• Report: #97282

Complaint Review: Esurance

  • Submitted: Thu, July 01, 2004
  • Updated: Mon, November 02, 2009

  • Reported By:tucson Arizona
www.esurance.com Internet U.S.A.

Esurance.com insurance that I never used costs me $70. Rip-off! Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Internet

*General Comment: doing business

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This transaction was for the premium of the auto insurance with policy number PAAZ 001234819. This policy was for a car I intended to buy. But I cancelled the policy on the same day I started it because the car had been sold to another customer, and since I did not make deposit, the dealer had no obligation to keep it for me.

A lady at Esuance told me I would be charged $50 for early termination. Even though I did not find corresponding item on policy documents for this charge, I did not argue with her. Also she said an email would be sent to me shortly, and she demanded me to reply this email within 48 hours to confirm the cancellation. At that time I explained to her I would be leaving town for 10 days (12/23 to 12/31), during which time I would not be able to check emails regularly, but I was promised I would receive the email before I left.

Unfortunately I still had not received the email before I started my travel on 12/22. It was not until 12/29 that I was able to get online and read the aforementioned email. The cancellation was finally confirmed but the effective date was set on 12/29, and I received a pro-rata refund of the premium for $251.71 on 01/06.

To me, being charged $70 for a service that I never used is completely unacceptable, and I felt even more outraged by this company's conduct not only because there was absolutely no justification for them to do so, but also their arrogant attitude toward customers with FOREIGN accent.

1. about the $50 early cancellation fee, I have searched the related document, and found no item indicating this fee would be assessed. I also did not see such reminder when I made the quote and started the policy on 12/18;

2. about effective cancellation date, I find this most ridiculous. It is understandable that this company requires their customers to have their own email addresses for communication purposes, but it makes no sense that they would expect and demand every customer to check email every day, especially when they are on travel.

I tried to resolve this issue with Esurance, but unfortunately this is one of the few most arrogant companies I have ever dealt with, my first email contact was replied, which they turned down my request. But my next email was simply ignored and I received no response at all. Running out of patience, I called after I returned from my trip, again I was told they could not backdate the cancellation date.

Ironically, a few days after my policy had been cancelled, I received another email from Esurance still treating me as an existing customer. Based on these facts, I doubt the daily business management of this company is rather chaotic, and I believe this dispute was caused mainly by their malfunction.

i will never do business with them again, and strongly suggest readers to cross this company out of your list.

tucson, Arizona

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#1 General Comment

doing business

AUTHOR: Harold - (Canada)

i don't know where you were when you were on travel(unless you were in a cave or in space,ppl can check email on every corner of the planet) but you were the one that decided to do business online so email is the accepted form of communication. you decided not to reply within the timeframe provided so you were charged accordingly. unless there is proof that you agreed to the $50 cancellation fee then they can't charge it.
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