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Hi, We purchased insurance for our S2000 which we wanted to transfer to Dial Direct this is insurance group 20 we wanted to move it to an Audi A5 insurance group 16. According to Dial Direct the insurance had increased by over £50 and a further £40 admin fee. I wanted to use my no claims bonus as I had over 9years. I could cancel my policy but that was a £40 admin fee. After shopping around my best option was to transfer with Dial direct to the Audi and wait until the policy finished before moving to another car. Which I paid for, one checking my credit card Dial Direct had put through charges after my first conversation with them which I had not authorised. When I spoke to Dial Direct they said they had no record of them against my policy and only when I said I was going to ring the credit card company did they check further and found the charges against someone else's policy which they said was a clich in their system. Which may be paid back so I should check and let them know and ring back if they were not. I rang the credit card company who said that as I had given them my card for them to take payment when I paid for the policy my complaint was with Dial direct, the credit card company only agreed to help when I said I was not happy as they had taken unauthorised money on my card and have agreed to send a complaints form. Be careful when giving your card that the company are not keeping your card information for future use and do not do business with Dial direct.

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Dial Direct Insurance Dial direct doesn't want to assist

After having a small accident with my car, I submitted a claim with dial direct. The claim was handled swiftly, and they informed me the excess amount is R5100 because I am not yet 25. I phoned and asked if they could assist me and reduce the amount and showing some goodwill. I am an excellent customer, and have never claimed for any accidents. Me and my wife are both engineers and Dial direct have all our business. I have also recruited a lot of my family members due to good service received. So I would say I helped Dial Direct before.

However when Dial direct had the chance to assist me when I needed it they didn't wanted to help. I know it's within their right, but they have made a lot of money up to now out of me. And my previous insurer a few years back did help me with the excess amount when there was a break in at our house.

I would therefore not consider or recommend Dial direct again to anybody as an insurer and as soon as this claim is finalised, I am moving to a different company that wants to help their clients.

One word of advice: Treat your customers as you would like to be treated and always try to help them where possible.

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Dial Direct Insurance Not processing my claim professionally

My car engine was damaged by flooding, as this was covered by the insurer, the collected the car at BMW Springs for thier own assessment and repairs. Till to date, they have not done anything with my car. They say they are waiting for authorisation and also checking my previous history with insurance companies, honestly I do not know why they looking for that information, I suspect they want to build a case excusse not to repair the car. I have never missed any of their monthly subscriptions, but when it's time to claim, the send you from pillar to post. This is being ongoing for almost a month now.

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Dial Direct Insurance Poor Service

My car was damaged in an accident on 15 December 2009. Dial Direct appointed Quality Assured panelbeaters to perform the repairs. While my car was at the panelbeaters, the engine was damaged. They refused to accept responsibility and Dial Direct eventually enforced a cash settlement offer on me. When the car was returned to me, several parts were missing. Dial Direct undertook in writing to pay for these parts. Now the responsible person will not take my phone calls and his boss does not reply to e-mails sent to him. We are one week short of a full year since the accident occurred.

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Dial Direct Insurance Not very friendly and started getting irritated with the unprofessional manner in which my quote was handled

I did an online quote for car insurance from dial direct. Was later contacted by the call centre staff. When contacting the call centre i was transferred (phone handed to other consultant after listening to them for a minute or so), then the new consultant didn't know who he was speaking to, even after again saying my name and surname. He then proceeded to ask me if i am accepting the wrong quotation from dial direct, after which i told him i still need a formal quote from them. The consultant so confused, was adamint that he gave me a quotation on [protected], but i never contacted them until [protected]. The more i told him i only asked for a quote on [protected], he went on and said he contacted me before. When he woke up he saw that he was talking to the wrong client, he had another client open on his system and not my online quotation.

Not very friendly and started getting irritated with the unprofessional manner in which my quote was handled.

