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Accident Claim Experience

 
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by Jeeper in TO Nov 14, 2019
...Other than having to wait a while on hold to speak to a claims person, I found the claims process relatively easy to navigate. Having an accident will always be a bit scary and inconvenient. The people with whom I engaged at BelAir and the Service Centre were all very pleasant, calm, and helpful. This makes a big difference when you are already rattled from the accident. The Service Centre also managed my expectations about the time it would take to repair the vehicle. From the outset, I was told, "Look, this could easily take three weeks" - and it did. But I knew that, and so I was ready for it. At the end of the day, when you have an accident, you want to deal with real humans who are patient and calm. You want people to help you understand what the process is and how long it will take and what to expect. BelAir and the Intact Service Centre met these key needs. I have consistently found the people at these companies to be excellent. So BelAir and Intact Service Centre...don't automate your services. Your human employees are amazing and they make a big difference...
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Is there a 0 Star Rating?

 
(2.0 out of 5 stars)
by Nurse W Oct 28, 2019
...My family has been with BelairDirect, also under Intact Insurance for many years. I was involved in a hit and run accident in 2018 at 0645 am and filed a collision report and report it to insurance. Because there were no witnesses or dash cams, the company was unable to determine which driver was at fault even if the person who caused the crash failed to stop after an accident. With the license plate number and the description of the car in hand, I was still unable to prove that I was not at fault. The police investigation was poorly done where a call was made to the driver's company (the vehicle was part of a company fleet insurance policy) and the driver had denied the hit, claimed that I had hit him. Intact was only able to offer me a 50/50 claim, my car wasn't worth fixing as it is an older model, it would not have benefitted me to claim anything to fix the vehicle at that point. The rep who handled my claim was unwilling to help me investigate further and come to terms with the other party's insurance policy. Simply told me there is no way around it. The claims representative failed to document the many phone calls exchanged between the times I had called in to inquire, and also left me voicemails to say that I had not been able to be reached within 2 months when I have called to their company during working hours to no response. Then the case was closed because "they were unable to contact me". Fast forward 1 year later, I had switched insurance companies and am with a new policy. The new company was able to offer me a competitive rate since the claim on my file was at 0% fault. I was just notified by my new company that BelairDirect had gone back, a year later and made changes to my claim, making it my fault for what had previously happened. Now the new company needs to increase my rate to +$130 a month because of this. I had called back to Belair to inquire about this new "change" and they claimed nothing was changed. Beware of this company, they are not looking to help you with your claim. The reps are misleading and want you to take the route that will benefit the company. On top of that, after I had sent my vehicle to Assured Collision for a quote on the repair, the rep had gone MIA and pretended that she has not received the report...
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Avoid at all costs- Scammed

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Scammed Customer Oct 08, 2019
...This insurance company is almost criminal in nature. Wrote off a 4-month-old Mazda 3 with 8000kms on the odometer. Personally paid $34,000 for it from the dealer in May 2019 for the car brand new. Belair wrote a cheque for $27,500 claiming that's the best they can offer since the car is now considered pre-owned. This company does nothing but beat around the bush and take advantage of their customers. Their level of customer service is absolutely pathetic. They're scammers point-blank. Spend your money on a reputable insurance company instead of these jokers...
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Vehicle Repair

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Duffy Oct 05, 2019
...Thank You for being there for me. An unexpected tornado damaged my Nisssan Murano Premium. A quick call to Belairdirect and I was authorized to take my vehicle to the collision center of my choosing which I did. They undertook the repairs and did an excellent job finishing ahead of schedule. Their workmanship was outstanding. Due to my physical limitations, the substitute vehicle I required was not off the shelf and Belairdirect ensured that my specific needs were effectively and promptly addressed. In the end, my vehicle was returned like new and Belairdirect superseded my expectations and outperformed other insurance companies servicing friends vehicles damaged that same day due to the tornado. Many neighbours are switching too Belairdirect. Some are still waiting for their vehicle after 4 months tied up in substandard collision centers and their insurance companies have been doing very little to assist them. Once again - THANK YOU BELAIRDIRECT...
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0 out of 5 Stars

