Direct Line Complaints

At Smart Money People, we use the power of your reviews to help change financial services for the better. It can be extremely frustrating, and often expensive when things go wrong - whether it be car insurance, pet, life or home insurance from Direct...

Read Full Description

At Smart Money People, we use the power of your reviews to help change financial services for the better. It can be extremely frustrating, and often expensive when things go wrong - whether it be car insurance, pet, life or home insurance from Direct Line. When things don't go quite to plan, sometimes you have to escalate your dissatisfaction with a company. That's why we want to improve the way that companies deal with complaints from customers.

Read and write public complaints

Smart Money People was launched in 2014, and is dedicated to helping consumers get the inside track into the financial services industry. That’s why we’re now offering public complaints. With the help of your complaints we can help make the financial industry work better for everybody. Here’s how:

Voice your complaint in a public forum
Help others and drive real change
Have your complaint sent to Direct Line

We believe that your complaints can help other consumers get the inside track on what being a customer with Direct Line is really like. That’s why, by sharing your public complaint with us, you can start to help other consumers make better decisions today. You'll be helping us to drive real change by increasing trust and transparency in the financial services industry.

How do I make a Direct Line complaint?

We’ve got the simplest (and quickest) way to leave a public complaint. Once you’ve submitted your complaint, we’ll pass it to the complaints department at Direct Line. Your complaint will also be displayed publicly on Smart Money People, the UK's review and insight site for financial services, which will help others who might be having similar issues to yourself.

Direct Line currently has a score of 4.00 / 5 on Smart Money People.

Disagree with this rating? Your complaint will help to influence this rating, so let your voice be heard and share your experiences with everyone. It’s quick and easy to leave your Direct Line complaint below, and we’ll never pass on your details to anyone other than Direct Line.

Leave your complaint

Poor customer experienceRoom for improvement...Good customer experienceGreat customer experienceAmazing customer experience!
Not recommendedNot recommendedHmmm...Hmmm...Not lovedNot lovedMight recommendMight recommendYep, recommendedYep, recommended

View more Direct Line complaints

See what other people like you have said about Direct Line.

13th November 2020

2.5 months for repair

Had an accident Sep 4th, they booked a pick up for the car on the 23rd of September, 3weeks later, while the sensors were all failing and I didn’t feel safe to drive my son in that car. The day of scheduled pick up the garage they selected to fix our c...

Read more

Had an accident Sep 4th, they booked a pick up for the car on the 23rd of September, 3weeks later, while the sensors were all failing and I didn’t feel safe to drive my son in that car. The day of scheduled pick up the garage they selected to fix our car calls to inform us they can’t pickup the car because they don’t have the parts. Waisted my day on that day. I wanted to take my car to the car manufacturer dealership but they said if you do so, you have do the estimate yourself and we will only give you the car rental for one week only. Basically making it difficult to convince me to send the car to their chosen garage. Car was finally picked up on Sep 30th. 2 weeks later, the car is not ready and garage keeps telling us it’s being washed for few days. Finally the garage admits that they can’t reset the sensors software and it has to go to the manufacturer dealership. Their first availability was Nov 11. So my car which is an electric car was sitting in theist garage for weeks while I had to pay congestion charges to go to central London or take a cab to avoid the charge. Because they don’t give you an electric rental. I was told they give us £10 for everyday that it takes to fix my car more than the one week promised time. So 2.5 months later my car will be delivered tomorrow but received £70 compensation for all these days that I didn’t have my car, paid petrol that I didn’t need to, congestion charges that I didn’t need to pay with my electric car and cab costs that I didn’t need to pay. All this time they failed to mention there is a maximum of £70 to be paid to the client for compensation. Miserable service. Wouldn’t recommend them. They didn’t confirm with the garage if they are qualified to work on my car just looking to save money

10th November 2020

Don't go anywhere near Direct Line, they don't pay out when you have a claim!

ZERO ratings for Direct Line! Don't believe what you see or read in their adverts as they don't pay out. I only went with them because of the landlord rent guarantee cover and they immediately reneged on that agreement because of the virus but yet...

