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Insurance Premiums Explained

How Premiums are Calculated Factors taken into account in costing your insurance include who will drive, the type of car, where it is kept, the uses to which it is put, and the type of cover required. When buying motor insurance you must give the insurer full information. Drivers The policy may only cover driving by yourself or specified people, or it may allow driving by any qualified person with your permission, possibly over a certain age limit.

Your insurers will want to know about anyone who is likely to drive - particularly their age, experience, driving record and occupation. Your Car Family cars with moderate repair costs are cheaper to insure than large or powerful cars which can be expensive to repair.

Each model is given an insurance group rating. This system is described later in this Information Sheet. Older cars often attract discounts from comprehensive insurance premiums. District Insurance claims are more frequent in urban areas so motorists in cities usually pay more for their insurance than those who live in the country.

The place where the car is kept is a rating factor, so tell your insurers if the car is not kept at your home address. Use Your policy and certificate set out the uses for which your car is insured. For example, if you or any authorised driver want to use your car in connection with work, make sure that your policy covers this. No Claims Discount Policyholders with a claim free (not blame free) record normally qualify for a premium discount.

Scales do vary but usually range from 30% for one claim free year up to 60% or more after four or five years. "Protected Discount" policies are often available for motorists with maximum discount. For an extra premium, a number of claims are allowed without affecting the discount. Typically two claims are allowed in a three to five year period.



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