“Help! I’ve had an accident in my partner’s car and I’m not named on their policy. What do I do?”
- As you aren’t named, you won’t be covered by your partner’s policy.
- But if you have your own policy, check if it covers ‘driving other cars.’ You should be able to find this in your policy documents / certificate of motor insurance.
- There may be exclusions to this cover so make sure you've read your terms and conditions. Driving other cars is usually an entitlement for the policyholder only, and it will only cover you in a privately owned car that doesn’t belong to you.
- It’s worth remembering cover for driving other cars is usually third party only, which means if you have an accident while driving a car you don't own, your insurer will only pay for injury to other people and damage to their property. Loss or damage to the car you're driving won't be covered.
"My car has been modified, am I covered?"
A modification is any change to your car manufacturer's standard specification.
- These include things like changing the alloy wheels, suspension, tinted windows, as well as exhaust or engine changes.
- If you don't tell us what modifications you or previous owners have made to your vehicle, you could risk any claims not being paid and your insurance policy being cancelled. Find out what modifications you need to tell us about.
"I lost a set of car keys while I was out shopping, what should I do?"
- We pay to replace your lost or stolen ignition keys or other 'start' devices, as well as for all the locks to be replaced on your vehicle – so long as they weren't left in, on, attached to, or in the immediate proximity of your car while it was unattended.
“My car got stolen when I was defrosting it. I left the key in the ignition to have the heaters on. Can I claim?”
Don't make it easy for thieves.
We know it's tempting on a cold winter’s morning to leave your car unattended with the engine running.
Before starting our journey, it's easy to pop back indoors to finish our cup of coffee. You might think about leaving the keys in the car while you nip inside to get something.
But did you know we won't cover you if:
- your car's been left unlocked;
- your car's been left with a window or roof open;
- the engine's been left running;
- the ignition key or other ignition devices like a keyfob or a smartphone is left in, on or attached to or left in the immediate proximity of your car.
- if your vehicle has keyless entry or a push button start, you’ve started your car and leave the vehicle... it can still be driven away even if the keyfob or phone's in your pocket!
- we've stated you must have a working tracking device (your schedule will confirm if one's required).
“I bought a car that was written off previously, what do I do?”
Cars classified as a Category A or B write-off have to be scrapped. Some parts may be reusable but it shouldn't be put back on the road.
We wouldn’t cover any vehicle that's already classified as Cat A or Cat B.
A Cat S car can be returned to the road after repairs but it needs a fresh MOT after the work’s done, even if it's less than 3 years old.
Cat N cars can be put back on the road following suitable repairs.
If you're using a Cat A or B car (or a Cat S that hasn't had a new MOT) we won't cover any claims and may ask you to repay any costs we have to cover.
“I was driving home from work when my car broke down. My garage said the engine suffered a mechanical failure. Can I claim?”
Comprehensive cover will only cover you for accidental damage, fire and theft.
- We won't cover you if your vehicle's suffered a mechanical/electrical failure or wear and tear to things like: head gaskets, gearboxes and suspension; or if your battery for your hybrid or electric car has degraded. If there's resultant damage from the failure, then we would cover you for that damage, for example if your brakes were to fail which caused you to have an accident.
- To reduce the chances of this happening to you, and in line with our terms and conditions, make sure your car's serviced regularly and has an MOT test every year when your car's over 3 years old.
"Someone's had an accident while driving my car but they're not named on my insurance, am I covered?"
- As they're not a named driver on your policy, you won't be covered by us for the damage to your car.
- If they have insurance, check to see if they're covered for driving other cars. They can find this in their Certificate of Motor Insurance. There may be exclusions to this cover so make sure you've read the full terms and conditions.
- We may seek recovery for any claim payments or costs, including those relating to third parties. Your details may also be passed to other agencies, which aim to prevent fraud and money laundering.