault was lengthy and hard to get real answers. They don't look after their customers...
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Overcharged

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by ripped off Sep 12, 2019
...Aviva changed my policy premium and financing terms without notifying me and started taking more money out my bank account without an explanation or consent. I would not recommend Aviva for your insurance needs...
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STRESSFULL

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Unsatisfied Customer Sep 07, 2019
...It was very stressful dealing with this company. So hard to get a hold of them, they take their time to reply or don't reply at all given that the circumstance is Urgent. The people I dealt with are very unprofessional and rude. They did not pay me the value of my car, ended my rental and refused to extend it, they have no sense of communication and on top of that, it took them 6 months to send a check after the fact that I agreed to their settlement. If I could give them 0 stars I definitely would. I would not ever advice any of my friends, family or associates to go with Aviva. Not even my worst enemy...
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Get them out of business

 
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by Fedup Sep 06, 2019
...A careless driver rammed my car from behind in January 2019. Both cars have deemed a write-off. Because I was driving 50 km away from my home, Aviva has me under investigation. The person who was on their cell phone who rear-ended me has been rewarded with a new car and is back on the road. Its been 9 months and I am still making a monthly payment to the company that I financed my car from and I still have no word from Aviva...
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Find any other company

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Peterson Sep 05, 2019
...For the first year, we paid the full amount upfront. The second year we wanted to do a payment plan which they said they would only do for $800 more. Now you have to pay the full amount upfront and I do not know a lot of people that have 3000$ at the drop of a dime. Furthermore, now we get a threatening letter saying if we don’t apply for insurance because of a random audit, they will just drop the policy. Nice job Aviva. I hope you go under...
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Another victim.

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Bertie Sep 04, 2019
...Aviva raised my rates for 3 cars and home from $2100/year to $3360/year and demanded full payment upfront. I have a driving and credit rating that would make a veteran police officer look like a punk kid. Some of us didn't deserve this, life is hard enough...
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They Don't Care

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Corgisrule Aug 22, 2019
...I was forced to fill out a paper form with the threat of cancelling my insurance on me if I did not, after almost 3 years of insurance with them, then they claimed I didn't send it in because I didn't fill out sections of the form that only an insurance agent would know to fill out. I called to check on the second time around and was informed they no longer do monthly payments but require the whole thing upfront. Really? I've never missed a payment, and I would expect with that kind of change I should have at least 6 months notice so I could actually save up, but no... Apparently they assume the average Canadian can pull $2000 out of thin air. I cancelled as a result...
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1992 called, wants form back

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Dalgliesh Aug 19, 2019
...A lazy company, making bad decisions, losing customers by the boatload. Are you kidding me? 1. Fill out these ridiculous forms to tell us all the things we already know, cause we're too busy to give you an online tool to help you out, oh and, 2. Thanks for your years of on-time, monthly payments, but we'll require your entire annual premium upfront. Why do you ask? Because there's a lot of bad actors out there and you need to pay for their "poor decision making". Shame on you RBC...
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Nightmare Claim Experience

