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Warning about Hastings Direct<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">This was from a chap on another forum that I frequent...<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Having finally decided to settle and put this whole sorry episode behind me, I feel I am now fully justified in telling everyone who is interested, just how contemptuously Hastings Direct have recently treated me, I am not suggesting Hastings Direct treat all of their customers like this, however, I find it a bit hard to imagine they just thought this up for my case alone..<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Allow me to explain.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">I was involved in a RTA in March 2011, where I lost control of my bike, at low speed, while approaching temporary lights, resulting in me being thrown into the oncoming traffic and impacting a Luton van and sustaining a list of horrific impact injuries. At this point in time the suspected cause of the accident was road surface contamination.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Unfortunately, I had insured through Hastings Direct.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">First, I arrive home after 8 weeks in hospital (5 of which in a coma) to letters from Hastings Direct threatening legal action for my not responding, despite the fact that they had been informed I was in a critical, comatose condition and could be for some time!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">But of course, Hastings Direct will only deal with the policy holder, so what information they had been given, was apparently discarded or ignored.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Once the police had closed their investigation and released the bike, Hastings Direct, then authorised a third party to remove my bike from the police storage facility - without my consent - obviously authorising this third party to treat my bike with total disregard, by 'slamming' it down side first, causing yet more damage and transporting it across Scotland, laid on it's side consolidating the destruction.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Please bear in mind at this point, I have still not lodged a claim with Hastings Direct and as such the bike is still mine!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Why didn't I raise a claim? You may ask, well, the answer is simple, after speaking to the attendant police officers and having them describe 'cosmetic damage' and realising that I had my luggage system on board, I decided I wanted to view the bike for myself and have the opportunity to remove my luggage system and it's contents (fortunately for Hastings Direct , the contents amount to a set of waterproofs, a luggage net and a small tool kit - hardly worth mentioning, however, they were still my property).<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">I then receive a letter from Hastings Direct, stating they have assessed the bike as a write-off, containing an insulting offer of settlement and requesting that I send them my V5, MoT etc.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Important note here ""“ I still haven't raised a claim!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">So, I duly wrote them a letter expressing my concerns and the fact that, I had a luggage system that was not insured and I would like to view the bike myself BEFORE raising a claim.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">This was totally ignored by Hastings Direct, who responded by saying that if I did not respond within 21 days they would consider the matter closed.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Then, Hastings Direct took it upon themselves to make my decisions for me. By selling my bike!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">So I wrote a letter of complaint to Hastings Direct about my treatment thus far and I also informed them that all correspondence would be via the Royal Mail, that way I would have to pay their grossly inflated 0845 call charges (and I had a note of all correspondence from them).<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">I then received a letter from Hastings Direct stating that .. ""In some cases apologies no matter how sincere are not enough and the only meaningful gift they have to offer me is financial""�<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Then they follow that up with yet another derisory offer.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">At this point sheer desperation leads me to write a lengthy email to them and at the same time bring a solicitor in to aid me. She also expressed her outrage at they way Hastings Direct have treated me and my case so far.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Hastings Direct in coming to form a meaningful financial offer, send me photographs of the bike, after it had been stood out in a yard for at least two months, and then the third party had attempted to reduce it to iron filings and ask me to justify the damage and condition?!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Oh, and of course Hastings Direct made no mention of the luggage system that they had taken and sold without consent.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">I then discover from my solicitor, that the 'meaningful gift' is actually the market value of the bike (which I believed was the risk I had paid them to take in the first place, via the policy) minus a host of arbitrary deductions, which turned out to be little more than the original derisory offer made to me, after the bike was illegally sold.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Also Hastings Direct asked me to justify the stolen luggage.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Bearing in mind, I have still not lodged a claim, can you now see where my abject disgust comes from, having to deal with insurers who act with seemingly ""criminal""� abandon, as well as having to recover from near fatal injuries.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">So after a bit of to and fro, between Hastings Direct and my solicitor, Hastings Direct finally up the Meaningful Financial Gift and offer me the market value of the bike and a little bit more for the luggage, which they quite rightly stated wasn't insured, which was why I never raised a claim in the first place, however, they deducted their excess and a few arbitrary deductions and we get back to the basic market value of the bike ""“ Now what I can't understand here is, how can they deduct excess when I still even to this very day, have not raised a claim! ""“ we were seeking return of the vehicle or suitable compensation, obviously Hastings Direct retain ""˜excess' from compensation payouts as well.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Ultimately I was advised to settle for this insult as to take it to court, would end up costing more than I would stand to gain by winning the case.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">So even when Hastings Direct acted in my opinion illegally and would lose in court, they could still win, how bizarre!<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Well, this is all behind me now, so why did I write this? Well in my email to Hastings Direct, I promised that I would write a narrative of the shameful and contemptuous way Hastings Direct have treated me and publish it as widely as possible, so here I am keeping to my word.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Oh and just as a final footnote, to add to injury and insult, Hastings Direct blatantly lied to me! I received a closing letter from one of their complaints operatives, stating that Hastings Direct and the third party both offered to have the luggage system and rack removed and returned to me.They never did and still haven't.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">As I was in a severe state of disability, I was trying to work out a way to get across Scotland and remove this kit for myself, so I would have jumped at this opportunity, had it been offered.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Clearly from this you can see I will never even consider Hastings Direct again but I leave you, the reader, to come to your own conclusions. The saddest aspect of this is that in a few weeks this narrative will be all but forgotten but Hastings Direct will, most likely, still be putting profits over customer service and treating cases like this with utter contempt.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; "><br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">Please feel free to cut and paste this into any motoring based forums or chat rooms, to give people a little bit of information, so they can make a more informed choice before renewing any insurance.<br style="text-align: left; : rgb251, 251, 253; ">_________________
 

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Wow that seems quite a bad way of treating someone. Did he say how Hastings Direct knew about the accident if he'd not notified them? I'd have been straight to the insurance ombudsman to lodge an official complaint.
 

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i would guess the luton van owner put in a claim to his insurance and they contacted hastings to claim

it pretty bad to sell the items ( that were on the bike that were not even insured with them)

i have never had a good outcome with any insurers though , all they seem to want is to get out of paying with lame small print excuses

i had a claim about 4 years ago on my caravan which had a water leak from the toilet inlet mains pipe that ruined the floor (wood wet and swollen) they actually tried to deny the claim because when i took the policy out i hadnt informed them that the site had flooded in 1957 due to a sea wall breach , WTF has that got to do with my toilet leaking and also how would i have known that as i wasnt even born and it was also before the current site owner took possesion , putting the claim aside are we really supposed to pay for a detective to trace back over the last hundred years to get a full report on any bad weather the site has suffered before taking insurance and letting them know that in 1856 there was a spell of high winds
just incase they use that against me in the event of a claim

thankfully the ombudsman came down to see me and actually laughed at there responce and within a week the repairs were authorised , some may have just paid out themselves for the repairs and thats why they try there luck
 

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Disgraceful isn't it...the only reason I have insurance is to satisfy the legal requirement for driving on public roads as I certainly don't expect anything like fair treatment from these greedy companies.
 

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very true

you would be better putting that money into an account to cover repairs if they happened
 
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