Advantages Very quick way of getting a lot of insurance quotes
Disadvantages None that I came across
It’s that fun time of year again – car insurance renewal time! And to make things even easier, the tin-pot company that insured me last year neglected to send me a renewal note and very kindly phoned me on the 3rd May to inform me that my insurance was due to run out on the 5th and would I like to renew. I think this was a ploy to panic me into agreeing into renewing with them without searching for a cheaper quote. After venting my frustration at the lack of warning, I found out that their renewal quote was £716. At least this gave me a starting point for my Bank Holiday trawl of insurance quotes.I was dreading my renewal this year as I bought a new car last August and knew that it was going to be more expensive to insure than my previous car – a C reg Nova. When I bought it and changed the insurance, the extra premium came out of the loan money so I didn’t notice the difference. So £716, although expected, was still a shock.
Usually I search internet site after internet site. This is my preferred way of shopping for car insurance because you don’t have to make friendly chit chat with somebody on the end of the phone or wait in long “your call will be answered shortly” queues. And, of course, there is usually some small discount included for buying over the internet.But the downside of internet searching is the endless time it takes to fill in those forms which all essentially want to know the same information. A few months ago, I saw a TV advert for Confused.com which promised to take away even this hassle, making the internet process an even more attractive option. According to their commercial, you fill in the one form, and they do the hard work of sending it to the various insurance companies. Sounds simple enough so I logged on to their site.
On the home page you are greeted with 2 options – to log in as an existing customer or to begin a search as a new customer.The new customer option asks you for personal details and you have to set up a password. Next it’s straight to the questions you need to answer about yourself and your car in order for them to get the best quote for you. All the questions are straightforward and most contain drop down boxes so not much typing is involved. It asks for your car registration number and finds your car for you. But make sure you check it is your car – mine came up as a Rover 620 and it’s actually a Rover 420. Entering your details manually doesn’t take too long and at least you can be sure you are insuring the correct vehicle.
Overall I was quite impressed with the layout of the form. There isn’t too much information required on each screen so it feels as if you are moving through the questions quickly and, of course, you are safe in the knowledge that this will be the only time you have to answer them. One question that did get me quite agitated was the one about occupation. There were two boxes, one to enter your full time job and one to enter a part time one. I work part time so I typed Customer Service into the part time box and clicked the Next button.
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