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Seaton Auto Insurance Review

Seaton Auto Insurance have had a few rocky years. In the name of clarity and making sure that this review is completely factual, it should be pointed out that there are a few companies with similar names to Seaton. There is the Minnesota-based Seaton Financial Insurance Agency, a QBE America Unigard Subsidiary, and Seaton Insurance Company in Rhode Island. The purpose of this review is to look at the Rhode Island based Seaton Insurance Company and not any other company named Seaton.

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As you will discover by the end of this review, Seaton is not one of the most well-regarded auto insurance companies out there. You may want to go ahead and skip to our free insurance quote finder by typing your ZIP code into the search bar, because the only reason we can find to go with a company like Seaton is that you like to take big risks with your money.

A History of Bad Faith

Seaton wasn’t always at the bottom of the insurance barrel. The company has been around since 1901 and has enjoyed more than a century of delivering quality insurance products at reasonable prices. It was around the turn of the last century that Seaton started having some serious financial difficulties, and these only became more apparent as each year went by.

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By 2008, the company had been acquired by another company known as Virginia Holdings Ltd. Normally, being acquired means an end to financial difficulties. When Youtube became too complicated and expensive to maintain for much longer, it was sold to Google, for instance.

In this case, Virginia Holdings Ltd. were, themselves, in financial dire straits at the time they acquired Seaton.

The question of why Virginia Holdings would go around acquiring new companies while in financial distress goes unanswered, and speculation might qualify as libel, but this acquisition is actually one in a long line of acquisitions. Seaton seems to change hands as frequently as a dollar bill, and almost always very shortly after having been acquired.

Seaton’s Current Standing

It’s unclear whether Seaton is even writing auto insurance policies anymore, but they’re still listed in several court cases as being in runoff, as they have been since 2008. If the company is writing new insurance policies, they’re not doing it fast enough to recover from lost business. Whether this is a deliberate strategy or due to poor performance, the runoff has been going for four years as of the time of this writing, which is generally seen as bad news.

The company have had numerous claims filed against them for bad faith and unpaid claims with a number of filings dating as recently as 2010. Whether they started getting their act together around 2011 or they just stopped writing insurance policies, we can’t say.

Not a Recommended Company seaton auto insurance not recommended

We cannot in good faith recommend Seaton insurance as a realistic option for anybody out there who can’t afford to take the risk. If you’re looking for a good deal, then chances are you cannot afford to worry about whether or not your company is actually going to honor their policies or not.

However, if you’re still looking for the best auto insurance companies, you can use our free quote finder to¬†get a number of auto insurance quotes in seconds flat. Just type in your ZIP code and let the search engine do the rest. Buying auto insurance is a very important decision!

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