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Dial Direct Insurance Call center harassment

Since Jan 2009, I have been receiving calls on my cellphone, (sometimes 8 times per day) from Budget Insurance or Dial Direct or 1 Life Direct, saying that I have left my number on their website, requesting an insurance quote. This is utter nonsense and a harrassment and invasion of my privacy, although someone could be playing a prank, but not for 9 months! My number most probably forms part of a list that was purchased by these companies. I have chosen to never answer numbers that show as 'private number' on my phone now. I had spoken to the Call Centre Manager, Lonwabo Hoho on numerous occasions, who promised to remove my number and details from their system, which to date has not happened. I have left messages for their CEO, namely Anton De Souza to return my call, but to no avail. I have never and will never in my life support these companies(whom I was told to be part of the News 24 group) and find that they scout for business in most unethical and unscrupulous ways. In these technologically advanced times, removal of and monitoring of my numbers IS DEFINITELY POSSIBLE, SO WHY DON'T YOU REMOVE THEM PERMANENTLY?

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Lisster21
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Jan 12, 2011 5:16 pm EST

I took out building and household insurance with Budget. 30 minutes later I needed to ammend the policy. 2 hours later I still cannot get hold of them to make the amendment.

This makes me doubt my choice of insuring with them! Shocking service, absolutley shocking.

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Girrander
US
Oct 01, 2010 6:54 am EDT

I was quoted a certain price for my car insurance and paid it the first month in May and in June it was increased by R200. They say they notified me, but I was never notified and how can they suddenly put it up by R200 one month later. I have a budget and worked out my finances on the price they gave me in May.

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Ben Chung
Wayne, US
Jul 24, 2012 1:28 pm EDT

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Dial Direct Insurance Takes 9 calls for confirmation from DialDirect

We bought a car the saturday getting a loan from Wesbank. Needed insurance of course and chose DialDirect because they were the most competitively priced at the time. The monday we got a call early the morning that the the loan has not gone through because my wife had to be the main driver and holder since she was taking out the loan. We phoned DialDirect 9ish to change this, and ask for another confirmation. No response. Phoned again, and again. We noticed that DialDirect's email queue system was choked and not sending out mails or faxes. Phoned again and asked for a manual email done. They mailed us the wrong one finally at 14:00 after 6 calls. Had to call again to get it done yet again with the correct details. Finally at 15:57 we were able to receive the confirmation. I never swore or raised my voice. Yet I had 1 guy putting the phone down in my ear, one promised to have it typed and faxed manually but it never came, one mailed it manually but the wrong one, 2 raised their voices at me, asked for a manager 1 simply queued me. This company's service is horrendous. I would hate to see how they handle a claim. Planning to change insurance asap, be smart stay away from DialDirect!

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Dial Direct Insurance Refusal to pay claim

My car is insured for partial business use ( can only make 10 or less trips to a customer a month). I had a car accident while at a customer 2 weeks ago and i found out today that my claim has been rejected because i was using the car for business purposes. I work from home and travel to customers maybe 1-2 times per week.. maybe.

Can someone from dialdirect please get this sorted out for me ASAP before I cancel my policy and change insurance companies.

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Dial Direct Insurance Avoid at all costs

My car had an accident on the 2nd of August, I reported the accident with Dial Direct and was told that a Lee-anne would call me to get more details which she never did until I called her after a week and she said she had been trying to call my husband and never got hold of him but after hanging up and called my husband she got hold of him. since then we have not heard from dial direct until last week when i called and the person who answered told me that the person who is handling my claim was Yogan Govender but advised that his line was busy, she said she would ask him to call me back, i then told her that im going to write to the Ombudsman and hello Peter cos their service was pathetic, she then transferred me and I got throu, Yogan made me so furious as he was asking me questions that i had been asked before so i referred him to my husband and he promised to call back which he also never did...it has now been 3 weeks and my car is till not fixed and the bumper keeps shifting and soon enough its going to fall while driving...is this the service dial direct offers when it didnt even take them days to sign me up and debit my account!

