Churchill Car Insurance Review

Do you like Bulldogs? If so then you will love the advertisements that you see on television for Churchill car insurance. This loveable little character has become a household name across the UK and I take my hat off to the firm that came up with this advertisement campaign. I’ll bet that Churchill car insurance policies are being taken out in their droves due to this successful ad. If you go on to their website, you will find that it is easy to use and it’s quick and simple to get a quote for a car insurance policy.

Some of the Benefits that Churchill Car Insurance Offers

  • Protection from uninsured drivers – this is an inherent problem in the UK right now, many people think they can get away without car insurance. If you happen to be in an accident that involves someone that is not insured, Churchill’s car insurance policies will protect you from this and your no claims discount will not be affected.
  • If you decide to have named drivers on your car insurance policy they will be able to have their own no claims discount. This is something that is relatively new to the car insurance market and Churchill has been quick to catch on to this.
  • If you have a fully comprehensive car insurance policy with Churchill you will benefit from their 24 hour a day accident/recovery hotline. This means that no matter what time of day it is you will be able to speak to a real person on the telephone in order to get help.
  • If you find that you need to have repairs done to your car as a result of an accident or vandalism Churchill will cover the costs under your car insurance policy. Do bear in mind however, that this is only available if you take out a fully comprehensive car insurance policy.
  • Should you be involved in an accident that means your car needs completely replacing then Churchill will cover the cost for this if your car is under 12 months old and you can prove that you are registered keeper.
  • With Churchill, if you have a fully comprehensive car insurance policy, they offer personal accident cover for you and your partner, wife or husband.
  • If you happen to be in an accident and you incur medical expenses you will not need to worry about how you are going to cover the cost, Churchill will do it all for you. This is a great option and proves that Churchill have recognised that being in an accident can be traumatic for anyone and the last thing you need to be worrying about is how you are going to pay your medical bills.
  • Everyone carries personal belongings with them when they are in their car, especially us ladies, Churchill offer cover for personal belongings within your vehicle with their car insurance policy, however, there are limits so if you decide to carry around that gold bullion you have just “acquired” it is unlikely that you will get the value of this back if it’s lost or stolen!

Optional Extras that you can get with Churchill Car Insurance

The optional extras detailed below will cost you extra nonetheless, they are worth considering:

  • For an additional £2.21 per month you can benefit from legal assistance with Churchill. They will provide you with up £100,000 worth of legal expenses. Some of the things that you will find are covered with this optional extra are:
  • If you happen to be injured or in the worst case scenario are killed in a road accident Churchill will pay compensation to you or your spouse for this.
  • If you do not decide to take out a fully comprehensive car insurance policy with Churchill you can still benefit from cover with repair costs for just a little bit extra each month. I happen to think that this is a great idea, not everyone wants or needs a fully comprehensive car insurance policy and the fact that you can choose to have this sort of cover as an optional extra is fabulous. The other thing you can choose if you don’t have a fully comprehensive car insurance policy is protection for your clothing, personal belongings or luggage.
  • Costs for hire cars and also loss of earnings are another of the optional extras that Churchill can offer you.

All this said you can pretty much make up your own car insurance policy with Churchill; they know that car insurance is big business and is also a very competitive market. Plus, they also know that everyone is different and we all want different things from our car insurance policy.

Churchill Car Insurance for Ladies

This type of car insurance policy has (as the above subtitle suggests) been designed specifically for ladies. You may be asking yourself why, well, the fact is that we ladies are a far safer bet when it comes to being on the road. We tend to be far more careful when we are driving compared to our male counterparts. As a lady, if you take out a car insurance policy with Churchill you will get all of the benefits listed in this article plus…get this…..you can save over £400! This is possibly one of the largest savings available from any of the major car insurance companies. Bear in mind that you can also add you partner or husband to your car insurance policy which means that you will both save money.

Multi-Car Insurance with Churchill

Churchill offer multi-car insurance policies, this is not uncommon in the car insurance market however, the discounts that you can get with Churchill if you want to take out a multi-car insurance policy are less common. They will offer you 15% discount in the first year of your policy and 5% every year thereafter. Do remember that should you be with Churchill for a number of years you may well be able to better this should it be time for you to renew your policy and have found a better deal elsewhere. However, for now, don’t be greedy, these discounts are some of the best to be had right now.

Some Great Advice from Churchill on how to stop Fraudulent Claims

I was on Churchill’s website recently and I found a snippet of information that I have found really useful. We all know “ambulance chasers” as they are lovingly referred to and they help people who are genuinely hurt in an accident to claim compensation for the injuries they suffer. Unfortunately, this has also brought along a number of undesirables that have decided that they can make money by deliberately causing accidents. I happen to think I am a good person and it had never occurred to me that this might happen to me.

Churchill are working with various official bodies in order to stop this from happening, here is some of the advice that they offer in order for you to ensure that you do not become a victim of this type of “crime”. I use the term crime loosely; there is a very fine line here on this type of con!

