AA reveals surge in motor insurance claims

AA reveals surge in motor insurance claims

Stormy weather caused the number of car insurance claims to shoot up by 28% in the first five days of the New Year, the AA has revealed.

Many parts of the UK suffered winds of up to 90mph resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicles.

Cars were hit by an array of unlikely items including wheelie bins; parts of buildings, especially roof tiles; TV aerials; and even trampolines.

The wind was so strong that it ripped car doors out of drivers’ and passengers’ hands, seriously damaging the doors’ hinges.

It also brought down trees, electricity poles and walls.

Scotland was particularly badly hit, with car insurance claims rising by 65% over the five day period, compared with the same period in 2011.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, warned that cars damaged by building debris do not usually qualify for an insurance claim against the building owner’s insurance.

Drivers would have to claim off their car insurance policy unless it could be proved that the damage was due to poor maintenance of the building.

Meanwhile, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that car registration fell by 4.4 per cent in 2011 to 1.94 million, the lowest level in 10 years.

However this was higher than the SMMT’s forecast of 1.92 million new car registrations in 2011.

The decline was partly attributed to the government’s car ‘scrappage’ scheme which subsidised new car purchases and led to a temporary increase in new car sales in 2010.

The SMMT also report an increase in the number of diesel and other non-petrol powered cars registered, as well as fleet cars.

Over one million fleet vehicles were registered representing an increase of 4.7 per cent.

New car registration peaked in 2003, at 2.58 million.

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