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1st Central Reviews

Ratings based on 61 reviews Last review 2 days ago
2.77 / 5Good overall rating

1st Central insurance reviews can help you to find out more about this UK insurance provider which launched in 2008 based in Haywards Heath. Smart Money People is the place for 1st Central reviews. Read and write reviews, and together we can help to...

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1st Central insurance reviews can help you to find out more about this UK insurance provider which launched in 2008 based in Haywards Heath. Smart Money People is the place for 1st Central reviews. Read and write reviews, and together we can help to increase trust and transparency in financial services.

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22nd May 2017

horrible company

had an policy with them last year received an email about a month before my policy expire that will get another one with a new quote instead just got an email eight days before the end of my policy stating that my policy has been renewed and money...

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had an policy with them last year received an email about a month before my policy expire that will get another one with a new quote instead just got an email eight days before the end of my policy stating that my policy has been renewed and money has been taken !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had no idea how much or anything else when rang them long waiting time on hold and then they said we could renew your policy, also lied about being in contact with me over a phone DON NOT INSURE WITH THEM RUDE HORRIBLE PEOPLE

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4th May 2017

Would avoid at all costs

1 st Central is the worst car insurance provider ever. Constantly being kept on hold for over 25 minutes. I have a 1.3 litre car which I'm currently paying £173 per month and it's due for renewal at the end of this month. My new car insurance price ...

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1 st Central is the worst car insurance provider ever. Constantly being kept on hold for over 25 minutes. I have a 1.3 litre car which I'm currently paying £173 per month and it's due for renewal at the end of this month. My new car insurance price with them is £195 per month with my 2 years no claims (absolute rip off). I have looked elsewhere and have found cheaper insurance elsewhere for almost half the price of what I'm already paying. Would avoid this company at all costs and wouldn't recommend this company to anyone.

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1st May 2017

Cheap but not cheerful

I have cheap car insurance with 1st Central. This includes breakdown cover. The company themselves are quite distant and finding information when I needed it was not as easy as it could have been. The price was low, but sadly the key necessities of a...

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I have cheap car insurance with 1st Central. This includes breakdown cover. The company themselves are quite distant and finding information when I needed it was not as easy as it could have been. The price was low, but sadly the key necessities of a good deal are often pay-for extras. I have needed recovery twice from within a mile of my home during the policy and as this is not covered, I have had to fork out. While I understand that this was an add-on, other companies would have included it. The company needs some improvement and perhaps a little more publicity.

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6th February 2017

NEVER EVER INSURE WITH THIS COMPANY!

I called to make a claim, the person I originally spoke to put me on hold for so long when they were looking to check cover was in force, by the time they came back on the phone to confirm there was cover it was too late to make a formal claim as I...

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I called to make a claim, the person I originally spoke to put me on hold for so long when they were looking to check cover was in force, by the time they came back on the phone to confirm there was cover it was too late to make a formal claim as I ran out of time during my lunch 'hour'. I called again in an evening and was then told my claim was not insured, again I was put on hold, I had to read them their own policy wording, before then being told I could claim (there should be no question considering my policy is fully comprehensive). Once that hurdle was over I asked who the approved repairer was, to then be told I couldn't use an approved repairer. When I asked why they said it was because it wasn't an RTA (it was accidental damage to the vehicle), I asked where in the policy wording it said I couldn't use an approved repairer and they couldn't answer me. They advised that managers didn't work in the evening but one would call me back the next day to advise further. The next day came and went without a phone call. I called myself the following day, the manager looking in to the case was at lunch so a message was emailed to them to call on their return. Two hours later I still heard nothing so had to call again. I still didn't speak to said manager but I was told an approved repair could now be used, however my husband needed to call them and make a conference call with the DVLA to verify his license as the driver at the time of incident (apparently this is normal protocol with every claim) he called the same day and went through verification. I received an email to say we would have the approved repairers details no later than Monday. In the meantime we received a letter acknowledging we did not want to claim??? Very confused I called insurers, who said it had been sent in error. During this phone call I was told the license verification was outstanding, I said you must be mistaken this was done previously as requested. The person I spoke to said they would have to listen to previous calls as the verification had not been noted on the file (more time wasted). At this point I asked to make a complaint as I had no confidence in the company, that I was highly concerned that they were turning away claims that are covered under the policy and the sheer lack of customer service. I was told someone will be back in touch. Monday arrived, by 9pm I had still heard nothing about the approved repairer. I called and was told they were the out of hours team, they said they couldn't talk to me because my husband is the policyholder, this is despite me calling several times previously and reporting the initial claim. So my husband confirmed they could talk to me... I then asked who the approved repairer is. They said the file shows as being on hold and I would have to call yet again in the morning for further details. Mickey Mouse company, the saga continues....