  • This is an obvious one but if you are involved in an accident make sure that you stay calm and exchange details with the other driver.
  • Try to remember how the accident came about and if there was anything that seemed out of place or odd to you. Things like passengers looking at you before you were actually hit is quite an obvious thing to look for, this tells you that the accident may well have been pre-meditated.
  • This is something I have never thought about doing if I was involved in a car accident – make sure that you take as many notes as possible about the driver and passengers; what they are wearing, are they male or female, how old are they and anything else that you can think of.
  • Make sure that you ask the other driver to do the same as you.

Remember, car insurance is there to protect you and I think the fact that Churchill has posted this information on their website is great. It’s always better to have too much information rather than not enough. It’s hard to imagine but it is a cruel world and there are people that have no scruples, so if you are involved in a car accident, don’t let your good nature get in the way.

I hope this article has not only explained what Churchill car insurance can do for you but also that you have found some of the safety information here useful as well. It’s great that a car insurance company such as Churchill have taken the initiative, they are not only offering great car insurance policies, they are thinking outside of the box by letting their customers know some of the pitfalls when it comes to accidents. “Oh Yes” Choose Churchill!

Direct Line Car Insurance Review

Direct Line is probably one of the largest companies that offer all types of car insurance in the UK. If you are in the market for car insurance and are one of those people that is addicted to price comparison websites, be sure to know that you will not find Direct Line on any of those sites. However, feel free to fill your boots and obtain quotes from these sorts of websites, Direct Line advertise the fact that they will beat any quote that you have found there! If you’re about to embark upon looking for car insurance you will no doubt be aware that this can be a potential pain in the proverbial. Car insurance can be very complicated and there are literally hundreds of different policies you can choose from. In this article, I intend to make clear what some of the car insurance policies Direct Line have to help you get started.

Some of the Extras Direct Line Car Insurance Offer

  • Compensation if you are hit by a driver that is uninsured and the accident is not your fault – Direct Line is one of the first car insurance companies to recognise that this is a growing problem within the UK. They offer, as part of your policy, a system whereby you are able to claim for being hit by an uninsured driver and you will not lose your no claims bonus. There are conditions however, these are: you should ensure that you get the registration number of the car that hit you and also the make and model, if possible the drivers details (don’t worry about this point), many uninsured drivers are happy to pass their details on after an accident as they think they will get away with it anyway.
  • Compensation for vandalism to your car – Again, this is an innovative extra that you can get from Direct Line, I actually don’t know of any other company that offers this service. If you are a victim of vandalism to your vehicle you can claim for the damage and, here is the best bit, this cover comes as standard and will not affect your no claims discount. Not only that, if you use one of Direct Line’s preferred repairers, they will make sure that your vehicle is cleaned from top to bottom, inside and out! Be aware however, that certain conditions do apply, you will need to make sure that you have reported the incident to the police and can prove it and that the damage was not caused by another car, this of course would be dealt with on a different part of your car insurance policy.

Direct Line have recognised that people want value for money as well as great car insurance policies so you will find that they offer a huge range of discounts on all types of car insurance policies. Here are some of them:

No Claims Discount for Company Cars

If you are a new customer to Direct Line and have recently given up a company car that you have not had to make a claim on, Direct Line will offer you a discount on up to 5 years of no claims discount, this is available on any type of car insurance policy that you take up with Direct Line. However, you will need to prove that you were the sole driver of the company car in question….not much to ask if you want my opinion, 5 years no claims discount can amount to an awful lot of money.

Discount on Multi-Car Policies

Many car insurance companies charge you extra for registering an additional car insurance policy with them, not Direct Line; they actually save you money if you take out a car insurance policy on more than one vehicle with them. You will receive a discount of 10% on the 1st year and 5% for each year that you renew thereafter. I doubt there is another company in the UK that can offer this. Conditions do apply but they don’t exactly ask for your shoe size! All you need to do is make sure that you can give the company the number of your current agreement, it’s that simple.

Other discounts available when it comes to multi-car insurance policies are breakdown cover; you can save up to an amazing 35% on breakdown cover with Direct Line when you have a multi-car policy. If you are new to the company you are not penalised for being a “newbie” you also can save up to 25% when including breakdown cover on your car insurance policy.

Pass Plus

This will interest all of you that have recently passed your driving test. Many people in their late teens or early to mid 20’s are considered to be a huge risk by most car insurance companies. The reason behind this is obvious, the statistics show that if you are in this bracket of driver that you are far more likely to have an accident than any other bracket of driver. We have to recognise that insurance companies need to make a profit in order to continually offer a service to their customers.

Direct Line have gone one better with this car insurance policy. Basically, if you have passed your test in less than one year you will be given a 5% discount on any car insurance policy you take out with them. Do bear in mind however, that you will be better off going for a fully comprehensive policy – this isn’t something that Direct Line advise it’s just that I was once in my late teens and driving was a new hobby to me…..believe me, I remember some of the scrapes I got into because I was just too over excited about being able to drive without an instructor constantly nagging at me!

Other Great Discounts to be had from Direct Line

Direct Line is very clever when it comes to ensuring that they gain as much business from each customer as possible. If you know Direct Line, you will be aware that they are not limited to offering insurance just for cars. If you happen to have an insurance policy with them which covers something other than your vehicle you can gain discounts on any new car insurance policies you take out with them. All you need to do is ensure that you can produce the policy you currently have with them and they will give you up to 10% on any new car insurance policy you take out.

