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In fact a very expensive lesson learned….

I am telling this story in the hope it will save someone out there from making the same mistake I did, and will ultimately save you money.

Back in 2009 for various reasons we downsized to one car.  It just made sense, we were both at home, and with a bit of organisation we could operate with a single vehicle.  I did at the time insist that I be a named driver on Alfie’s car.

This year we decided to change the car.

Like me, you’ve probably all heard and read about how car insurance has gone up in price.  Insurance companies aren’t supposed to discriminate between male and female drivers, but we thought let’s check out if there is a difference between having me as the main driver or Alfie as the main driver.

There was a significant monetary difference.  There was even a significant price difference between companies.

In the end the best quote came from Its4women.ie, so we opted for them.  They are an online company so we completed all the details and sent off the money. (And no we hadn’t gone through the endless “t&c’s on their portal”.)  Stupid of us in retrospect.  There was some paperwork that had to be sent to them ‘hard copy’.  It was sent off.

Now here’s the thing with dealing with an online company.  I sent off documentation.  I check the ‘portal’ the next few days and it still says we are awaiting documentation.  Has it arrived and not been registered?  Has it got lost in the post?

Trying to speak to someone is difficult.  You can call them, but you must leave a message so they can ring you back.

Eventually I get to speak to someone who tells me that being a ‘named’ driver does not count… that only shows I have ‘driving experience’.  It does not say that I have a ‘no claims bonus’.    The price for my insurance policy has now gone from €500 to €1,900.

The fact that since 2009, on a one car policy, there has been no claim at all, that counts for nothing?

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I subsequently learned from a much more ‘customer friendly’ insurance company that a being a named driver actually doesn’t count for anything… and that your ‘no claims bonus’ expires after 2 years.

All that was bad enough.

However, because we had to cancel the Its4Women policy…. they charge a whopping 25% cancellation fee for a policy that was in effect for just 3 weeks!!!

Rip off or what?

Please learn from our mistake.




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