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by ddukes Oct 02, 2019
...Worst experience of my life. I was hit by a driver with no licence who ran a red light and totalled my car. Belair denied both my vehicle and medical benefits claims based on a non-existent application they claim I lied on. No application has ever been provided to me. I was told it was a signed document as well as a recorded phone but inquires to their claims department, sales department. And privacy officer revealed neither exists. On top of everything, the medical adjuster's partner in crime lied about interaction with me and accused me of using profane language towards her (which absolutely did not happen) resulting in my paperwork not being submitted on time. She also pre-signed all documents as my legal representative... which she most certainly was not. It took her manager 30 days to contact me and completely brushed off my concerns...
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Great staff, great service

 
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by dkw Sep 26, 2019
...Great staff, great service. The representative was very friendly and help me with the claim. Everything went smoothly, it took a little bit of time but could not expect anything better regarding the service...
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Increase deductible

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Gman Sep 13, 2019
...I have several cars insured with Belairdirect. I just received an email from them stating "After careful review of the policy mentioned above and based on new information, the following modifications will be made to the policy as of the effective date indicated above: Increasing your comprehensive deductible from $200 to $1000. Your revised policy will follow shortly." I've never had an issue Canadian Direct (their predecessor) for approx 30 years. With this particular vehicle we've had two claims in 10 years. The claims were 1 windshield replacement and last year the back window blew out when I was replacing a hatch strut. Needless to say with this type of customer service attitude they will be losing my business on all my vehicles. I'll also share this on social media...
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Professional

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by squeech Aug 29, 2019
...They handled my claim professionally and speedily. I had no problem with them doing my claim...
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Stay Away at All Costs

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by chelseaod Aug 09, 2019
...We have been a Belair client for years and have never been in an accident. Unfortunately, about 6 weeks ago, we got into our first accident and have had the displeasure of having to go through the Belair claims process. The initial intake process was smooth and relatively painless and the customer service was friendly. That is when things took a terrible turn. After a week and a half, it was determined that the vehicle was a “total loss” meaning it was being written-off and it was determined (wrongfully) by our adjuster that we were “at-fault”, despite the police report stating the opposite (there was an officer on-scene who happened to witness the accident). This is when the nightmare began. First, they rushed to send us an email settlement offer (which we did not receive as it ended up in the junk folder) and terminated our rental vehicle coverage on the same day the settlement was “presented” without notifying us. We learned that the rental car coverage had been terminated 3 days afterwards, only because we called to follow-up on the status of our claim. It was on this call that we were advised that a settlement offer had been made, and had to search through our junk mail to find it. After reviewing the offer it took three emails and three phone calls to our adjuster to FINALLY get a call back on the issue of ‘fault’. Both the police that attended on the scene and at the collision reporting centre agreed that it was the other driver’s fault. However, Belair, when prompted for an explanation, simply said the other driver’s statement was the reason for their determination. Rather than choosing to follow the police report and represent our best interests as their client, they decided to take the other insurance company’s position. We have escalated this to a ‘manager’ and were supposed to get a call back in 24 to 48 hours. We are going on three days now and have yet to receive a call back on this point. With respect to the settlement, the offer was woefully below ‘fair market value’. We have been back and forth over twenty emails now, providing them with comparables for sale in addition to values calculated through both Kelley Blue Book and Canadian Black Book's total loss evaluation tool and have only managed to get them to go from about $2,600 to $3,600 (all comparables are in the $4800-5800 range). We are only asking for $4,600, but they are deciding to dig in their heels over less than $1,000. Finally, I asked them to provide their valuation methodology and comparables. They provided me with a list of 5 "comparables" all of which have between 55,000-65,000 kms more than my vehicle (not to mention one of the vehicles has a manual transmission where ours was an automatic). The moral of this story is that if you are looking for an insurance company that, in the rare instance of an accident which is an understandably very stressful time, will support you and help alleviate some of the stress, do NOT consider Belair as an option. They will add ten times more stress than the initial incident itself and drag out the process and do whatever it takes to pay out as little as possible, hoping that you just give up and accept their low-ball offer out of frustration. Save yourself the stress and aggravation and run as far away from this company as possible. The online reviews do not lie. You are better off paying higher premiums and actually having an insurance company that looks after you and offers superior customer service and a proper payout in the unlikely event of an accident...
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Insurance claim.

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by david Jul 26, 2019
...First time for any type of insurance claim, and it was a very pleasant experience. The contractors employees detailed to carry out the work showed real professionalism...
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