Just so you know What Comprehensive Cover is from Direct Line

Listed below is what you will get with a comprehensive car insurance policy with Direct Line:

  • Protection from uninsured drivers if the accident is their fault.
  • Claims discounts for named drivers.
  • Protection if you should be the victim of vandalism that will not affect your no claims discount.

These are just a few of the extras that you get with a fully comprehensive car insurance policy with Direct Line.

A Quick Explanation on How Multi-Car Insurance Policies Work

Some of you may be unaware of how multi-car insurance policies work. The type of policy is fairly new to the market place and Direct Line have been pioneers in bringing this type of policy to it’s new and existing customers.

You may think that to have a multi-car insurance policy you will have to be related to the other people that are included. This is not the case; all you need to ensure is that you all live at the same address. I happen to think that this is a fantastic idea. For all of you students out there that are living on a shoe string but still need to make sure that your vehicle (if you’re lucky enough to have one) is properly insured can club together and make huge savings with the multi-car insurance policies that Direct Line offer.

In Conclusion

I happen to be a customer of Direct Line and I have to say that when it comes to customer service, they are second to none. The staff are knowledgeable about the car insurance policies they have on offer and you do not get the hard sell. After all, there isn’t any need for them to go chasing customers, thousands of people sign up with them every day.

If you are looking for a great car insurance company that have a huge range of policies that have been tailored to suit everyone, you will not go far wrong with Direct Line. It’s not all about discounts, although that does help, you need make sure that the insurance company is 100% behind you if you run into trouble. Direct Line will not hamper you with red tape and excuses on why they should not pay out. If your claim is genuine and fits all of the criteria within your policy, they will pay…simple!

Direct Line has been in business for a long while now and they are definitely here to stay.

RAC Breakdown Cover Review

As a Company, the RAC have been around for so long that even my grandmother can remember them and she is in her 80’s! The fact that this company that deals in breakdown cover is still around today is testament to the fact that they know what they are doing. If you ask anyone about the RAC they will know who you are talking about and will more than likely have an insurance policy with them or know someone who does. When you are in a position to start looking for breakdown cover, you will need to know that the company you choose is reliable and will be around for the duration of your breakdown cover policy. You will have no such problems with the RAC.

So, let’s deal with what the RAC actually offer when it comes to breakdown cover. At the moment, if you look at their website, you will find that they currently have a spring offer. If you are new to the RAC and join up throughout spring you will be offered additional savings and they can give you a breakdown cover policy for as little as £29.99….this is some mean feat; there are not many other companies out there that can boast this sort of price.

It’s worth remembering here that the larger the company the more they can offer you in terms of service and affordability. The RAC are, quite simply HUGE…they have a network of branches right across the UK and when it comes to roadside assistance, they have mechanics that can be with you in as little as 40 minutes, for you ladies out there, don’t worry, the RAC will give you priority when you call them, especially if you are out on the road alone.

Incidentally, it doesn’t matter where you are in the UK, the RAC will stick to this time limit even if you have ended up in the middle of a field due to a tyre blowing out! For the people that like statistics that are reading this article, the RAC has approximately 2,000 mechanics out on the road 365 days a year 24 hours a day. As a company the RAC can boast that they have over 100 years experience in the breakdown cover arena.

Breakdown Cover that the RAC offer

  • You (something that many companies overlook) and your car.
  • Owners of motorbikes and 4×4’s can take out breakdown cover with the RAC as standard…lot’s of the major breakdown cover companies require you to take out specialist breakdown cover if you have a 4×4 or motorbike, the RAC see no reason why this should not come as standard.
  • You can have up to 5 callouts per year under your breakdown cover policy and if you have additional vehicles attached to your policy this number will raise. Unless you have a complete old banger that breaks down the minute you pull out of your driveway, it’s unlikely that you will need to make this many callouts in one year.
  • One important thing to note here is that many other companies that offer breakdown cover will charge you in addition to the premium you pay for any parts or labour that is required if you need roadside assistance. With the RAC you only pay for the part itself, the mechanics time is part of your breakdown cover.
  • When it comes to paying for your breakdown cover, you will be able to pay either monthly or annually. This is a great idea for those of you that would rather just get the whole thing paid for in one go and not have to worry about it again until it’s time for you to renew your breakdown cover.

Other Options the RAC offer with Breakdown Cover

Again, I cannot stress enough that you can get breakdown cover from the RAC for as little as £29.99 per month at the moment….get in their fast; this offer will not be there forever!

  • Nationwide Recovery – This means that no matter where you are in the UK, the RAC will transport your car to your home or another address. This can include you as the driver and up to 7 people travelling with you (for those of you that own 2 seat sports cars or minis, this will not be a problem you are likely to encounter). If you happen to get ill when you are travelling and can no longer drive your car and do not have any passengers that can take over then the RAC will come and rescue you.
  • From Home – With the standard breakdown cover from the RAC you will not be covered for any issues that arise within a quarter of a mile from your home address, you can opt to take out breakdown cover with them which will cover this. So, if you get up one morning and your car won’t start or it just gives up on you as you pull out on to the main road, the RAC will send a mechanic to help you out.
  • Onward Travel – This is also an optional extra and this will come into play when your car or motorbike cannot be repaired on the roadside. You can get a courtesy vehicle for up to 3 days whilst you own vehicle is being repaired…age limits apply here so make sure you check this out first. If you need to use public transport and incur a cost because of this the RAC will reimburse you up to £150 or £500 if you are a group of people travelling. Bear in mind that this breakdown cover extra does also include air travel. If you need to stay overnight in a bed and breakfast, you will also be reimbursed for the cost, the same amount applies as for public transport costs. If you happen to have a caravan or trailer, the RAC will take this for you, however, be aware that you will need to meet any extra costs for this yourself.

