Van Insurance Groups and Ratings

Van Insurance Groups work in the same way as Car and Motorcycle Insurance Groups – and it is these that the Insurance Industry use to calculate the classification of your commercial or non-commercial vehicle.

With Insurance costs increasing by over 22 percent in 2010/2011 – it is no surprise to learn that many if not most vehicle manufacturers are trying to find ways to lower the Van Insurance Group classifications to get their vehicle more competitive in this difficult financial market.

With Vans and Commercial Vehicles alike, the Insurance Categories issued to the manufacturers is set by the ABI (Association of British Insurers) and Thatcham – the security accreditation specialists. All Van Insurance Groups are between 1 – 20. The lower the number, the less concerning it is for the insurance companies to insure the vehicle at a lower rate.

Unlike cars and motorcycles, the humble van has a guide only insurance rating due to the amount of uses which commercial vehicles can be used for. Even though this is unique to the commercial vehicle industry, it also passes on to cars and motorcycles where the usage is classified “for commercial use.”

Another prevailing part of calculation is based on the security of the vehicle, and the classification which is set by Thatcham. Should your vehicle have a factory fitted alarm and immobiliser your Van Insurance Group will be lower than a vehicle without. Most if not all new commercial vehicles now have factory fitted immobilisers fitted as standard.

The last factor which could make your insurance costs increase is the town or county of where the vehicle is parked or used on a daily basis. This is the largest factor when Insurance Companies calculate the premium of your Van Insurance, followed closely by the value of the vehicle and the commercial usage. Each year the insurance industry will create the analytical data supplied by the insurance companies to re-evaluate the groups of all commercial vehicles based on claims made by companies and individuals.

Summary: Always check the Van Insurance Group before you purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle – and when looking to renew your insurance, always remember to re-calculate the value of the vehicle. This is something that the insurance company will not do on your behalf, and can add between 2.5 and 5 percent to your renewal premium. When a vehicle becomes a total loss through accident or otherwise, the insurance company will only ever pay the market value, not what you have insured the vehicle for.

Never forget to read the terms and conditions within your Van Insurance summary when you take out a policy. You have a “cooling off” period should you find something which was not explained to you correctly at the point of initiation.

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