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FAQs: No Claims Bonus NCB

All you need to know

This FAQ page provides all the information you need to know about no claims bonus discounts. For example the length of time your no claims bonus discount will be valid for before it expires? This is of vital importance when trying to reduce the cost of your insurance.  No claims bonus is often referred to as claims experience when relating to multi vehicle insurance or fleet insurance policies but is just as important when trying to lower your insurance premium.

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How long does my no claims bonus last before it runs out?

If you are not currently insured, any no claims bonus earned under your last policy can usually be transferred, providing it expired within the last 2 years. The period of grace allowed may differ depending on insurer and policy type. Some insurers allow no claims bonus that is up to 3 years old but with others it becomes invalid after 12 months. Some will decline to accept bonus altogether where there has been a break in cover.

If you are currently insured and you do not make any claims your no claims bonus will not run out or end. You will lose some or all of your no claims bonus if you make a claim. The amount you lose depends on the amount of no claims bonus you have when you make a claim and what company you are insured with.

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What is no claims bonus?

No claims bonus (NCB) or No claims Discount (NCD) are the same thing. No claims bonus is the reward insurers give their policyholders at the time of renewal for not making a claim.

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How much does my no claims bonus save me?

Your renewal premium is reduced by a set percentage depending upon the number of claim free years you have had a policy. No Claims Bonus discounts vary between insurers, but usually the no claims bonus scale starts at;

  • 30% for 1 year
  • 40% for 2 years
  • 50% for 3 years
  • 60% for 4 years or more

Some insurers give an extra no claims bonus discount for 5 years or more claim free driving at 65%.

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What’s the difference between ‘introductory discount’ and ‘no claims bonus’?

Introductory discount is a discount allowed by an individual insurer, at the time you take up your insurance. They may offer you an introductory discount equivalent of having a certain amount of no claims bonus. There are many reasons you may be allowed an introductory discount. For example if you have been a named driver on someone’s claim free policy for a number of years, but never had insurance in your own name you may be allowed a discount.

Introductory discount it is not usually transferable to another insurer at the time of your renewal. However it is hoped you will have built up some real no claims bonus in the mean time.

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What is a protected no claims bonus?

Protected No Claims Bonus allows you to have a certain number of fault claims without losing your no claims bonus discount.

Though, it is important to note that if you have claim the cost of your premium can still rise even if you have no claims bonus protection. This is because having had one claim, you may be assessed as a higher risk of having more claims. However you will still receive a full no claims bonus discount from the slightly higher premium. So Protected no claims bonus will still save you money.

To prevent your premium rising at renewal Plan Insurance will compare your current insurer’s premium against the cost of our full panel of insurers!

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How can I protect my no claims bonus?

If you already have a policy with Plan simply call our friendly staff and see if no claims bonus protection can be added to you policy. If it is possible there will be a small additional premium for this extra cover.

If you are not currently insured with Plan, and would like a quote with no claims bonus protection simply click Call Me Now fill in your details and we’ll be in touch to offer you a low cost quote. Make sure to specify that you would like a quote with no claims bonus protection when the question comes round.

At Plan Insurance we have great deals on protected bonus schemes.

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Do I need to provide evidence of my no claims bonus discount?

If you decide to take out a policy with us, and declare that you are entitled to no claims bonus you’ll need to provide evidence of that No Claims Bonus. Most UK insurers will only accept no claims bonus from policies that expired within the last 2 years. This must have been earned on a private car or commercial vehicle insurance policy, on which you were the main driver.

Usually your most recent insurance renewal invitation will show the number of years no claims bonus you’ve earned, the expiry date of your last insurance policy and any claims you’ve made. If this renewal invitation is from your insurance company, not your broker, this can act as your no claims bonus proof.

However if it is a renewal notice from your broker you must request your no claims bonus proof from your broker. Please note that in the majority of cases UK insurance companies will only accept no claims bonus from other UK insurers.

Please also note that you can’t use the same no claims bonus on more than one policy at the same time. However some insurers will allow an introductory/mirror bonus discount on your second car insurance equivalent to that of your no claims bonus.

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What do I do if I’m struggling to obtain my no claims bonus proof?

If you are struggling to obtain your proof of no claims bonus Plan Insurance’s staff will be more than willing to assist. We can obtain telephone confirmation of your no claims bonus on your behalf. In order to so we will need your policy number, and the name of your previous insurers.

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Will you give me a discount as I have experience of driving a company car, but do not have a no claims bonus in my own name?

If you’re a company car user with a claims free driving history, who is purchasing your own insurance, then we can offer you large discounts. However we’ll need a letter from your employer confirming that you were the sole user of the company vehicle, the dates you were covered under the company car scheme, details of any claims which occurred during this period and whether these were settled on a fault or non fault basis.

If you don’t produce evidence of your declared no claim discount, we’ll either charge you for the additional premium required from the start date of your policy or cancel the policy.

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I am getting a second car. Can I use my no claims bonus on the insurance on that car as well?

Your no claims bonus is limited to one car. However, with Plan Insurance’s extensive panel of insurers it may be possible that your No Claims Bonus will enable us to secure an introductory discount, equivalent to your No Claims Bonus discount on your second car’s insurance policy.

At Plan Insurance we have great deals on introductory and mirror bonus offers.

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I have been a named driver on someone else’s policy. Can I get a no claims bonus discount if I start a policy in my own name?

Only the policyholder benefits from building up a no claims bonus discount on a policy. However we can usually arrange an introductory discount for you, equivalent to a no claims bonus discount, if you have a claim free driving record.

Some direct insurers offer policies where second drivers can build up their own no claims bonus. Should the named driver wish to take out their own car insurance policy this no claims bonus will only be valid if the named driver remains with that particular direct insurer. If this direct insurer proves to be expensive and the named driver wishes to ring around for a more competitive price, as they would have done in any case, other insurers on the basis of this second driver experience will still only offer introductory discounts equivalent to a no claims bonus discount.

At Plan Insurance we have great deals on introductory and mirror bonus offers.

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