AXA rewards safe motorists
Financial giant AXA has revealed a new car insurance policy which will see those with eight or more years no claims bonus receiving a 90% discount on their premiums. This compares to the average discount of 65% on a maximum five-year no claims bonus and will obviously further benefit the vast majority of drivers in the UK who do not claim on their car insurance.
This comes at a time when the AA has confirmed that UK car insurance premiums will rise by between 10% and 15% in 2010 with the majority of the increase caused by uninsured drivers causing accidents on the road. It would appear that slowly but surely we are seeing a polarisation between safe drivers and dangerous (and uninsured drivers) with many other insurance companies certain to follow the lead set by AXA.
Car insurance premiums have been on an upward spiral for many years now with the cost of covering uninsured drivers taken on by the industry and then spread out amongst insured motorists. Whether or not this is a fair allocation of the added expense associated with uninsured drivers is debatable but it is a trend which began some time ago and has ultimately led to a massive increase in car insurance premiums for "no apparent reason".
Consumers warned about insurance policy administration fees
A survey by the Which? magazine has today highlighted administration fees being charged by some car insurance and home insurance companies which can be as high as £55 for relatively minor alterations. The report suggests that while some alterations to insurance policies, or insurance records, may see insurance underwriters themselves passing on small fees, this is not always the case. The advi...Read More
Is the government trying to wriggle out of Equitable Life compensation
While we reported early in the week about the ongoing situation regarding Equitable Life and the compensation which many customers have been chasing from the government, there are grave doubts emerging about the proposed compensation package. More and more observers are suggesting the government will drag its heels as long as possible and try to eliminate more and more customers from the compensat...Read More
Pensions Act 'to allow more National Insurance top-ups'
Around 500,000 Britons could benefit from new amendations to the upcoming Pensions Act.The rules over National Insurance contributions are to be relaxed, with people now allowed to top up shortfalls with one-off lump sum payments.Effectively, this will mean that many women, who took years off work to bring up children, will now be able to take out the full basic state pension.The change applies to...Read More
UK insurance companies take a hit
Lloyd's of London has today confirmed that a number of natural disasters as well as the BP oil rig debacle in the Gulf of Mexico have resulted in significant losses for insurers around the world. UK insurance companies have taken their fair share of multimillion pound hits over the last 12 months although many believe that ultimately an increase in regulations and the need to tighten current insur...Read More
Car insurance premiums show record rise
Despite the fact that the UK is suffering from a full-blown recession with money tighter than ever before, it seems as though UK car insurance companies are pushing premiums higher and higher. A report by the AA confirms that UK car insurance premiums rose by 3.5% over the last three months and a massive 11% over last year. When you consider that inflation has fallen towards zero over the last few...Read More