An Easy Tor Read, Explanatory Article on, "What Is Finance Gap Insurance?"

The trouble with any form of Gap Insurance is that drivers are simply unaware of how important it is. This easy to read explanatory article has been written to help you to understand the importance of Finance Gap Insurance, avoiding the stereotypical insurance jargon.

Finance Gap Insurance, also known as Contract Hire Gap Insurance only applies to a vehicle which has been bought under a financial agreement, such as, contract hire, hire purchase or a lease purchase.

In the most simplistic explanation, Finance Gap Insurance is designed to allow the driver to walk away from a finance agreement with no liability if in the unfortunate case the vehicle is written off. When taking out a finance agreement for a vehicle, the only concern the driver involved has is ultimately paying the agreement off after the end of the agreed period.

When taking out a finance agreement, the majority of drivers are unaware that if in the unfortunate case the vehicle is written off, even if it through no fault of their own, they are still responsible for paying off the agreement.

For illustration purposes, Barry has bought a Honda Civic under a finance agreement which requires Barry to pay £200 for the next 24 months. However as a result of poor motorway maintenance, 12 months down the line, Barry is involved in an incident which writes his vehicle off, but thankfully leaves him unhurt.

So Barry is in theory still liable for 12 months of £200 payments, totaling £2400. Barry’s comprehensive insurer pays him £1200, leaving the outstanding £1200 still under Barry’s liability.

This is where Finance Gap Insurance comes into play. This policy would essentially pay Barry the remaining £1200.

Barry is now free from any financial liability.

Please note: Finance Gap does not reimburse any financial penalties which are as a result of late payments that occurred before your vehicle was written off.

Please note: Finance Gap cannot protect a loan shortfall if the agreement is not linked to a vehicle. For example, if it is instead linked to a Bank or a Personal Loan.

Please note: If your finance agreement involved you paying a large deposit, or if instead you paid for your vehicle by cash, this form of Gap Insurance is not for you.

Please consider Return to Invoice (RTI) or Vehicle Replacement Gap Insurance.

Again in the most simplistic terms:

Return to Invoice returns you to the original invoice price you paid for your vehicle if in the unfortunate case your vehicle is written off. If your comprehensive insurer pays you £10,000 and you originally paid £20,000 for your vehicle, then this policy would bridge the gap and pay you the outstanding £10,000.

Vehicle Replacement replaces your vehicle if in the unfortunate case your vehicle is written off. If you paid an invoice price of £20,000, and are informed that it has increased to £25,000, and your comprehensive insurer only pays you the £10,000, then Vehicle Replacement would pay you the outstanding £15,000 you need to purchase a vehicle of the same age, mileage, condition as you originally bought.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance – A Review of Their Benefits and Restrictions

Specialty insurance from a classic car insurance company offers a number of benefits for those who own and drive collector cars. Companies that specialize in antique car insurance can offer better coverage with lower premiums than a standard auto insurance company, but the better coverage and lower premiums come with some restrictions. There are a lot of points to consider when choosing a classic auto insurance provider, so it is important that you do your homework in order to find the antique auto insurance provider that is the best fit for you.

Grundy Worldwide is one insurance company that specializes in collector car insurance. They have been in business since 1947 in Horsham, PA just north of Philadelphia. Since their beginning, Grundy Classic Car Insurance has covered over 1.5 million collector vehicles, and they are one of the fastest growing classic auto insurance companies. The owner is a car collector and restorer himself, having won awards at several of the major collector car events in the US. His involvement in the hobby helps him to understand the wants and needs of other car collectors.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance is the originator of the Agreed Value policy, in which the insurance company and the car owner set an agreed value on the vehicle before the policy is initiated. If there is a total loss, the car owner receives the full value of the car, instead of what the insurance company decides the car was worth after the fact. Grundy will insure any year vehicle, even late model cars as long as they are used for show, hobby and pleasure purposes only. Many other collector auto insurance companies will only write policies for vehicles of a certain age or older.

Grundy only uses underwriters with an A.M. Best rating of A+ or higher, which means the companies are very stable financially. They offer liability up to one million dollars, and have a single liability charge for collectors with more than one vehicle. Grundy’s antique auto insurance policies have a number of built-in coverage perks, which include towing and labor expenses, car show medical reimbursement, automatic 30-day coverage for new acquisitions, and coverage for the loss of spare parts. They even have “Trip Interruption” coverage for costs incurred from a breakdown on the way to a show (such as transportation, lodging, and meal expenses). One feature that Grundy provides that many others do not is their “Inflation Guard”, which automatically increases the amount your vehicle is insured for by 4% each year.

