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Unprofessional and rude

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by SGI is a joke Mar 24, 2020
...Every single person I have met that works for SGI are extremely unprofessional, rude and corrupt. Even going so far as to give their own family members and friends automatic passes on driving and written tests in my area (between Rosetown and Kindersley Sask) and being extremely rude, temperamental, intrusive and even vulgar at times. Over the phone, they’re even worse. You will be, interrupted, degraded, talked down to and treated like a child in 2nd grade. This company needs to be shutdown or better yet sued into bankruptcy. I seriously recommend anyone working for SGI to take a good long look in the mirror and think about their life choices and morals...
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Preys on the Elderly

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Toronto Resident Mar 15, 2020
...My elderly parents were victims of a phoney hit & run on a day when they had never left their house. SGI did not attempt to fully investigate the situation and filed a 100% at-fault decision within 5 business days. When follow-up attempts were made, they were unresponsive. Terrible company with terrible ethics. Beware and stay away...
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Sgi unfair

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Billy J Nov 21, 2019
...So, my neighbor decided to make a claim against me for something I did not do. In the end SGI found me guilty and I had to pay for something i did not do. I even got a paint match which came back negative and I was still at fault...
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Still trying to get rental

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Viktor Jul 02, 2019
...I Have a 2019 Lexus Nx300 f2 sport which was smoking in the garage for about 5 hours when my garage caught on fire... Ontario province... They didn't give me the rental same day, it was on 22nd of June, and on Monday when I reached their office because they were closed on weekends, the adjuster answer kinda surprised me when I said that I need a rental, she told me that I have 2 cars... Unprofessional at all... I pay insurance for both... After they ended up giving me rental on Monday when I called after hours and I returned it on Wednesday because we were going on vacation... Now I am trying to get a rental from 10 am and my adjuster seems to be ignoring me... Wish I can put - 100stars... Will switch my cars insurance after solving claim for sure... Been calling about 20 different numbers. Don't know what to do. My time worth more... Good thing my wife is a lawyer... Recording every call now...
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SGI - Westland Insurance

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Metaller99 Apr 05, 2019
...Got an online quote from SGI. Phoned Westland Insurance in Calgary who told me SGI did not offer monthly payment plan. Phoned SGI and they said yes, they do and that I should have been given the plan. Stay far far away from Westland Insurance brokers, and stay even further away from SGI Canada. I was insured through a broker with SGI a few years back and blew the engine in my truck leaving me with my other vehicle to drive. I faxed them and cancelled my insurance on the truck because I couldn't drive it. Westland refused to rebate me for 9 months of insurance for the cancellation. I got a hold of SGI and was finally paid my rebate after 10 months from the time of the cancellation. SGI is the worst insurance company I have ever dealt with. Please for your sake stay away from them...
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Rude staff everywhere

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Worst Nov 14, 2018
...Took my vehicle without even informing where they gonna keep it. Got pictures from SGI with snow all filled in the vehicle as it was lying in a compound for a long weekend (it's a joke as if they would have told me prior that they gonna keep my vehicle in open, I would have dragged it to the garage). Adjuster initially appointed went on for 3 weeks vacation since my claim was filled. No communication at all (till you call in and ask). Their estimators cant value anything...
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Worst company ever

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by ginat Oct 19, 2018
...Worst company I ever dealt with in my life. I had 3 vehicles insured. In July, I asked to have one removed. August came, still not removed, September came, still not removed. Broker started ignoring my emails. Had to finally call a manager to get it taken care of. Got an email stating my new payment would be $235, coming out of my acc on Oct 5th, then a letter in the mail a week later saying $144 would come out Oct 21st. Assuming they refunded me for their mistake of not removing the vehicle since July. Payment tried to come out Oct 5th from an account I no longer use, so it went back NSF. Had no clue til following week, I got a cancellation letter. Called and lost my temper on them, asked for a manager. Conveniently, they're all in a meeting!!! Not willing to own up to their own mistakes, so I ended up having to pay off my policy in full and they will no longer do monthly payment at all because they screwed up sending me wrong information. None of this would have happened if they would have removed the vehicle in July like they were supposed to. Bunch of crooks. Needless to say, once my policy is done in 2 months, I'll be done with their crap!!!...
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Rates increase 4x in 4 weeks

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Patrick Jun 26, 2018
...Received an auto insurance quote for just over $200 a month and was accepted by both parties. Received the temporary permit through email. After 5 days, the rates went to over $800 a month. SGI stated it had an MTO (Ministry Transport Ontario) report of an accident. SGI would not provide a copy of the MTO report after multiple requests, so we went to the police and found out that there was no MTO report. We then tried to cancel the policy, which SGI denied, as SGI then said that there was a conflict with the non-existent report and their policies, so SGI cancelled the policy. This all took place within 4 weeks. SGI still continued to take the $800 a month, on top of the original $200 initial for the policy, yes, that was over $1000 for 4 weeks of insurance! We have yet to receive anything in the mail about the policy. SGI now refuse to contact us, and no longer answer any text, emails or phone calls...
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SGI