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Fruitbats2018 Aug 09, 2019
...Rear-ended December 2018. Opened claim, car towed from the driveway and provided with rental. Made several attempts to contact the insurer, eight days after opening the claim was told via email the car was a write-off and offered a ridiculously low settlement and that we needed to release the car, collect plates, and return rental within three days. Emailed our adjustor over the next few days, to arrange a phone call. Finally, scheduled time, he failed to call us. Call finally happened, we got nowhere. The adjustor was only interested in selling us insurance for our next car. Refused to budge on the return date for our rental, even after we pleaded, as it was the holidays and we didn't have the cash flow to go out and buy a new car. Cancelled weekend plans and went car shopping. The new car would be ready in five days, rental car was due back in three. We had to extend rental at our own cost. Researched comparable cars for sale, to negotiate a fairer settlement. Immediately found three comparables with higher selling prices, and sent those through. Two of the three were rejected as they were located out of province, we had never been told that would be a qualifying factor. Also, then told we needed to find at least TEN comparables. We found nine more and sent them through, eight of which were rejected due to "special features". We were told that our settlement would remain the same, even though it very well should have gone down. A cheap scare tactic. We took a closer look at the initial valuation report that had been sent through that calculated the initial settlement offer, and we found that many of the so-called comparables that they had used included the very same "special features", with a $25 deduction applied. We sent the same set of cars we'd found back, with the same $25 adjustment, and asked for our settlement to be reconsidered. Discovered snow tires hadn't been included in the valuation. Calculated a depreciated value of $600. We pointed this out to the adjuster, to which he replied that no value would be added. The only way we could get value out of the tires would be if we switched them out ourselves before releasing the car to the insurance company. Contacted the auto body shop that was holding our car. Advised us they did not have the equipment to switch out tires. Suggested we have the car towed to a mechanic, switch the tires then tow the car back to them, at our own cost. This would negate making the switch in the first place. We tried one more time with the adjuster for the value of our snow tires to be reconsidered, along with the ten cars we had sent. Furthermore, we also noticed they had failed to calculate mileage adjustments for their ten cars, so they were comparing our car with below-average mileage to much lower-priced cars with higher mileages. After days of waiting, we finally got an increased offer. It still wasn't enough, but it was an improvement. Based on the comparables we sent through and all the discrepancies we pointed out in their valuation, we got the value of the car increased by about $750, and they also added in $225 for the snow tires "as a goodwill gesture." We calculated the offer and hoped for a little bit more of an increase, but were stonewalled with a dispute letter. We contacted GIO to see if we had a case, but we were pretty much at a dead end. We sent the Proof of Loss form to our adjustor, finalizing our settlement. We didn't hear anything from the adjustor, followed up a few more times. He said we were "welcome" to collect our personal effects and plates whenever we felt like it. A week after we finalized the settlement, we asked our adjustor for an update on the delivery of our cheque, ONLY THEN he told us that we HAD to go and release the car in person before he would release our cheque! Received a letter from RBC Insurance detailing that our policies had been cancelled at our request, but we owed them money. Our policy had always been on a pre-payment plan, so it would only make sense that they would owe us a refund for the unused portion of the month. A "final notice" arrived only TWO days later advising if we didn't pay up, a collection agency would come after us. I paid the $100 balance owing, but only in protest. It then took over a month to get our correct refunds. They owed us around $300 now - even after acknowledgment of our cancellation, RBC continued to deduct our monthly payments. The cheque arrived at the end of January but we were told by our adjustor that we would be liable for a $500 deductible if we could not provide the police report with the other party's insurance details. We protested this sudden deductible appearing out of nowhere, as our paperwork indicated that we had a $0 deductible. The adjustor apologized and claimed he'd been "looking at the wrong file." In mid-February, another cheque arrived for the $500 deductible, which had been factored out of our initial settlement and was owed to us. Also received a $300 cheque from our cancelled policies. Still outstanding at this point is the liability of our case. We emailed the adjustor the week after receiving our settlement outlining what had clearly happened in the collision once again and with the police report attached. Months later, we still haven't received any confirmation on how our case was ruled, but we assume the case is now closed and that we would have heard something by now. It certainly would have been nice for our adjustor to let us know...
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Aviva is the WRONG choice

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Jim Aug 01, 2019
...I returned from vacation to find a notice in the mail that Aviva wants a full year worth of payment's all at once or they'll cancel my policy. NO prior warnings, NO e-mails, NO texts yes folks, snail mail 3-4 days lost already. Even if I was home to view the notice two weeks ago, isn't enough time to come up with thousands of dollars. I tried to call but the call center is closed at 7 pm. When I finally got a hold of someone, they said they have all my contact info but didn't use it. Even if I could hand over $5000.00 immediately they would take 2 weeks to review a new policy and I would be without insurance until then. I had no choice and signed with another company and when I told them, after 9 years, I had to move on they said "No Problem" "Its cancelled goodbye"...
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Cancellation notice

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Scollier Jul 30, 2019
...Thank you RBC and Aviva Insurance... after 28 years with RBC Insurance and now Aviva they cancel our insurance because my 24-year-old son was driving 140 in a 100 zone on a 400 series highway....yup, going way too fast for sure. He is 24 and his only ticket, no tickets or accidents for my wife and me or accidents. I estimate over 28 years we have paid over $236,000 in premiums for our life insurance, home, rental properties and auto without a single claim....currently we pay a tad over $1,000 per month in premiums with Aviva for all of our business....absolutely blown away that for one mistake over 28 years, we are dropped at renewal date. Isn't insurance for when you make a mistake or have a claim? After speaking with RBC, the operator said " thank you for calling RBC and we value your business " lol, they simply do not care about relationships...oh well, I am sure another provider will value having our auto, life, home and rental property policies...
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Goodbye Aviva!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Aviva-Derci! Jul 24, 2019
...Got my renewal notice from Aviva, and all of a sudden they're asking for the FULL premium upfront. I DON'T THINK SO AVIVA... I am a long-time client, no claims, no tickets. And you've gone and lost my business with this boneheaded move. DO NOT sign up with Aviva. They'll drop something like this on you without warning, and you'll be left scrambling to make other arrangements if you can't come up with the coin in 45 days...
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