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ganagana
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Aug 19, 2011 3:20 pm EDT

Please remove personal contact details like cell numbers and physical adresses. This for the protection of people who use your site.

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ganagana
ZA
Aug 19, 2011 3:11 pm EDT

I am so angry about your non-withdrawal stance. Please review this and before you sendour comments for the universe consumption, please do ask us if we want that. Please remove people"s contact dtails from your site for descency.

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ganagana
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Aug 19, 2011 3:08 pm EDT

I wanted to know why you are making it difficult for some people to remove comments thy have sent to you. Sometimes we send comments not knowing they will appear in any website and we also give you our phsical addresses and phone numbers, in retrn weendup with unsolicited calls telephonically or personally. We trust you and such that we entsted our contact details to you when we have been engred by people who w pay for service, and now you are also not far from killing our images because of these unsolicted calls. Please play it descently. I am writing this on behalf of my friend who sent her complaint in 2010, even today she is hospitalised for having about ten stalkers on her phone. This is openning us o abuse by the very people we have sent complaints about, who knows if this is not their way of getting back to us. Please help us.

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ganagana
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Aug 19, 2011 3:02 pm EDT

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Lethiwe Zondo
ZA
Oct 16, 2010 3:32 am EDT
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Hi Dial Direct

What you are saying is absolute rubbish. There is nothing like flooded systems. This week I spoke to Lesgo in Pretoria who cut my call deliberately three times because what they did not admitting my claim for repairs of my car months ago is catching up with them now and the car is developing more problems because the first claim was never attended. The bonet is not closing properly and after any rain either the aarm system or the batery will have a problem and or it will not have sudden break and that means I need to plan my stopping aheard of the stop sign.
I wish they can stop telling lies and service us according to our payment.
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Dial Direct
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Aug 27, 2010 2:43 am EDT

Hi there Pianits,

Dial Direct here.

Apologies for the poor service, sometimes the call centre gets flooded and things slip through the cracks. From your post it looks like you could use some assistance. Please drop me a mail at richard[at]getclosure[dot]co[dot]za or tweet @dial_direct with your policy number and phone number, we will then look into it from our side and give you a call to discuss.

Dial Direct

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Dial Direct Insurance Dial Direct DESTROYS Lives