One of the most common problems that occur with cars on the road is that darn battery failing! I myself have been in this situation a couple of times and I’ll be honest with you it’s a right pain in the proverbial! As with other major breakdown cover companies you can become a member with the RAC. If you are a member and your battery does conk out on you the RAC will send a mechanic to replace it for you. All you have to pay for is the battery itself, everything else is covered with your breakdown cover membership.

So, you have had a new battery fitted under the breakdown cover that you have with the RAC, what about the warranty? Well, this is easy, depending on the type of battery you have had replaced the RAC will guarantee it for up to 5 years. There are conditions when it comes to the replacements of batteries simply because it is such a common problem, so make sure you check that this type of breakdown cover is just what you need. One thing to note is that you do not have to be out on the road when your battery fails, if you are at home and find that you need a replacement; the RAC will arrange a time to come out and replace it for you. Once again, be aware that this will only apply if you are a member of the RAC.

Some of you may be people that often travel in your vehicles in Europe; you have not been overlooked when it comes to RAC breakdown cover. There are polices for you too and these cover over 47 different countries throughout Europe. There are 2 types of breakdown cover that you can go for when travelling in Europe – Single Trip or Comprehensive. The benefits you can expect to receive are as follows:

  • Have your car fixed at the roadside or towed to a garage (if on a single trip breakdown cover policy this will only last for 5 days).
  • English speaking mechanics – great idea the RAC – trying to get across to a French speaking mechanic that your battery has died could be a tad difficult if you don’t speak the language.
  • If you are on a single trip breakdown cover policy, you will receive assistance in making it back the UK – again conditions to apply here so ensure that you check them out.
  • If you take out the comprehensive breakdown cover you will receive everything as mentioned above and….
  • Emergency repairs up to the value of £150.
  • If you become ill and cannot drive and do not have a passenger that can take over for you the RAC will provide a driver for you.
  • Help with costs should you need to stay overnight somewhere or need to get back to the UK.

Remember; don’t forget about that spring deal, its well worth taking advantage of!

 

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Women’s Car Insurance Review

Women’s car insurance, how long has it taken for insurance companies to realise just what safe drivers we are? I’ll bet you any money that whoever came up with these types of car insurance policies was a woman! Some of the biggest car insurance companies have, at last, started to reward women for the fact that they rank lower in the risk stakes when it comes to being on the road. For a start, we girls do not allow our heads to be turned by all of those extras that you can add to your car in order for it to become sportier. This (if you didn’t already know) actually raises the cost of insurance on your car.

The reason behind this is that the faster your car is the more at risk you are of having an accident. Plus, women tend not to speed as much as men do, we mostly use our vehicles for commuting to and from work or completing the daily school run. This means that as a whole, women have to be more responsible when they are on the road because they are more likely to be carrying young passengers or delicate loads like the weekly shopping.

Here are some statistics for you:

  • In the UK alone driving offences are committed by over 90% of men
  • When it comes to dangerous driving the statistics show that over 95% of this sort of offence is caused by men.

Any person that is involved in marketing within a car insurance company cannot ignore these statistics, they speak for themselves!

How to go About Finding the Right Women’s Car Insurance Policy

One way in which you can find a car insurance policy to suit you if you are a woman is to research on the internet; there are plenty of price comparison websites that you can use to find companies that specialise in women’s car insurance policies. Be aware, however, that not all reputable insurance firms subscribe to price comparison websites. My advice here is to start there, gather some quotes and then go to other car insurance companies to see if they can match the prices you have found.

The other thing you can do is ask around, word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool…if you happen to work for or own a car insurance company and are reading this article, please take note….we do talk about you!

Make sure that before you decide on a car insurance policy that is geared towards women that you understand fully what is covered when it comes to you and your vehicle; many people (not just women) get themselves into sticky financial situations because they have not understood EXACTLY what their car insurance policy covers.

Some of the Best Women’s Car Insurance Companies

AA – This Company has been around for many years and his here to stay. They are practically a household name in the UK and offer some great deals on women’s car insurance policies. The one thing they are great at recognising is that as a woman, if you are driving alone and happen to breakdown or are involved in an accident, you are more at risk of becoming a victim of additional crime then men are. They pledge to attend to your needs within 30 minutes of you calling them and this can come as standard with their fully comprehensive car insurance policies. I have chosen this company as top of the list because I honestly cannot find a bad word to say about them. The discounts they offer for women’s car insurance policies are some of the best on the market and if you go to them with a price you have already been quoted, they will more than likely match or even beat that price.