Read more

ZERO ratings for Direct Line! Don't believe what you see or read in their adverts as they don't pay out. I only went with them because of the landlord rent guarantee cover and they immediately reneged on that agreement because of the virus but yet they still expect you to pay each month. Then when the tenants did eventually leave, owing £12,000 and damage to the property, yet again, Direct Line did not pay out on the damage despite I had cover for Malicious damage etc, all singing and dancing cover costing me a fortune and Direct Line found a way to get out of paying anything. AVOID AT ALL COST. If you still choose Direct Line after reading all the comments informing you about Direct Line....then you are a fool to yourself and your hard earned money!!

3rd November 2020

Avoid

WOW SO MY REVIEW HAS BEEN REPORTED on trustpilot BY DIRECT LINE BECAUSE I AM TELLING THE TRUTH AND THEY CAN NOT ACCEPT, WELL I HAVE ALL THE CALL RECORDED AS WELL SO #Direct Line do not worry i can prove what i...

Read more

WOW SO MY REVIEW HAS BEEN REPORTED on trustpilot BY DIRECT LINE BECAUSE I AM TELLING THE TRUTH AND THEY CAN NOT ACCEPT, WELL I HAVE ALL THE CALL RECORDED AS WELL SO #Direct Line do not worry i can prove what i wrote,
Had accident and it was my fault, no 3rd party involved, i was asked to give statement and evidence which i did, i request my car should be repaired on my own choice of garage but they refusing to send instruction to my garage and offer me to take my car on my own expensive and ask the garage to give estimate, even DL know that they have to instruct the garage first but refusing it. now they refusing to give me hire car and refusing to instruct my garage and the case handler(Jennie) told that if i called or complaint that should be directed to her, she said that i am not allowed to speak to anyone apart from her even she lied and gave me wrong information, now she is bulling me saying that under which law it says that no one can go though my belonging without my consent.
I made complaint and that complaint went to her to investigate and she will not stop bullying me until the claim is settle but at later DL might compensate me.
She knows what she is doing is wrong but she can not say it and she has been pushed by someone in DL to do that such as, not give me hire car, not send instruction to the garage to repair the car, give me wrong information, let the garage to go through my belonging, delay the claim, refused to speak to someone els, etc.
Even if i call to ask for DL t&c my call will be transfer to her and then her words are their t&c. Basically she has to tell me who i can speak to and who i can not, she has to decide what i can have and what i can not. For now i can not speak or complaint to anyone and i can not have anything.
I have comprehensive insurance with DL from 5 years, paid guarantee hire plus,
Under their t&c says if i choice to repair my car with my own choice of garage i will have hire car for 21 days, she refused to send the instruction to my garage until now and she saying that i had my car for 21 days because i chose to use my own garage so now still she will not send instruction to the garage and she will not give me hire car.
Better stay away from this company and it will be my last year with them even i paid yearly

9th October 2020

AVOID

Please whatever you do, go with someone else, save yourself months of issues. They are terrible at doing anything! You have to chase it up and you have to do all the work. Avoid!

2nd September 2020

Avoid

Doesn’t cover anything and very hard to get hold of or deal with. Have been waiting three weeks for a response on a claim. ...

Read more

Doesn’t cover anything and very hard to get hold of or deal with. Have been waiting three weeks for a response on a claim.

Plumbing emergency is a waste of money, they go out, look at it and don’t fix the problem.

No rent guarantee but still charging for it.
Waste of money.

1st September 2020

Inconsiderate in the extreme

I cancelled a car policy as my mother, the car user, had died. I advised them that the bank account was closed and to send a refund to me by cheque. Instead they have sent the money to the closed bank account and now expect me to contact the bank to...

Read more

I cancelled a car policy as my mother, the car user, had died. I advised them that the bank account was closed and to send a refund to me by cheque. Instead they have sent the money to the closed bank account and now expect me to contact the bank to get it back or wait until it otherwise materialises. They did not ask about probate and if they had I could have provided a copy of the grant showing me as the legal beneficiary of the money. Their insurance product may be good but their customer care at difficult times is horrendous.

View all 433 reviews