In 2004 I bought a 2002 VW Microbus to accommodate a sales team and due to all the Dial Direct ads then flooding the media, I decided to give them a chance with my newly acquired vehicle. Shortly thereafter, I moved to George and started my own sales business. Since then I purchased a few more vehicles, for personal use and for business, and as Dial Direct seemed a good, hassle free insurer, I insured all vehicles with them, i.e.
1. 2001 BMW 323i
2. 2000 VW Microbus destroys
3. 1992 VW Caravelle
4. 2003 Opel Corsa Utility
5. 2002 VW Microbus (mentioned above)
6. 2004 BMW M3
The last three on the list was still insured with Dial Direct till September 2008.
As you probably know, in the direct sales industry employees change quite often, thus the regular drivers to. Although all the above vehicles are covered for any driver, I took it upon myself to be a compliant and truthful client and notified Dial Direct each and every time the regular driver of any vehicle changed, even though notifying them pushed my premium up every time. In September 2008 when I cancelled my insurance with Dial Direct, I was paying a monthly premium of R2962.42 for the 3 vehicles still insured, never skipped a single month since inception, and I doubt they even took the time to look at my profile with their company before repudiating my claim.
THE ACCIDENT
On Saturday 31st of May 2008 at around 8:30pm, I had a big accident with my M3, I went to the garage to get fuel for a friend who got stuck, and on my way back to him, I had the accident in which my car was severely damaged. I called the Dial Direct hotline, but at the time I was very shaken and handed them over to the towing service that had arrived on the scene. The towing guys who happened to be a Dial Direct approved agent then loaded my car and took it to the SMD yard.
THE CLAIM
I only called Dial Direct on Tuesday 3rd June as I thought that the hotline guys I called automatically log the claim to find that it is not so and I still had to log a claim with Dial Direct. I then logged the claim and waited for a response. After a few more calls on the status of my claim, and Dial Direct telling me that they did not know my car’s at their yard, I finally got a response from Dial Direct via sms on Saturday 7th June stating that my car will be towed to an assessment center. With my calling Dial Direct, I found out that the person who would be handling my claim is Mr. Calvin Heiberg. I called Calvin the following Monday 9th or Tuesday 10th and he told me that the assessment would probably be complete by Friday 13th and that he is waiting on my application conversation. He also asked me if I was previously insured, I replied that I honestly can’t remember as it was so long ago, but think that I might have been on my moms insurance. He added that according to their records I’m on an NCB 5 and if I had no previous insurance I should only be on a 4. I then immediately checked through some old paperwork I had at my moms place and found 2 previous policies on my name(before which, I was on my mom’s policy), V Plus Brokers dated Feb 2003 and one with Santam after that, which was the last insurance cover I had before moving over to Dial Direct, and faxed the complete policy with all documentation to Calvin I got an sms confirming completion of the assessment on Thursday 12th and called Calvin on Friday 13th but he had left early and the person who answered told me that Calvin is still waiting for the conversation. I called Calvin on Monday 16th and he had received the conversation. He told me that according to the conversation, I said that I was previously insured for 4 years uninterrupted. I completely disagreed, and said that he should check if he’s got the correct conversation. I called again on Tuesday 17th, and Calvin told me that he called the previous insurance(V Plus) and they don’t have me on their system, and they’ve checked on all three client numbers found on that policy, but he’s still checking. Santam, apparently, also could not find the policy numbers I provided on their systems either.
THE REPUDIATION
On Thursday 19th June, Calvin called and told me that my claim has been repudiated due to me not being able to supply them with complete information on my previous insurance, this after I sent him complete policy documents of V Plus and supplied him with policy numbers for Santam. I asked Calvin how can V Plus/Santam losing my info now be my fault, and my claim be repudiated, to which he replied that’s just the way it is, I have seven days to get my car from the SMD yard and if I send them a letter accompanying documentation from V Plus/Santam stating that I was with them within 7 days, they’ll re-look at the claim. I told Calvin this is ### and he agreed. I asked Calvin who his superior is that repudiated the claim, and asked when I can come in to listen to the conversation and see his superior(John King). Calvin said he’ll speak to John and let me know. He never called. I called V Plus brokers on Thursday 19th and spoke to a manager, Suna Warrington, explained the situation to her and she told me that once a policy is cancelled, they remove it from the system and it gets archived so there is no way it will be found on their system. She asked me to give her a day or two to find it. I called Suna again on Friday 20th and she asked me to fax the policy to her as she cannot locate it on her side. I sent it to her and she called me back on Monday 23rd after finding it in their archive. Then on Tuesday 24th June 2008 at 11am I went to speak to John and listen to the conversation. In the application conversation I said that I had previous insurance for ‘I think ABOUT 4 years’ and John told me that since they cannot find Previous insurance for a full 4 years, he can do nothing.
Then a few days later I received another repudiation letter from Dial Direct, totally different to the first. It stated that the reason for repudiation is unroadworthiness of my vehicle. HOWEVER, my vehicle was inspected by an independent assessor (regarding a small 3rd party claim) 1 day before my accident, less than a week prior to their inspection, and found to be 100% roadworthy.
FURTHERMORE, This Is Also Not My First Claim From Dial Direct, It Is In Actual Fact My Second. My First Claim Was A Small Claim(+-R5500), Which They Had Absolutely No Problem Paying For. So If There Was Really A Problem With My Policy And My Previous Insurances, Why Did They Not Mention It With That First Claim, And Given Me A Chance To Resolve Any Discrepancies, Only Because The Claim Is Now A Large Amount To Pay(R247 000), Are They Giving Me Various Reasons Why They “Cannot” Entertain My Claim?
If I knew there were any problems with my policy, I would not have insured all those vehicles with them and risked so much if anything happened!
I also queried the matter with my attorney who advised me that this is a daily thing to them(agents get bonuses/commission for repudiating a claim), as they know that it will take about 2 years for the matter to reach the court room, by which time your legal bill is so high that you have to accept the 30% settlement they offer you in the passage. They know that no-one can really touch them, so they are free to do just as they please. My attorney’s advice was that I hand the matter to the Ombudsman for Short Term Insurance, as this was my only option, I did this in June 2008, which was futile as it took the OSTI a year to tell me that Dial Direct says they can’t find my previous insurance. WTF? Useless!
IN CONCLUSION
Well as you can see, I am quite upset about the whole matter as I really do not see what my previous insurance has to do with the paying out of my claim. I have been a loyal, rule abiding client to Dial Direct for years, sticking to their requirements as well as I knew how. I have also lost my Bucks Back Bonus which was due. Is this not what insurance is there for, to soften the blow when you lose things dear to you, things you have worked so hard, even slaved for. Insurance premiums, whether it be my life insurance, car insurance, household insurance, is at the top of my priority list. Why is it that when we need our insurance, we are not at all a priority to them…

