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The advice I would give to any homeowner, would be to AVOID Auto Owners Insurance. Consumer Affairs has them rated with 1.8 stars. Before considering this company, take the time to go read reviews by actual customers with real experiences dealing with Auto Owners. The negative far outweighs the positive. Pay a few extra bucks, do the research and choose a different insurance carrier. Auto Owners insured my house in 2019. One night after we had left the property, a fire started. I was called and told about it by a neighbor, and was able to get to the property that night while the crews were still there. I called Auto Owners and filed my claim, and from day one, it has been a nightmare.
Here we are more than 8 months later, with nothing resolved other than asking for more documents each time. From the very beginning they have tried to tell me that my kids must have snuck off and smoked ** and lit it on fire, or my kid lit incense on the stair case and set it on fire and when I disagreed with all of that, saying my kids would not do that, Doug ** with Auto Owners said “I think you lit your house on fire”.
But mostly, they have simply ignored me. I finally hired an attorney. When he contacted them, they chose that moment to demand every financial record I had ever possessed going back years. So we spent hours finding and copying everything, and sent it to them. Then they accused me of arson. So they are clearly not working for the customer. They push and try to intimidate to get you to back off on your claim. So here I sit, 5 months later. The house had to be secured because it has been broken into and items were stolen. I get reports from neighbors that people are STILL coming to the house and taking things. When I asked Auto Owners about it, they said that would be another claim, with another deductible – even though the fire is what opened the house up to the break ins and theft to begin with! If you are with Auto-Owners, I recommend dropping them BEFORE something happens to you, and you need insurance you can count on.
I have a right front accident May of 2020 with a tracker which has push the left front wheel against the curb. It had a load humming sound. Took it to the auto dealer for repairs and was told my front wheel bearings were damaged. Auto-Owner Ins. paid for the the damage but they claim that wheel's bearings is not considered as damage is not related to the accident. It cost me to replace the damage front wheel bearings. It has only 18000 miles and they telling me the damage is not related to the accident???
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We have paid Auto-Owners Home Insurance ON TIME every time for decades, 10's of thousands of dollars. Yet the FIRST time we have an accident claim they do not investigate the claim promptly nor repair the water damage to my upstairs Bathroom. Even after I showed proof that I have Asthma and severe allergies to dust and pollen and gave them a recorded statement of the accident they are refusing to supply the coverage that we paid for and that is clearly written as covered in our policy. I attempted to contact the home office several times over the month long torture they put me through yet they kept sending me back to these two who had gone on vacation without first providing our coverage of Additional Living Expenses to which we have paid for and are entitled to.
My lawyer, contractor and 3 MD's agree I need to vacate this abode as soon as possible because it is life threatening, I have provided them with this information yet both Luke ** and his manager Michael ** are continuously playing games asking ridiculous questions attempting to stall presumably to take advantage of my illness in an effort to get me to give up. Even going so far as to question why I live in Florida if I have health problems! This has caused me severe trauma and undo stress not only upon me but my Elderly parents.
While this all may be fun and games to them, I have serious lung problems well documented and they are forcing me to habituate an abode that has undergone demolition breaching it to the outside and releasing harmful drywall dust into my asthmatic lungs along with all the pollen and humidity that exacerbate my conditions even further. They came in, saw I was on a nebulizer, looked at my demolished bathroom and left for vacation without saying a word. I had to go to the ER again this past weekend with breathing problems from the moisture and dust that Michael ** claims is "habitable". I suppose Mars is "habitable" as well for a few brief moments until you burn up or shrivel up from the harmful environment.
The pain and suffering this company has caused upon me and my family is incalculable. I now have FURTHER proof of critical blood tests and permanent lung scaring that they are causing as well as extreme stress and hardship yet they will not even provide the most basic human right, that is to live and breathe in a safe environment that we paid for over decades of on time payments.
