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    IT IS TOO LATE AFTER THE EVENT

    A client's Brother in law insured his House and Contents via Outsurance.

    I was asked to quote, but was "too expensive". I warned of potential problems, but was told he had had his car there, and their claim had been handled "fine".

    Outsurance sent out valuators, who valued the property and contents at R6,000,000.

    The house was subsequently gutted in a fire - burnt to the ground - 100% destroyed.

    NOW - Outsurance are saying that the sum insured was inadequate, and are only prepared to offer R4,000,000.

    FIRSTLY - I query how they can say there is under-insurance when THEY valued it (but they do say it is up to the client to ensure sums insured are adequate)

    BUT - Insurance 101 - there is NO average applicable in the case of a total loss! Insurers pay out the sum insured, as Average is "Automatic", in that you are in for the uninsured portion. This is just their way of ducking paying BIG claims - as per the Noseweek article attached.

    The problem is - one only finds the flaws when the brown stuff has hit the oscillating object!

    OUTSURANCE4 - Noseweek.pdfOUTSURANCE3 - Noseweek.pdfOUTSURANCE1 - Noseweek.pdf

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    What are the chances of Outsurance responding to this? I am sure they would get google alerts or a similar service to inform them of what is written about them. I have been with them a long time, and my take on the outbonus is that it is a "benifit" which is an oxymoron in terms of insurance. They want to stop you claiming when it is the other parties fault so you don't lose it. Then you have to try and deal with the other guys insurance and they are also full of the brown stuff. I don't care about the outbonus anymore.
    Only stress when you can change the outcome!

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    Well - they refused to respond to the Noseweek article - so why respond here? The more you respond, the more the issue lives on - so ignore it, and it goes away.

    Of course the Outbonus is a gimmick. I give an example where a guy gets a quote saving him R250 a month with them.

    In month 11, he has a windscreen claim - cost R2,800. To protect Bonus he repairs himself. Saving year One R200.

    In 2nd year, he loses a watch - R2,500. Again, no claim, so saving now R700 over 2 years.

    In 3rd year, week 51, he is involved in MAJOR car accident - NO WAY can he not claim. Bonus gone, plus R5,300 out of pocket...

    STATISTICALLY - 1 in 3 people have a claim every year. So statistically, you are going to lose your outbonus, or carry a claim or two out of your own pocket.

    ALSO - they quote purely on price - their policy wording IS more restrictive than many other "conventional" Insurers' policies, and this can more than eat up the premium saving when the claim arises.

    They do "bump up" their premiums by the few percentage points periodically - and over a period, you find you are paying more than you would with a conventional market.

    BUT - when you phone to cancel, suddenly they will reduce the rates to keep you. So why charge so much in the first instance.

    They are clever marketers - they spend more on advertising than Insurers pay Brokers in commission (or within a point or two) - so, while they are not paying Broker Commissions (though their teleoperators are paid comm) - you are realistically NOT saving premium - you are just paying for TV and Newspaper and Magazine adverts instead.

    Go via Broker and for that money you get advice, the Broker will ensure you have the RIGHT covers for your exposure (if he is a good broker) - and represent you when you have a claim to ensure you get the most that you are entitled to get when you do have a loss. Happy client - retained client!

    The person you are dealing with at a Direct Insurer wants to minimise your claim to maximise their profits. A slight conflict of interest?

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    Thanks Phil what you say makes sense, it would be a pity if Outsurance doesn't respond. I find this interesting
    They are clever marketers - they spend more on advertising than Insurers pay Brokers in commission (or within a point or two) - so, while they are not paying Broker Commissions (though their teleoperators are paid comm) - you are realistically NOT saving premium - you are just paying for TV and Newspaper and Magazine adverts instead.
    Only stress when you can change the outcome!

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    I have asked the client for copies of correspondence, so I can look at what has actually happened and been said.

    Promised to let him have comments / report that he can refer back to the OutLaws.

    I know what I have been TOLD - but I want to see the ACTUAL - sometimes layman misinterprets what is said.

    (Which is why you need a Broker)! :-)

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    Well Phil it seems as if you are in the game, then you should know that there is a FAIS Ombud that deals with those matters which and it won't cost a thing.

    For the rest I agree with you and yes people do fall for all the nonsense, many think very irrational with all the crap they advertise and the price beating bull they cut the cover, I've seen many different policy wordings, exclusions, conditions and etc on their policies, things that the ordinary people don't understand. We had a wholesale vehicle dealership that the client was not insured for fire and there are on average about 150 vehicles in there, can you imagine that
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    Hi Nikolai

    The problem is the FAIS Ombud only deals with matters in breach of the FAIS Act - this does not - and the Short Term Ombud's authority ceases at losses on R800,000.

    So only route is legal route.

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    Exactly, so get the 4 mil payout and refer the case to the ombud, the 800 000 won't cost you anything but you'll get an idea of what will happen in court and judge from there if you wana go to court, besides if they approve you get 800k more than now
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    When you sign the Agreement of Loss, it is in full and final settlement.

    And no Insurer pays the claim until AOL is signed!

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    all insurance companies are thieves...i did work for an insurance company...and over heard them discussing clients and claims...the bottom line "you claim you are screwed" like you say a goggle alert comes up...well the same thing happens with insurance...you claim...they make their money back and some...and it seems they are linked...people say price fixing is an issue maybe they should look into insurance screwing customers...

    i give you an example...i take out insurance on my property...and guess what someone drive my gates off the hinges...totalled the motor the works...insurance pays out no problem...rain comes and washes the tar off my driveway...i am now told that the tar was not thick enough and therefore have no claim...so being the type of person i am...i start digging a little deeper and enquire about my retainer walls and other stuff like alarms...security gates...yes you guessed right...the money to insure the retainer walls and house contents etc come off my bank account every month..."BUT they are not insured because...as the new owner of the property i dont have the plans for the retainer wall nor are my security gates of an approved type...not forgetting my gates are no longer insured because they are swing gates and dont have sensors...and this is just the tip of the ice berg...

    another big issue "BEWARE OF WHAT YOU SAY TO AN INSURANCE ASSESSOR" their primary goal is to catch you out...they will seem like the most friendly pereson you have ever met...ask about your family and kids...drink tea with you...the minute they walk away from you...they take an axe and start hacking you to pieces...ever word you said will be used against you in an attempt to get out of paying the claim.

    when dealing with insurance assessors be it for your motor vehicle house anthing...you must say as little as possible...even if you may seem rude...answer only questions asked and keep them as short and to the point as possible...they are not your mate and dont for one minute get drawn into their out going friendly presentation they offer to catch you out...DONT SAY I DIDNT WARN YOU.

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