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    • Paul Varjak
    • By Paul Varjak 7th Sep 12, 12:48 PM
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    Paul Varjak
    BEWARE - Corgi HomePlan
    • #1
    • 7th Sep 12, 12:48 PM
    BEWARE - Corgi HomePlan 7th Sep 12 at 12:48 PM
    I have previously commented positively about Corgi's Homeplan on this forum. My view about CORGI changed less than 1 hour ago.

    I received a call from CORGI stating that the cost of my HomePlan would be rising 2 from 16.99 to 18.99 this month. As Corgi gave a 2 year fixed priced I knew that could not be true - I took out my plan in March 2011.

    The salesman then went on to offer me another (more expensive) plan that included drainage cover but said he could offer this plan at a reduced price of 19.98/month (instead of 22+)

    The fact is that 19.98 is the price of the plan with drainage cover anyway; there is no reduction.

    The salesman gave no price guarantee on the new plan he offered, saying it would be on a month-to-month basis. No doubt, the price could increase at any time and probably would!

    I called Corgi and, failing to get a straight answer from anyone, I immediately cancelled my cover. I will simply not do business with a company using such sales tactics.
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    • Loanranger
    • By Loanranger 16th Mar 17, 5:09 PM
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    Loanranger
    The dirty water you mention is sludge in the system and CORGI will use this to avoid paying for work to be done.
    Just find a local qualified engineer who you can trust to tell you the truth and stick with him/her .
    • emanas
    • By emanas 8th Apr 17, 10:26 AM
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    Stay away from these cowboys
    From my personal experience they are one of the worst company I have dealt with. I have been paying them for years with their highest costing plan, three weeks ago we noticed our boiler was leaking, I called them and was told an engineer would contact me within 24 hours, no one contacted me for next 5 days, I then called back and was again promised I will receive a call in 24 hours, this time I did get a call. The engineer came and said one of the thing need changing, it would take 3 days for the parts to come, he came back and replaced the part, the leak stopped but the whole boiler stopped working, we had no hot water or heating, the engineer said the sister board is damaged( believe me that's what he said) and he can order a new one if Corgi approves, for days I kept chasing and Corgi said they are looking in to the case and they will contact me which never happened, after a week I called back and now they said the parts are not available and they can't do anything. Basically this was a blatant lie as the engineer had already ordered it. After all this nightmare I ended up replacing my boiler.

    They took over 250 for years but when I needed them to fix they never did.

    Never ever again I will go near this company or the rude staff they have. The best thing to do is look for a local reliable guy and use them to service your boiler.
    • KENNY G
    • By KENNY G 19th Aug 17, 4:15 PM
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    KENNY G
    Pathetic service response
    Reported a boiler fault to these cowboys and told to re pressurise it myself ! completed this task and call again to be told engineer will be in touch soon. 6 hours later engineers called to say it would be next day. All this despite them being mad aware 85 yr old living at my house.
    They couldn't care less and appear to randomly expect to maintain their service commitments by ringing ind engineers when they need them rather than employ enough. AVOID AVAOID AVOID
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 19th Aug 17, 6:44 PM
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    IAmWales
    Reported a boiler fault to these cowboys and told to re pressurise it myself ! completed this task and call again to be told engineer will be in touch soon. 6 hours later engineers called to say it would be next day. All this despite them being mad aware 85 yr old living at my house.
    They couldn't care less and appear to randomly expect to maintain their service commitments by ringing ind engineers when they need them rather than employ enough. AVOID AVAOID AVOID
    Originally posted by KENNY G
    Even an 85 year old should be able to manage without a boiler for 24 hours in August.

    There's nothing simpler than re pressurising a boiler. Far better to do it yourself to see if it solves the problem, then you wouldn't need to wait for a call out.

    The service is useless and poor value, but this is a non complaint.
    • KENNY G
    • By KENNY G 20th Aug 17, 7:53 AM
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    KENNY G
    Nonsense
    Of course I had re pressurised the boiler myself, why do you think I subsequently called them back? This didn't fix the fault !! Do you think no hot water for over 24 hours in August is any less inconvenient then other months then? This point is entirely irrelevant anyway as it demonstrates their complete inability to attend promptly
    • The-Truth
    • By The-Truth 20th Aug 17, 12:21 PM
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    The-Truth
    Even an 85 year old should be able to manage without a boiler for 24 hours in August.

    There's nothing simpler than re pressurising a boiler. Far better to do it yourself to see if it solves the problem, then you wouldn't need to wait for a call out.

