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#204098 - 4th Feb 2008 10:10pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Cali_16v]
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#204115 - 4th Feb 2008 11:09pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Pomp]
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#208096 - 19th Feb 2008 12:47pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: BMW Joe]
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well, i've just noticed both our insurances is up for renewal soon, so here is some advice om what to consider when looking for insurance yourself.


If you are a driver or owner of a car, motorbike, lorry or any other type of motor vehicle, you must be insured by law.

The world of motor insurance is a complex one. There are literally hundreds of different policies to choose from, and it's not always easy to know how to go about finding the right one for you - and at a cost that won't break the bank!

Here we aim to explain some of the ins and outs of motor insurance, and the advantages of obtaining impartial and expert advice. Also, what you should do if you're involved in an accident.

Third Party, Fire And Theft

The minimum insurance cover you can buy is called 'third party only'. This covers you if you injure someone else or damage their property. However, very few companies will sell you this cover on its own.

The next step up includes 'fire and theft', and this provides protection against loss and damage if your vehicle is burnt or stolen. However it will not protect you against damage to your vehicle if you're involved in an accident, or if it is vandalised.

Comprehensive Insurance

Comprehensive insurance covers damage to your vehicle from a wide range of causes, including accidents and fire and theft. Other benefits sometimes include limited cover for items stolen from your vehicle, medical expenses and personal accident protection. Some companies such as Directline now include vandalism cover free as standard on all fully comp policies.

The word 'comprehensive' can be misleading however, as these policies always include limitations and exclusions.

Uninsured Loss Recovery (ULR)

This provides the policyholder with cover for legal expense costs to pay for a solicitor to pursue a guilty third party in order to recover your uninsured losses - policy excess, hire car charge, any other out of pocket expenses caused by the third party negligence - as well as costs to pursue a personal injury claim. ULR often provides cover for free 24 hr legal advice of a personal nature.

It is especially useful for Third Party Fire & Theft policyholders and will attempt to recover not only the losses mentioned above, but also their vehicle damage costs (from a negligent third party.)

Motorist's Legal Protection

This is cover to meet the cost of defending court actions arising from incidents on the road. It includes a free 24 hour expert advisory service.

How much will it cost?

The cost of motor insurance can vary enormously - an insurance broker who knows the market will be able to select the best policy for you. However, many factors will influence the premium you have to pay.

• The type of vehicle you drive. The more powerful the engine, the more expensive the car is to repair, and the more likely it is to be broken into or stolen will all affect the premium you have to pay.

• The area you live in, your occupation and where your car is parked. If you live in an inner city where you are more likely to be involved in an accident or have your car stolen, you will pay more than someone who lives in a country village. The same is true if you use your car for work . Whether or not your car is kept in a garage can also make a difference. Including cover for drivers under the age of 25 will also affect the premium - costs can be kept lower by restricting the drivers to you, or you and your legal partner only, although named drivers can now earn no claims discounts too..

• Your age and driving experience. Young drivers are more likely to have accidents, while older people tend to be more careful. Insurers generally apply a basic rate to drivers aged 30-49. If you're younger than this, your premium is likely to be higher due to the higher risk posed. If you're older, you could qualify for a discount. Any disabilities you have will also be taken into account.

• If you've been convicted of motoring offences in the past, or have a bad accident record, you will probably have to pay a higher premium.

• Before an insurance company will sell you motor insurance it will want to weigh up all the risks involved, so before your broker can offer you an accurate quotation they will have to ask a lot of detailed questions covering the points outlined above. Remember - if you fail to provide accurate information a subsequent claim may be refused.

• It's worth consulting a broker who has a wide knowledge of what's available and will shop around, saving you considerable time in having to seek quotations from different insurers.

Cutting the Cost

You may be able to reduce the premium you pay by restricting the cover granted by the policy. For example - you could limit the number of people who will drive the vehicle. But be careful - if the regular driver is incapacitated, you don't want to find out that nobody can drive the car in an emergency.

Another way of cutting your insurance costs is to agree to pay the first part of any claim. This is known as an 'excess' and discounts are available for taking out an additional voluntary excess (e.g. £100) but beware that compulsory excesses may already apply. Young drivers may be able to obtain an initial discount on their first year’s policy if they have successfully sat the "Pass Plus" exam.