Sheila’s Wheels – What a fantastic company name, as a woman I would be interested in researching their car insurance policies just because of that. I guess that’s why they came up with the name….very clever, whoever thought of it. One of the best things that this company offers with its comprehensive car insurance policies is handbag cover for up to £300; for any men reading this, you may think “what a load of old rubbish”, well let me tell you, handbags are incredibly important to us ladies and we guard them with our lives. It’s not just about having your favourite lipstick to hand, we keep our keys, credit cards and money within our handbags so having a car insurance policy that covers this is a real bonus.

Another great idea that Sheila’s wheels has come up with is that they will offer you counselling with you car insurance policy, this is available to you 24 hours a day, every day. I only wish that I had come across this company sooner, some years back I was involved in a car accident and had I had counselling available to me under my insurance policy I would definitely have taken advantage of it. Of course no claims discount is important to us as well and this company offer up 75% with their women’s car insurance policies.

Women on Wheels – Yet another great company name, if you are looking for a car insurance policy tailored for women; there will be no confusion about what this company does. These guys are part of the Endsleigh Insurance Group and if you go to their website all you need to do is click on the “get a quote button” and they will find a policy that suits your own needs. This is great, because everyone is different and we ladies require different types of cover than men. They do also have the following that comes as standard with their comprehensive women’s car insurance policies:

  • Up to 76% no claims discount.
  • All repairs that are carried out on your car are guaranteed for 5 years.
  • If you use one of their preferred garages for servicing or MOT you can save between 10 & 20%.
  • If your car needs to go in for repairs, you get a courtesy car as standard.

Bear in mind that the above are just a few examples of what you can expect to get from your car insurance policy and do also remember that if you have a special requirement, they will do their best to help you.

These are just a chosen few of the car insurance companies that specialise in women’s car insurance policies. A lot of the well known larger companies also now offer car insurance policies for women however; you might well be better off sticking with those that make it their business to insure women. If you have a partner or husband, don’t worry, you can get multi-car insurance policies that will allow you to add your spouse or house mate as well. This will not affect the savings that you can make with your own car insurance policy.

In Conclusion

At last, the UK car insurance market has recognised that us girls are a safer bet when it comes to car insurance and not only that, they are now thinking about the sort of needs that a woman has when it comes to insurance on her car. It doesn’t matter which way you dress it up, it’s a dangerous world out there and women need specialist protection when they are on the road; especially when they are driving alone. There are hundreds of car insurance policies tailored towards women with this in mind.

If you are a woman and you are on the market for a car insurance policy, check out the companies mentioned in this article, they have really thought about what women’s car insurance policies should include and not only that, they offer great savings because we, as women, are less likely to make a claim. Car insurance companies now know that as women, we drive more safely and take better care of our vehicles than men do.

With some women’s car insurance companies, you will even be able to gain advice on how to make sure that your car is safe to drive; one of the things that men do come out top on is having the knowledge about tyre pressure, oil levels and so on. When you choose a car insurance policy tailored towards women, you will find that on the whole, most of the companies that offer women’s car insurance policies will advise you on these little issues. After all, it’s in their interest to ensure that you don’t experience a tyre blowing out on the motorway or your engine conking out because you have run out oil.

The message here is that whether you’re a young woman that has recently passed her driving test or a woman that has been driving for some time; you can now at last, find women’s car insurance policies that will protect you properly. You can now find a car insurance policy that is just for you!

 

Pet Insurance Review

If you have pets then this article is going to be especially useful to you. I happen to have 2 cats that have been a part of my life since they were 4 weeks old and they are now 17 going on 18 years old. Anyone who has pets that are lucky enough for them to reach their twilight years will know how expensive it can be to keep them fit and healthy. I only wish that I had taken out pet insurance at an earlier stage. Let me give you an example of my monthly outgoings based on what my 2 wonderful girls need in order for them to still be happy in life.

They both now have kidney problems, this is very common in both cats and dogs, it costs me just over £20 every 28 days to buy the kidney pills that they require so that they are not constantly vomiting everywhere (more on that in a minute). They also need a special diet of food that helps keep their kidneys functioning, this costs £15 per 1.5 Kilo a bag and as there are 2 of them I can get through 2 bags each month. On top of this I spend £7.50 for a tube of something called “engergel”, this ensures that their livers are in tip top condition (both have had problems in this area). If you add to this the cost of the amount of kitchen roll and anti-bacterial cleanser I can get through in a month due to the vomiting (especially in the summer months), it all starts to add up.

This is where pet insurance comes in, if you add up what I have already spoken about, we are talking almost £60 per month just on food and prescription items that both of my cats need so that they have quality of life. This doesn’t include the odd visit to the vet for a blood test to make sure that they are healthy or the odd overnights stay when they get really ill. This can cost in excess of £80 each time! I dare not even tell you how much this adds up to over a 12 month period.

Now you have some background information on how much pets can cost you as they get older. If you have pets, don’t do what I did (incidentally pet insurance wasn’t really around when I first got my cats), if it was then it was really expensive to get. Start early and get yourself some pet insurance. Many companies that deal in all types of insurance have now realised that they can also help when it comes to your pets. I know at the beginning of this article I explained the cost implications when it comes to your pets being older, however, they cost you money all through their lives. When they are young, they need to be vaccinated and neutered (if you are a responsible parent of course)!

