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Posted: 29/11/2012

Speed awareness courses have hidden cost

speedingMotor insurer Admiral has revealed that it treats people who've been on such a course as having committed a speeding offense, in the same way as if they'd taken the points and fine. That in turn will usually push up premium Full Story

Posted: 13/11/2012

Motor insurer takes it day by day

A specialist motor insurer is now offering policies that cover learner drivers for as little as a single day.

The theory behind Dayinsure's policies is that many learners find the cost of lessons mean they need to practice as much as possible in between sessions. While they can do so in a friend or family member's car, the car owner will need to extend their insurance policy to cover the learner.

Given the increased risk of a crash, that can be extremely expensive, Full Story

Posted: 30/10/2012

Car insurance costs drop

Car InsuranceIt's sometimes seemed as if only three things are inevitable: death, taxes and car insurance price hikes. But the AA has revealed that between July and September this year prices actually fell.

Its regular Full Story

Posted: 8/10/2012

ABI targets younger drivers

The Association of British Insurers is calling for legal restrictions on young drivers to help bring down premiums.

The industry body says the actions are needed because young drivers are more likely to crash, more likely to cause injury to multiple passengers, and more likely to make particularly expensive claims.

The ABI recommendations come from an examination of driving laws around the world. It wants the age people can start driving Full Story

Posted: 1/10/2012

Motor insurance scandal leads to major investigation

The Competition Commission is to carry out a full-scale investigation into claims that motor insurers have colluded with repair firms to rip off customers.

After its own initial probe, the Office of Fair Trading announced it was referring the case to the commission, which has the power to impose fines or force companies to change their behaviour.

The investigation will centre on the way Full Story

Posted: 24/9/2012

Moneysupermarket front man busted for insurance breach

A comedian who advertised an insurance comparison site has received a six month driving ban for having invalid insurance.

Omid Dijalili appeared in an ad for Moneysupermarket in which he encouraged drivers to overcome their shyness of haggling by using the comparison sites to get a better Full Story

Posted: 24/9/2012

Small cars "Dangerous" claim dangerously flawed

American motor insurers have revealed that smaller cars may be more likely to lead to injuries through a crash. But there may be a flaw to the logic.

The study, by the American Highway Loss Data Institute, has been covered as if it shows the likelihood of a crash leading to injury. In fact the figures simply show what proportion of insured drivers made an injury claim at all. The figures don't take into account how many of Full Story

Posted: 29/8/2012

One millionth uninsured vehicle taken off road

A car belonging to an uninsured driver was seized in the West Midlands this week. What makes that noteworthy is that it's the one millionth such seizure since police received the power to do so in 2005.

Since then officers have been allowed to stop vehicles as soon as they are identified as being uninsured. That's made possible by using automatic number plate recognition technology linked to a national database of all motor insurers.

Over the seven years that Full Story

Posted: 21/8/2012

New smartphone driving app could cut car insurance premiums by 20%

speeding carAn insurer says a smartphone app could cut premium costs by 20%. But the app isn't for price comparisons: instead it measures safety.

The RateMyDrive application works in the same way as "black box" schemes but Full Story

Posted: 12/8/2012

No claims loophole could hurt motoring policy-switchers

A major flaw in the way insurers deal with no-claims bonuses could mean millions of drivers are paying too much. That's the claim made by Auto Express, which made the discovery when checking up on a complaint by a reader.

The problem stems from the limits on how many years a driver can go without making a claim and still get additional discounts. After this limit, additional claim-free years don't lead to any further premium drops. While this limit is typically five years, Full Story

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