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Poor customer service

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Disgusted customer Jul 17, 2019
...My first and only accident I ever had was three years ago! My premiums went up I accepted that. Since then my premiums came down and I was excited thinking I was doing fine, I never had not even a speeding ticket and now my Insurance was up for renewal my premium jumped from $175.00 to $257.00 without even an explanation as to why it has gone up, the sales representative can't even tell me why my premiums went all she did was talk a bunch of bull...
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Worst Experience of my life

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Anthony B Jun 18, 2019
...Great at accepting premiums poor service when you need them. I had minor cosmetic damage and a punctured tire after we got hit while stopped at a red light and were found at 0 fault. Then the claims process started and Belair has used every underhanded trick in the book to try and settle with us for a low ball offer even though I believe the other driver's insurance company will make them whole at the end of the day. They have bullied my girlfriend, threatened to salvage her car before we agreed to a settlement, consistently changed the price they are offering, refuse to complete a full estimate of the damage, bait and switch the value of the offers. When calculating the price they use comparable vehicles that are 6 months old. After I ran CARFAX reports on the vehicles I found a bunch had previous accidents, were used as rentals and commercial vehicles and even had smaller engines and manual transmissions, along with almost double the kilometers driven. Basically, the cheapest vehicle you could find and still call it almost a comparable car. Luckily, we had just bought a second vehicle and are able to get by on one car. I can see how someone without that option can be highly pressured and pushed into taken a minimal settlement as this has dragged on for almost 6 weeks now and we had to return the rental that was provided a few days after the accident. Stay away from the Belair as one day you may need them and they will not be there...
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Claim experience

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Irina Jun 12, 2019
...Very good customer service. Was quick claim processing and fair settlement value. Also was the quick payout. I had a very knowledgeable adjuster. Thank you...
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Automerit feels like scam.

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Sad-customer Jun 09, 2019
...Had a tough experience in getting automerit to work. Was told that it'll reduce the premium down the line, but since I couldn't get it to work, they increased previously agreed premium from $375 to $407 without any notification and when contacting customer care, I was told that some discount was taken off since I didn't use the app. Feeling cheated and helpless. Waiting to change the provider once this expires. - Poor customer service experience - Email never gets responded - Took weeks of calling customer care to get the automerit section to appear on the app. - Once it did, the app doesn't record trips properly even after turning off battery optimization (Android) and drains battery drastically. - Overall, disappointing experience to me...
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Expensive

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by MANITOBA Jun 03, 2019
...I was previously insured with Belair in Ontario, paid $131 monthly full coverage, I moved to Alberta and my monthly payment was now $352. I have been with the company for 7 years, I have a perfect driving record and find it crazy expensive. Fast forward 3 months of being covered in Alberta, I moved to Manitoba so naturally, I switched my license and insurance. I now pay $128 monthly. I called Belair to cancel my insurance and they charged me a $250 cancellation fee. I moved, I did not just switch companies. I was told if I moved provinces that I would not be subject to cancellation fees but was obviously lied to. I wasn't offered a break or anything she was just like well this is what it is. So overall not impressed with the company but again, who likes insurance companies...
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Claim Experience

 
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by ferncesca May 31, 2019
...I was in a car accident call my insurance Belairdirect . They responded quickly we had our car in for repair the same day. They were prompt to get the claim going, called us with updates to let us know where things were. I found them very professional, and easy to reach and talk to. Would not hesitate to recommend Belairdirect Insurance to anyone...
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DONT GO WITH BELAIR DIRECT

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by SIMPSON May 23, 2019
...Just awful. If you have a claim, you'll regret going with them. I had a total loss and once they provide you with an offer, they take away your rental vehicle even though you don't have any transportation...
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Incompetence

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Dave G May 18, 2019
...Do not use this company. I applied for home and auto insurance two months before my previous policy expired. I was told that they, (Belairdirect) in order to start the process of setting up an account, needed my banking information. I explained that I didn't want to do this and I was told that they couldn't offer me a policy until I did. I told them that they better not withdraw from my account and that I would make my payment via online banking. Guess what, they withdrew the full amount 6 weeks before they were supposed to and didn't heed my warning. I then phoned them back and cancelled my policy. Then to top it off, they just withdrew more money from my account after I cancelled. This company, in my opinion, is very incompetent...
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Best ever

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Chris May 16, 2019
...Staff are well trained, courteous, and have a concern for client health and well being...
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Unprepared

 
(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Too talL May 10, 2019
...I believe Belair should be more informed of what the facilities they send clients to are capable of and what care these facilities take with vehicles. My truck went in for a front bumper and came out with a scratch across the tailgate. A better screening process of these facilities would be more beneficial for Belair and it's clients...
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Worst insurance company

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Brian Apr 25, 2019
...The quotes are too high and when I cancelled, they said I owe them money and try to put me in the collection agency! Never would I tell anyone to use ever...
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Car Insurance experience

