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OneCall extortionate charges to cancel

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MY RANT

Took out cover WITH One Call Insurance on Diesel Mondeo in May £330..ok not too bad.

 

Then bought a bigger caravan and needed bigger car..so got Merc ML270.

 

Rang told new cover will cost £550 for rest of 7 months cover

 

Went on compare mer cat and got cover with Halifax for £420 for 12 months.

 

rang to cancel and was told will cost me the sum of £233.57

So policy cost £330 (12 months) and to cancel £233.57

NOW THATS A RIP OFF

 

PLEASE TELL EVERYONE TO AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS

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Bet they are charging based on the policy with the Merc.

 

It should really only be for any extra involved for the days the Merc was on cover, plus their standard cancellation admin fee.

 

Register a complaint and make sure they don't debit your account.


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