Unfortunately, the cost of car insurance has been rising for many motorists. If you own a car then you are legally obliged to make sure that it is insured unless it is declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) and kept off the public road network.
One of the price comparison websites called Confused.com has been producing its car insurance price index for 10 years on a quarterly basis. According to that index, the average cost of fully comprehensive car insurance has increased by £95 per annum (14%) to £767 per annum in the 12 months to the end of 2016. In fact, just in the 4th quarter of 2016, such premiums rose by an average of 4% that, in monetary terms, is an extra £30 per annum. The annual increase was due to a number of factors including things like the amount paid out for whiplash claims and Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rising.
The figure of £767 is the highest that motorists have had to pay since around the middle of 2012.
Younger drivers are, on average, paying the most for their cover with someone of 17 years of age having to find an average of £2,112 per annum. In some cases, that is probably more than some young motorists would pay for a used car. Most drivers who are at least 60 years of age are, on average, finding that their premiums are less than £500 per annum although, if you are 68, you could find yourself having to find an average of £515 per annum.
Most areas of the UK have seen premiums go up. The cheapest region was the Scottish Borders in which premiums averaged £531 per annum in the 4th quarter of last year. Inner London motorist are paying the most for car insurance where comprehensive car insurance premiums rose by an average of £152 per annum in the 12 months to December 2016 to an average of £1,237 per annum.
Regrettably, not enough policyholders bother to see if they can obtain their cover cheaper elsewhere. So, when you receive your renewal notice from your existing insurer, why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and let us see if we can help you save some money on your car insurance.