Pet Owners, Are You Invalidating Your Car Insurance?
Posted on 7th February 2018
There are many scenarios where despite you being open with your insurer when you buy a policy, could unwittingly find yourself accidently uninsured even though you think you have a valid insurance policy. We have collected a list of common mistakes people make that you can watch out for.
Failing to update your insurer
For example, you recently purchased a home insurance policy for your property and you declared that you had a certain lock and further on down the line, you changed the lock to something less secure and you did not update your insurer, this could potentially invalidate your insurance. On the flip side, if you changed your lock to something more secure then you could receive a reduction in your policy.
Inaccurate description of door locks
Following on from our previous point, telling an insurer the incorrect â€˜technicalâ€™ name for a door lock can also invalidate your insurance and could cause you problems in the future when trying to make claims.
Leaving an unused car uninsured
In 2011 there was a change in law where all registered vehicles,even those parked permanently on the driveway, must be insured at all times. If you leave your car in the garage and forget about it (along with any warning letters sent to you) then you could receive a Â£100 penalty, your vehicle being clamped, seized and disposed of and a court prosecution carrying a maximum Â£1,000 fine. The way to avoid this is to notify the DVLA that the car is being kept off-road with a Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN) or insure the car.
Driving someone elseâ€™s car
Never assume your policy covers the minimum third party cover needed for driving another personâ€™s car with the ownerâ€™s permission. Some insurers do offer this protection but itâ€™s best to check, many motorists have been caught out by this in the past.
Failing to tell your insurer about building work
When you have an exciting home improvement project in the works, having a chat with your insurer probably wonâ€™t be on the top of your list. But keep in mind that youâ€™re playing around with the asset theyâ€™re protecting and if something happens, thereâ€™s a good chance your insurer will refuse the claim if you donâ€™t tell them about it.
Using your vehicle for work purposes
If your vehicles is only covered for â€˜social, domestic and pleasureâ€™ purposes then you are not covered for work purposes. Most insurers have an option to include business use in your policy at an extra cost.
Once you have bought car insurance and you plan on making a trip outside of the UK, check with your insurer to make sure driving abroad is covered. An estimated 10 million people plan to drive their cars abroad this summer. But one in three drivers donâ€™t know whether or not theyâ€™re covered for driving on holiday and two thirds just assume they are.