Bye buy, Allstate

I switched my auto insurance yesterday from Allstate to Oklahoma Farm Bureau. It’s a lot cheaper there, but that’s not why I switched.

Allstate is apparently the worst offender in the insurance industry’s mass exodus from the regions decimated by hurricane Katrina in 2005. A court case is beginning today in which homeowners are challenging Allstate’s claims of property abandonment — thus greasing the path of their own abandonment of responsibility to their policy holders, who paid the company for their services in good faith.

My policy for a 12 year old car isn’t much in the big picture for Allstate, but I feel better about the card in my wallet now. And it’s the least I could do for the victims of Katrina that need every little ounce of support they can get.

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