Beware of storm chasers lurking in CQ: RACQ

Months after a severe hailstorm ripped through parts of central Queensland, ‘storm chasers’ have continued to door-knock residents trying to coerce them into signing a contract they might later regret.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross warned locals to be aware of the tactics of ‘storm chasers’, who had arrived in Rockhampton and Yeppoon to drum up business following the ferocious April storm.

 “Our members tell us they’re still being targeted by these storm chasers, whose aim is to try and convince them to sign a contract to progress an insurance claim, for what’s often non-genuine home or roof repairs,” Ms Ross said.

“The problem is, if you sign up, this may allow the ‘storm chaser’ to take over progressing the insurance claim, and if the claim is deemed unnecessary by the insurer, the home owner is left with the ‘storm chaser’s’ bill.”

Ms Ross said the hailstorm, which generated almost 1,000 insurance claims from RACQ members, had caused considerable damage, but unfortunately the recent spike in unnecessary claims could result in higher premiums for the area.

“It might seem appealing when someone knocks on your door offering to handle repairs to your home, but if a deal seems too good to be true, it generally is, and that’s certainly what we’re seeing here,” she said.

“Other than financial consequences for the individuals who get involved in a contract with a dodgy ‘storm chaser’, there are other broader consequences to the area. The spike in extra unnecessary claims means home insurance premiums could be forced up as a result.

“We’ll do everything we can to protect our members with cover at the most affordable price, but we’re asking our members to please be vigilant if you’re approached by a ‘storm chaser.”