    The service is useless and poor value, but this is a non complaint.
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    I've found it more and more annoying over time when reading review/compliant sites that basically you've got to read the whole lot because half the time the negative reviews are just from completely incompetent people.

    From what I've read so far the latter replies are from exactly this sort of person.
    • T-Bear
    • By T-Bear 30th Sep 17, 8:03 PM
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    What a let down
    The only thing they do not fix is the problem that you have, no matter what it it.
    Corgo Homecare have serviced my boiler for many years, but when it came to fixing a problem, they said that the gas pipes were undersized for the boiler I had. I even told them what the problem was and what part needed to be replaced, but they couldn't be bothered. The engineer got paid for turning up and was happy with the fact that he didn't have to do anything. I cancelled my contract immediately !!!
    • TARNHORSE
    • By TARNHORSE 16th Oct 17, 3:25 PM
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    TARNHORSE
    Yes beware
    ]This is dreadful as customers money is taken for a Service it cannot fulfil[/B]

    After full payment the lame brains operating the so called Plan are unable to find an engineer in Essex to Service my Central Hating System. instead of trying to resolve the problem like an Honest trader. Corgi Homeplan, like T.....s in the night, run away . Offering 40+ as compensation per the Schedule they have suddenly devised (NOT sent at Beginning (wonder why?? Their "caring staff " can not face the customer but send e'mails their decision will not change

    Perhaps I had a lucky escape, my neighbour''s service expert damaged her boiler so required a new replacement days without use of equipment broken by " highly qualified engineer"

    Trading of this type should be monitored by Trading Standards and the Ombudsman?
    • eeyorepace
    • By eeyorepace 3rd Nov 17, 11:32 AM
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    Terrible service - going to be over a week without heating
    I called Corgi at 8pm on Monday last to report that I had no heating & no hot water. Told them I was virtually certain that it was the pump.
    Initially told that I might get a call from the engineer that evening. Fat chance. On Wednesday evening they finally agreed that as they could not get an engineer out (the 3 local ones had all ignored the request) I could organise my own plumber & they would pay.
    I did this yesterday morning but after several emails back and forward they still have not authorised the pump to be replaced.
    I spoke to a manager a few minutes ago who said they would authorise it but would tell the plumber that they must stop installing if they find any sludge (there isn't) as they would not pay.
    There is now no chance of the repair getting done today so we are to be without heating until at least Monday.
    Only + to all this is that I have been told Corgi will pay for 2 electric heaters to the value of 30 & 10 a day to run them. Pity they didn't offer this a couple of days earlier!
    Assuming this is fixed on Monday I will have had a week without heating which as I have COPD and had a stroke earlier this year is not good. Not to mention that we can't get washing dry and electric hot water (to wash us) is costing a fortune.
    I offered to buy and fit (easy job for me) a new pump myself but they said no it must be fitted by a Gas Safe engineer; despite being in a different room to the actual boiler and thus not a gas issue.
    Thanks Corgi for giving me a whole week without heat.
    • wondering_why
    • By wondering_why 8th Nov 17, 5:46 PM
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    wondering_why
    I'm currently trying to choose a new boiler and central heating home care plan. We currently have BG HomeCareFour, and received a letter through the post from Corgi.
    I called up Corgi and the sales team seemed great. I called back BG who then gave me a (much) better rate.
    I was still mulling over switching to Corgi, as they offer more cover - up to 2000 as opposed to BG's 1000. I decided to search google for reviews, and quickly found this thread which has stopped me in my tracks. Are these the same Corgi we always trusted with gas safety in the past?
    Interestingly, the Trustpilot reviews touted by Corgi on their website are nothing short of glowing- which makes me all the more wary!
    I think on balance I may swerve Corgi...
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 8th Nov 17, 8:21 PM
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    DoaM
    Are these the same Corgi we always trusted with gas safety in the past?
    Originally posted by wondering_why
    No they're not ... but that's exactly what they're playing on - past reputation of Corgi (which has been defunct since 2009 and replaced by the Gas Safe Register).
    Diary of a madman
    Walk the line again today
    Entries of confusion
    Dear diary, I'm here to stay
    • bigaljo
    • By bigaljo 9th Dec 17, 2:44 PM
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    bigaljo
    Thanks everyone
    Really pleased to have read these comments. I have recently received a letter inviting me to join this scheme. I was tempted by the price but after reading all of your comments I most definitely will not be joining
    Last edited by bigaljo; 09-12-2017 at 2:45 PM. Reason: clarification
    • dobymicks
    • By dobymicks 13th Dec 17, 11:35 AM
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    dobymicks
    Good to see corgihomeplan.co.uk terrible service exposed like this.
    Thus helping stop some other people including myself from falling into their clutches.
    • Mrs Scrooge
    • By Mrs Scrooge 22nd Jan 18, 6:04 PM
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    Mrs Scrooge
    Corgi Home Plan
    We have also had these same mailings from Corgi Homecare, and at the same time, the renewal details for our BG Homecare 4.
    Yes, it's very tempting, when Corgi are offering 228 for a year's cover, and BG want to up our annual sub by nearly 100 to 606 pa. So, sounds as if I should put the Corgi letters in the bin, but phone BG to see if they can get their quote down!
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 22nd Jan 18, 6:34 PM
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    Bogof_Babe
    We have also had these same mailings from Corgi Homecare, and at the same time, the renewal details for our BG Homecare 4.
    Yes, it's very tempting, when Corgi are offering 228 for a year's cover, and BG want to up our annual sub by nearly 100 to 606 pa. So, sounds as if I should put the Corgi letters in the bin, but phone BG to see if they can get their quote down!
    Originally posted by Mrs Scrooge
    We had a ludicrous renewal quote from BG, and when I phoned to say cancel the whole thing they pretty much halved it! It's disgusting how they try to con people, and I imagine some just pay up regardless because it's too much trouble to query it.
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 22nd Jan 18, 9:22 PM
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    peter_the_piper
    Received a mail from"Corgi" today and was considering them. Thanks to this thread its now in the recycle bin.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
    • PhylPho
    • By PhylPho 22nd Feb 18, 10:13 AM
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    PhylPho
    ****woof! Woof!!***
    CORGI is a dog that had its day. Go to this link and you'll see why:

    http://www.corgiservices.com/about/

    and particularly note:

    "By capitalising on the proud heritage of CORGI and over 90% consumer awareness as a trusted brand CORGI Services Limited is able to support industry stakeholders, and provide funds to support the work of The Gas Safety Trust.

    "Currently the CORGI brand is licensed for use by a carefully selected range of businesses, including Insurance, Certification, Van Sales, Warranties, Underfloor Heating, Telecoms, Controls, Technical Services and industry-related product lines."

    In other words: pay enough to use the name, and you, too, can tell everyone that you are. . . CORGI. (And instantly become a corgi from a "carefully selected range of businesses": now, where have we all heard that oh-so convincing phrase before??)

    Our home has just received the latest mail-out from CORGI: "Last chance for Corgi Boiler Offer", says the outer envelope, as if there is such a thing as a Corgi boiler (though some misguided souls might think so).

    Opening the envelope and out tumbles a piece of sales literature within which inconvenient truths are omitted and a knowingly misleading misrepresentation is systematically crafted, all of this to lure the unwary into thinking that the headline stuff about CORGI being "formed" in 1968 proves, beyond doubt, how long this outfit has been in business, and why its record of "Safety since 1968" makes it the best by far choice for home central heating insurance.

    None of this is true.

    The mail is not from a company "formed" in 1968, and is not the work of people with a record of "Safety since 1968".

    For the record, and because CORGI Homeplan fails to mention it, CORGI was a voluntary standards watchdog -- NOT a company, NOT a business -- set up in 1970. Its full title was the Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers.

    As CRaGI wasn't exactly the snappiest of titles, it became CORGI in 1978, the Council for Registered Gas Installers.

    As a Council (NOT a business), as an authorised watchdog backed by UK legislation (again: NOT a company) CORGI profited from registration fees that began to pour in when in 1991, Government insisted that all gas installers must register with CORGI.

    Today -- at least according to the impression contrived by the authors of the junk mail campaign -- CORGI's heritage is impressive. . . so impressive and so dependable that CORGI HomePlan is built on it.

    What the sales spiel doesn't say is that so amazingly impressive was CORGI that Government stripped it of its status in 2009 / 2010 and handed that function to a new entity: Gas Safe Register, managed by Capita Group on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive.

    Be aware, then, that the CORGI that may recently have come through your door is NOT the CORGI you might once have known and learned to trust in. . .
    • pearl123
    • By pearl123 22nd Feb 18, 2:09 PM
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    It is cheaper to use a good local qualified engineer.
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