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
TELESURE is the ADMINISTRATOR under-which DIAL DIRECT falls, they are THE UMBRELLA so THEY make the rules and it is THEIR PRINCIPLES AND BUSINESS ETHICS which is the foundation of DIAL DIRECT.
THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES ARE ALSO UNDER THE TELESURE UMBRELLA:
Auto and General
Budget Insurance
First for Women
Woolworths Insurance
Prosper Insurance and
Unity Insurance

IT IS MY SUGGESTION THAT YOU STAY AWAY FROM ALL ABOVE MENTIONED INSURANCE COMPANIES AS AN UNPAID INSURANCE CLAIM, IS A KNOCK THAT CAN COMPLETELY DESTROY YOUR LIFE AND PUT YOU ON THE STREET IN NO TIME!

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Simone Coetzer
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Mar 13, 2024 6:18 am EDT
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More than a month and no replies from the claims department

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Mcmck
Wimborne, GB
Jul 16, 2023 11:37 pm EDT
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Rip-off company. If you change car mid-policy term, Dial-Direct cancel your policy, and 'offer' you a new policy - at TWICE the original premium! If you decline, they charge you £60 cancellation fee! No mention of this in their pre-insurance ads, nor in their Terms & Conditions. Avoid this rip-off company!

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Pritoke
US
Jan 18, 2011 5:29 pm EST

Dial Direct? Seriously? You mean to say Dial All Around the Problem. The only thing Direct is the apparent fact that there are certain sections of your company that are rather on the useless side of things. This complaint is directed at your “Out of Touch” department. You probably know it as “In Touch”, however, seeing as they don’t do that, I prefer Out of Touch. My claim was approved on the 19th of February 2010 and I received an sms on the 22nd of Feb saying I would be kept in the loop in regards my claim. Whilst Mr. Akheem Mulaudzi is busy interviewing some new “Out of Touch” employees, I am awaiting feedback on my query which is now also a complaint. Due to your companies lack of following up on queries, at all, I am sitting with a problem where I won’t have a rental car. So can I claim from you when I am unable to come to work to pay your premiums, because you got your time lines and turn around times messed up with your panel beaters and now I must hand in the rental car? Your delays will result in me being without a car for four days? Really? Can someone who knows the understanding of “In Touch” please get back to me?

