I thought it might be useful to remind members of our access criteria as this features in most of the questions I'm asked on the forums. These are the terms given to us by insurers to ensure the scheme works for them and as many of you as possible. Most of these are based on the insurers' risk assessment and claims experience.
This is the main factor that affects whether we can offer a quote. Remember we can insure all the cars in your household, not just the car that inspired you to join the club/forum, so I'll talk generally as well as specifically.
Generally we can insure drivers from age 19 on low powered, low spec, entry level cars under 1100cc such as Renault Clios, Peugeot 106s, that sort of thing - but what about other models and more specifically, this forum's models?
For most models 22 is fine but for this club's performance models and similar we'd need you to be 23 with either 6 or 12 months' experience (dependent on model e.g. GTV 3.0 = 12 months) of the car or one like it. And some, such as the 147 GTA, require you to be 25 with 12 months' experience, so you'll see it's varied. Please give us a call for specifics.
Apart from age, what are the other requirements insurers place on us to keep the scheme viable, regardless of the model of car?
At Chris Knott we love modified vehicles. However, insurers won't allow us to cover vehicles with roll cages, NOS or bhp increases of more than 100 over stock. I know!
No Claims Bonus
We need you to have at least one year's NCB before we can quote and have been fault-claim free for 12 months (outstanding/unsettled claims mean we can't quote even if you're not at fault).
For new policies there is a cap on convictions - we can cover you if there is no more than one SP/PC/PL offence per driver within the last 12 months.
For some of the riskier postcodes there is a requirement that the car is parked off road overnight, though for some postcodes the insurer goes further and requires garaging. When assessing postcodes we include the first digit after the space so you're less likely to be affected by a poor neignbouring postcode.
Unfortunately the scheme is not competitive for vehicles valued over £40k though we do have other facilities available, especially for high performance sportscars/supercars that mean we might still be able to help.
If you can comply with this criteria we'd welcome the opportunity to find you a better deal through the scheme which is exclusive to members of car clubs, forums and enthusiast groups. And if we can't help you it's nothing personal. Insurers are looking for safer business of course.
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