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Foreign car claims driven up

The number of insurance claims made against foreign vehicles by motorists in the UK has risen by 15 per cent over the last two years, according to new research.The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) reports that the amount of car insurance claims against cars from abroad now stands at 19,621, while the figure was just 17,032 two years ago.Following this news, has said that it is increasingly important that drivers shop around for the best insurance deals and make sure that a claim against a foreign car is covered by their policy.Aron Thompson, head of insurance at, commented: "A driver with a comprehensive insurance policy who is involved in an incident with a foreign vehicle would be in the best possible position. Although they would need to pay the excess and it is likely their no claims discount could be at risk, the vehicle would at least be fixed at the insurer's expense."He warns, however, that motorists with only third party fire and theft insurance policies would not be covered and would have to pay for their car to be fixed, although drivers have the option of attempting to make a compensation claim through the MIB.Mr Thompson concluded: "Claims for accidents with foreign vehicles are one of a number of factors drivers should consider when deciding on the best car insurance policy. Drivers need to shop around for the policy that meets their individual needs. Consumers need to spend time reading the small print and familiarising themselves with what they are entitled to, and varying compulsory voluntary excesses."

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