Progressive Expands Concierge Level of Claims Service – Stages Live Car Crash at Unveiling of New Service Center in Orlando

New Service in Orlando Manages Entire Claims/Repair Process, Providing One-Stop Convenience for Customers or Anyone in the Area Who Has a Claim with Progressive

ORLANDO, Fla. – June 28, 2005 – It’s probably happened to you. Maybe you didn’t stop in time. Maybe you lost control. Car crashes happen every day. In fact, in Orlando more than 100 crashes will happen today.

For those who have ever been involved in an auto accident and filed a claim, you know what it’s like � some insurance companies ask you to get your own estimates from repair facilities, find your own rental car and inspect the work yourself. At best the process is time consuming and inconvenient. At worst it forces you into unfamiliar territory and leaves you feeling unsure. Not anymore.

To explain what drivers should do following a crash and highlight a new one-stop service available to Orlando drivers involved in a crash, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies staged a 30 mph two-car crash, complete with police response and upset drivers at its newest Service Center at 2256 Taft Vineland Road today.

The Orlando location is the 22nd Service Center Progressive has opened in the U.S. and provides consumers with a concierge level of service in which Progressive takes full responsibility for managing the entire vehicle claims process.

Here’s how the process works:

  • The customer calls Progressive to report their claim any time of the day or night and brings the vehicle to the specially designed service center.

  • Within minutes, the customer can be on their way in a rental car with assurance that Progressive will keep them informed of the status of their claim throughout the repair process.

  • A Progressive claims representative prepares a repair estimate and makes arrangements to have the vehicle transported to an auto body shop that has met strict quality requirements and the repair process begins.

  • When the work is finished, the vehicle is transported back to the Progressive facility where a claims representative and an auto body shop representative inspect the quality of repairs.

“Our concierge level of claims service is designed to make the claims process as easy as possible,” said Jerry White, Orlando service center manager, Progressive. “Accidents are stressful. This service is about making the process simpler � all the customer has to do is drop the car off and pick it up when repairs are done. We take care of everything in between.”

The objective, according to Progressive President and CEO Glenn Renwick, is to create a more efficient and positive experience for everyone involved in a claim � customers, repair facilities and Progressive.

“When we started testing this concept in 2000, we operated with the hypothesis that providing this level of service would be a ‘win-win-win’ � good for our customers, good for repair facilities and good for Progressive. Testing bears this out � all constituents benefit,” said Renwick. “It respects our customers’ time, provides for end-to-end accountability on the quality and timeliness of repairs and gives our claims representatives an environment in which they can provide superior customer experiences. The concept works; we plan to open 50 more service centers over the next few years, bringing this level of service to markets where Progressive has a large concentration of customers.”

Even if you’re not insured with Progressive, if you’re involved in a claim with someone who is, you have the option of selecting the convenience of one of Progressive�s service centers. The service is currently available at 22 sites in 18 markets across the country including Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and Tampa, Fla.; Washington D.C.; Atlanta; New Orleans; Tempe, Ariz.; Houston; Dallas; Detroit; Virginia Beach and Richmond, Va.; and Indianapolis.

As Progressive continues to introduce new service centers across the country, locations will be chosen in areas where its customers are concentrated to make the new standard of service available to as many people as possible. The complete list of locations has not been announced.

The Group operates more than 430 claims offices in all 50 states; 24 of which are in Florida and three in Orlando. Although the existing offices are not equipped to offer the concierge level of service, claim representatives there continue to personally handle each customer’s claim from start to finish.

“We deal with car crashes every day. Our experience gives us the knowledge and access to resources that many of our customers don’t have. The service centers offer customers an easier way to get their car fixed after an accident,” said White.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, ranks third in the nation for auto insurance based on premiums written and provides drivers with competitive rates and 24/7, in-person and online service. The products and services of the Progressive Direct Group of Insurance Companies are marketed directly to consumers by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE and online at progressivedirect.com through the Progressive DirectSM brand. The Drive Group of Progressive Insurance Companies offers insurance through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies that market their products and services through the Drive Insurance from ProgressiveSM brand. For more information, go to driveinsurance.com. The Common Shares of the Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at NYSE:PGR. More information can be found at progressive.com.