We used Auto-Owners Insurance Company. We filed a claim for water damage on our rental vacation home relating to a severe storm in mid 2014. Auto-Owners covered and paid for rain damages to walls and ceiling. Renters of the vacation rental home started complaining about the floor coming loose shortly thereafter -- when they occupied the home for their annual snowbird season stay. We responded to the issue -- with some level of success -- by conducting Fix-a-Floor injection repairs to rescue the floor in order to preclude our having to inconvenience the renters to move out for floor replacement. The floor continued deteriorating each snowbird-rental season for two more seasons as we continued the "Fix-a-Floor" repairs with declining levels of success. Finally in mid 2017 as the floor situation continued to decline, we had the floor inspected by an expert tile specialist with a view to total tile replacement.
Our tile restoration specialist stated that -- without any doubt -- this floor was gradually failing starting with the rainwater intrusion in the home in 2014. He suggested we "contact your insurance". Auto Owners written procedure for client claims is that client must contact the Auto Owners sales agent first -- the agent will in turn contact Auto Owners claims service. We carefully read this instruction and contacted the agent and explained our "need for supplemental coverage relating to the earlier 2014 rain damage claim". The Auto Owners agent, Randolph Insurance Agency, say they contacted Auto Owners with our described issue. Auto Owners responded by immediately assigning an altogether new claim number for us to complete paperwork on. We followed their instructions which resulted in our then having two claim numbers for this claim.
Auto Owners then examined the situation and notified us that we were correct, that this damage actually related to the storm in 2014 claim, and then they reverted everything back to the 2014 claim number and proceeded from there. Noteworthy, this has now left us with two separate claims on the public Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) report which adversely affects us in now obtaining replacement new home insurance, and will affect ability for us to sell the house in the future. AO now refuses to correct this error. Auto Owners then engaged unilaterally with an engineer to examine and write a conclusion as to the floor damage. The examination lasted only minutes -- the resulting report was weak and insufficient.
We then requested of Auto Owners produce an actual forensic engineering analysis of the tile damage claim -- knowing very well ourselves that a true "forensic" process would entail a fault tree analysis, commonly known as a FMAA (Failure Mode and Affects Analysis), as a means of ruling out the rain water as a causal factor in the floor debonding. Auto Owners knew they needed to comply with the terms of our policy, IOW to cover rain water damage, or rule it out as casual factor based on a "legitimate" engineering report. Auto Owners then engaged a forensic engineering company to examine and write the report to fit their needs for denial as this claim was by then dragging on owing to the several claim number changes and other delays.
The forensic report failed to rule out rain water intrusion as a causal factor. Further, they did not inspect the actual debonded underside surfaces of any of the more than 12 fully debonded tiles available for this purpose at time of the their inspection. After seeing this new insufficient report, we began to realize that Auto Owners Claims was determined to now reach a "rush-to-judgement" denial of the floor claim despite the many report deficiencies in not being the true-to-form forensic investigation that we had agreed on with Auto Owners. Worthy of note here, we had offered to participate in the cost of the forensic undertaking with Auto Owners to assure a truthful outcome, but Auto Owners rejected our offer and paid the cost fee unilaterally to obtain their "forensic" report on which they base denial.
Auto Owners then denied the claim for the floor portion of our claim based on their purchased report. We are still rescuing the debonding floor with "fix-a Floor" injections until we can locate funds and other schedule resources to replace the floor. Some debonded tiles have now started to crack and exhibit sharp edges, so we will have to finally take the house out of service starting next week. We are still facing the fact of having two separate claim numbers on our CLUE report which penalizes us in two areas. 1/ We cannot find an adequate replacement Home Owners insurance policy for the house because "2" claims means "high risk", (even GEICO has refused us) and 2/ the CLUE report will factor into our ability to sell the house in the future. Arizona Department of Insurance is reviewing.
Business Liability insurance - Don't know where to start. First of all I never signed on to join Auto-Owners my insurance agent Warren ** changed me over to Auto-Owners from a previous insurance agency. This is what began the destruction of my business. I'm the owner of a small event decorating company, and after I got switched to Auto-Owners, I've had nothing but trouble. I went from paying $130 monthly to having Auto-Owners charge me over to $360 monthly and hit me with 2 audits for liability insurance in the same year. At this rate my monthly payment will average $1,000 a month and all other insurance companies quote 1-3 thousand annually based off my gross sales.
