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18th birthday spoilt by car insurance quote

Article by Simon Christopher
Posted: 28/1/2011 - Last updated: -
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A Leeds man who was promised a car for his 18th birthday has been disappointed after being quoted £5,700 for a year's insurance.

The BBC reports that David Cockayne had promised to buy son James a Vauxhall Corsa to celebrate both turning 18 and passing his test. But he says he has tried comparison sites, direct retailers and independent brokers, and failed to get below the £5,700 cost -- and that's just for third-party cover.

A spokesman for the British Insurance Brokers Association says the high quotes were likely a combination of James' age and living in Leeds, where premiums are particularly high. He noted that the high costs for young men had a sound basis: not only are they 10 times as likely to make a claim as a middle-aged driver, but the average cost of a claim is almost three times higher than in some age groups.

However, the BIBA spokesman said he was certain James would be able to find a cheaper quote from an broker specialising in young driver car insurance.

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I am nearly 18 and passed my test almost 5 months ago. It's a disgrace that people my age can't get a reasonable car insurance quote! We have lives too.
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Date: 13/6/2011

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