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Apr 02, 2018
...I got into a hit&run accident on a highway, the company tried to blame me for the case! After I got into an accident especially when I'm not at fault, I was waiting for SGI adjuster to help me, but instead, she tried everything to question me like I'm the one hit&ran away. Doesn't matter if my car is covered or not, this is a useless insurance, whoever buys their insurance one day you're gonna get deceived by them...
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Horrible Cuatomer Service

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Lululuigi Mar 13, 2018
...I talked to one of their customer service representatives and honestly, the experience was absolutely terrible. They were so judgemental and one even laughed at me while I was making my claim. I am sorry, but when someone is in distress and talking about an accident, that is not the way to speak to them. And the person I spoke to acted like she knew exactly what happened and wouldn't even listen to me. And when I requested to draw a diagram for them they refused my request because they said that I was lying. If they weren't a requirement by the government, they would have no customers because they are the worst insurance company in existence...
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SGI insurance

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Yvette G Feb 27, 2018
...SGI insurance is the worst insurance on the planet. They won’t pay out for any type of injury even when you have full coverage. They have a hard time even when paying for the damage done to your car. You have to fight with them when you are in an accident that is the other driver's fault. Take my advice and don’t get any type of insurance with SGI. Get a real insurance policy from a real insurance company...
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White collar theives is all r

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by Booker Jan 31, 2018
...Always denied claims that were legit. They took the word of a car theif over Me. A paying customer...i ain't a theif. And totally lost that car...
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Stolen Truck - written off

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by LDB Sep 06, 2017
...My ex-wife and I jointly owned a 2003 Ford F250 4x4 diesel with about 167,000km that got stolen from outside the mechanic's shop at the end of July 2017. It was recovered August 2. The damage consisted of a punched-in key hole on the passenger side door, and the cover/lock on the ignition had been removed. We were a bit surprised when SGI almost immediately told us it was being written off. We figured the truck was worth at least $12,000, maybe up to $15,000 with the recent engine rebuild. Our SGI adjuster, Chelsea Leonew, gave us an initial offer of $6355 on August 10. We told her that was unacceptable and it was worth twice that amount. We submitted the recent bill for an engine rebuild (about $5800), but that only increased SGI's offer to $7660. We submitted ads for similar trucks from Kijiji for SK, AB, and MB, but SGI didn't budge. We hired an independent appraiser and went to arbitration. That cost us about $350, but we ended up settling for $11,500, which we thought was fair. Why did we have to spend $350 and a month in negotiation to arrive at a fair settlement? I had used the VMR Canada online calculator early in the process to see if we were off-base in thinking it was worth at least $12,000. The VMR Canada result confirmed we were being reasonable. However, I noticed that if you failed to check off the "HD Diesel V8" box, the value was pretty close to what SGI initially offered. I've got a gut feeling that someone at SGI made a keying error on the initial valuation. I've got no issue with someone making a mistake. It happens all the time. However, I've got plenty of issue with someone failing to recognize a mistake or trying to cover it up. We ended up with a final settlement that was 81% higher than the initial offer. Something was definitely wrong with the initial offers from SGI, beyond the expected low-ball. Why didn't someone at SGI go back and take a look at their calculations instead of wasting time and money going to arbitration? Something really stinks at SGI when it comes to write-offs. I still don't think the vehicle should have been written off in the first place. As well, when the final settlement after arbitration is 81% higher than SGI's initial offer, and 50% higher than SGI's final offer, shouldn't SGI have to reimburse the cost of arbitration? It was pretty clear that one side wasn't coming to the table with clean hands...
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Poor service and rip off!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by SGINoMore Aug 02, 2017
...If I could put a no star, I would! Not even worthy of a single star. We had to pay for a Certified Extract License and we even told them we need it that day for a passport, we waited till 4 pm. They told us they will email it to us but we haven't received a single email from them the whole day. We had to pay the rush fee for the passport. I phoned them the off day to ask if they could just lessen the amount we paid on our registration or refund us 'coz it's really unfair for us that we had to pay a service that we didn't even get. They just told me they will just send it again. What for? We don't even need it anymore! We had to pay $110 for a rush fee already, you should change your policy for refunds! You're just ripping off people. Very poor and useless services as well!...
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only out for your money

