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Belairdirect Auto Insurance Reviews

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0 Star Rating!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Silah Nov 16, 2019
...Their Auto Merit Program is another way of taking money from you!!! I got my final quote without the auto merit program because I told them I can't download the app. After 2 months they increased my premium by 15%, saying because I didn't enroll on their auto merit. That was not even mentioned in the policy. I called their office and obviously, they will not change it because they have to be consistent on taking money from customers apart from the premium which is just the legal part of the contract, and they get used to that and having more is not enough for them, so, they find ways to rob you. Had I known how bad they make business, I would haven't even click their website...
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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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classic bait and switch!!!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by vijay Nov 09, 2019
...I contacted Belair direct for a new auto insurance quote. They quoted me an incredible price, and after 10 minutes with the agent, I was transferred to another agent to close the deal. I have been continuously licensed for 24 years (1995 until now), and have had no claims or tickets. I was pleased with the price which was significantly cheaper than other insurance companies. I gave them my driver's license number and my wife's and then after 40 mins on the phone with them, he informs me the quote has gone up 25% because their database only goes back to 2000, and I don't get credit for my driving from 1995-2000 (ages 16-21). They suggested I get a driver's abstract from Alberta which of course is almost impossible to do from Ontario, and would require me to travel there (which they know beforehand). This was clearly made up to increase my premium. Don't waste your time contacting them, it is all too good to be true!!! Classic bait and switch. You'll waste an hour and they will try to fleece you...
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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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Beware of Getting Quotes

 
(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Melissa D Oct 22, 2019
...I've been a Bellair Direct client for 2 years. I called in to get a quote on an additional vehicle for insurance. I spoke about using the new car for business. The representative wrote down all my quote information and sent it to an underwriter who declined the coverage for commercial use. They told me I could call in to cancel coverage if I go with another company. A few days later I call in to ask for a quote on personal use of the additional vehicle instead of business use. They told me they can't cover the new one, and my coverage on the OLD car is set to be automatically cancelled within one week because I am "using my vehicle for business". Quotes are not just quotes at Bellair. If you inquire, they can and will cancel you on the spot. I now have to find regular insurance elsewhere...
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arbitrary deductible increase

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by malbu Oct 22, 2019
...I received two letters dated the same day from Belairdirect. One letter informed me that "given the age of the vehicle, we would like".. "you send us photos of your vehicle, taken from all sides, within 30 days." The other letter informed me that "after careful review of the policy", which I have been holding for more than 20 years, "and based on new information"..." your collision and comprehensive deductibles have been increased to $1000". That means more than double. The agent on the phone was not able to clarify what "new information" it was referring to. Is it common to have the deductible raised abruptly once the car is 20 years old? There was no inquiry about any technical or mechanical data or maintenance etc. It seems to me that this company is making decisions arbitrarily trying to appear as objective and reasonable as possible. As numerous posts mentioned already, this is not a reliable alternative to the only (mandatory) ICBC. Drivers in BC have little freedom of choice...
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Lied about cancellation fees

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by BlondieSL Oct 21, 2019
...I was tired of Belair's constantly rising rates, so I started shopping around. I found insurance with a well-known company, that was almost $600 a year less expensive as well as FULL COVERAGE and 1/2 the rate for deductible as Belair. Before jumping, I called Belair to confirm how much the cancellation fees are going to be. I was told a certain price if I did so before a specific date in Oct. If I waited until after that date, the rate would be almost 3 TIMES AS MUCH! So I cancelled immediately and signed up for the other company right away. I discovered that Belair still took out the fee for Oct/Nov! I called them and had to speak to 2 different people. Both people insisted that the cancellation fee was now the price, 3 times as much as I was quoted. Not only did they ILLEGALLY take out more money than agreed, but STILL EXPECT more! Supposedly a manager will call tomorrow, but I've dealt with the same companies before, so I know how that will go. I am investigating the steps I need to do to lodge an official complaint with IBC, Insurance Bureau of Canada as well as FSCO, Financial Services Commission of Ontario. I'm also going to investigate just how many complaints are lodged about Belair. While they are ripping me off, it will be the last and I'm so glad to get away from this corrupt company!!!
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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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not as advertised

