A Fine Way to Treat the Bereaved

@GardenGerty (99319)
United States
August 21, 2015 9:37pm CST
I follow one of my son's friends from his early teen years on FaceBook, because his mom is also one of my best friends. This man has survived thyroid cancer twice, has two little boys and since going into remission for the second time has lost his darling wife to breast cancer just weeks ago. He went to his auto insurance company, Progressive, and removed her from the driving policy. He expected his rates to go down, or at the very least remain the same. Progressive raise his rates by 26% because he is a widower He is not some high risk joy riding kid. He is 39 years old. Needless to say he is shopping around.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Aug 15
That doesn't even make sense to me! How could he be a risk just because he is a widower? I wonder what they expect him to do?
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@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
22 Aug 15
I do not understand and neither did he or anyone else in his family. I know unmarried males under 25 are considered higher risk but he is a stable family guy.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Aug 15
@GardenGerty I would definitely check out other insurance carriers. To me, that is just ridiculous.
@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
22 Aug 15
@simone10 most of us are heavily recommending State Farm.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
22 Aug 15
His rates went up because he is a widower? There's something seriously wrong there! I sure hope that he will be able to get a better rate somewhere else.
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@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
22 Aug 15
After he posted this to FaceBook he got lots of suggestions, primarily to two other companies, State Farm, and USAA. I do not think he qualifies for USAA but I have used State Farm for forty plus years. What companies need to realize is that we have the power of the internet to share bad and good experiences alike and it may be more powerful than big buck commercials.
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@SIMPLYD (79716)
• Philippines
22 Aug 15
I don't understand what you mean on the second paragraph . Can you please elucidate ?
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@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Aug 15
Wow, that sounds totally insane. I hope he finds a better deal quickly.
@allen0187 (33124)
• Philippines
23 Aug 15
That's just bad customer service there. One of those customer experiences that makes me cringe!!!
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
23 Aug 15
I didn't like Progressive at all. I turned in the plates for my old van when we scrapped it and dropped down to 1 vehicle to save money. They never removed my van from the insurance. I contacted them and they said I had to turn in the plates at the DMV, which I did, but they still didn't remove the van. I ended up having to cancel my insurance with them.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Aug 15
Something is seriously wrong in their actuarial and underwriting departments. That doesn't make real world sense.
@marguicha (94653)
• Chile
22 Aug 15
I hope he finds a better insurance company. This is the sort of shamefull thing that should go viral so that the insurance company has to change its policy.