Press release

Home counties just behind London in motor claims stakes

Monday 15 August 2005

  • 2nd highest accident rate in the UK
  • 2nd most likely to claim overall

Research from Saga Motor Insurance today reveals the regional differences between motor insurance claims in the UK.* Motorists in the home counties are revealed as being some of the most accident prone, having 14% more accidents than the national average, they are also 10% more likely to make a claim overall, whether for accident, theft or a damaged windscreen.

Cars in the home counties appear to be worth more than any other region as claims for stolen vehicles cost 37% more to replace than the national average and almost 20% more than the next most expensive region - Cheshire. The good news is that car owners in the region are almost a third less likely to have their car stolen than the rest of the UK, suggesting either that there are less thieves in the area or that people are much better at ensuring their cars are secure.

There is evidence to suggest that accidents in the region tend to be minor scrapes than major collisions as it costs 10% less to repair accident damage to cars in the home counties than the rest of the country.

For more information on Saga Motor Insurance call 0800 484 184.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors:

*All figures based on claims data from Saga Insurance Company Ltd. Figures correct as at 05-02-05

About Saga Motor Insurance

Saga offers personal belongings cover for 1,000

Replacement hire car during repairs following an accident anywhere in the UK for a maximum of 14 days

Cover when driving in the European Union, at no extra cost and for an unlimited period

Protected No Claim Discount available, provided there has not been more than one claim in the last two years

Emergency 'any driver' cover - anyone with a full licence can drive customer's car in a medical emergency provided they are also in the vehicle.

Get you home cover - up to 50 per person for driver and up to five passengers for travelling or accommodation costs incurred after an accident.

Variable excess levels - choose to pay more towards the cost of each claim and premiums can be reduced

Saga motor insurance won the award for best motor insurance at the Guardian/Observer Consumer Finance Awards 2004

Saga's claim service received acclaim in the latest wave of Which Magazine research, which proclaimed that 'Saga's claim service was head and shoulders above any other company in terms of satisfaction with claiming.'

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771529.

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