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Car insurance mumbo jumbo
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Holly West-Robinson

July 27, 2016

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Buying car insurance for a new driver can be quite daunting when you read through that first batch of policy documents! Often you’ll end up scratching your head and sitting there trying to decipher what half of it actually means! Although the lingo is pretty much the same in all types of insurance, we thought we would try and break some of the key jargon phrases down and simplify it into more digestible terms for you!


Association of British Insurers – Group of insurers who provide approx. 90% of domestic insurance services in the UK.


Agents who sell and act on behalf of insurers.


The highest level of cover which insures you for everything in TPFT as well as accidental damage to your own vehicle, medical expenses and accidents cause by passengers or named drivers on a policy.


A legally required document that proves your car is insured.


An amount of money agreed to be paid by the policyholder that will be paid towards the sum of the claim.


In the instance, an accident happens and you’re at fault, or the claim is not yet settled.


Financial Conduct Authority – The regulator of financial services in the UK.


Insurance Premium Tax – A tax applied to all general insurance premiums on top of the overall premium.


Alterations made to a car that aren’t the manufacturer’s original specifications. Find out more about modifications here!


No claims bonus/No claims discount. The total number of years you have been driving, without having an accident. These years can then be applied to your insurance, so you can save some money!


When a claim has taken place, and it has been settled as not your fault.


The person who owns the car and the person who drives it the most, named on the V5 document.


The overall price you pay in a year for your insurance.


The amount of money an insurance company pays to the insured person within the guidelines of the insurance policy


A document that lists the policyholder’s details, the type of insurance cover, the excess amount and sums of cover, i.e. annual mileage, the amount you are covered up to in terms of legal liability, medical expenses etc)


A device that helps to keep the car safe from being stolen or broken into, i.e. an alarm, an immobiliser, a steering wheel lock or a wheel lock.


A type of cover that insures you for injury to someone else and damage to someone else’s car or property, this also covers your own vehicle in the event of theft, attempted theft or fire.


What the car will be used for i.e. business use (commuting to other work offices or sites), social use (every day driving such as seeing friends & family, road trips and hobbies)


A small device fitted to a vehicle which monitors the driver’s behaviour, also known as a black box!


The people who evaluate the risks and determine everyone’s insurance premiums.

Know any more?

These are the main phrases and words you would be likely to come across in your insurance documents, however, if there are any more you’ve heard in the past and want to know what it all means, get in touch! We hope this gives you a slightly better understanding when it comes to sorting out your insurance!

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By Holly West-Robinson

'Hi I'm Holly and I'm a young driver based in Peterborough! I love tattoos, food, drawing and anything art related, enjoy hanging out with friends and family and making a fool of myself. I'm definitely one of the adventurous types who's always up for a good old road trip!'  See more posts by Holly

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