One company that appears to have been a pioneer in the area of pet insurance is More Than, anyone who has not seen the ad with the Morgan Freeman voice over must not have a television, their pet insurance policies, in my opinion are 2nd to none. Here are some of the benefits you will receive with a pet insurance policy with More Than:

  • They will beat any quote that you receive when it comes to the time when you need to renew your pet insurance policy.
  • You can have a policy that will cost you as little as £7.00 per month.
  • The pet insurance that you receive covers all vet bills up to £7,000.
  • It will not matter how old you dog or cat is, you can start to insure them from the minute they are 8 weeks old until (God forbid) they die.
  • You will receive a 24 hour 7 day a week vet hotline service, so if you are worried there will be someone on the end of the phone to help, not matter what time of day it is.
  • You can also receive up to £600 towards advertising costs should your pet go missing, this can be a harrowing time for anyone that has a pet and knowing that you have this to fall back on with your pet insurance policy is a real bonus.
  • If you want to take your pet abroad, be aware that not many companies offer insurance for this, More Than do. Funnily enough they cover both cats and dogs for this. Your pet will be insured just like a human being so if he or she should need medical treatment whilst you are on holiday, you will not be hit with a massive bill.

The reason that I have mentioned the benefits that you will receive with a More Than pet insurance policy is that cheapest is not always best. We in the UK are well known for our love of animals and we tend to go that extra mile when taking care of our pets. Make sure that when you are looking for a pet insurance policy that you check exactly what you will receive for the money you are spending. The last thing you need is to book your pet in for an expensive operation only to find that your pet insurance policy will not cover you for it.

One of the pitfalls that you can come up against is that should your pet be diagnosed with an ongoing health issue such as cancer or kidney and liver problems, many pet insurance policies will only cover the treatment they require for the first 12 months. This can be a huge problem to you; many dogs and cats can live for a long time with an ongoing health issue with the right treatment. If your pet does have an ongoing health issue and it is diagnosed early on in life you will more than likely need to be covered for a number of years….make sure that you check this out before signing on the dotted line!

I have only mentioned More Than as a pet insurance option in this article; however, there are many large insurance companies out there that offer great pet insurance policies. I have used More Than purely as an example so that you can get an idea of what sort of cover is available for your pet. Do bear in mind however that this company will only cover cats or dogs.

If you happen to have an exotic pet such as a reptile, spider or any other animal that falls into this bracket, do not despair, there are pet insurance policies out there for you too. Many companies will take on an exotic pet and the type of cover you will receive is much the same as that for a cat or dog. Except for the fact that should you wish to take you exotic pet on holiday with you, I doubt you would find any company that would cover this…..be sensible, ask a friend to look after he or she for you instead!

Whatever type of pet you may have you’ll find a pet insurance policy to suit you. If you are someone who truly loves animals and likes to help out with donations to charity from time to time, why not check out the pet insurance policies that the RSPCA have to offer. When you take out a pet insurance policy with them, part of your premium will go towards helping the charity, a bit like killing 2 birds with 1 stone (sorry for the pun, no offense intended). Some of the benefits you will get with a pet insurance policy from the RSPCA other than helping the charity of course are as follows:

  • All of your vet fees will be covered.
  • Help with finding pets that are lost or stolen.
  • Help with accommodation costs should you, as the owner become ill and are not able to take care of your pet.

In Conclusion

Did you know that in the UK pet insurance is now more important to us than our own health insurance; research which has recently been undertaken has shown that up to 45% of pet owners will take out a pet insurance policy instead of a policy that will protect themselves from any health issues? We, in the UK are so besotted with our animals that we will give up on luxuries such as holidays, gym memberships and even alcohol and cigarettes in order to make those monthly payments on our pet insurance policies. I happen to the think that the latter of these will actually help to ensure that we as humans won’t actually need a health insurance policy for ourselves.

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, I didn’t take out pet insurance until my 2 girls where much older. Don’t make the same mistake as me; take a look at pet insurance today.

NatWest Car Insurance Review

If you are looking for car insurance and happen to bank with NatWest, you’re in luck. Many banks have recognised that they can offer other services than just keeping you money safe and, in today’s economic climate they have had to look for other ways in which they can make a bit of cash for themselves. NatWest is now possibly one of the oldest banks in the UK and the fact that they have managed to pretty much stay out of the news when the media decide to start to pick on the banking world is testament to the fact that they know what they’re doing.
You may, at this point be thinking that “putting all of your eggs in one basket” is not such a good thing at the moment, however, if you are currently a customer with NatWest then it’s worth looking at the benefits they can offer you with car insurance. After all, a bank account and a car insurance policy is hardly keeping everything in one place now is it? By the way, if you’re not currently a customer with NatWest you’re not excluded, you can take out a car insurance policy with them and reap the benefits because you are a new customer. The aim of the game for this bank is to have as many customers as possible in order for them to be able to continue to give the excellent service they have been offering for many years now.
So, what do you get with a NatWest car insurance policy; the answer? Plenty, in fact more than enough to ensure that you will be well looked after if you run into any trouble when you are on the road and, at competitive prices too. Here are some of the benefits you can expect to receive when you take out a car insurance policy with NatWest:
• Recovery for uninsured drivers – This is a massive problem in the UK, largely due to the fact that there are many people that use the roads but don’t understand that they need to be insured as a legal requirement. That said there are also plenty of undesirables that think that they can just get away without paying for insurance.

