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painful experience

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by pissed off May 06, 2019
...Wish there was a negative status like 0 to - 10 or something. Had the worst experience ever while trying to switch vehicles. First of all, they need to put an English speaking option on the menu, then get actual people capable of speaking the language. This would probably help with their dismal ratings. as for my experience with their people, I would rate them at - 10, totally useless...
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Service awful

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Anon Apr 26, 2019
...Called at 8:22 pm April 25 9°C for a boost, due to a dead battery. Was told it would take approximately 45 minutes. After 45 minutes had passed, I received an electronic message stating it would be approximately 15 minutes before the employee would arrive. I grabbed my purse jacket and shoes, to meet them in the parking lot of my apartment building. This couldn't have taken even 5 minutes. When I got downstairs I sat in my cold car and waited until 9:35 pm. Then I called, inquiring where the employee was, only to be told they got here at 9:06 pm and left at 9:12. They never tried to call me, despite possessing my number, to let me know they were here. Not once did I see them enter the parking lot while downstairs. I am still, at 10:01 pm, sitting here with my son. With no boost. This is a disgusting service, and after 30 years of loyal subscription, I am outraged...
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Worst experience with CAA

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Diana Mar 27, 2019
...Two weeks ago, to be more precise, on March 13, 2019, I called CAA department to submit a new claim regarding the fact that someone in the morning of March 13, 2018, rear-ended me while I was stopped at a Red light. It has been two weeks now and apparently, the Claim still has not been submitted/ processed. Called the claim department. To say the least, this is extremely disappointing and shows the lack of care and service towards the customers. I have called twice now to get an update, and today as I noted above, I was advised that you have done NOTHING. I sent an email and NO REPLY. I pay the required monthly payment on time each and every month, but once a claim is put, it seems that CAA reluctantly chooses not to respond to it on a timely basis. Again, this is unfortunate and unprofessional of CAA. I have been a client with CAA for several years and currently have my Car and two houses with them. The worst experience and the most unprofessional insurance company...
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Bad car insurance advice.

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by CAA is bad insurance Mar 10, 2019
...I called them after a minor fender bender in a shopping parking lot to ask for advice. If I make a claim, will my insurance go up since I wasn't at fault? The agent wouldn't answer and would just repeatedly say: Do you want to make a claim? The only way to get advice was only if I made a claim first!!! So I ended up making a claim, I took photos of the parking lot and drew sketches of how the accident happened. A year later, when I got the renewal letter, the insurance was sky high! When I called to complain about this, they blamed me for not talking to the right person. How was I supposed to know who is answering the phone at CAA insurance wasn't qualified to answer car accident questions? I changed insurance companies. They still send me letters to join them...
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very bad

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by amool Feb 07, 2019
...I have been waiting 3 days for my car to be towed. Then finally I had to hire another tow company to take care of my car...
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CAA Insurance 0 stars

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by BSPYYZ777 Jan 05, 2019
...CAA insurance: one of the biggest (and most expensive) mistakes I've made. Customer service so bad, they lie to you, misquote, and it's easier to meet the queen of England at Starbucks than to cancel your policy with CAA. Companies like this should be banned or bankrupt. My bad: I read reviews when I buy a $10 item from Amazon, should've read the reviews for CAA on this website...
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Tow Truck Trouble

 
(1.5 out of 5 stars)
by Cav Nov 14, 2018
...My tire blew out on the highway in Toronto and after calling CAA I was told there were no calls available until the plan renewed the next day. Opting to renew the plan and pay an additional $30 I agreed so that I could get the tow truck but instead of calling the tow truck, they made me speak to another representative who took my credit card details BEFORE calling a tow. At the time, I was parked on the side of a ramp barely avoiding cars driving past me swerving into the side lane. I asked them to just call the tow truck before I wasted time giving them my credit card information but they refused to place the call until I first upgraded to the premium account. The priority here was not my safety but CAA's profit margin...
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Claim Experience

