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Motor Trade Insurance News

How does an insurance claim affect my No Claims Bonus?

The no claims bonus can be one of the most controversial areas of your private or motor trade insurance policy. On the face of it, the idea is simple. Car and van drivers who avoid accidents, and thus do not make insurance claims, are rewarded by a lower premium. Even after a one year without a claim significant savings begin to be made, but after this, the benefits can really rack up. It is not surprising that vehicle owners with a long history of claim free driving are very protective of their record. more info…

Do I lose my no claims if i have had a traders policy?

The way no claims bonuses work in the motor trade, and whether they can be transferred between insurers, is fairly straightforward, with a few caveats. Many insurers will actively allow traders to move no claims bonuses from one policy to another, but it’s always worth checking the small print, and, if you’re in any doubt, ask. Some insurers also allow traders to use bonuses accrued in trade policies on their own private car or van insurance – and vice versa – but again this varies from company to company.
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Does motor trade insurance cover windscreens?

It is worth checking the terms of your insurance policy. Some do not cover windscreen damage, others may offer compensation if the work is carried out by an approved company, while others allow owners to make their own arrangements and recompense them afterwards.
If the motor trade policy doesn’t have the windscreen extension this doesn’t mean you can’t claim for the windscreen to be repaired or replaced but will find they are subject to the standard policy excess.
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Failing to remove a vehicle from the motor insurance database

The motor insurance database (MID) is a national UK register of insured motor vehicles, the database is used by bodies such as the police to monitor the status of a vehicles insurance status. Failure to keep a vehicles information accurate can lead to severe penalties for owners, such as a £5,000 fine or even the seizure of the vehicle in question. Crucially, it is up to the policyholder to make sure that all changes are kept up to date, for example, if a car is sold or the owner applies for a statutory off road notice (SORN), otherwise they could face criminal prosecution.
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What is the MID?

Motor insurance is compulsory in the UK, yet as many as one in twenty cars is being driven without insurance. If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured vehicle, you may not be able to recover the cost of repairing or replacing your own. If you are caught driving a vehicle without a valid insurance policy, you could face a large fine, penalty points on your driving licence, or, in the worst case, a driving ban. The police also have authority to seize uninsured vehicles. A fee must be paid to release impounded vehicles in addition to recovery charges and in some cases they can even be destroyed.

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