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A Third of Drivers Would Lie to Ensure a Successful Claim

Article by Simon Christopher
Posted: 23/5/2008 - Last updated: -
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One third of UK drivers would rather commit fraud than risk an unsuccessful car insurance claim.

This shocking revelation was the result of research carried out by the price comparison site which asked motorists what they would do if their car was stolen because they had failed to secure it properly. Only 36% said they would own up and tell their insurer the truth, with another 33% admitting that they would keep it from their motor insurance provider. In addition, 31% were sitting on the fence, not sure if they would come clean about their mistake

Director of insurance at, Richard Mason said... "It seems many British motorists are ready to cover up their own carelessness, which could have led to the claim for the stolen car in the first place. You may think telling a little white lie, or holding back the whole truth is no cause for concern, but if your claim is as a result of your own wrong-doing, then insurers are likely to see it as fraudulent. I urge all drivers to tell the full truth, but even more importantly, secure their cars. Providers may well refuse to cover you in the future, if you are found out, scuppering your chances of driving altogether."

Moneysupermarket's research also revealed that male drivers are more likely to cover up, with 39% reluctant to admit their error compared to 26% of women motorists. It would appear that the Scots are the most honest with 42% claiming they would confess, compared with 33% of those surveyed from the North of England.

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