What is protected no claims?Asked by: Alfonso Schaefer | Last update: August 11, 2022
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No claim discount (NCD) protection is an optional cover which protects your NCD from one "at fault" claim every year. It does not protect the overall price of your insurance policy, but does guarantee that your premium won't increase next year as a result of a claim.
Is it worth having protected no claims?
A no claims discount (NCD) can play an important part in lowering your annual insurance premium. If you do not make a claim on your car insurance, then your insurer is not required to pay out. By default, this implies you are a safer driver and therefore cheaper to cover.
What does it mean to have protected no claims?
Frequently referred to as no-claims discount protection, protecting your NCB allows you to have a certain amount of 'at fault' accidents without affecting the bonus. This means that your no-claims bonus remains intact even if your insurer can't claim their costs back.
Will my insurance go up if I have protected no claims?
If you've protected your no claims discount, then making a claim shouldn't affect the number of years that contribute to your NCD. But if you've had an accident, the basic cost of your premium is likely to go up.
How many years NCB Do you need to protect it?
Normally you need to have at least five years No Claims Discount to qualify for No Claims Protection, however we have three insurers who do offer this benefit on a lower amount of No Claims Discount.
No-Claims Bonus - Things to look out for
Do I lose my no claims bonus if someone hits me?
Even if someone hits your car and you make a claim for the damage on your insurance – it is likely that you will lose your no-claims bonus. Remember it is a 'no-claims bonus' and not a 'no-blame bonus'.
Can I split my no claims between 2 cars?
But, you can request proof at any time and the insurer will supply it. Can I split my accumulated NCB across two cars? No. You can only use your exisiting NCB in one policy for one car, but you can build up a separate NCB in another car insurance policy for a second car.
Can you protect 1 years no claims bonus?
Protecting your no claim bonus
Once you've built up a few years' no claim bonus, you can “protect” it with an optional extra fee. This means your no claim bonus will be safe-guarded, even if you make an at-fault claim.
Why should you protect your no claims discount?
Protecting your no claims discount allows you to have a certain amount of “at fault” claims within a year without it jeopardising your discount, and this can be worth the added cost for some drivers.
Is 9 years no claims the maximum?
Proof of no-claims when your no-claims bonus is higher than your new insurer's maximum. You may go to a new insurer with a higher amount of no-claims bonus than they will accept – for example, if you have 9 years no-claims bonus, but the maximum they apply is 4.
How do you get protected no claims?
A way to safeguard your no claims bonus is to pay an additional amount on top of your car insurance to protect it. This means that even if you were to make a claim, your discount would stay intact.
Can you protect 3 years NCB?
You can pay to guarantee or protect your NCB. 'Guaranteed' means a claim won't reduce your bonus but you won't get extra discount that insurance period. 'Protected' allows two claims in three years before the bonus is reduced, and, again, you won't get any discount in that period.
What is the cheapest way to insure two cars?
Multi-car insurance covers more than one vehicle under the same policy. It offers the same features as a single-car policy, but gives you a discount for the second vehicle. This makes it one of the cheaper ways to insure more than one car.
Does a named driver get no claims bonus?
Named drivers can't usually build up a no claims discount, although they can accumulate their own if they're insured as the main driver on their own car. Some insurance providers may give a named driver a discount – provided they take out their own policy at a later date.
How does a 50/50 Claim affect no claims?
As each party takes equal blame for the accident, both are entitled to claim compensation for any damages and personal injury they may have suffered. How a 50/50 claim works is that when any damages are awarded to either party, you will only receive 50% of the amount awarded as you will be liable for the other 50%.
Will I lose my no claims if an accident wasn't my fault?
A no claims bonus (NCB), or more correctly a no claims discount, is awarded if you don't claim in the latest policy year. Even if you have an accident that wasn't your fault – you're hit by an uninsured driver, or your car gets stolen – you could lose your NCB, and your premium could even go up at renewal.
What happens if you use no claims bonus on 2 cars?
Unfortunately you cannot use your no claims discount twice. You can only use your no claims discount on one vehicle at any one time. However, you will be able to start earning another no claim discount if you take out a policy on a second car.
Can you be named driver on 2 cars?
A named driver is insured to drive the car, but they don't use it as often as the main driver. The main and named driver have the same level of cover on the car. But a named driver could be the main driver on another vehicle. You can be the main driver of more than one car.
Can I be the primary driver on 2 cars?
Can one person be the primary driver on two cars? Yes. Most, if not all, insurance companies will allow you to name one primary driver for two or more cars. In fact, many companies will even provide you with a multi-car discount on your premiums when you register multiple vehicles.
Does adding another car increase insurance?
Will Your Car Insurance Costs Increase If You Add Another Vehicle? Adding another vehicle to your existing auto insurance policy may increase your auto insurance costs. However, it's often more cost-effective than having a separate policy for each vehicle and paying multiple premiums.
Do insurance companies check NCB?
Do insurance companies ask for proof of no-claims bonus? Yes. If you're switching to a new car insurance provider and tell them you have an existing no-claims bonus in your application, they'll probably need to see some proof.
How long does proof of no claims last?
Your no-claims bonus is only usually valid for two years after your policy comes to an end. So, if you don't drive for a few years, you will have to build up a new no claims bonus from scratch.
Do I lose my no claims if I don't drive for a year?
That depends on your insurance provider and how long it's been since you last had cover. Many insurance providers will say a no-claims discount is invalid if there's a break in your car insurance of two years or more. But other providers may go to three years.
Will I lose my no claims bonus if I sell my car?
Although your bonus is attributed to a specific policy, it can be transferred to another car if you change vehicles. If you switch insurers before the year is up, however, you won't get the NCB for that year. The same is also true if you sell your car and wait for a period of time before finding a replacement.
Can you lie about no claims bonus?
Not only is it illegal, it also means you're not earning your No Claims Discount, which can represent HUGE savings in the long run.