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Insurance rip off


collywobles 10 3.3k 9 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 5:14PM

Quote:Part of me thinks the insurance companies are a bunch of tight wads running a scam, but part of me says you can't blame them for trying.


They are a business and need to make profits so they can pay dividends to their shareholders - I see nothing wrong with that. As for shopping around you need to make sure that the policy has identical conditions before you just jump to the cheapest provider.

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29 Aug 2012 5:49PM
Just had a chat with my insurance company and it turns out if I stay with them I will end up paying 67.00 more than I did last year even with the new set of points added....so not to bad. I'll just pay it and forget about it for another twelve months no way I'm paying another 100 for the installments!!
redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 6:28PM
A friend of mine has insured his car with a foriegn insurance company and got a much cheaper deal, they were very quick to deal with when he made a claim last year. He is paying less than half the cost of a UK insurance company would have charges him. It's very tempting I may do tha same when mine expires.
kodachrome 3 474
29 Aug 2012 6:30PM
Its the transfer of information through the internet from one authority to another and to the commercial sector, usually automatically and with out your permission that has caused this. Take it to the European court of human rights as a test case.

And they wonder why there are over 3,000,000 un insured vehicles on the road. Tossers.
PinkK 5 80 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 6:35PM
I was very surprised to get a renewal quote which was cheaper than last year...most unusual I thought...and I still have my points (just)
thewilliam 6 4.7k
29 Aug 2012 7:55PM
One insurance company tried to wriggle out of paying for fire damage after a sharp-eyed loss adjuster noticed that the back door didn't have the required 5 lever deadlock.
Britman 8 1.7k England
29 Aug 2012 8:12PM
Insurance/Banker peas from the same pod.
collywobles 10 3.3k 9 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 8:51AM

Quote:And they wonder why there are over 3,000,000 un insured vehicles on the road. Tossers.


I dont believe cost is the only reason after all you can if you wish just take out 'road traffic act' insurance which is third party personal liability only which is much cheaper. The people who do not insure their car are the same people who will have no road fund licence, no MOT, no licence, and probably an unroadworthy vehicle. ANPR is the best thing that has been developed to take these people and their cars off the road...
cambirder 10 7.2k England
30 Aug 2012 10:22AM

Quote:Its the transfer of information through the internet from one authority to another and to the commercial sector, usually automatically and with out your permission that has caused this. Take it to the European court of human rights as a test case.

And they wonder why there are over 3,000,000 un insured vehicles on the road. Tossers.



Rubbish, you have to declare traffic offenses if you want valid insurance and as many people will be tempted not to self declare there would be a hell of a lot more technically uninsured drivers out there if insurance companies were not allowed to check people's records. You don't have the right to hide motoring offenses from anyone who you wish to purchase cover from, otherwise we would all have to be dreamed as dodgy drivers with unknown histories.
keithh e2
10 23.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
30 Aug 2012 12:15PM

Quote:Retirees annual mileages are far lower than those of people who still go to work


A bit of a generalisation and I would imagine there are quite a few retired folk who don't maintain their car either - due to cost.
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
30 Aug 2012 12:25PM

Quote:You have to tell the insurance company if any modifications to your vehicle have been made outside of the standard manufactures spec

Yes, indeed. When I bought my current car, I looked into the options around 'chipping' the engine-management system to boost power output. Some of the comments I found seemed to be suggesting that because the update could be easily and quickly reversed by the owner, there would be no need to inform your insurance company! Very dodgy! I'd think any reasonable insurer would be less than impressed if they found out about an undeclared boost of around 40bhp!
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 12:36PM
I've never driven, mostly due to the cost of insurance.

I'm Diabetic, so I need to inform them of this. The last quote I got (nearly 10 years ago) was 3500 for a diesel Ford Fiesta. Maybe now I'm over 30, this will have dropped. I'll have to look into it and maybe even bother pass my test if it has.
RichardN00 8 430 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 12:56PM

Quote:I've never driven, mostly due to the cost of insurance.

I'm Diabetic, so I need to inform them of this. The last quote I got (nearly 10 years ago) was 3500 for a diesel Ford Fiesta. Maybe now I'm over 30, this will have dropped. I'll have to look into it and maybe even bother pass my test if it has.



Might be worth trying through Diabetes UK they've negociated special diabetic friendly rates

I'm type 2 diabetic which doesnt affect my policy as I'm tablet controlled but I've looked into it before, just in case...
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 2:06PM
If it's anything like their travel insurance, it's not really worth the bother, but thanks.

Phoned one up today and was quoted 2030 for a 1 litre Micra, so it's getting better. I may be able to afford to drive once i'm retired Wink
30 Aug 2012 6:16PM
I think if I ever give up togging I'd more than likely give up driving also as it's nothing but stress and expense these daysSad Would be cheaper to just hire a car for the odd weekend and holidays.

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