Letter: ICBC dictatorship

Does the body shop put the extra $3,400 in pocket? Or does he take the balance and divide it with someone at ICBC?

To the editor:

deer hit the hood of our vehicle, the deer got up and ran away. In the morning we drove 30 kilometres to ICBC to find out the damage. The gentleman does the estimate of the vehicle. $5000 cost to fix.

We go to another body shop recommended by IC BC. Sorry can’t give you an estimate until tomorrow. No problem I said we’ll be back. We go to the third ICBC body shop. Sorry can’t do an estimate until tomorrow. No problem, see you to tomorrow.

The next morning number three ICBC calls and said I’m sorry you already had an estimate done we can’t look at your vehicle. 20 minutes later a call from number two ICBC, sorry you already had an estimate done your cost is $5000.

“No second opinion allowed”

So I tell a friend about this. He gets angry and said what a bunch of #&^(%%$@*^. He comes to look at the vehicle and laughs. This is easy to fix he said, get in the truck were going to the bone yard. $400 later the parts are paid for. My friend tells me to leave him alone working. Six hours later the vehicle is ready. “A friend did us a favour”.

If ICBC were to charge even $200 an hour labour, that would cost $1,200. For six hours work then there’s $400 on parts. That would total out to $1,600. This is almost a year and half later and the vehicle runs just fine.

Here’s my question: The body shop said it was a $5,000 repair job. Does the body shop put the extra $3,400 in pocket? Or does he take the balance and divide it with someone at ICBC? I believe people know that any country that has a dictatorship has a bunch of crooks.

Joseph Hayes, Kelowna


Just Posted

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

Check out some upcoming events, or add your own event to our community calendar

YMCA launches teen program for mental health

Starting April 5, the Kelowna Family Y will host its first run of Mind Fit

Sunday Fiction: My father through my own eyes

Kelowna columnist William Peckham writes a monthly fiction column for the Capital News

Hodge: Losing a legend, and a local character

Kelowna columnist Charlie Hodge says two people have left large legacies

Need to catch up on news? You’re covered

Every Saturday the Capital News will highlight stories from the week

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

B.C. cyclist races to first win of the season in New Zealand

Casey Brown captures Enduro title by more than two minutes at Crankworx Rotorua

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dust returns to North Okanagan

The Ministry of Environent and Climate Change Strategy has again issued a dust advisory for Vernon

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

Most Read