Friday, October 3, 2014

Consumers ask, why is my repair taking so long?

Our consumer advocates receive many calls from consumers wondering why repair work gets delayed, whether it be an auto repair or home repair that is being covered by insurance. 

Generally, if you are using the insurer’s recommended auto repair shop, building contractor, cleaning service, or any other vendor, you should expect the insurer will monitor the progress of the repair and and that you will not be responsible for any added expenses due to repair delays. We do, however, expect the insurer will communicate with your repair shop and contractors in a timely manner to be able to come to an agreed price of and timeline for a repair.

If you decide to use your own repair shop, building contractor, cleaning service, or any other vendor that is not one recommended by your insurance, it is your responsibility to monitor the repair progress and monitor the vendor. Delays created by your shop or contractor and any added expenses or inconvenience created by those delays are not the responsibility of the insurer. In those cases, the insurer will expect you to pay for extra car rental days or alternate living arrangements if a delay is caused.

If you are working with an electrician, plumber, elevator mechanic or manufactured home installer, you should protect yourself by verifying they are licensed with the state Department of Labor and Industries.

In any event, it is always a good idea for you to take an active role in the claims process--do not expect that everything will be done automatically by the insurer or the business that is doing the repair work. Being involved in a claim by its very nature is unpleasant, but you can help lessen frustration by asking questions and keeping track of the progress of your repair.
If you have questions, you can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.