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£1.5 billion lost as insurance hikes are accepted

£1.5 billion lost as insurance hikes are accepted

Category: Insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 21/12/2010

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Britons are letting £1.5 million slip through their fingers every year because of their refusal to drive a hard bargain over insurance premiums.

Car and home insurance customers are willing to swallow over £1.5 billion a year in premium increases before they shop around to find a better deal, according to Virgin Money.

Despite consumers consistently being advised to shop around for a better deal than they already have, the average insurance customer will accept an 8.13% across the board rise in their annual motor, home contents and buildings premium before they decide to switch to a more competitive deal.

Figures also show that a massive 45% of insurance customers never look elsewhere for a new deal.

By comparison, of the 55% that do consider shopping around for a new insurance deal to be important, the average person spends almost five and a half hours doing so.

The average motor insurance rise a customer will accept is 7.4%, while it would take a 8.6% hike in contents insurance and a 8.4% increase in buildings cover to prompt a policy holder to take their business elsewhere.

With the average comprehensive car insurance costing close to £800, if all of the UK car policyholders that shop around moved from their current policy before that 7.4% trigger, over £1.4 billion a year could be saved on car insurance renewals alone.

With home contents insurance costing an average of £73 and buildings insurance costing around £133, triggers of over 8% on home contents and buildings insurance could potentially lead to savings of over £103 million each year.

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