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Posted: 2/4/2010

BBC exposes car insurance claims scam

The BBC has exposed a car insurance scam run by a UK claims handling company. It alleges that Midlands-based Speed Claims has deliberately staged crashes to get money from innocent drivers.

The company, which theoretically exists to help accident victims claim compensation (ultimately paid by insurers), is said to have paid an undercover BBC reporter £500 to allow their car to be used in a staged crash and then take responsibility. The resulting claim covered for damage to the Full Story

Posted: 5/3/2010

Admiral confirms rise in car insurance premiums predicted for 2010

Yet another source has predicted steep rises in motor insurance premiums this year. Admiral says its own hikes of 12% in 2009 look set to be followed by similar increases across 2010.

According to the firm, the increases are needed to go further towards offsetting the pressures caused by settling compensation claims. Commenting on the story, a spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said Full Story

Posted: 5/2/2010

M and S and Moneysupermarket offer free car washes for a year

Marks & Spencer has come up with a creative way of enticing new car insurance customers: it's offering a year's worth of free car washes for all new customers.

Until the end of February, anyone taking out a new M&S motor insurance policy through will receive a voucher book for 12 free washes at any ARC IMO location, a deal worth £84 a year.

The deal was Full Story

Posted: 29/1/2010

Motor insurance premiums break the 1k barrier

The average cost of car insurance in the United Kingdom has topped £1,000 for the first time. The AA says the steep rise is partly down to an increase in the number of settlements in personal injury cases.

Year-on-year, the average fully comprehensive quote rose 18.7%, the biggest annual leap since the AA began keeping records in 1994. That includes a 7.2% rise in the past three months alone, fuelled by an increase in accidents caused by the bad weather.

AA car insurance Full Story

Posted: 17/7/2009

Fraudulent car insurance claims continue to rise

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has reported a 30% increase in fraudulent insurance claims detected and prevented since 2007.

Whilst more people are being caught submitting fraudulent claims, the estimated cost of undetected fraud claims has also risen by 24% to £1.9 billion. This now means an average increase of £44 in every household's general insurance premiums.

Just some of the dodgy car insurance claims detected include not declaring Full Story

Posted: 30/6/2009

Swiftcover warns about car insurance special offers

We all like a bargain and insuring your car should be no different. But thousands of motorists pay more than they should every year by simply renewing with their existing insurer rather than shopping around first.

Whilst shopping around is a crucial step to bagging a good deal it's also important not to take special offers such as multi-car policies and 52 days' free insurance for granted.

Research by online insurer Full Story

Posted: 26/6/2009

BMW owners believed to be Britain's worst drivers

New research from Auto Trader Compare has revealed that many of us believe BMW owners to be the worst drivers on Britiain's roads. 59% of respondents voted BMW driver's the worst with Subaru drivers second at 42% and Porsche drivers third with 39%.

The survey results showed that BMW drivers are most associated with bad or inefficient driving, with 68% claiming that poor drivers of these vehicles drive too fast, overtake in dangerously, intimidate other road users and drive Full Story

Posted: 21/11/2008

Convicted drink drivers could face 82% hike in motor insurance

The price comparison site has revealed that UK motorists found driving or attempting to drive while under the influence of alcohol could face an 82% increase in their car insurance premiums, or even find themselves uninsurable.

The price comparison site says that the DR10 drink driving penalty has a huge impact on your insurance premiums and drivers will find there is a heavy financial price to pay. Motor insurers such as Kwik Full Story

Posted: 11/11/2008

Young female drivers risking winter without breakdown cover

Research from RAC breakdown has revealed that 31% of motorists are preparing to drive through the winter without roadside breakdown cover. Whats more, young women aged 18-24 are the least likely to be covered with 40% risking being stranded at the roadside.

The study showed that increasing financial pressures and confusing price structures are causing many motorists to cancel their breakdown cover and take the risk of being stranded. Over a third (35%) of all motorists have broken Full Story

Posted: 1/8/2008

Norwich Union Claims Show Theft of Older Cars is Increasing

Recent claims statistics from Norwich Union, the UK's largest insurer, have revealed an increase in thefts of older, less valuable cars.

Norwich Union's stats show that over 87% of car theft claims in 2007 were for vehicles worth less than £5,000 with cars 15-17 years old more than twice as likely to be stolen than newer cars.

The global rise in demand for steel and other metals has meant a sharp increase in the value of scrap metal, Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: News items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making insurance decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these news stories may no longer be current.
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