Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C


Drivers reluctant to shop for best insurance deals

PUBLISHED: 16:14 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 04 September 2014

Insurance is a must but are you getting the best deal?

Insurance is a must but are you getting the best deal?


Many drivers are reluctant to shop around for the best deal on their car insurance, according to a new study.

Drivers in the UK are missing out on saving £2bn by not shopping around for the best insurance deal and simply going with their automatic renewal. This means 8.2 million drivers in the UK are missing out on saving and average of £222.66 each.

A study has found 36% of drivers have been with the same insurer for three years or more and less than half of all drivers (46%) check their new quote against the previous year’s to make sure they are getting the best deal.

Many assume the cheapest quote from the previous year will still be the cheapest when they renew.

Other reasons cited by drivers for not changing insurer or seeking a better quote include it being too much hassle (21%), not wanting to change a direct debit (18%) and their current insurer being good to deal with (12%). Some drivers also said they lacked confidence to get a better deal (8%) and worried they might lose no claims discount (8%).

The research was carried out by Gocompare where Lee Griffin said: “September is always a busy time for insurance renewals and, while not everyone will be changing their car this year, there will be millions of renewal notices already sitting on the nation’s coffee tables and ‘to-do’ piles. Now is the time to be shopping around to try and get a better deal as many insurers will happily renew your insurance automatically unless you contact them to tell them otherwise. Millions of drivers are potentially overpaying for their car insurance to the tune of nearly £2bn a year.”

A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm, with intent to cause fear of violence, following an incident in Ipswich on Thursday.

In the past week children across East Anglia exited school gates sheepishly clutching brown envelopes with a look of dread writ large across their faces.

The family of missing Corrie McKeague are “devastated” by the news that they may now never know what has happened to the 23-year-old RAF gunner, after police called off a 20-week landfill search.

The family of a seven-year-old girl from Bury St Edmunds in urgent need of a stem cell transplant is calling for as many people as possible to join the register.

Firefighters faced the difficult job of containing a blaze that broke out in several isolated parts of a Suffolk field.

Police have abandoned their search of a landfill site after 20 weeks looking for the body of missing airman Corrie McKeague.

Owners of Felixstowe pier have announced that the new building will open to the public this month.

Children and staff at Sprites Primary School in Ipswich have said a fond farewell two long-running staff members.

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre is set to get a new roof in a bid to cure persistent problems with leaks that have continued for many years.

Meat cleavers, machetes and axes are among dozens of dangerous weapons seized by police from children under 18 in Suffolk over the past year.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24