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Motorists warned over ‘scorpion’ car insurance

Motorists warned over ‘scorpion’ car insurance

Category: Car insurance

Updated: 27/11/2017
First Published: 07/02/2011

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Motorists who intend to cut back on car insurance in 2011 have been warned not to get stung by 'scorpion' insurers.

Recent research revealed that one in ten motorists plan to cut back on their car insurance cover this year in an attempt to save money.

Car owners said they were ready to remove legal protection or courtesy cars from their policy and increase their voluntary excess in order to cut costs.

However, Your Cover, the insurer behind the research, points out that in many cases, additional extras such as legal protection, are automatically included in insurance packages, so customers have no choice as to whether they want to pay for them or not.

Instead, the insurer suggests that motorists might be able to keep the same level of cover and still save money if they shop around for their car insurance.

But while pointing out that some insurers are willing to be flexible with their car insurance cover, motorists are also warned to take great care over the choices they make.

"We would advise motorists to think carefully about the kind of car insurance policy they want in terms of cover and to avoid insuring themselves with a 'scorpion' insurer, where there could be a 'sting in the tail'," said Andy James, the insurer's head of direct customer marketing.

"For example, a policy may seem cheap, but there is a wide variation in the level of charges imposed by insurers for things like mid-term adjustments, cancellation fees and paying by direct debit.

"These can all make a policy much more expensive in the long-run."

Mr James went on to point out that more than half of the people surveyed said that shopping around online had made it easier to find cheaper car insurance.

"Motor insurance is one area where it is possible to save money and there is a lot of choice out there," he added.

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