Car in the Shop, AIG Sucks

Okay so like the title says my car is currently in a body shop getting fixed up. I had an accident 3 months ago which was completely not my fault. I was coming out of an exit ramp and slowing down before merging onto the service road, when all of a sudden I got rear-ended. The car behind me obviously hit me and a third car hit the second car. Both were women. To quote the comedian Russell Peters – “I don’t create stereotypes, I just see them.” The ordeal begins…

Bad Drivers Behind Me

These women were obviously going way too fast and tailgating or just not paying attention. The exit ramp has a 30mph speed limit sign and a yield sign at the end, meaning you HAVE to slow down or stop for traffic on the service road before you merge. The third driver completely smashed her front and had to be towed (such damage would not be caused by a low speed collision). The police took almost 3 hours to find us. Not only were we in a well-trafficked area, we called it in multiple times with detailed directions. In the end we waved down a passing police car – I don’t even know if they were looking for us or just on routine patrol.

Insurance Company Response

So Driver #2’s insurance is Geico like me and Driver #3’s insurance is AIG. Within a week or so, Geico calls me up and says they want to look at the vehicle. They have a local office that’s close by so they asked me to bring it in. The guy was courteous and looked at the damage and gave me a report documenting about $1,700 in repairs. But they said Geico and AIG were still trying to determine liability for my damages so there would be no payout yet. The only thing that was clear was that I wasn’t at fault.

Turns out Driver #2 had actually stopped behind me and Driver #3 slammed into Driver #2, forcing Driver #2 into my car. So in the end they determined that Driver #3 (AIG) would be liable for my damages. But initially this was still being determined and I was told to also contact AIG to get the ball rolling.

AIG’s Extremely Poor Customer Service

AIG Unresponsive for Months

Well I call up the adjuster at AIG multiple times, leaving messages, with absolutely no callback. A month goes by, I call again with the same result so I call up Geico. The Geico guy also says that AIG just isn’t returning his calls. Two months go by. Geico tells me there are state government departments that I can complain to. I’m about to do that when 2 weeks ago I finally get a call from an AIG guy wanting to come by and look at the vehicle. Wow thanks, it’s only been 2 and a half months. AIG, you suck.

Questionable, Inaccurate Damage Report by AIG

I already had some very minor damage on the left rear that’s unrelated. The damage related to this accident is more extensive and is on the right rear (passenger side). So the guy comes and I make sure to tell him the relevant damage is on the right side. But his report still indicates the left side. I call him to clear this up and he insists that it was just a typo (that he made twice?) and that he documented the prior damage and that he really meant the right side. I didn’t give this guy any attitude at all, I was just trying to make sure the report was correct but he was very rude over the phone. His damage report was only $930; a huge difference considering both insurance companies looked at the same damage.

Finally Nearing Conclusion

So now a full 3 months later, I have the car in the shop and even after haggling it’s still some money out of pocket to get the repairs done. Not to mention lots of time and effort wasted for something that wasn’t my fault. Like my dad says, a big part of driving is actually being wary of all the bad drivers out there.

Thank you AIG for completely sucking. Welcome to the shit list, which now include the following companies that have screwed me over and exhibited extremely poor customer service:

  • AIG
  • America Online
  • Royal Rent-a-Car
  • Gunhill Residences

UPDATE: I just got a survey from AIG. I pretty much rated everything as “unacceptable” (the lowest rating). It also says “feel free” to attach additional feedback so I wrote a scathing letter. The sad part is everything I wrote was true. I doubt it’ll matter but at least I let AIG know what I think of them.

5 Replies to “Car in the Shop, AIG Sucks”

  1. Phil,

    I was hit by a driver who is insured with AIG and I agree, AIG SUCKS!!!!! I was recently told to get out of the rental car they provided because my body-shop was “not conforming to industry standards”. Basically, my body-shop was standing up for me due to AIG wanting to put on cheap, damaged, used parts.

    AIG is a real piece of work. They could have been much more professional in dealing with me. They had to do an “investigation” to see who was at fault. For Pete’s sake, my car was parked on the side of the road, legally I might add, and was hit by an 80 yr old who told the Police Officer he hit me. What more “investigating” do they need to do???

    I’ll never use AIG for anything. AIG SUCKS!!!

  2. AIG will suck the chrome off a trailer hitch, the existence of an AIG hate site (AIGsucks.com) should be proof enough.

    I am one of many lucky bastards that were insured by a company that was recently bought out by AIG. My premium went from $411 to $1187. Their excuse? “there have been a lot of claims in Florida recently”. I don’t exactly see what comprehensive claims have to do with PIP rates, but trailers being blown away by hurricanes should definately not be a factor. Considering one of the hundreds of companies they own is AIG risk management, this is nothing but pure weapons grade bolonium.

    I called them up and told them where to shove their damn policy, and I hope they crash and burn. I can’t believe our government just loaned these creeps 85 billion dollars to make up for their inability to run a company. These f*cks can’t even take care of a goldfish. I want their entire executive staff in the stockade, and I want it now! They must be punished, and it must be severe. Remind me… what’s the penalty for treason?

  3. The executives of AIG went on a $400,000 reteat at a high end, expensive resort a week after AIG was bailed out. This was done on the company’s dime! Their business is failing and they borrow tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money, but their top execs start spending that money by going on a retreat? That’s like a slap in the face of the American people. I think they should all be removed from the company and face criminal charges. That’s just ridiculous. That $400,000 could’ve been used to help out homeowners in trouble.

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