If you have more than one car, most insurers will offer dual car discount which can be as much as 10%. Even putting down your average annual mileage can reduce your premium...

No Claim Bonus

Once you've had motor insurance for a year or more without making a claim, you should be eligible for a 'no claim discount' or 'no claim bonus.' This usually amounts to a reduction of 30% on your premium in the first year, rising in annual steps to a maximum of 60 or 65%.

If you make a claim, your no claim bonus will be reduced or disallowed. If you have built up a higher rate of bonus, most insurers will usually reduce it by two years, rather than disallowing it altogether, and some offer a protected no claim bonus. Sometimes it may be cheaper to pay for minor damage yourself, rather than risk losing your bonus.

But what if the accident was not your fault? If you have protected or guaranteed your 'no claim bonus' this should be preserved following an incident, however if it is not protected it will be stepped back until the claim is resolved and a recovery made in full from the guilty third party. Your no claim bonus shouldn't be affected if the insurer is able to recover the cost of the claim from the party who was to blame.

It's important that you inform your broker of all incidents of damage or loss, however small, and even if you do not make a claim for them. There have been cases where insurance companies have refused to meet claims because the driver failed to disclose previous incidents.

Insuring your car abroad

Your UK policy will provide cover in EU countries to meet their minimum legal requirements, but this may not be enough if you have an accident. Nor will it cover you for theft or damage to your car, and may not cover your legal liabilities to other people. Some insurers will ask you to pay an additional premium for comprehensive cover whereas others give it at no cost. If you are a regular traveller to the continent check with your broker who will select the most appropriate choice for you. You may need to advise your insurer of any overseas trip.

If you don't tell your insurer and have an accident, you may find yourself paying for the extra costs that would have been incurred had the accident happened in this country, provided the insurer agrees to deal with the claim.

When you start your policy ask your broker if you have an EU certificate and if it is necessary to tell them about journeys less than 30 days to Europe.

If you do not have a EU certificate, or are travelling outside Europe you will need to give your broker plenty of notice that you wish to order a green card. This will provide the necessary evidence that your policy meets the legal requirements for third party liability in the country you are visiting.

However always ensure that if you do travel outside the UK your insurance policy will extend the same cover to Europe. Some policies will only give the minimum legal requirement in the country visited which will not necessarily be the same as the cover you have in the UK and in this scenario will certainly not provide cover for loss or damage to your vehicle..

If you are involved in an accident

If you have a vehicle accident which causes injury or damage, you must give your name and address, and details of your insurance policy to anyone who reasonably needs it.

• If you're involved in an accident, do not admit liability. Take the name and address of the other driver, and details of their insurance company, and of any witnesses. If anyone is injured, call the police. If they do not attend the scene, or if someone else's property has been damaged, the accident must be reported to the police within 24 hours.

• You must tell your insurance company about the accident, even if you do not intend making a claim, as you will always need to report and incident. Your broker can advise you about whether you should make a claim or not.

• If you intend to claim, you'll have to contact your broker. You should wait for the go-ahead from your insurance company before having your vehicle repaired. They may want a damage assessor to look at it, or you may have to supply estimates before the work is done. Some insurers may have their own repair schemes, where you can take the vehicle to garages which may be able to start repairs immediately.

• If you have to pay a proportion of the repair costs, then you must pay this to the repairer irrespective of who was to blame for the accident. Should you decide to go ahead with the repair yourself, you are responsible for the cost until your insurers have agreed to pay. But beware of taking this course of action, because if the insurer can show repairs could have been done cheaper somewhere else, they may pay a lesser amount than you claim.

• If your vehicle is not worth repairing, the insurance company will offer you a lump sum for it. This is known as a 'write-off' or 'total-loss'. The damaged vehicle then belongs to them.

•After an accident, you may incur expenses which are not covered by your policy - examples are the cost of hiring a car while yours is repaired, or compensation for personal injury. Such expenses might be claimed against a third party – again, your broker will be able to give you all the advice you need.

If your vehicle is stolen

If you vehicle is stolen, you must inform the police immediately. You should also tell your insurance broker as quickly as possible.

