Cost of car insurance rising faster than ever

Published 03 August 2017

Insurance prices rose at their fastest ever recorded rate in the second quarter of 2017 and further hikes are on the way.

That's according to new research by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The ABI's premium tracker shows that the average price paid for car insurance rose by £22 (4.8 per cent) in the second quarter of 2017, with a typical policy costing £462.

This increase was up £48 on the same period in 2016 - when average premiums were £436 - and represents the fastest year-on-year rise ever recorded by the ABI, since it started tracking insurance for private cars in 2012. 

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The increase follows a rise in Insurance Premium Tax, which went up from 10 per cent to 12 per cent on the 1 June. The decision to drastically cut the personal injury Discount Rate, also known as the Ogden Rate, has also been blamed for pushing prices skyward.

Given the size of the Discount Rate cost impact, the ABI believes that prices are likely to increase further, with insurance renewals due to show a considerable increase in Q3 and Q4. 

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"Worryingly these increases are unlikely to be the end of the road if reinsurance premiums go up at the end of the year, adding further costs to insurers," said Director General of the ABI, Huw Evans.

"The UK is one of the most competitive motor insurance markets in the world, but the unprecedented increase in claims costs is driving up prices to record levels. Most younger and older drivers are likely to face increases even higher than this, hurting people who can least afford it," added Evans.

The House of Lords debated the decision to cut the personal injury Discount Rate from 2.5% to -0.75% on 18 July 2017, submitting a Motion of Regret for changing the Ogden rate before a consultation was completed about how to amend it more effectively. No changes have so far been announced to amend it further. 

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Comments

Falkirk Bairn    on 3 August 2017

Last Year my premium was £176 - fully Comp 2 ltr CRV auto.
Company renewal was £314.

Shopped around, "got comparison sites" + 2/3 who do not appear on comparison sites - lots of lower premiums but not names I recognized - settled on a "household name" insurer for £162.

Phoned current insurer, who I had been with 15 years, to say I was going elsewhere - out of the blue they said "we would match the £162" - they tried to charge me over £300 but would match my £162 - not very ethical way to run a business.

   on 7 August 2017

That's the way the insurance industry works though.

Always go to a Broker like Cornmarket last. They will no doubt be able to match your best quote. Underwriters allow them the leeway.

Up to the motorist to shop around. You want to accept the 1st Renewal price from your current insurer then slap it into you if the price is up! That's how they all make money by the laziness of customers.

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