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Insurance is probably the biggest yearly bill that you will pay for
your car. That's why it's important to shop around for the best quote
for you. Price is not the only consideration when obtaining a quote;
the amount of cover you will receive includes drivers legal protection
which cover court bills in the case of anything going to court, Coutesy
cars, road side assistance, online quotations, named drivers, etc
are all things which can affect a premium but it's up to you to decide
what you really need. You do not need road side assistance if you
are already in a motoring organisation like the AA. You might not
need Legal Protection if you could qualify for legal aid.
There are three main types of car insurance that you can choose from
Third Party Only
Covers you for claims made by other people for bodily injury or damage
to their property.
Third Party, Fire and Theft
As above, plus your car is covered if stolen or damaged by fire.
This gives you both of the above and also covers accidental damage
to your car.
Which you choose is up to you. Fully comprehensive insurance is the
best policy to have for peace of mind but will be more expensive.
Third Party insurance could leave you out of pocket if a crash is
your fault but the difference in Premiums over several years could
be more than the cost of a repair and could therefore be cheaper in
the long run.
Insurance - things you should know
When taking out motor insurance it is a good idea to spend some time
exploring all of the different policies and the companies offering
them. Quotations can vary up to hundreds of pounds between the highest
and lowest, so it is definitely worth getting as many quotes as possible.
Don’t forget that insurance companies are dealing in a very competitive
market so they will try and better or match any quote that you may
Once you have chosen the company you are going to insure with, and
have received the policy documentation, read it carefully-and the
small print, and check that there are no mistakes - if there are any,
make sure you get them changed. Finally once you have your complete
policy keep it in a safe place incase you ever need it.
The bare minimum insurance is ‘third party’ cover-this type of cover
will not protect you or your car, only the person you may be involved
in an accident with. Few insurers will actually provide third party
If your cover is comprehensive, the main items you will be covered
Accidental damage to your car
Damage caused by fire, theft and malicious acts
Repair or replacement of broken glass, and
Injury to other people and damage to their property
Don’t be fooled by the word ‘comprehensive’, it can often mislead
Even if you have ‘comprehensive’ cover your policy will not pay for:
Loss or damage to the car, arising from theft while the keys
of your car have been left in or on the car.
Loss of use, reduction in value, wear and tear, or mechanical,
electrical or computer breakdowns, failures or breakage’s.
Damage to tyres from braking or from punctures, cuts or bursts.
Loss or damage as a result of pressure waves caused by an aircraft
or other flying devices travelling at, or above, the speed of sound.
Loss of value following a repair
Car Insurance Myths:
Your premium can’t go up if you
have no-claims discount protection.
Wrong, it can. Protecting your no-claims discount only protects the
percentage discount you get off your basic premium, it does not protect
your basic premium itself. Therefore your basic premium can still
Many factors can cause your premium to rise:
In some insurers’ small print, it says that they can increase your
basic premium based on your claims history - therefore, if you claim,
they reserve the right to put up your premiums despite your protected
no claims discount.
Speeding fines won’t affect your
Up to a point this is true, however, there are exceptions. Some of
the more cost-conscious (cheaper) insurers won’t allow even one speeding
fine. Any insurance company will take a dim view of a more serious
speeding offence, especially if it results in a ban.
Don’t report minor accidents, as
they will increase your premium.
No, report any incident if it could result in a third party making
a claim. It is unlikely that it will increase your premium, however,
failing to report an incident may invalidate your insurance.
Even if you think an incident was too small to bother informing your
insurers of, you do not know whether any other party involved may
decide to make a claim. Therefore by reporting the incident you are
protecting yourself against loss, by passing the risk over to your
Finally, remember that just because you report an incident to your
insurers, it doesn’t mean that they will have to pay out.
My insurance quotes are too expensive
- I can save money by putting the insurance in someone else’s name.
It sounds like a good idea, but it won’t help. You may think that
putting the insurance in someone else’s name and having yourself as
a named driver will be a clever way to cut your premium, and it may
well do that. However the insurers will ask you how many cars there
are in the house and how many drivers, and who mainly drives each
car, if you do not answer truthfully you might find your cover is
How to cut the price of your car insurance:
When choosing your car you should remember that the flashier
the car, the higher
your insurance is likely to be. Therefore you should choose your car
Do not blow all off your budget on a really ‘flashy’ car, and then
realise you can not afford the insurance. Sometimes however it may
be in your favour to blow your budget on the car. For example, it
may be worth spending slightly more and investing in a brand new car,
as sometimes you may be able to get free insurance. The result might
be that you end up with a brand new car, and have only paid the same
as you would have done for a slightly older car plus the insurance.
It’s surely worth spending some time investigating.
Park your car in the garage. Where you keep your car overnight
can affect the price of your car insurance. Your insurance is likely
to be highest if the car is kept on the road over night, it is likely
to decrease if parked up a driveway or decrease even further if it
is hidden from view in the garage.
Limit the number of drivers you allow to use your car, this
should drastically reduce your premiums. Try to stick to just you
or you and your partner only. The more names on the insurance, the
higher the premium is likely to be.
Increase your excess. This will decrease your premium, but
remember that you will have to pay the agreed amount for the first
part of any claim. So don’t wack up your excess and then complain
about it if you have an accident. It’s up to you.
Protect your no-claims discount. If you have been building
up your no-claims discount for years it would be a nightmare to loose
it, so some companies allow you to protect this discount for a small
charge. Even the best, most careful drivers can have a bit of bad
Make your car very secure by installing an immobiliser that
is to 'Thatcham Category 1'. However these are expensive to install,
and so are probably only worthwhile on very expensive cars.
Finally, shop around. Car insurance is a very competitive market,
and so most companies will try to match or better another competitors