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Dodgy State Farm

(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by will Oct 22, 2018
...State Farm is not "like a good neighbor...". It denied my claim for very extensive water damage caused by a shut-off ball valve leak. SF claimed the valve was old, failed because it probably was turned on and off too much and that it probably was installed incorrectly. All of these assumptions are inaccurate. Also, SF denied the claim because, according to their agents, in the fine print of its policy, it states SF does not cover most plumbing failure damages unless caused by freezing. It would cover, however, damage from a leaking old water heater, which is a case of inconsistent logic. Certainly many houses have plumbing that fails and causes damage, and obviously, owners buy insurance to cover such losses. Yet, when expected by trusting, naive clients -- this is not covered by SF. The agents refused the claim based on an analysis of the valve that SF had done by another company it hired. This was not exactly an independent analysis since State Farm hired and paid the company. And, not surprisingly, it received a report that benefited SF. The heavy duty brass ball shutoff valve in question was installed in the insulated attic of a house where it was protected from disturbances. The valve probably had never been turned off and on since installation about 10-13 years ago. It was not a particularly old valve; ball valves are very reliable and last a long time. It was installed correctly and did not leak at all. The leak probably began during the freezing cold winter when the valve froze enough to cause the valve seam to separate. Close examination of the valve reveals an uneven separation of part of the valve seal in the main body of the valve, below the handle system, that was probably caused by freezing water. The resulting very slow, drop by drop leak was not evident until a small portion of the ceiling drywall below the leak finally separated. By then, water had spread into walls. Nonetheless, State Farm did not seem to consider the uneven split valve seal seam at all and conveniently ignored this evidence to deny the claim. Bottom line, do not buy State Farm house insurance if you expect to be covered for common plumbing leak damages. There is clearly no point in buying expensive insurance if the insurer denies claims based on a policy that fine print excludes coverage of issues that consumers reasonably expect are covered. I plan to cancel my State Farm policies in the near future. I only wish I had done more research on the company and seen the numerous, well-deserved, one-star reviews. If I had, I never would have given them my money...
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(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Vilma Aug 02, 2017
...I'd give no star if there's an option for that. They don't care about their customers. They're only good at taking money from your pocket, if there's a problem, they don't deal with it right away. It's been 2 months now, & they aren't making any moves yet... we kept calling them but they kept passing us into another agent. & some agents are rude & don't have any patience, slow & worst service ever! & they actually don't know what they're doing... our neighbours' gazebo lifted off & then it hit our window... they're supposed to speak for us 'cause we are paying them... all they said was "neighbours don't want to pay"... It's their responsibility to speak for us 'cause we are their clients...
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Worst Insurance Company!

(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Joshua Jan 27, 2016
...Jan 2015 my home had a water line break in our main floor bathroom toilet which flooded the partial main floor and leaked down the ceiling of the basement and walls and floor etc you can imagine and we had just finished a two year project of updating the main floor and basement. We called our State Farm insurance broker George R. and he called in the claim to State Farm and then the service master people came and removed the water, contents and did a remediation. We had to call State Farm back several times to have them send a adjuster to estimate the damage. We tried to communicate with the adjuster many times by phone and email but had no reply and then we waited approx 2-3 months before we heard from our adjuster and when we heard back she told us to go and find a contractor and submit some quotes to State Farm and they would review them. I must admit I was expecting State Farm to take care of the claim and not put these responsibilities on me since this was out of my ability but State Farm was adiment that they would do nothing to assist with contractors but would only see if the quotes were cheap enough to proceed eventually we found a contractor and this pissed service master off because they were expecting the work to be given to them. The work started in may due to these delays and the amount of work put on us to find a contractor and pick out replacement parts we had to do everything to get things started. The original estimate from State Farm came in around $20,000.00 which I knew was not correct so each time we moved into the project I had to spend several hours going over the quote from State Farm to make sure the amounts covered the cost, this went on until the job was completed, I was responsible for overseeing the entire project from start to finish as well as begging State Farm for money to pay the contractors I even tried to get help from our insurance broker George R. and he was of no help at all. Another problem we had was that the mortgage company held back 10% of every cheque that was sent to me and I had to carry the cost on my own. We submitted a bill to State Farm for my time and my families time for the past year and they did not care that we had done all this work as a general contractor to oversee, scrutinize, source out contractors for various parts of the work to be done, communicate with State Farm which they were very slow to respond, book and arrange the work schedules and to recheck and make sure the work was done with the money allowed. The total cost in the end has come to around 75,000.00 plus other cost for other items and personal effects and now we are being told our time and management was worthless by our claims people Brendon S. and his manager Allison. Please keep in mind with State Farm you must be ready to do all of this work and oversee every detail rite to the end and then wait and hope you did not miss anything because it is all on your shoulders right to the end. Reviews of this type do not contain the arrogance and ongoing abuse that was put on me and my family and expressed to me during many calls for help as a consumer and policy holder I hope this will help you be careful when looking towards State Farm for coverage and help. As the cost to you will be in the tens of thousands of dollars out of your pocket for time and money while trying to keep your own job and manage the rest. State Farm is a horrible insurance company to deal with and will not recommend them or work with them in the future...
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fire claim, 100% loss

