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Used hatchback costs rose in 2015

New data has revealed that the cost of owning a used city hatchback car increased during 2015. A new report by cap revealed that the city car sector was one of the main used cars, and it is this high use that led to higher overall depreciation than vehicle sectors and the market average. It means car buyers need to […]

Insurers pay out 99% of the time

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has announced today that 99% of motor insurance claims result in a pay out. The ABI has published the results for the first time after analysing 4.3m motor insurance claims during 2013 and 2014. The average pay out during that period was £2,160. Huw Evans, ABI director general, said, ‘Contrary to popular belief, insurers […]

Doomsday approaching for UK drivers

Friday is expected to the most treacherous day of the year on UK roads, with 74% per cent more accidents than usual predicted. Accident Exchange has warned there could be more than 10,500 crashes on Friday, compared to the 6,000 recorded on a typical day. It puts this down to a perfect storm of conditions, with the rate of accidents […]

Insurance companies urged to look closer

POLICE have told motor insurance companies they could save up to £340m a year if they looked at claims more closely. Gwent Police recently brought more than 80 fraudsters to justice in Caerphilly borough in one of the largest ‘crash for cash’ scams in the UK. Now they’re urging insurance companies to help them combat this practice by getting a […]

Bus and coach tech challenge is on

The IRTE Skills Challenge – an exciting annual competition that aims to find the best bus and coach technicians and apprentices in the UK and Ireland – is now open for registration. Founded by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) in 2011, the event invites operators large and small to test the skills of their technicians and apprentices against […]

RMI pilots MOT tester training

The Retail Motor Industry Federation’s (RMI) training centre, the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills, will be running a pilot for the new MOT tester training from April 2016. The way MOT testers are being trained is changing, with the role soon to become a National Occupational Standard (NOS). This will be a recognised qualification for testers, creating a professional standard […]

Dawsonrentals Skelmersdale installs PAC

Nationwide commercial vehicle provider, Dawsonrentals vans, is celebrating its five year anniversary at its Skelmersdale depot with the installation of a Portable Auto Centre (PAC). Launched last year at the CV Show, The Portable Auto Centre (PAC) enables fleet operators to quickly estimate and cost-effectively repair hired vehicles. The Skelmersdale depot is the next site to receive the state-of-the-art module […]

UK vehicle insurance rates to rise

A new report has said private motor vehicle insurance premium rates are forecast to rise in 2016. Data analysts Timetric found there was a premium rate increase rise during 2015, and that the market is expected to grow to a market worth of £8.9billion in the next five years. It is expected, however, that rises will be restricted by strong […]

BMW and JLR create learning programme

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have joined forces to create a learning programme intended to drive up managerial skills in the UK automotive industry. The ProLead training programme combines existing qualifications to provide automotive leaders with in depth management and technical knowledge. The programme was developed using best practice from the worldwide operations of UK based car manufacturers, and was […]

Covéa launches Sterling executive product

Covéa Insurance have announced a new Sterling executive motor product as its first collaboration following its recent acquisition. The Sterling Executive Motor Product is aimed at customers seeking to insure between two and 10 cars. It will primarily be sold as an overall mid-high net worth product proposition aimed at brokers who either have an existing high net worth customer […]

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