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30th January 2017

Scam company. Hidden extra charges

They charged me £84 just to change to a new car, then created confusion over installments and cancelled the policy. After a lot of instistence they reinstated the policy. I would have prefered to gone elsewhere but had already paid £84 which they r...

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They charged me £84 just to change to a new car, then created confusion over installments and cancelled the policy. After a lot of instistence they reinstated the policy. I would have prefered to gone elsewhere but had already paid £84 which they refused to return. I won't be using them when this policy runs out!

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19th November 2016

Feeling conned by this company.

I took out insurance with 1st Central as they had a decent price and seemed to have decent ratings...

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I took out insurance with 1st Central as they had a decent price and seemed to have decent ratings online.

The first red flag should have been when I had to re-enter my details to get a new quote as my original quote had locked me out from purchase and they couldn't tell me why. It turns out the quote you get with them lasts only a day and therefore it had become invalid, so I had to do an entire new quote.

I then received an email for someone else, with their personal information, telling me that my policy wasn't valid, except it wasn't my policy number so I had to contact them to correct this mistake and all seemed fine.

I then had to contact them as an accident had occurred that wasn't my fault. Two cars had collided on my street and my parked car was hit. I contacted them to inform them the 3rd party was taking responsibility and that was fine.

While I was on the phone I had to advise them that as well as being a full-time student I had obtained a part-time job. There seemed to be a problem with this as I was put on hold for 20 minutes. The person who i spoke to informed me that because I was now working part-time my policy no longer met the criteria to be insured by the company and that my policy would have to be cancelled. I advised that I was still a student and got a job to make some extra money, but that I wouldn't be using the car for commuting. I was baffled by the brick wall they put up in terms of communication, continually stating that, because I had a job they would have to cancel my policy.

Needless to say I was extremely angry and unsatisfied so I demanded to speak to a manager, which they refused, repeating the same line over and over. They then charged me for having to have my policy cancelled and stated I'd be getting a refund, missing £100 of my original quote, for only 17 days of cover. I have now had to quickly arrange new insurance which had ended up costing me an extra £120.

I would strongly advise you not to use this insurance company as I believe they bring people in with low cost quotes and make it very difficult to maintain your policy if you have any changes to make.

Please spread the word to anyone considering taking a policy with them.

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31st October 2016

Avoid!

Terrible customer service! I was calling 3 times to renew my policy and they still didn't do this! I must buy new one. Then they blocked my account and sent me an e-mail, that they need proof of my address, driving licence, second driver driving...

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Terrible customer service! I was calling 3 times to renew my policy and they still didn't do this! I must buy new one. Then they blocked my account and sent me an e-mail, that they need proof of my address, driving licence, second driver driving licence and other documents from almost 10 years! Everytime the same message "We will cancell if you not...". Just avoid!

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24th October 2016

rip off merchants

Was supposed to be quited 813 pounds i relocated 10 minutes down the road to a new address the quote increased by 400 quid to 1200, absolute rip off, 3 years no claims no motoring conviction and 0 points on my licence no idea how they can justify a...

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Was supposed to be quited 813 pounds i relocated 10 minutes down the road to a new address the quote increased by 400 quid to 1200, absolute rip off, 3 years no claims no motoring conviction and 0 points on my licence no idea how they can justify a quote like this, scum bag company

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