(4.5 out of 5 stars)
by Amybaby May 15, 2015
...(we werent home at the time, but coming home to it was a shock) My insurance sales guy met us at the hospital, made sure we were ok, asked us if we needed a hotel for the night, and had us come to the office at 8am the next day for a cheque to cover immediate expenses. they handled everything so well, they hired out a company to deal with the clean up etc, and took care of all the permits for the city for demo/rebuild. our adjuster could have been more sympathetic, but of course she deals with the every day and we were super emotional! they have a great partnership with the Brick to get us all our belongings with no hassle and at a great price too, so not to waste our contents money. they were an amazing company to deal with and I have no horror story :)...
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Horrible customer service.

(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Michelle Feb 27, 2015
...I will start with the facts. They are, about a year ago I had some missed payments. I had had my identity stolen and was having some issues with payments. I sorted it out, and did not have another missed payment until January. There were some extenuating circumstances to that one. I received a replacement credit card in December, days before Christmas. Same card number, different expiry date. With the craziness of Christmas, it simply did not occur to me that I needed to call to update the info. By Boxing day, I was deathly ill with the flu. I am asthmatic, so when I say deathly ill, I mean deathly ill. I did not get out of bed for nearly a month. All of my mail went unopened until the end of the month. Which is when I realized that my January payment had bounced because of not updating the info, I immediately called and made the payment. I also asked the girl I was talking to, to prepay February, right then. She stated that she had and that it went through. I then called the credit card company, I specifically asked if both payments from State Farm were showing as gone through. I received an unequivocal yes, both payments had gone through. We now get to near the end of February. I get a call from State Farm saying that I need to sign a form for the "new" credit card. I sent my son (I am disabled and have mobility issues) with a signed note that authorized the use of the card in the hopes it would be sufficient. State Farm sent back a form, saying that the note was not. I got another call, one that was just to confirm that I had received the form and to inform me that it needed to be returned immediately. I was discussing this with the person on the phone when suddenly I was passed to someone else and told that my insurance was cancelled. This was the first indication to me that anything might be wrong. I did not, in February, receive a phone call or letter, as, apparently, the office did not put through the prepayment for February. (The fact that that the credit card company confirmed that it had is a whole other issue I am taking up with them). Because I have had my identity stolen, the credit card company has instructions to not let any payments go through with out my prior consent, and as they had confirmed that 2 payments had gone through, they did not have the needed consent for a February payment.) The agent, Louise Dottori was not willing to even listen to the sequence of events as I understood them. At no time was I asked for a payment, which I could have authorized immediately. After 20 years of being a loyal customer, with not a single claim ever made, I was very rudely shut down and told I wouldn't be dealt with anymore. Also, as I understand it, by law I am supposed to receive written notice that my insurance is being cancelled. Although I did receive a letter in January, I made the payment and was told everything was fine, so I have not received anything from February, which is against the law. The insurance office is claiming that the January letter is sufficient, in which case they should not have taken my January payment or that they need to send me something for February. (As advised to me by a lawyer.). My advise is to stay far, far away from State Farm. They are not the good neighbour that is there, they are that bad neighbour who makes your life a nightmare...
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(4.2 out of 5 stars)
by Tricia Apr 07, 2012
...They have been very professional. I have been with them for over 30 years, and don't think I would change unless their service changed dramatically...
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