Monthly news round-up: insurance stories hitting the headlines

July 6th, 2017

Truly bizarre insurance claims

It’s the start of the silly season when news slows down and journalists have to dig deep to generate newsworthy headlines. A favourite of this time of year is the annual round-up of ‘bizarre insurance claims’ and one leading provider has come up trumps. Among the more peculiar claims include damage caused by a hungry badger who decided to dine out on a swimming pool liner and shot wiring when a scuba diver accidentally fired a harpoon through his bedroom wall. Read the rest of this entry »

Driving Safely with Sat Navs

July 3rd, 2017

Satellite navigation has changed the way we drive, and mostly for the better, but sat navs do come with a word of warning. On the upside: you’re much less likely to get lost on a backroad or stuck in a traffic jam. On the downside: they can be a dangerous distraction, and when things go wrong; they can go spectacularly wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Tips for a Budget Break

June 30th, 2017

Rising inflation and falling sterling are putting the squeeze on holiday spending; so we decided to take a look at ten ways to make your holiday money go further: Read the rest of this entry »

Car Insurance and Driving Tests in the Driverless Future

June 26th, 2017

The boss of one of the world’s biggest insurance companies has been gazing into his crystal ball and made the headline-grabbing prediction that babies born today may never learn to drive. We decided to peek into the driverless future to see whether it’s fact or fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

10 tips to finding the perfect travel insurance policy

June 21st, 2017

Recently kiosks selling travel insurance have started springing-up in airports, which might seem like a smart solution for anyone who has forgotten to get cover. However, as every holidaymaker knows nothing is cheap in airports (from snacks to currency) and travel insurance is no exception. In fact, one leading insurer found that insurance at airports can cost four times as much as online, they also found that you’ll pay a premium for cover bought from a travel agent or airline. The solution’s simple: plan ahead and take the following tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

June 16th, 2017

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for motorists and it’s difficult to think of a worse way to end a holiday than broken-down on the hard shoulder. Take our practical tips to make sure that your car is ready for the summer slog: Read the rest of this entry »

How to haggle for a car: 26 tricks of the trade

June 15th, 2017

Selling cars isn’t easy and successful salesman are at the top of their game. Don’t be fooled by a friendly face and a firm handshake; remember that you’re dealing with professionals, and you’ll need to work hard to get the best price. Take the hassle out of haggling with the following tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance tax hike hits millions of policyholders

June 9th, 2017

Millions of homeowners and businesses have been hammered by another tax hike as Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) climbs to 12%. The changes came into effect at the beginning of June and mean that the tax charged on most insurance products has doubled from 6% in 2015 and is now estimated to net the treasury £7billion a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Common used car scams and how to avoid them

June 7th, 2017

Buying or selling a second-hand car can be complicated, and with scammers waiting to take advantage of trusting motorists, buyers really do need to beware. We look at some of the most common second-hand car scams, how to spot them and how to make sure you don’t become a victim: Read the rest of this entry »

News Round-up: 30 Days of Insurance Headlines

June 1st, 2017

Younger holidaymakers most likely to travel without insurance

As the holiday season warms up millennials are being urged to take out travel insurance before jetting off. A survey by the Association of British Travel Agents has revealed that 40% of holidaymakers aged 18-24 (and 38% of those aged 25-34) set off overseas without travel insurance mostly because they ‘don’t think they need it’ or are ‘willing to take the risk’. Read the rest of this entry »