GEICO alerts consumers to fraudulent glass repair scams

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–You are loading groceries in the back of your car and a stranger
approaches, offering to quickly fix the small crack in your windshield.
Be aware, it may be a scam.

GEICO wants to alert consumers to suspicious “glass repair technicians”
working the parking lots of gas stations, car washes and supermarkets
looking for their next victim. They overcharge consumers for improper
and unsafe windshield repairs and fleece insurance companies with bogus
or inflated repair claims.

GEICO endorses several recommendations that the National Insurance Crime
Bureau offers to prevent glass repair scams:

  1. Be aware of random solicitations in parking lots – Everyone
    that approaches you in a parking lot is not out to get you. But be
    aware of aggressive scam artists who solicit repairs on your vehicle.
    Most fraudsters will try to lure you in with freebies and discounts.
    Never let someone pressure you into hiring them on the spot.
  2. Ask for identification – Most scammers aren’t willing to
    provide their personal information. Ask for a driver’s license and the
    repair company’s telephone number and fixed address. If they are in a
    vehicle, write down the license plate number.
  3. Contact your insurance company first – You should always
    contact your insurance company before you let anyone repair your
    vehicle. Your insurance carrier can also recommend a quality repair
    shop to ensure that you will not get fleeced.
  4. Get more than one estimate Getting more than one
    estimate is a good way to prevent from being overcharged for work
    that’s being done. The multiple estimates provide a price comparison
    of the actual repair costs.
  5. Get everything in writing – It’s always a smart business
    practice to get everything in writing. Make sure that the company
    guarantees (total cost, work to be done, time schedule, payment) all
    repairs with a written warranty.
  6. Ask for references – If the glass repair company is reputable,
    they will be happy to connect you to past customers that can vouch for
    their work. Multiple references will provide you with a snapshot of
    the repair company’s service and reputation.
  7. Review your documents – Inspect your documents to ensure all
    the repair charges are accurate and honest. Once fraudsters have your
    insurance information, they may charge your auto policy for inflated
    charges long after they have disappeared.
  8. Never sign a blank contract Signing a blank contract
    is never a good idea. Scammers can add unacceptable terms to a blank
    contract at a later time. After the repairs are done, contact your
    insurance company to make sure there aren’t any additional or false
    claims being filed against your auto policy.
  9. Make sure you are satisfied with the work Never pay
    for repairs unless the work is complete and you are fully satisfied.
    Your money gives you some leverage that the work will be done up to
    code.

Contacts

GEICO Communications
gcorpcomm@geico.com
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