Overcharged on auto insurance. Can we get a refund?
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Insurance Question from Chattanooga, TN
Asked on 03/24/2013
Overcharged on auto insurance. Can we get a refund? My son was driving our car in 2008 when it was wrecked by a blowout. Our insurance company had my husband listed as the driver and our insurance went up $1200 a year. When my husband talked to our agent about getting our premium lowered, he mentioned that the wrong drivers name was on their records. Our insurance dropped the $1200/year immediately. Can we get back the $4800 we were overcharged?
Answer given on March 25, 2013
If you were overcharged on your insurance due to a rating error by the insurance company, you are entitled to a refund for the time period involved. You should ask your agent to contact the company to arrange the refund.Some insurance companies are reluctant to go back four years, but there was no way you would have known about the rating error, since the policy usually does not provide the information in layman’s terms.If the insurance company does not want to go back to the start of the error, you should first ask to speak to a supervisor. If that is not successful you may need to contact the Dept of Insurance to assist you in getting the appropriate refund.It is always in the best interest of the policyholder to review their insurance with the agent at least once every two years, or even every year. You may be missing out on discounts or changes that can save you money.
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