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plinty
Elstree, GB
Aug 29, 2016 2:16 am EDT

Please be advised by my personal experience to think very carefully about using these, what looks like a good deal ends up to be like feeling robbed of your hard earned money.
I hate the words "I told you so" please don't make me say them.

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John Tait
Belfast City, GB
Jun 09, 2011 7:20 pm EDT
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Scammers and should be stopped, they where tring to take money from my credit card even though i paid them in full for my year. They cancelled my insurance after 2 months without me knowing even though I paid them fully and now reading the above makes me sick. This has to be stopped. After they stopped my policy, for not apparent reason, I phoned them and asked for my NCB back, they said, " yes sir we have it here and we will post it". I then asked for a refund for the rest of the year the said "sorry sir but we don't have your NCB". I then asked what did you intend to post then an empty envelope" . I was put on hold for 20mins and they agreed but at charged me too much money for the two months and cancelation. Scammers, just look at the amount of complaints on the net and that's from people like me who haven't made a claim.

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Moroka
ZA
May 27, 2011 4:47 pm EDT
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I bought a car last year in April whereby my mom was the main driver, on the list of aditional drivers were me and my fiance who happend to have 2 cars under his name. on the 8th of May 2011 my fiance was driving the car when he bumped into a cow. He immediately contacted dial direct call centre and they send a tow truck to the accident scene. on monday the 9th a lady from dial direct contacted my fiance asking him all sorts of questions. whre was he going, did i see him that day before the accident, where was he from and all that. the promised that the assesment will be done and be completed by Tuesday the 17th. The accessor contacted me indicating that the quotation for the repairs amounts to R100 000.00 which Dial direct myt give me a hustle over. He then gave me his mobile number to contact him if there is any problems regarding the equiries of the claim. we waited for the claim to be finalised only to get callon Saturday 21st May 2011 from the guy named Gadaffi who is handling the claim..he asked my fiance the same questions which the lady asked during the coversation on monday after the accident, claiming not to have all the information requred. I then phoned (Gadaffi) on monday the 23 May 2011 asking him how far is he with the claim and how long will it take for it to be finalised. He asked me all sorts of questions like where was I wen the accident happend, what kind of a car my fiance is driving, what is the main driver doing for a living and all those irelevant questions. he then told me it wil take him a week to finalise the claim and that he wil call me on friday the 27th May 2011 which is today. I took it upon muself to call im as he ddnt honour his promise, he then told me he is still waiting for the guy who is helping him with the investigations to give him a report and he will call me before end of business today which as ussual he did not. I am now sitting here waiting for three weeks for my claim to be finalised! which I cannot take anymore and thinking of taking the legal root! If I read your post before I could have changed the insurance company immediately. Dial Direct is not taking good care of its customers but instead they are increasing the level of strees after the accident or theft!

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Sannet
ZA
Apr 28, 2011 12:32 pm EDT
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I wish I read this before joining Dial Direct. Myself is a victim of a claim been rejected. They all "sharks" and please people move away from Dial Direct...it's not worth that to "go direct" as they all advertise!

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yellowsiany
GB
Mar 22, 2010 11:41 am EDT

I wish I had read this before I went with Dial Direct.

My neighbour slid into my parked car in the icy weather. They were lovely, their insurance company was lovely and took all responsibility in fixing my car.

I informed my insurance company Dial Direct as I understood it to be a legal requirement, but explained that there would be no claim as my neighbour was taking all responsibility.

My car was duly fixed, and that was that. Or so I thought...

Dial Direct hiked up my insurance premium by a third again. I was shocked, explained to them that I haven't made a claim, in fact I haven't made a claim in all my 20 years of driving. My appeals fell on deaf ears.
I then tried to cancel, only to be told I would be charged £175 to do this.

I can't believe that they can just change premium charges for no reason like this. I am now writing to the insurance ombudsman, watchdog, anyone really. It might not be much, but it's a lot to me.

Beware of Dial Direct. (underwritten by Fortis)

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