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Have a question? Here are some of our most commonly asked questions.
Junk insurance is an Aussie term to describe add-on insurance policies which are added to loans and credit cards.
Common examples are consumer credit insurance and guaranteed asset protection (GAP) that are added onto loans with the rest of the paperwork.
You might have paid for junk insurance accidentally over the years. If you’ve purchased a car or gotten a credit card or home loan, you may have unintentionally paid for junk insurance or a rubbish warranty. Read more about junk insurance here.
If you’ve been sold insurance without your consent or knowledge, Claimo is here to help refund your money back. Here are the current class actions, read more about class action refunds here.
A class action refund is a settlement or pay out from an existing class action.
You can find out more about all current, and past class actions here.
Refunds vary from hundreds to thousands depending on the policy. CCI & GAP policies often incur interest charges too, making for higher refunds.
When you apply for a car loan, personal loan, or credit card, you may have bought consumer credit insurance (CCI), guaranteed asset protection (GAP), mechanical breakdown insurance and tyre and rim insurance policies. These products are expensive, offer poor value for money and you might be entitled to a refund.
Claimo are experts in getting money back for these policies on a No Win No Fee basis.
Consumer credit insurance (CCI) provides cover for consumers if they are unable to meet their minimum loan repayments due to unemployment, sickness or injury or to pay the outstanding loan balance upon death. CCI is optional and is usually sold by lenders to consumers with a car loan, credit card, personal loan or home loan.
Occasionally called Shortfall insurance or Gap insurance, it is designed to provide cover for the ‘gap’ between what you owe under your car loan and what your car insurer pays out on your comprehensive car insurance if your car is a ‘write-off’.
Of course. Log an enquiry with us and we will send you a template to help locate your paperwork for free.
Check your loan agreement or monthly statements for junk insurance premiums. The insurance can be called different names such as CCI, GAP, credit or loan protection.
If you’re unsure or have any questions, Claimo offer a free service to help check your paperwork for junk insurance.
Claimo operates on a completely No Refund, No Fee basis. That means if you do not get a refund, we won’t charge you.
Our fee is 20% (+ GST) for any amount settled in the claims process with your financial firm or Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
You do not need to use Claimo to assess your eligibility. Claimo operate on a completely no win no fee basis and we are experts on the dispute resolution process. Your dedicated Claims Specialist will provide you information and help you navigate the dispute resolution process throughout each step of the process.
If your refund is unsuccessful, we will refer the claim to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). AFCA independently assesses the claim and offer a claim resolution process with fair outcomes.More information about AFCA can be found at www.afca.org.au
Absolutely not! If you have been treated unfairly then you have a right to claim back your money under Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Following the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, lenders set aside billions of dollars as they know they are responsible for the mis-selling of these policies. For this reason, your refund will not affect your relationship with the financial firm.
No, your credit rating will not be affected.
Claimo is a claims management company that provides information to consumers who wish to have a claim managed on their behalf. Claimo is an Aussie term to describe what we do, for example, “Start your Claimo”
If you have been sold insurance on a car loan, you may be entitled to a refund of the premiums + interest charges if, for example, the insurance company or dealership sold the policy under false pretences.
Problems that are covered • The company has failed to supply the goods or services, or has supplied goods not up to standard, or • The company has misrepresented what it is supplying – for example, they told you that you would be covered but you wouldn’t.
You also may have bought a used car, and been sold MBI insurance, or mechanical breakdown insurance, read more here.
If you want to claim a refund for car insurance, your first step should be to contact the company you bought it from, to give them a chance to put things right. However, if they do not reply, or they won’t give you a refund, or it’s clear there is no point in contacting them (as they have disappeared), you can refer the request to an external dispute resolution scheme such as Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). The insurance company will likely ask you to prove why you are entitled to a refund. This may be a time consuming and complicated process depending on a range of factors such as your time, confidence of dealing with banks, or the financial firm you are dealing with. If you do not want to deal with financial firm yourself,Claimo is a claims management service that can assist consumers with a refund on a No Win No Fee basis. We advocate on behalf of consumers, so we work for you and not the bank. The information provided in this article does not constitute legal or financial advice.
If you have been sold credit card payment protection, you might be entitled to a refund for these premiums, for example if the bank has sold it to you under false pretences, or the insurance is not the right product for you.Problems that are covered• The company has failed to supply the goods or services, or has supplied goods not up to standard, or• The company has misrepresented what it is supplying – for example, a software supplier says a software package you’re buying will work with a particular computer when it doesn’t.How to claim money back on credit cards..If you pay for something on your credit card and there’s a problem, your first step should be to contact the company you bought it from, to give them a chance to put things right.The bank will likely ask you to prove why you are entitled to a refund and therefore you should be prepared to answer their questions which may prove to be a complicated process depending on a range of factors such as your time, understading of the insurance, or your confidence of dealing with banks.However, if they don’t reply, or they won’t give you a refund, or it’s clear there is no point in contacting them, you can refer the refer you problem to an external dispute resolution scheme such as Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). AFCA is a non-for-profit organisation that is an independent body which means they do not work for either party. Claimo is a claims management service that advocates of behalf of consumers for a refund of credit card protection on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore, we work for you and not the bank. The information provided in this article does not constitute legal or financial advice. Consider if the information is right for you.
Claimo settles most insurance refunds within 4-8 weeks.
However, financial firms including banks and insurers are legally permitted to 45 days to provide a final response as part of their Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) requirements. These requirements are enforced by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) under Regulatory Guide 165: Licensing: Internal and external dispute resolution. If the issue relates to a claim for financial hardship, the financial firm must provide a response within 21 days.
If you are unhappy with the outcome or final response provided by the financial firm, then you have the rights to refer the request to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) which is a free external dispute resolution (EDR) scheme. The AFCA timeframes varies widely from just 3 weeks to 4 months depending on the size and complexity of the refund request, or the financial firm. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the size of the refund request, the longer you can expect to wait on getting a refund because the financial firm may try and make it difficult to claim for the simple reason of not wanting to pay-out. In addition, AFCA is a non-for-profit and their service is free to use, therefore they often receive high volumes of cases, especially in uncertain times such as COVID 19, meaning timeframes can go longer than 6 months.
In some cases, where a consumer’s situation primarily involves Financial Difficulty and they can prove it, for example, with a Statement of Financial Position (SOFP) or bank statements, then AFCA may be able to escalate the case timeframe to ensure there is a quicker turnaround. These exceptions are subject to AFCA approval and a tailored process that is designed to help complainant and the financial firm to reach an agreement.
Motor Equity Insurance (MEI) – a Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance that pays the difference between the amount (or shortfall) the customer owes on the car loan, and the amount the car is insured for under comprehensive car insurance, if the car is written off.
Example:You get a loan to buy a second-hand car or motorbike for $15,000. Once you include the interest, fees and charges on the loan, the total you must repay on the loan is $25,000. You buy comprehensive car insurance on the car.You are involved in an accident and your car is written off. Your comprehensive car insurance will pay you $12,000 for the vehicle, but you are still left with $13,000 to repay off your loan. This $13,000 is the ‘gap’ or ‘shortfall’
If so, Claimo can help you request a refund on a No Win No Fee basis.
Claimo offers a service to help check your documents or request relevant paperwork for free.
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