 
(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by CAA Claims Experience Nov 02, 2018
...I had a bad claim experience very lengthy. It is very difficult to reach adjusters, especially around lunchtime. I waited for 40 minutes one day and another day after 45 minutes on hold I had to hang up as nobody answered. However, you can get insurance staff in the evening quite quickly to enroll in the insurance. Also, I feel we were not really looked after. The first adjuster never returned phone calls or emails but we were put onto another adjuster who was very good. I think it's a bit like NO FRILLS insurance. I don't think I would renew but it was $100 a month cheaper than the insurance I was with before. Also, with me, I was getting a lot of different information. Adjusters tell you one thing, body shops tell you something else and nobody seems to be on the same page. This can cause a lot of stress...
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Insurance claim

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by cathy Aug 21, 2018
...I cannot comment on their other services but I made a claim on my auto insurance and it has been an absolute nightmare dealing with them. I have never dealt with a company and have been treated with such disrespect in all areas and aspects when dealing with my claim. They have tried to bully me, lied to me, and tried to make me take responsibility for an accident that was not my fault. After 2 weeks of chasing them down, I am suddenly told the accident was not my fault, something they knew all along and they have offered me a sum much less than my car was worth. Even if they were half the price of other companies, I would never deal with them again...
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Did the online quote

 
(2.5 out of 5 stars)
by CG May 03, 2018
...Did online quote before and after I got insurance. First online quote was $2300. Went to office in person and got a quote of 2900. I was told the premiums went up. I got it down to $2500 over the phone the next day due to some errors that were made, wrong truck model, wrong address, and incorrect discounts. I did a second online quote just to see if the premiums had gone up like they said. They did not, it was less than the first quote $2200. I'm not sure what happened but they could not match the online quote and could provide no reasons why and could not fix it. I was going to get home insurance with them as well next time I renewed, but most likely I will go with somebody else. I may even cancel it altogether. The customer service tried their best to be helpful and did their best I think...
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Free quote auto insurance

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Wei-Ching Y Jan 31, 2018
...I've tried to get the free quote from CAA representative.After a few questions about my answers, she gave me a satisfactory premium.I only have a car and I told her my son had a driver's licence 18 months ago, but he didn't drive.Now he is a second year of university student.He told me he would like to drive after university graduation.I told that representative also.And sometimes he would sit beside me for shopping occasionally.Then she persuaded me my son had to buy insurance with me.And she gave my son premium over$3300 a year plus my premium $135/monthly total price about 5 GRAND a year.That is ridiculous.She has got to be nuts.I have never heard that before in my life.In my opinion better to stop buying CAA insurance anymore...
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6 H d attente à -35!

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Jocelyn Jan 16, 2018
...Alors que nous avons seulement un véhicule, ma conjointe a eu une crevaison sur l'autoroute à 17h et il n’y avait pas de service disponible avant 10h ou 11h. Nous avons donc payé un remorqueur alors que nous avons CAA...
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Boost burnt my car radio

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Lovejin Jan 16, 2018
...Such a bad service, long wait times, CAA members do a guessing game and do not care about your car. One of the two boosts I received burnt my car radio. Went to the dealership for them to tell me it was because of a recent boost and it would cost me $1000 to get a new one + replacement. Waited for two hours for a call and 8 hours for the CAA member to get to my house. First CAA member told me it wasn't my battery, it was something with my car so when I requested a tow the second CAA member boosts me again and my car starts working. He told me it was the battery and that I needed a new one. After 3 calls to CAA to get a new battery as the second CAA member suggested. A CAA member brings a battery and asks me if I called for a boost... Then he finally comes to my house and tells me my battery is fine...
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Terrible service

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Tarah W Jan 02, 2018
...Waited 2 hours for the driver to call. When he did call all I heard was swearing in the background and I kept saying "hello, hello" with no answer so I hung up. Apparently, it was the driver and he left. Spent over an hour calling dispatch to find out the driver had taken off and I had to start all over again. Got a text saying the driver will be here shortly. Went on the website to track his progress only to find out there is no service requested. Spent another hour on the phone to get through another dispatcher only to be told to find my way home and they will tow my vehicle home and after the tow, they will try to boost my car. I am very disappointed with CAA and would not recommend them to anyone. Especially those with kids. I am now told that they will arrive sometime around 3:38 in the morning and I have to go to work in a few hours from then. Terrible, terrible service. If you can find another service provider, do it...
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Cheaper but really bad service