Auto-Owners has caused such financial stain that I had to let go of any help and take on the job of 7 people myself. I'm a low risk company as I service wedding rentals and yet I'm paying more and more to them with my sales being down over 30%. Everyone we explain the situation to said it sounds like extortion. We contacted MIDIFS and they said it does not sound right and told us to file a complaint against the insurance agent and the agency. Further investigation we now learn through DIFS that our insurance agent Warren ** is not even licensed to sell the policy he sold to us.
So that too is being investigated. Talking to another fellow business owner who sells cell phones in multiple locations when we referred Warren to him. He too signed him onto Auto-Owners and the first thing they wanted to do to him was a audit. Never having that happen either during many years in business. He obviously cancelled all policies and never paid any audits. We of course will be canceling as well and will fight this as far as we need to go. Continuing on with Auto-Owners could potentially tank my business I've work so hard for, for many years. I'm coming on my off season with little to no income coming in. Yet they expect during this time a second audit of 7 grand to be paid to them and plus a continued rate increase.
I noticed their Facebook page had many many 1 star ratings and so many bad reviews. I learned I was not alone in Auto-Owners destroying my life. They have since changed their FB page to no longer allow public reviews or public comments for they do not want to stand accountable for the hardships they cause, it seems to me.
We will continue to fight this audit and bring awareness to what joining Auto-Owners has done to my business and continue to work with DIFS to see to it the right people are held accountable for their unethical behavior. Legal action will be next if it must go that far. As not only will this destroy my business but in the process destroy the most important day of my clients' lives their wedding day when we can no longer service their contracted needs.
I have had both home and auto insurance from Auto-Owners for about 10 years. Customer experience depends on the agent and insurance representative. I am fortunate to have excellent agent/reps. Claims (1 major, 1 minor) have been handled well and to my satisfaction. The Auto-Owners website is easy to use and convenient. I am very satisfied with Auto-Owners.
I received a fair price and the staff was friendly and helpful. I have not had any contact since the initial insurance set up, 15 years ago. So, I am satisfied, simply that there has been no problems!
About five years ago I experienced damage to my roof because of winds in excess of 70 mph. I had shingles scattered all over the place (the neighbors did as well). Then came the torrential rains. Without the proper coverage of the roof I also incurred inside damage in a few ceiling areas. I called my insurance company first thing in the morning and I had an adjuster here within a few hours. There are a few roofing companies with excellent reputations in our area. Of course, all were very busy but all staff were on the road checking damages and giving estimates. I chose one and he got here a half hour before the adjuster. This roofer was also a general contractor who was capable of the ceiling repair as well. He looked at all the damages and wrote an estimate as the adjuster arrived.
Long story short, adjuster also checked all damages and scrutinized the estimate and approved it. Since the damage in our area was so extensive, the roofer completely covered the house with new tarps until they could schedule the repairs. Within two weeks the roofers and inside crew were scheduled and all repairs were done to satisfaction.
I am satisfied with Auto-Owners. I have only had one claim in 22 years. They were prompt and quick to respond. The rates are steady from year to year.
Auto-owners is one of a few that covers mobile homes. I've had one claim and the customer service is superb. The adjuster came out, looked and I was issued a check within a few days.
Auto-Owners homeowners insurance author review by Matthew Brodsky
Despite its name, this company sells more than just auto insurance. It has an AM Best rating of A++ for financial strength, which is the highest possible score. The company has agents in 26 states.
Cost: Auto-Owners doesn’t have prices readily available on its site, and it’s difficult to draw firm conclusions because prices vary by location and local agents. The average cost of homeowners insurance nationally is around $1,200 a year, so be sure to get quotes from several companies. For an exact quote, submit your information through the company website.
Plans and coverage: Auto-Owners’ basic plan offers typical coverage, including dwellings, other structures, personal property and loss of use. Customers can add endorsements like home replacement costs, equipment breakdown or sewer and drain water backup.
Discounts: Auto-Owners offers several ways to save money, including discounts for bundling, backup generators, home protection devices, paperless policies and timely payments.
Availability: Auto-Owners operates in 26 states. Request a quote to see if coverage is available in your area.
Auto-Owners Homeowners Insurance Company Information
- Company Name:
- Auto-Owners homeowners insurance
- Year Founded:
- 6101 Anacapri Blvd.
- Postal Code:
- United States
- (517) 323-1200
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