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by hannah c. Aug 01, 2017
...Received zero communication through SGI for the duration of our policy. Our premium was high for no reason ($200 per month for 2 females >30 w/ no claims). We were provided with a payment schedule for our policy, showing the last date a payment would be taken. We never received a renewal notice, however, they continued taking monthly payments after the 'final' payment, yet before our policy had expired. This company comes off as a bunch of crooks. Glad we never had to make a claim. Avoid...
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Adjuster Not Helpful

 
(2.0 out of 5 stars)
by Charlotte S. Jul 25, 2017
...My auto adjuster was good in giving me necessary documents I needed for my car (tires were stolen and sgi was able to cover some of it after my deductible). However, she was reluctant to answer any questions I had. I do not have a lot of knowledge on these things or what SGI helps with and if each dealership differs. My boyfriend came into an SGI centre in asking about the papers and quote SGI gave me concerning replacing my stolen tires (I was out of province). They told him either way he will need me to give him official authnrorization to deal with this so they themselves said I need to call my adjuster (Debbie) in regards to it. So I did, and she was short tempered with me saying she has nothing to do with this, just send the bill (even though I was TOLD to call her) and wondered why I was asking her a question she cannot answer. She also claimed my boyfriend went into this SGI location with his own quote for the tires, when in reality he went in with the documents and quote she herself had provided to me. I think this customer service is poor for this reason. I really wish for SGI to hire better adjusters with good service skills and patience...
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Hit a Deer

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Hi Deer Jul 18, 2017
...I have nothing than good things to say about SGI, right after we hit a deer I immediately called and they were very helpful getting me a rental car as fast as they could since I was a long way from home. I had to go see a chiropractic for some minor injuries - so helpful with the steps I needed to take. It took a total of 2 weeks to find out and sign all the paper work needed to get the insurance $ for my car. I am now on the hunt for a new car. Thanks SGI for such great service...
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Do Not Use SGI

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by Remember me Jun 15, 2017
...I was driving outside of the province not for the purpose of work or school, but had moved to Calgary in 2013. I didn't realize there's some unknown, unmentioned clause in SGI rules that is the registered owner must immediately (as in the second of) using the vehicle to leave the province make an address change and receive a Saskatchewan license with an Alberta address? Since I didn't do that I was denied my claim. They will try anything they can to get out of paying. And everyone who has a claim denied isn't ineligible, it's a horrible company...
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SGI the ultimate Scammers

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Stopthemonopoly Apr 21, 2017
...I had an accident at less than 20 kmh fender bender with a mint condition 300 limited edition with 120000 kms only. It has been 5 weeks SGI hasn't even looked at it yet. They said it was approved for getting fixed, then 5 weeks later they want to look at it again and say the damage is over 13000 dollars... for a bumper and some paint. This is a scam and unbelievable. They hold the monopoly and know it. I have now lost my job and soon my home during this time as no city services go anywhere near my old work. And since we at week 5 and not even started the fix, looks like gonna lose everything anyway. Thanks, SGI...
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Knowledgeable in nothing

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Province monopoly problem Mar 14, 2017
...Tried to register a private vehicle purchased at auction, brought paid receipt in, the staff at SGI Swift Current never even looked at the invoice as the teller asked 3 questions that were directly stated on the invoice (1 is it paid for? How did you pay? Where is it?) then promptly told me that they can't help me and to bring the original invoice ( which I had brought in). They didn't look at the invoice, told me it needed a signature of the owner (me or the bank that repossessed it? No clarification). They just had no intention of doing work, the phone/fax number of the auction company was clearly written on the invoice if they needed confirmation. What a joke this company is, the staff has no clue, the managers less and they couldn't train a dog to sit. If my tax money went to that Nigerian prince who keeps emailing instead of SGI pensions, it would probably get more for your dollar, with just as much satisfaction. Tell me again how my heart should bleed over your unpaid ten days off...
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Stolen to be recovered

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Jonny52386 Feb 08, 2017
...SGI sask was the worst ever to deal with. I fought hard with SGI as originally they said if the car wasn't found, I wasn't covered. Why to pay for insurance then? My car that had been stolen, luckily week later was recovered, where SGI again claimed that I'd be responsible as there was damage to the car. I talked to my lawyer and as soon as mentioned that, they said we will cover it but you are liable for the deductible. I was so angry with SGI... I agreed on that...
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Terrible company

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Dave Feb 02, 2017
...I was driving at dusk in the foothills with my daughter and a group of elk came out of the ditch, ran across the road and one ran into the side of my new truck. Banged up the drivers side doors pretty badly. I filed a claim and my daughter provided a witness statement. SGI refused the claim, saying they would only pay for a deer strike if there was an independent witness who was not in the truck. Not sure how many people wander around in the foothills at night watching for deer strikes, apparently the strikes accepted by SGI only happen in Calgary where there are no deer. I called my their ombudsman and was told to go away. Worlds worst insurance company...
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