 
(2.0 out of 5 stars)
by JusticeSeeker125 Apr 28, 2017
...I had a really bad experience with this insurer. After 25 years as a platinum CAA member for their roadside assistance, I opted to get their insurance coverage. It was inexpensive compared to others but I had to go through so much stress every time I needed to make a change. On two separate occasions due to their failure to do their job on a timely basis customer service almost got my policies cancelled. This was due to changing bank accounts after a divorce and then after a family member I lived with and had a joint account with could no longer manage their own financial affairs. They never changed the information so kept trying to draft a non-existent bank account. The first time this happened I let it go and gave them another chance. Sure enough, in another two years I needed to open another new bank account and remove someone from my policy and gave them all the information immediately yet once again they failed to change it over and I received a second registered letter informing me of cancellation. Then ironically, they switched sides and claimed I wasn`t allowed to cancel my policy without the other party`s signature....they were represented by a public guardian so I had to go to the Ministry and get them to fax a letter. Even then CAA continued to draft my account and took weeks to pay me back. I have a disability and am on a fixed income. Too many sleepless nights because of these people, not worth it. I don`t recommend them to anyone because you do get what you pay for. Now I pay roughly 40$ a month more but the new company is a lot more professional and I always get a call back the same day within a couple of hours when I call my local office. Now you tell me, is all this aggravation worth saving $40 a month? My health and well-being is worth way more than that!! I am not satisfied that they would competently handle a claim either because they don`t seem to care how long they delay handling matters, it`s a chronic and long term problem for their customer service department and I doubt it changed since last year when I finally cancelled all my policies with them and went elsewhere. Bottom line, caveat emptor!
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CAA CONNECT totally unreliable

 
(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Unhappy@CAA Mar 06, 2017
...We switched to CAA insurance for auto and home last year. We have the gizmos in our cars that monitor how we use the cars. These gizmos are totally unreliable, yet our renewal discount will apparently be determined from them. For example, we drove to a place that is 30km from our condo. On the way there, CAA Connect broke into 5 separate trips totalling about 15km. Returning the same way, it recorded 2 trips totalling 30km. So 15km there and 30km back on same route. This is in a semi-urban setting where gps signal should be good. Same thing happens if we do a return trip from our home to Toronto on 401 highway. The gps gizmo loses signal and we end up having multiple short trips that don't match teh total distance. On the webpage, CAA Connect says we have not had unit connected long enough to obtain the full discount. It has been connected for 9 months but has not recorded the full distance travelled. CAA Connect is just a bad joke. If they don't give us the full discount, we wil just have to find someone else to insure through. I sent an email to CAA about this about 10 days ago - They did not answer...
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Be careful of their renewal

 
(2.2 out of 5 stars)
by ML Feb 06, 2017
...Be careful of their automatic renewal every year. I don't remember ever agreeing to that, I never do and if you catch it after 30 days they won't refund you...
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Scam, stay away.

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by TITAN Sep 26, 2016
...Our car was rear ended at a high rate of speed at a light in May and even with ample following distance due to the speed we hit the car in front of us. CAA rated 50% at fault for the collision because that is what the book says without taking in to account the entire situation. They are very black and white. The told us to pay 50% of the deductible but the collision would not effect our premiums or policy at all. We renewed in October with no issues and went through a whole year when we received a letter this October telling us we are not being renewed because of an at fault collision and they quoted the May collision as the reason. I asked why we were renewed the first October but not this year and they said no one looked at our file. I however found out that if we wanted to fight the claim it had to be within 1 year of the collision, so CAA basically ran out the clock so we couldn't fight it. I then had to shop around for insurance and called CAA 4 times now for an experience letter, I'm told every time I will receive one by the end of business day and to date have not received it. So I can't stay with CAA and they wont let me leave, do yourself a favor and find someone else to insure you...
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Worse than the car accident