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Grateful Senior Apr 18, 2019
...Belair's adjustor handled my claim in a clear, calm, reassuring manner, reducing the stress I felt after 'hit and run' damage to my new Lexus. Coverage included a rental car which was most helpful given the time it took to repair the car...
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You won't believe this!!!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Confused Apr 11, 2019
...I have been driving 30+ years and other than a windshield, I've never made a claim - ever. I have been with Belair for about 3 years. Walking back to my truck after my son's soccer game this week, I noticed someone had taken out my sideview mirror (2017 Toyota Tundra truck). On Monday I called Belair, they gave me a claim number, told me where to take my truck (they would forward my information) and away we go. The total estimate (after part and labour) was $290 and my deductible was $300 so I emailed the rep from Belair to say I would pay for it all myself. (Now it gets weird). 2 days later they phone me and tell me I have to get a claim number from ICBC and send them (Belair) a copy of a police report. They then say since I don't have extended coverage through ICBC the deductible is $750, but they are willing to pay their $300 deductible as part of that, so I would only have to pay $450. I asked the rep why I would go file a police report, get a new claim number from ICBC, scan it all and send it to them, then pay them $450? My quote (for everything) was $290) His answer was that he had begun to work on my file and that "the wheels were in motion" and that I should "follow through until the end." Otherwise, I'm not acting in good faith. What??? Also, I had to go through ICBC because they did not really cover the "hit and run" of a parked car in the traditional way - they work with ICBC. None and I mean none of what they were saying made sense! This was a 30-minute phone call that bordered on harassment! I will tell this story to everyone I know as this goes well beyond the lines of bizarre...
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Great communication

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Cherry 7 Jazz Apr 05, 2019
...I was originally concerned because they were one of the better-priced insurance companies we found, so my concern is that I would potentially experience poor customer service - but not at all. We have had to do a window chip claim which was quick and easy. Then when someone else dented the side of our car, we had to go into a body shop. Even though I had to deal with a claims agent, repair shop, and a car rental company, it felt like dealing with just one company. Everyone I interacted with was friendly, respectful, and effective at their job. Expectations were clearly communicated so I knew what I had to pay for (or not pay for), what information they required from me, how much time it would take to complete repairs, and how the drop off/pick up would occur. The coordination of the insurance company with their partnered businesses is amazing and left me stress-free through the process. We also had an instance where we wanted to understand the transfer of insurance to a rental car when we were going on vacation. The rep we spoke with was extremely helpful and clear. They were able to process our request and update the information for us promptly so we had what we needed in time for our trip. Glad we checked and glad we added the extra $ for the added driver on our rental insurance...
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Claims Service

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by S.B. Mar 28, 2019
...When calling for updates any service agent that answers are able to call up my file and answer my questions immediately. No being put on hold and listening to annoying music...
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Belairdirect is a CONMAN

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by duo Mar 28, 2019
...Never buy insurance from Belairdirect, because it is a cheat conman company. This company is not trustable at all. I did answer all questions online, and I got a quote; and then upon phoning, the conman increased the quote. When I asked why, she gave me a reason that was not true. I challenged, and then she would not answer my question. The reps are conmen, and they are fully trained in how to fool prospective customers. Never buy insurance from Belairdirect. This is a cheat and conman company...
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Took weeks to process my claim

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by John Doe Mar 22, 2019
...This was with an adjuster from the St. Laurent location. The other party was at fault, but they still took 2 weeks to get a rental. I had to follow up almost every day, they told me they had to wait for a call back from someone from the police station. I called myself and they told me that was nonsense, they call a certain line directly and that THEY KNOW THIS. To top it off, they let me know about the rental on a Friday afternoon. I went in on Saturday to pick up the rental and it turns out I needed to take a credit card with me because Belair didn't call ahead for me. I didn't have a credit card on me and I had to wait until Monday afternoon, I also wasted $20 on Uber...
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Quick & Easy

 
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by 739beng Mar 13, 2019
...New to Belairdirect, 15 years with a previous insurance provider, great driving record, no claims, rates creeping up each year, this year huge increase. Decided to shop around, Belairdirect quote online was quick and easy, surprised the actual premium is very close to the online quote. Great customer service, Agent on the phone was knowledgeable and processed auto and home with one call. In that honeymoon period, but so far I recommend Belairdirect to anyone looking to save!...
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Claim Process

 
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by pouyagh Mar 03, 2019
...It was my first experience having to deal with an insurance claim and the process was fairly convenient. However, since many people are like me, first-time accidents, it would be better to break things down further for the likes of us and assure we are given the information that reduces the stress of having to deal with this unwanted incident. The reason for mentioning this is because at first call, I was told I don't have a rental coverage for my car and I was panicking to get a car and get on with my life, and later when the claim was processed I was told that my rental has been arranged by my insurance because I wasn't at fault which was a big relief. In summary, I would have expected to have this information first hand...
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Misleading Quotes

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Misled Feb 25, 2019
Belair will give you a quote, looks reasonable, then all of a sudden changes the quoted price which is much more money when the customer had already signed up for one-year insurance. Why don't they check everything with regards to customer's background? Of course, they will not do it, they want the customer's money. It's like the customer being pawned and for that, the customer has to suffer and keep paying until the contract expires. These insurance companies have so much greed that they only think of their bottom line. Paging Better Business Bureau! Can you please look into the corrupt practices of these insurance companies.
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Poor quality

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by GrumpyVeteran Feb 14, 2019
...Their premiums are much too high; and, if you run into an issue, they claim they cannot help you at all! My husband got into a serious accident (non-auto) and money was tight. Instead of delaying the payment, they made it bounce so they could then come after you for the full annual amount! Seriously! I have since found a much better insurance at a 1/3 of the cost Belair was charging me! They are not as good as they claim to be!...
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Insurance experience

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Gord S Feb 08, 2019
...I've been driving in excessive of 55 years and have had several insurance companies but for quality, informing the customer and customer service they are the best. Their employees are very well informed and treat me like I'm the most important person...
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