Insurance And Minor Mods
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:27 AM
perhaps i was being paranoid but for my own peace of mind i just phoned them up to ask about mods i have planned namely mud flaps, sill plates and car mats (I know I would never have dreamt car mats counting as a mod but these rumours are all over other forums so thought I'd check).
Anyway, car mats are fine, mud flaps/sill plates count as an exterior mod but it only cost an additional £16.20. Ok I know thats a bit of a rip off really but I think for peace of mind its worth it, knowing you are completely covered. Just thought I'd post this up for 2 reasons: 1, incase anyone has fitted mud flaps and was worried telling their insurer incase they charge you something ridiculous and 2, for anyone (like me) who didnt realise these counted as mods. btw all these parts I have to fit are genuine ford)
I'd imagine the vast majority of insurers wouldn't care too much about these kind of things but admiral will charge for any little thing! I cant complain though as they usually are quite a bit cheaper than anyone else!
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:22 PM
They charged me about £25 to fit a mk2.5 spoiler to my mk2... it's almost identical apart from a slight aesthetic change, its a standard Ford part, and I'd say 99% of people wouldn't know that it wasn't factory fitted.
They charged me about the same to fit rear parking sensors - which are a safety feature which decrease my liability to them, surely?
And they charged me about the same again to fit DRLs - again, a safety feature which reduces my liability to them.
Come renewal time I'll be demanding a refund of those charges or I'll be going elsewhere.
"admin fee" culture HAS to end.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:43 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:37 PM
Personally I think every customer should receive a precise mathematical derivation of their premium based on their risk assessment based on statistical evidence.
Then we can see how much of our premium is justified, how much is nonsense fees and random number generation, and how much is just pure profit.
I'm sure we'd all be shocked.
My insurance quotes went up a few hundred pounds because I spent some time on a price comparison website trying all sorts of different combinations of answers to the questions, just to see what might my premium might be if I wait a few months to renew (i.e. waiting until after my birthday), that kind of thing. And they said that because I was putting in so many different and varied answers to the questions, they assumed I was intending to misrepresent myself (lie about my age, or something stupid like that) in order to get the lowest premiums...
So from that point onwards I've just been using fake e-mail addresses to do my twiddling.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:01 PM
There are web sites that give you legal alternatives and how much you'll save on average if you use these alternatives.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:34 PM
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