Ageas DOUBLES driver's car insurance and blames "high crime rates"
Hats off to 64-year-old Michael Burton, from Sandown, Isle of Wight, for fighting back when Ageas DOUBLED his car insurance premium.
Here's what Michael told us:
"I was reading an article you wrote the other day about Ageas UK insurance concerning a chap in London and his house insurance and I found it very interesting.
"I am writing to you today to tell you about my experience with Ageas Insurance. I received my renewal notice for my car insurance, it had all the details that I required as in previous years: Fully Comprehensive 9 years No Claims Bonus and one or two other add-ons that I usually have.
"Bearing in mind last year's premium was £176.52p, I was very surprised to see that my premium had gone up to £357.78p - over double last year's price; so I rang up Ageas to see what was going on as I thought they had made a mistake.
"I spoke to one of their advisers (I think his name was Darren but I can't be sure) and told him who I was and asked him why my Insurance Premium had gone up to over double what it was last year.
"His reply was due to Government Legislation Insurance companies have to put up their premiums due to the high rate of uninsured drivers and the increase in claims made against Insurance Companies.
"He also inferred it could be my postcode that could be a factor and there could be a lot if uninsured drivers in the area I live in and also it could be a high crime area.
"I was amazed and frankly quite shocked by what he said. I told him that I have lived in the same place for the last 13 years and I think what he's telling me is a load of b******* but he insisted that he was right.
"I have since rung around several Insurance Companies for a quote; Aviva quoted £236, Hastings £182 and Swinton £178. I told them what Ageas said and they all said they never heard so much rubbish, that what I was told by Ageas was not true, or words to that effect.
"I hope that other drivers may change their insurer to other companies just like the chap in your article.
"Ageas look like their trying to rip people off. I hope you like what I have told you and maybe have a good laugh."
We say: good on your Michael for not buying Ageas's nonsense about crime rates and postcodes.
If you're confused why you're renewal has gone through the roof, don't even bother asking for an explanation.
As Michael has demonstrated, you won't get one that makes any sense.
Just get online and switch to a cheaper deal.
WHEN DID YOU LAST SWITCH YOUR CAR INSURANCE PROVIDER?
Last year 65% of customers didn't switch their car insurance to try and get a better deal.