Like any other vintage car insurance provider, Grundy has some restrictions. Your car must be stored inside a locked garage when not in use; you must have a daily driver vehicle for each licensed driver in your household in addition to the classic vehicle; and the car must be in excellent condition. The vehicle should only be used for collector activities, but one feature that sets Grundy apart from many other classic antique auto insurance providers is that they do not have a mileage limitation. Many antique classic car insurance companies have limits ranging from 1,000 miles up to 6,000 miles per year, but with Grundy Nationwide you can drive the car to as many distant car shows as you like without worrying about exceeding a yearly mileage limit.

Grundy also offers specialized insurance for restoration shops. It provides Agreed Value coverage for the Garagekeepers portion of the policy, instead of the Actual Cash Value coverage that other insurance providers offer. Since they don’t offer this policy to mainstream collision repair shops, the premiums are lower than they would be for the often inadequate protection a specialty shop gets from a standard insurance provider.

Grundy Classic Car insurance has a lot to offer for the car collector. Whether you need muscle car insurance, antique car insurance, or collector car insurance for a late model specialty car, Grundy can provide an Agreed Value policy that will most likely suit your needs. However, they are just one of many different classic auto insurance providers out there. Do some research on several different specialty insurance providers to find the one that is right for you.

The Future of Auto Mobility and Insurance

Mobility has taken over every industry and has dipped its proverbial toes in the auto insurance industry as well. With GPS and accelerometers as high-tech accessories, mobile technology for the automotive industry too has come a long way and has many more miles to go. In an age where digitization and mobility is one of the bare necessities, most auto insurance providers are lost under heaps of paperwork. That’s the reason why the concept of auto mobility has shifted its focus to the insurance industry.

A combination of mobility solutions – telematics, analytics and communications, has eased the burden for auto insurers through information on driving style, collection of the same, analyses and reports that benefits all the stakeholders.

User-Based Insurance (UBI)

Insurance providers struggle with allocating premium amounts for their clients. Despite their best calculations, they have incurred losses. Traditionally, insurance companies calculate premiums based on driving records, vehicle use, previous claims, insurance scores based on credits and so on. Policyholders believe that these premiums are usually a fixed value.

Telematics technology will change the face of auto insurance through the usage-based insurance (UBI) pricing system where clients pay as per their usage, driving behavior that is. Pay-as-you-drive gives clients and insurers the freedom to calculate premiums based on not just driving records and vehicle usage but actual or real-time driving information.

Real-time Information

Telematics can calculate every minute detail of the client’s driving style, including every hard brake, rapid acceleration, parking style, etc. Analytics will amalgamate, analyze and interpret this data, simplifying it to understand the driving patterns of the client and the risk(s) involved. This driving information will be shared with the insurance provider who can use the same to allocate the insurance premium amount for the respective client.

Vehicular insurance companies have realized the difference that real-time information makes in processing claims. With the ability to capture real-time data in the form of images, videos, driving information, etc., there will be adequate information to process a claim or to decide the insurance amount for a client. It will eliminate the possibility of modified data and increases the accuracy of information analyzed.

Time and Efficiency

Time is everything. Waiting for weeks for insurance agencies to process a claim can be painstaking. Insurance companies will soon provide every client a more personalized and expedited service. Mobile devices will enable evaluation of claims or consultation with clients in their comfort zone. In the case of an accident, real-time data can be captured in the form of videos or images, eliminating the possibility of improper claims or incomplete information, which can prove to be a loss for both parties. Automation will reduce paperwork and redundancy. At the same time, it will increase efficiency and accelerate processing of claims.

Management of Data

With the reduction of paperwork and introduction of technologically advanced analytics frameworks, managing vast quantities of data has become a child’s play. Analytics use complex algorithms and mathematical equations to organize, analyze and interpret huge volumes of information. The ability to retrieve relevant information instantaneously and accurately will save a lot of man-hours.

Beyond Insurance

Mobility solutions for auto insurers come with additional services such as roadside assistance in case of an emergency, geo-fencing for parents to monitor their teenager’s driving, customer engagement to ensure the loyalty of the client, driving suggestions and other customizable options. Insurance companies will be able to go beyond their regular services for the client’s convenience.

Challenges of Telematics

However, there are a few concerns with telematics being used by insurers. Standardized regulations on data capturing and its process is yet to be determined. This raises concerns for loss of privacy or misuse of data. The other concern is when the client wants to switch to another insurance provider. The new insurer might not accept their driving data as the method of data collection is different. This could result in the client losing his benefits and has to start from scratch.

Nonetheless, telematics technology is relatively new and is yet to take over the market fully. Like any new technology, there will be glitches which will be fixed in due time. These challenges will not be an obstacle for auto mobility to be integrated with insurance, as the pros of auto mobility outweigh the cons. Gradually all insurance providers will largely depend on mobility solutions in order to develop their business and will become inevitable for auto insurance to use.