You'll may have to wait up to six weeks with some insurers before they will settle any claim for its loss. This time is to allow the police to investigate the crime, and hopefully recover the vehicle, however many insurers operate shorter timescales.

If your vehicle is found, tell your insurance company and give them precise details of its whereabouts.

Personal property stolen from a vehicle or damaged may be covered under a comprehensive policy, but only up to a certain limit - usually around £150.



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#208104 - 19th Feb 2008 1:40pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: jonah]
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#218278 - 24th Mar 2008 12:47am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Scooby]
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wos with kwik fit on a mondeo 1.8 an they wanted an extra 500 or so for a 1.3 td corsa b*****s
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#221760 - 19th Apr 2008 12:10am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Mark]
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#221767 - 19th Apr 2008 12:36am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: dave_g]
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hmm..best ya get insurance..or plod will have you...
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#221768 - 19th Apr 2008 12:37am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Beemertastic]
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#221806 - 19th Apr 2008 12:14pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Beemertastic]
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for me on missus policy were paying £350ish fully comp, legal assistance, breakdown cover, etc etc with the AA

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#268806 - 12th Nov 2008 12:50am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Davey_Martin]
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For a 1995 Alfa Romeo 146 1.7 Boxer... I was recommended to ask Tesco Compare for a quote.

On BOTH Fully Comp and £rd Party, I was given a cheapest quote of £1589


So i thought Screw that, i know I can get that cheaper... Thanks to MoneySupermarket.com, I got a quote of this...



YES....£1055.....Thats £500 whole pound cheaper. Thats another car for gods sake !!!!
Im sure that by ringing the company up in person, I should be able to get it cheaper as well laugh


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#458546 - 6th Jan 2011 7:28pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: MGCraig]
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My dads Renewal had gone up from £295 to £462

But of price comparison and from £295 to £362 we can live with not happy about it.

Admiral insurance worked for him.
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#465537 - 25th Jan 2011 11:38am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Scooby]
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Admiral are quoting cheapest for me too Mark. £303 for the year, though that is without breakdown (Quinn it was always included at no extra cost). Admiral want £89 per year for a half-decent breakdown service, id rather go to the RAC or even Tesco (Green Flag) at that price.

Got me renewal invitation through from Quinn Direct last week... last year they increased it from £220 the previous year, to £540, and now it has jumped to £1050!!

Have queried it, and it appears they are now charging me nigh on £250 for the "any driver" scheme, whereas last year it added £0.00 to the premium. Given up discussing it any further with them, since they seem intent on getting around £800 a year from me, and Admiral are quoting almost 1/3rd the price with the point included.

Wouldnt mind, but im doing less than half the milage nowadays (asked about dropping from 7000 miles to 2000 miles and they said it would make no difference) and Quinn shafted me last month dropping my car off their MID for a few days even though it was insured, causing me the hassle and cost of having the car siezed, which they were made aware of and have since apologised for, and then they have the nerve to invite me to renew with them at double the cost a few weeks later.

Insurance companies really don't give a shit about loyalty, ive been with Quinn for 5 years, and never paid over £500 in all that time so for it to suddenly skyrocket this year makes no sense. I guess their only excuse is the fact they are in administration, which means they are in the financial shit.

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#490955 - 24th Mar 2011 12:12pm Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Scooby]
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Renewal quote through of £717 with Admiral.

Not bad, paid over £1,000 last year but have since hit the magical age of 25.

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#491436 - 25th Mar 2011 12:24am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Scooby]
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For the last few years I have bought very good 15 year old cars to get classic car insurance through Footman James. Now, before people go on about limited mileage, I pay for a 15 year BMW estate with business use, fully comp, £194 per year. I have a few points, 3 accidents ( 2 non fault). I also had an MX5 93, again with business use £222. The insurance company require that the car is garaged between 11pm and 7am. I have worked out (with my History) that it is cheaper to run both cars (including tax) than it is to run one newer car, also taking into account the initial costs and depreciation. Oh, I can do 6000 miles a year.

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#491438 - 25th Mar 2011 12:51am Re: Car Insurance : Online Estimates [Re: Scooby]
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Yes i;m withyou on that classic car is the way to go

my insurance had jumped up from £302 to £780

shopped around got it for £435,why are all the premiums going scandasly high?
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