 

Companies such as NatWest have recognised that this is an issue and now offer, as standard, protection from these people. If you are hit or are in an accident with someone who is not insured, a NatWest car insurance policy will make sure that you do not lose your no claims discount. It doesn’t stop there; they will also make sure that you are covered for up to £100,000 should you need to make a claim for personal injury (that’s an article for another day)! Do bear in mind however; that you need to be under a fully comprehensive insurance policy and that the accident is not your fault. After all, how could NatWest make any money from their car insurance policies if everyone goes on the rampage and decides to seek out those that are not insured and start to ram them off the road!
• You and your partner or spouse can expect to receive up to £5,000 of personal cover if you are involved in a traffic accident. This is an amount that will cover pretty much most expenses when or if you have an accident and the fact that your partner is covered is an added bonus. For all those ladies out there that have “boy racers” in their lives; this part of the NatWest car insurance policy should make you feel a bit better about life when they zip out of the driveway in the mornings.
• If your car needs to go in for repairs due to and accident then if you use a repairer that has been approved by NatWest, you will receive a replacement vehicle for the duration of the repairs; not only that but you can expect to have your car collected from where ever it landed up and delivered back to your home address. Plus, those dear old mechanics will clean your car inside and out for you….no oily finger prints or stains on the carpets when you get your car back!
• If your windscreen or any of the windows on your car need replacing, this will be covered by a NatWest car insurance policy. However, this is only available if you have a fully comprehensive policy and you will still be liable for the excess.
• For those of you out there that like to drive so that you can blast out the latest tunes through your audio equipment and give the odd pensioner a near heart attack you will get cover for your audio equipment of up to £1,000 with a NatWest car insurance policy.
• If you need assistance at the roadside, NatWest can help with the car insurance policy that they offer. This part of their policy is completely optional and you will be looked after by Green Flag. Not only that, you’ll receive “mates rates” when it comes to using them.
• Should you need to make a claim then your NatWest car insurance policy will give you the ability to do this 365 days per year 24 hours per day.

 

So, if you happen to be in an accident on New Years Eve, you will still be able to start your claim with one simple phone call to their helpline.
For those of you that Already Bank with the NatWest
The information I have provided so far in this article has been for everyone, whether you bank with NatWest or not. However, if you’re already a customer then there are some extra benefits available if you take out a car insurance policy with them. Nothing like making you feel a bit special now is there? Listed below are some of the benefits that NatWest offers its existing customers:
• Currently, if you go to NatWest’s official website and apply online for a car insurance policy, you will receive a discount of 15% on your 1st year. Do be aware though that you have to enter a promotional code which the IT guys at NatWest have kindly put in bold on the website so that you don’t miss it.
• If you’re currently a customer with NatWest, you will know that they have different types of bank accounts; these are Silver, gold and black advantage accounts or, advantage private accounts. If you are lucky enough to be one those people that have this type of account then you can get an additional 10% off the 1st year when you take out a car insurance policy; this means that you can make a saving of up to 25%. Not many other car insurance companies can boast this and I’ll bet you would be hard pressed to find another bank that can!
• Perhaps you have home insurance with NatWest; you guys have not been left out either. If you take out a car insurance policy with them, they will give you a 10% discount on your 1st year.
• When it comes to no claims discounts you can expect to get up to 65% and if your are over the age of 50 this will rise to 70%….simply because those of you that are older are considered to be safer drivers.
These are just some of the benefits that you can expect to achieve when you take out a NatWest car insurance policy. If you thought that banks were not the way to go when taking out a car insurance policy then think again. NatWest have been offering these sorts of policies for sometime now and I don’t know of anyone that is not happy when it comes to the service that they offer. Ok, so if you have a bank account or home insurance policy then the benefits you receive out way those than if you don’t but that’s only fair isn’t it? At the end of the day, if you are current NatWest customer you wouldn’t be too happy if “newbie’s” where receiving the same sort of attention as you.
NatWest have also made it very easy for anyone to apply for a car insurance policy, you can get a quote online from their official website, or you can find them on many price comparison websites. If you prefer the personal touch then why not go to your local branch. For those of you that have little spare time to visit a branch then you can call them up; you will find their staff friendly and knowledgeable.
NatWest are not just helpful when it comes to banking, they are also helpful when it comes to a new car insurance policy. Why not give them a call today and see if they can beat your latest renewal quote? Whether you are a new customer or an existing customer NatWest will do what they can to make sure you get the right policy.

Car Insurance In The UK Review

This article has been written in order to help those of you that are currently looking for car insurance in the UK or already have car insurance in the UK. Unbeknown to a lot of us, you may think that you are insured and are happily driving around safe in the knowledge that should you, God forbid, be in an accident that you will not have to worry about your insurance company paying out. There are actually a few points that I have decided to clarify within this article so that you are aware of what can happen if you do not ensure that your car insurance actually covers what you need.

