After 93 Years it’s Bye-Bye to the Paper Tax Disc

October 17th, 2014

taxOn 1st October the country finally waved goodbye to the paper tax disc which first appeared on windscreens way back in 1921. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) decided it was the end of the road for the paper disc and estimates that the new ‘digital tax disc’ could save the taxpayer £10 million a year in administration costs. Read the rest of this entry »

In the News: Home & Contents Insurance Special

October 14th, 2014

House Icons Shows Selling Real EstateTech Savvy Teens

In the not too distant past the most expensive thing you could find in a school satchel was a simple Casio calculator the size of a house brick. However, today’s teens are turning-up at the school gates with electronic gadgets that add up to an average of £130. Research by a leading insurance price comparison site has found that nearly 50% of schoolchildren take a mobile phone to school (often hand me downs from older siblings and parents) and 8% regularly take tablets to work on. Read the rest of this entry »

No Claims Bonuses & Discounts Explained

October 9th, 2014

no claims discountEvery motorist knows that No Claims Discounts can seriously reduce the cost of their car insurance, but not many motorists know how they actually ‘work’. We lift the bonnet on No Claims Discounts and take a detailed look at everything from what they are worth to whether they are worth protecting. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Letting a Spare Room could Invalidate your Home Insurance

October 1st, 2014

room rentWith house prices rising and the mortgage market cooling; first-time buyers are having a tough time getting a foot on the property ladder. As a result the rental sector is booming and more and more people are letting out spare rooms. As a homeowner it’s a great way to earn some extra income, but be warned: you could unwittingly invalidate your home insurance. Read the rest of this entry »

Beating the Car Insurance Cheats

September 26th, 2014

fraud-clipart-k4767968The subject of car insurance fraud is never far from the headlines in the British media and if you look at the latest statistics you’ll understand exactly why. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) reports there are nearly 500 fraudulent claims made each day and it’s the law-abiding motorists who are left to pick up the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

The dos and don’ts of finding a reliable tradesman

September 25th, 2014

plumber with monkey wrenchFinding a trusted local tradesman is easier said than done; so how can you tell the cowboys from the craftsmen and make sure that you don’t invite a rogue trader into your home? Read the rest of this entry »

Who are the worst drivers on the country’s roads?

September 23rd, 2014

ambulanceDoctors are known for having big brains and steady hands; so it’s surprising to find that they are responsible for more car accidents than any other profession. A recent report has found that surgeons and GPs are the most accident prone drivers and that they are nearly 100 times more likely to cause an ‘at fault’ accident than building society clerks. Read the rest of this entry »

Interesting Insurance Stories Hitting the Headlines

September 15th, 2014

news round up septDespite the fact the summer is the slowest season for news we’ve got some great stories; from the dangers of driving when pregnant to the dangers of telling little white lies.

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Why Switching Home Insurance Has Never Been Easier

September 11th, 2014

House Symbol Computer Key In Blue Showing Real Estate Or RentalsAt Quoteline Direct we have long bemoaned the fact that some mortgage lenders charge their customers to switch home insurance providers. Surely anyone who’s been given a mortgage has already been judged financially responsible by their bank or building society; so why can’t they choose their own home insurance provider without being penalised? Read the rest of this entry »

What is the EHIC and why do I still need Travel Insurance?

September 5th, 2014

EHICThe European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows UK residents to access free or reduced medical care in European Economic Area countries. Terms vary from country to country, but most provide treatment for chronic medical conditions, accidents and illness. Read the rest of this entry »