We all know that accidents happen, and writing off your vehicle is no exception. May people wrongly believe that write-offs are only due to negligence or as a result of bad driving.
Insurers declare vehicles written-off for a number of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with your driving. Consider an accident where another driver crashes into your car through no fault of your own, or imagine your vehicle being stolen and not recovered, or finding that your vehicle has been maliciously damaged.
These are the very real risks that mean your insurer could declare your vehicle written-off, and because many insurers only pay out the price the vehicle was worth at the time of the incident, it’s rarely the amount required for you to get back into an equivalent replacement.
With more than 500,000 vehicles written-off annually, and more than 100,000 stolen, many people protect themselves financially with GAP Insurance on their new vehicle. GAP Insurance is specifically designed to bridge the gap between the amount you receive from your motor insurance, and the original amount you paid for the vehicle.
Depreciation in value is unavoidable, and many cars will be worth as little as 40% of their original value after 3 years on the road.
As an example, if you purchase a new car for £15,000 it will be worth roughly £8000 after 3 years of being on the road. Imagine that your vehicle is involved in an accident, and declared written off by your insurer. They give you a cheque for the market value, which is £8000 – and now you have to go out and purchase a replacement vehicle with that cheque. You may struggle to find an equivalent replacement vehicle with that amount, so you use savings or take out a loan to purchase a good equivalent.
However, as a Autochoice Coventry customer, if you take out GAP Insurance when you buy your vehicle you’ll also receive a cheque from the policy which bridges the financial GAP and provides you with the difference between your motor insurance settlement and the amount you originally paid for the vehicle.
*Source: The AA
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