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by marko p. Oct 05, 2019
...I went online to get a quote, the price seemed good, so I called the next evening to finalize, was shocked to find my quote had changed by over 800.00 dollars! Asked representative why the difference in 24 hours, he replied that the price that I had from their web site included a discount if I bundled my house insurance with them. I explained to the representative that I did not ask for home insurance as I already have a good rate, and they should honour their quote, I asked the representative that I want to talk to his supervisor, he replied that there is no supervisor, but they have a customer experience team. I said: let me talk to them. You can't they will call you! Well, a week has gone by and no call or email. Very unprofessional and disappointed in the way this matter was handled...
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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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Glad I cancelled!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Cody Sep 17, 2019
...My experience has been awful since the renewal of my insurance. After being a customer of 5 years my insurance was put back to what I was originally paying my 1st year as a customer. After finding cheaper insurance I decided to cancel with BellAir. When I cancelled on Sept 3rd I had a payment going out that night. I was told they are going to still take it but I will receive it back within 5 business days. After not receiving my payment back within 5 days I called again and was told they have a date and it will be back in my account by the 17th. Again after not receiving it by the 17th, I called again 1st time had a rude representative and was hung up. And 2nd time was told again that my money is going to be in my account by Sep 19th. Overall I hate that I wasted 5 years with this company...
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Took my money twice

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Mtngal23 Sep 17, 2019
...First time in 2018 the girl who charged my premium called and said she never authorized the charge so Belair reversed the money to her without contacting me even though they have the audio recording of her authorizing it they reversed my money to her and my yearly rate. So I repaid my yearly rate and then the following year I went monthly as I knew I would be leaving them. Now at the end of my term, I gave notice and they still pulled out the new higher amount and I have waited over 2 weeks now for my money to be given back to me. No one from the privacy department will own up to what they did stating they would refund anyone calling saying they want the money back even if that party was paid leaving the one like me to chase people in court for the money they took from me. If I could give them a zero star I would. I have never had a late payment and no claims ever with the 8 years or more with them. Beware...
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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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For shame, belaire direct

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by KWhetham Aug 26, 2019
...8 days and 1 hour ago, the person who called me promised to get back to me the following day. I was busy at the time but was very interested. Was my business not important enough for a second call? I waited and waited for you to keep your word. Pitiful that you didn't. I'm no longer interested in your services. For shame, Belaire direct...
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Worst Company ever

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by amohummed Aug 22, 2019
...Belair Direct raised my car insurance by 30% because I moved next door... Literally moved from apt 103 to apt 102 in the same building and I have the same parking spot and driving habits. Worst company ever... I would never buy insurance from them ever. This company is designed to steal your money and provide you with little to no service. Avoid at all costs...
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Terrible Customer Service

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by SXH Aug 14, 2019
...I have been a client for a while now and I could not believe how much stuff they are making my boyfriend go through. I talk to one girl last week and she stated all they needed was a picture of the vehicle. This guy wants a whole application and it’s going to take over a month?! Are you kidding me? Terrible and poor customer service. Would not recommend to anyone...
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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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Terrible Insurance Company

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by 1 pissed off customer Aug 09, 2019
...The customer service is terrible the people are so disrespectful, I get asked if they can help me with anything else when they never answered the question, and when I told them they weren't listening. And they had to say, "is there anything else I can help you with". Yes, you could listen to me and answer my questions. Also, I called to confirm payment for 7 days straight and was told everytime that the payment went through and I wouldn't be charged any charges then a week later I get a letter in the mail saying I haven't paid and that I owe them $80 in charges. So don't believe a word they say. Don't waste your time on them at all, just so you know Belair this is literally the first review I've ever written, so you should feel special that you've annoyed me so much that I decided to type all this out to you and your further clients...
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Renewal Scam

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by bs021 Aug 09, 2019
...Switched initially because of cheaper rates. Was a customer for 5 years. Initially paid around 175/month was going lower to 160/month until this year 2019 they bumped it to a nice 220/month! Why are loyal customers who have had 0 claims, tickets and accidents, treated in this way? I wrote them an email asking them why I am punished and that I will be looking for a new provider if there is no explanation. All I got back was an auto-reply stating my renewal policy will be cancelled on my renewal date. This shows you the disregard they take to customers. No explanation, no trying to win you back, no matching better rates. This business is a scam...
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Your $$ not good here

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by Turbuka Aug 01, 2019
...I got my cancellation notice today from Belair. "A driver in your household does not qualify, based on their record" turns out it was my ex who moved out in 2016. Not even: "Would you consider a new policy, for yourself?" All I got under the law we don't call, we just send a letter. Oh and I was reminded that I was put on notice way ahead of D day...
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Liar

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Nora Jul 30, 2019
...I had a car and home insurance with Belairdirect, customer service was awful and no respect for the client. When you talk to them and ask for a discount, they answer that they aren't a grocery store. They increase insurance without any reason. Please don't go for them...
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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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False Advertising

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by slj03 Jul 25, 2019
...The rates they advertise through Google Ads are misleading. Many hidden fees and they've applied discounts that don't exist..
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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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