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Posted: 23/1/2011

Car insurance costs rocket

The average motor insurance policy now costs £845, a figure that is up £215 on this time last year.

The AA reports that the 34% rise, the biggest proportional increase in 17 years, has mainly been driven by personal injury claims. The Daily Telegraph says the number of claims for whiplash has gone up 25% over the past six years, even though the number of reported injuries of that type has Full Story

Posted: 14/1/2011

OFT cracks down on potential "price fixing" car insurance tool

Seven motor insurers have been forced to restrict a data-sharing scheme that had led to concerns about price fixing.

The Office of Fair Trading ordered the crackdown on "WhatIf? Private Motor", a service offered by Experian that included details of the quotes that companies had offered brokers.

As the brokers would then use these quotes to set future prices, the system meant Full Story

Posted: 23/12/2010

Car insurance apathy has a billion pound price tag

British consumers' unwillingness to shop around costs drivers a combined £1.4 billion a year according to a new survey.

Virgin Money claims that the average driver doesn't switch insurer until their annual premium has risen by 7.4 percent. But it noted that if every policyholder switched to a cheaper provider (where one is available) without waiting for a rise, the total savings would top a billion pounds.

The company also found that 45 percent of people never Full Story

Posted: 11/12/2010

Bad weather is snow joke for insurers

The early winter has led to a notable rise in claims on both motor and home policies with insurers warning that it could lead to further premium hikes.

Axa is reporting that the total number of motor claims jumped 23% in a week, while the number of reported accidents almost doubled. Around half the motor policy claims involved some form of snow damage.

Home insurers are also noting Full Story

Posted: 19/11/2010

MPs investigate motor insurance price hikes

A Parliamentary committee is investigating the rising prices of motor insurance premiums.

The House of Commons Transport Committee has already taken written evidence and plans to take oral evidence this month. It is looking into four issues:

  • Why motor insurance costs have risen to such a large degree in Full Story

Posted: 29/10/2010

Drivers claim for all creatures great and small

A car insurer has published some of the stranger motor insurance claims it has received in recent years, including a camel, a squirrel and a naked human.

The camel was being walked by its owner through a garden centre park (as you do) and kicked the car, while the squirrel threw a nut at a windscreen, shattering it. And the unclad human jumped on to the bonnet and then the car roof before running away.

That's not the only human distraction though: one claimant Full Story

Posted: 6/8/2010

Profits at Britain's biggest insurer are up but premiums expected to follow

Aviva, arguably Britain's biggest insurer, has warned that premiums look certain to rise in the next year. The announcement is a poorly-timed from a public relations standpoint as the group has just announced its profits are up 21%.

In the first six months of 2010, the company, which owns both the RAC and the former Norwich Union, made post-tax profits of £1.2 billion. It said long-term Full Story

Posted: 4/7/2010

Insurance premium tax hike could have been worse

Car insurance premiums will likely rise following tax increases in this year's budget, but the impact will be lower than expected.

Chancellor George Osbourne announced that the insurance premium tax on general insurance such as car and home cover will rise from 5% to 6%. It had been feared the rise could be to 10%, or that it would rise even further and be aligned with the standard rate on Value Added Tax.

Tax on some other forms of insurance, most notably travel Full Story

Posted: 18/6/2010

Parents unconcerned about illegal car insurance fronting

Two separate studies show car insurance fronting is still a widespread practice, though it's disputable whether offenders know they are breaking the rules.

Fronting involves falsely claiming to be the main driver of a vehicle in order to lower premiums for the person then listed as an additional driver. It's most commonly associated with parents fronting for a child who would otherwise pay high premiums as a young and inexperienced driver.

The Full Story

Posted: 7/5/2010

Drivers warned over motor insurance courtesy car risks

An insurance loophole means drivers could wind up in court after being given a courtesy car when their own vehicle is being repaired.

The situation involves cases where the driver is not liable for the accident which damaged their own vehicle. It appears that in some cases, the courtesy car is provided by an independent firm and by taking the car, the customer is effectively making a rental agreement.

The firm will then try to recover the cost of the rental from the insurer Full Story

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