Three years ago, Action 9′s investigation found an independent contractor for DNS Auto Glass Shop was going door to door offering free windshields. Ulrich spoke with a customer that was suspicious since her glass only had a couple of small dings.
“Did it feel like a sales presentation?” Ulrich asked.
Oh yeah, and he was really pushy,” the consumer replied.
She unknowingly agreed to an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) contract, allowing the windshield installer to take over the insurance claim.
Critics, led by the insurance industry, say once a consumer signs that contract, some installers charge inflated repair prices, then threaten lawsuits if the insurer does not pay.
“The end result is higher insurance premiums for all Floridians,” said William Large from the Florida Justice Reform Institute.”
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For years now schemes like these have plagued insurance agencies who have no choice but to raise premiums. This type of fraud hurts everyone but fortunately, insurance companies are fighting back. They are filing their own countersuits to deter such tactics. Also, credit must be given to keen individuals who question these scam artists and report them to the authorities.
At Advantage Auto Glass we offer fair and affordable pricing for our auto glass services. Call us at 612-343-8984 to set up an appointment.