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Posted: 7/8/2012

Motorists warned to check foreign breakdown cover

More than 1.6 million Brits could be making a potentially-costly gamble by driving abroad without adequate breakdown cover.

Britannia Rescue surveyed drivers and, if their findings hold up across the population, around 4.27 million people are planning a drive on the continent this year -- in many cases hoping to find more reliable sunshine without the financial burden of long-haul flights.

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Posted: 30/7/2012

Motor insurance breaks thousand pound mark

The continuing steep rise in car insurance costs has finally led to the inevitable milestone: the average cost of a comprehensive policy now exceeds £1,000 a year.

The figures come from the AA, which measures the cheapest policy on offer across all insurers for each of a variety of driver types. It puts the overall average at £1,034, up 8.5% on last year. In reality the "average" driver could be paying even more if they don't shop around.

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Posted: 25/7/2012

Motor insurance hit squad gets easy start

A new police unit designed to catch motor insurance scammers has secured its first conviction. John Machin was caught after an embarrassing phone blunder.

The case was the first courtroom success of the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Departments. That's a special police unit that was set up in January and deals exclusively with insurance scammers. The unit is funded entirely by the insurance industry rather than the public purse. It has so far made 135 arrests, most of which had led Full Story


Posted: 8/7/2012

Record motor insurance claims could mean premium hikes

The number of people claiming to have suffered personal injury in car crashes has risen sharply despite a fall in the number of crashes.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries reports that there were 11%  percent fewer crashes in 2011 compared with 2010, largely because people are less able to afford to drive as much. Full Story


Posted: 24/6/2012

Losing your job could increase your car insurance premiums

Losing your job could increase your motor premiums by 400%, and you might not even be able to get cover at all. That's the shock claim of Money Mail, which commissioned Money Supermarket to examine the issue.

At first glance, the figures make little sense as people on low incomes might be expected to drive less often given the rising cost of motoring. However, insurers appear to believe four factors Full Story


Posted: 12/6/2012

Revealed - the cheapest cars to insure

If you're a young driver on a budget, it may be a smart idea to forget a flashy boy racer motor and instead opt for a Vauxhall Nova.

That's because the car -- specifically the 1.2i Trip model -- has been named the cheapest to insure in the UK. The details come from Quote Exchange, a company that provides data for comparison websites.

It's not been revealed if the data is based on quotes or accepted policies. It's possible the results could be skewed by Full Story


Posted: 3/6/2012

Regulators investigate motor insurance kickbacks scheme

The car insurance market is facing a formal investigation after regulators described it as "dysfunctional".

The Office of Fair Trading plans to ask the Competition Commission to carry out a complete probe into claims that insurers allow premiums to artificially rise through dubious deals with garages and hire car firms.

The investigation will look specifically at the prices charged for repairing cars and supplying courtesy cars to customers after a crash. The problem Full Story


Posted: 29/4/2012

Drivers warned over auto-renewal confusion

Motor insurers have been accused of not being clear enough with consumers about policies automatically recurring.

As it's now illegal to be without car insurance even when not driving (unless the car is formally declared to be "off the road"), automatic renewals can help avoid customers committing an offense.

However, insurers must meet two rules if using this system. Firstly, they must inform the customer Full Story

Posted: 14/4/2012

National car insurance premium drop hides regional hikes

Motor insurance costs have fallen slightly in the past year. But it appears price rises for women expected to take effect at the end of the year may already be creeping in in some places.

As a while, the average policy at the end of March cost £869 for men and £751 for women. That's a 1.8% drop for men and a 3% drop for women over the past 12 months -- though prices are still more than 60% higher than they were just six years ago.

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Posted: 25/3/2012

Drivers give thumbs up to black box schemes

British drivers have welcomed the idea of technology allowing insurers to set premium rates based on the way they drive -- and they expect that idea to become reality.

In a survey by Go Compare, only a minority of drivers said age and gender should be the basis of premiums. Meanwhile 60% said the time and location of their driving should affect rates, while a whopping 92% believed the way that they drove Full Story



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