Understand the Insurance Bands for Car Insurance in the UK

These can be pretty confusing, so in this section, I intend to explain them to you. There are 20 different bands for car insurance in the UK. No: 1 is considered to be those insured are at the lowest risk for any insurance company taking the driver on. No: 20 is considered to be the highest risk for insurance companies. Depending on which band you fall into will depend on how much your insurance will cost you.

Such factors as the size of the engine on your vehicle, what the top speed is and….this will surprise some of you, even the weight and how much the parts cost on your car will also be factors that are taken into consideration when deciding on which band your car will fall into. For further information on which type of band your car will fall into, you need only enter the phrase “which UK car insurance band will my vehicle fall into in the UK” into your chosen search engine. There are plenty of websites that have been set up in order for you to find this out. It is important that you do know which band your vehicle falls into prior to hunting down any type of car insurance in the UK; this will eliminate any nasty surprises when you start to collect quotes from insurance companies.

Types of Car Insurance in the UK that are Available

There are 3 types of car insurance in the UK and these are listed below:

Third Party – This is one of the oldest types of policy that you can choose and these days, not many people decide on this as it really doesn’t cover a lot of insurance needs for modern drivers today. It is very basic and will not cover you for most of the problems that can occur on the roads today.

Third Party Fire and Theft – This type of policy does what the title suggests, you will get the most basic of form of insurance cover, and your vehicle will also be covered for theft and fire.

Fully Comprehensive – This sort of policy is one of the most popular available in the UK market today and although it costs more, you will find that you are covered for pretty much any type of accident that may occur, whether it be a small scratch or an accident that means that your vehicle is a write off.

How to Decide on the Right Insurance Company for You

When looking for car insurance in the UK, it can be a real mine field; insurance is big business these days for all forms of life, cars are no exception. One of the biggest problems the UK has at the moment is the amount of people that have arrived into the country from around the world and do not get their vehicles insured because they do not understand how the system works. Many insurance companies have taken this on board and now offer policies that will protect you from these sorts of drivers. One way you can find the right car insurance company for you, is to go to a price comparison website on the internet. These sorts of companies are relatively new to the UK market; however, they have taken the insurance arena by storm. Whilst people are hugely conscious of ensuring that their vehicles are properly covered, they also want to save money as well.

These types of websites will allow you to enter all of the details of your car and will then give you results of the best insurance companies that can help. Do bear in mind however, that this is in no way a way of making sure that the company you are presented with is reputable and knows what they are doing. There are many car insurance companies that have decided to move away from the whole price comparison website arena and advertise this fact with pride. My advice when you are looking for car insurance in the UK is to do your home work. Make sure that you know which band your vehicle falls into by using the advice given at the beginning of this article. Take some time to really research the right insurance company; this may take you some time however, could save you a lot of money in the future.

Young Drivers and Car Insurance in the UK

This has become an inherent problem for car insurance companies in the UK, especially when it comes to young male drivers. This band of car owners are constantly bombarded with adverts on how they can make their cars go faster, add spoilers, bore out the engines, the list goes on. As a result, car insurance in the UK has become pretty pricey for those of you that are in your late teens or mid to late 20’s. The advice here is that you should do your best to ensure that you do not do anything to your car that is likely to cause the price of your policy to go up. It is easy to have you head turned by those fancy spoilers or engines that growl as they go speeding past however, this does meant that you will be considered a greater risk when taking out car insurance in the UK.

A Little Bit of History about Car Insurance in the UK

Car insurance in the UK was first introduced in the early 1930’s. This came about when the Government realised that the use of cars was becoming increasingly more popular and saw a way of making extra money in order to keeps roads looking their best and to also ensure that they were safe to use. As previously mentioned, this is when the third party insurance policy was introduced. Later in the mid 1980’s The Road Traffic Act was born and this when car insurance in the UK became more complicated and the policies that were available became more comprehensive.

In Conclusion

Do remember that car insurance in the UK is a LEGAL requirement and should you be stopped by the police and they find that you have no insurance you WILL be prosecuted to the letter of the law. Do also remember that car insurance in the UK is there for a reason, to keep you safe! Of course, car insurance will not stop accidents from happening, however, it you do happen to be in an accident that means you need hospital treatment; the last thing you need to be worrying about is how you are going to pay to have your car repaired or replaced.

Once you have found out which band your car falls into, done your research on the best car insurance company for you and actually signed up to a policy you will be given something called a “cover note”. This is one of the most important pieces of paper relating to car insurance in the UK and should be kept to hand within your vehicle at all times. It’s also worth having a copy of it in your home, just in case your car goes missing. When or if you are stopped by police in the UK, you will be asked for your cover note as a matter of normal police practice; the cover note is just as important as your driving licence.

Above all, I hope this article has been of use to you and that you are now feeling a better about how to obtain car insurance in the UK. The aim is for you to enjoy your driving experience when using the roads in the UK and to ensure that you have the right insurance policy for you. It doesn’t have to be hard work and it doesn’t have to cost you and inordinate amount of money…there are plenty of reputable companies out there that have great policies at reasonable prices. Just make sure that you dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s before you sign anything. The last thing you need is to find out at a later date that the car insurance policy you have taken out does not cover everything you need when driving in the UK.

All that’s left to be said is happy and safe driving!

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