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by mdc Aug 16, 2016
...I got in a car accident a month ago in which I was not at fault (lady ran a red and t-boned me, car was a write-off). We contacted insurance and 3 days later they called me so I could get a rental. They proceeded to take a week to examine my car before providing me with a settlement. I should note that I had bought this car, brand new, for $25 000 less than 10 months previously. They were prepared to offer me $15 000. I said no and the customer service rep said he would listen to my original tapes when setting up my insurance to see if I had signed up for "New Car Protection". It then took a week of me calling their terrible customer service line and waiting on hold for countless work breaks to inquire about any updates. Finally, I received a call telling me that I had not been offered "New Car Protection" on my original call and they were willing to apply it retroactively for a fee. Also, note how ridiculous it is that I should need to pay more to be properly reimbursed, how many people do they try to pull this trick on thinking they won't argue with the original offer? The following day, a Friday, I was informed I needed to provide the car proof of sale via fax. I paid to use a fax machine to send it then waited until Tuesday when I finally called to ask what was taking so long. They said they did not receive the fax, although I had a confirmation of transmittal. I paid to resend it the next day, and the day after that I received a call saying that their fax machine had malfunctioned and the image was too dark. The next morning, I sent them 2 pictures of my Proof of Sale via email and they accepted that, then waited several days to give me an updated appraisal, $21 000, and that my cheque would be sent out when they received a signed proof of loss form. This was a Wednesday. They did not give me this form until later in the day on Thursday so I could not send it by the 2:00pm deadline for next day delivery. I sent it Thursday afternoon and was told that I also needed to provide images of the ownership. I sent them first thing Friday morning but, apparently, there was an issue with my email, which they did not let me know to fix it until 3:30pm, thus my cheque would not be sent that week. Meanwhile, I settled on a new car and I contacted CAA to transfer my insurance to the new vehicle. The customer service rep forgot to email my proof of insurance to the car dealership so we had to call and wait for them to send it before I could drive my car off the lot. It is now Tuesday and I just received an email that my cheque has not yet been sent because my car has not been released from the salvage lot. I was holding back on releasing it so that CAA might have some incentive to move faster with my claim. I was never informed that they would withhold my payment. I have as of yet been unable to pay off my balance on my previous vehicle and will have to wait 2 more days at the very least. This has been a 5-week ordeal that was literally worse than being in the actual accident. This company takes advantage of people who are already struggling and provides terrible customer service. I just got a letter in the mail inviting me to also use CAA Home Insurance and actually laughed. I’d go with TD...
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Bend over people

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Bent over Jul 26, 2016
...So called discounts for multi vehicle and home insurance is absolute BS. Compared to several other companies for just one vehicle and price was same. CAA just starts with much higher premiums then adds all their so called discounts and is no better. They also refused to put one of our 3 vehicles under a different policy (it was a lease and required more liability) which was going to raise our rates $600 per year......we have perfect and claim free record for 30 years plus...
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Fantastic service

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Postruckguy Apr 18, 2016
...Got a tow from Richard. There was quicker than quoted time by roadside assistance and he was very friendly and down to earth guy. Even took the courtesy to make sure my tower hitch didn't scrape the ground when loading/unloading even when I said I didn't care if it did. Very professional...
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Roadside assistance

 
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
by Corleigh Dec 22, 2015
...Got into a small accident and was stuck in a snow bank. After calling roadside assistance, Colin promptly attended the scene and had me pulled out in 15 minutes. He was a very nice guy and I am very thankful for his help. I've had nothing but great and quick service from CAA. Definitely worth the investment...
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Inept customer service

 
(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Just another abused caa client Sep 12, 2015
...I called to update info on auto & property. I was told my rate would go down for auto but up for property. I got my revised & increased property bill within a few days. The new auto insurance bill didn't come so after a week, I called and was told not to worry, it was in the mail. Waited another week before calling again and was assured it was in the mail. Called again after a couple of days and was told that I would not be getting a new bill. That I would pay the original higher bill and CAA would reimburse me at a later date. This was because the auto insurance didn't take effect for a couple of weeks. Get it? No. Me, neither. Remember that I had received the revised property insurance bill within days, for property insurance that did not take effect until a later date. I kept asking questions and was told a few more stories before customer service finally agreed to send me the revised bill. sigh I asked how much it would be and paid it on the spot, just in case I never get it. I felt like the people that I talked to didn't care and didn't really know how to investigate or how to resolve or explain an issue. It seemed like they didn't know their jobs at all...
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