THE top excuses drivers use to get out of paying damage charges on their hire car have been revealed. From colliding with wild animals to blaming a shopping trolley, motorists will try almost anything to dodge extra fees from their hire company. New research from iCarhireinsurance.com uncovered the most common excuses, and found around a quarter of drivers will claim damage is "not their fault" - the most common blanket defence for repair costs. Around 42 per cent of drivers hit with damage fees said they had returned to the car to find it had been damaged while it was parked. Motorists also used a number of other stories to prove the damage wasn't their fault, including claiming an animal had collided with the car, and that it was vandalised or stolen. Some motorists even went as far as saying the damage was already there before they drove the car away, insisting the hire company had missed it when performing their initial check-out. The best excuses drivers use to get out of … [Read more...] about Top excuses used by Brits to escape car hire damage charges – including wild animals and car park trolleys
DRIVERS are being warned about "too good to be true" car insurance scams on Facebook and Instagram. Thousands of Brits are have been victims of "ghost broking" leaving them illegally driving around without cover. And a fresh alert has been issued by cops after a recent case in Derbyshire. A woman was tricked into paying £120 to a man on Facebook who claimed he could organise cheap insurance. The 37-year-old only discovered the fraud after police pulled her over and seized the car. Reports of cases have soared in the last three years with unsuspecting motorists getting points on their licence, an unlimited fine, their vehicle taken off them and a hefty claim bill. How to avoid being caught out by 'ghost broking' Trust your instincts – if an offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Ghost brokers often advertise on student websites or money-saving forums, university notice boards and marketplace websites. They may also try to sell insurance policies in pubs, clubs … [Read more...] about Social media car insurance ‘ghost broking’ scam warning that could mean you’re driving illegally
BRITS are missing out on car insurance deals as major insurers aren't offering dashcam discounts. A new study has revealed some of the biggest insurers in the UK don't drop premiums for drivers fitted with the hi-tech cameras. That's despite dashcams helping to slash claim payouts and stop fraud. Research by Smartdriverclub found not one of 10 major insurers offered a guaranteed discount. It also claimed just one price comparison site - Confused.com - lets drivers state they have a dashcam when shopping around. Just a handful of big name insurers like Admiral, Swiftcover, Axa and Adrian Flux offer set dashcam deals - and in some cases it's up to 15 per cent off. Major insurers and dashcam policyNFU Mutual - No Royal & Sun Alliance - No Zurich - No Co-op Insurance - No M&S - No RIAS - No Quote Me Happy - No information on website and no number to call Direct Line - No LV - A “tiny” discount is possible but depends on the vehicle Saga - No Esure - No Elephant - No … [Read more...] about Brits missing out on car insurance discounts as major insurers fail to offer dashcam deals
BRITS are clueless when it comes to changing tyres - and millennials are to blame, according to a new study. A poll of 2,000 drivers revealed that just 27 per cent of 18-23-year-olds reckon they can switch rubber at the roadside. More than a third of millennials also admitted they would struggle to confidently open a car bonnet while 34 per cent don’t know what power steering does. And only half of under 35s, polled by TV show Flipping Bangers, know how to check and top up the oil level on their car. As a result, 63 per cent of millennials have never tried to fix, repair or modify a car they have bought. It's better the older you get as more than four in ten of those aged 36 and above could confidently change a wheel. Flipping Bangers host Gus Gregory said: “Most people get into their cars, turn the key and drive away, without really knowing anything about the reasons why something goes wrong when it does. “It seems under-35s are the least equipped to deal with basic … [Read more...] about Can YOU change a tyre? Shocking stats show just how bad Brits are at fixing cars
BRITISH drivers struggle when it comes to understanding foreign road signs, a recent study has found. As many as 70 per cent of motorists have come across a road sign while driving abroad and had no idea what it meant. Conducted by Co-op Insurance, the study found that three quarters of Brits are bamboozled by foreign road signs. And worryingly, just over 10 per cent said they had been involved in an accident for misunderstanding a signal while driving in another country. So how good are you when it comes to identifying international road signs? Take Co-op Insurance's quiz to find out how many you know. The study also found that a combined 41 per cent of drivers blamed a confusing sign for causing them to make a wrong turn or veer down a road they shouldn't have been on, while 14 per cent became victims of road rage when they read a sign incorrectly. And it seems struggling with foreign road laws and signs is actually enough to discourage Brits from driving abroad. Two fifths of … [Read more...] about The foreign road signs that drive Brits insane – but do you know what they mean?