Are you coughing up for needless insurance costs?

18 April 2012

insuranceConsumer champions of the world, Which!!!, have compiled two separate reports (TWO! Count 'em! Like the White Album, it could've made one great report, but there's no telling Which!!!!!! is there?) which state that insurance customers are facing unnecessary costs.

They found that 10 out of the 12 largest water companies are promoting pipe insurance from third parties, and this apparently costs customers more than £100m (in total) and in many cases, the money being spent is absolutely needless.

This is because water companies provide their own repair schemes which are free-of-charge. This service overlaps with what's being offered by insurance companies. In addition to this, some water supply problems could be covered by your home insurance.

Another problem is that many water companies are promoting Homeserve policies through direct mail promotions, often on their own headed notepaper. You could argue that this is a little misleading, which is neither use nor ornament if you're paying for things that are covered for free elsewhere.

Which?!?!? have also highlighted that insurers could well be charging hidden fees for insurance policy changes and renewals. It seems that AXA and Swiftcover are charging customers £30 to update your personal details with them.

Peter Vicary-Smith of Which!!!!! said: “These charges should reflect the real cost to the company and not a way of making easy money from consumers who are already struggling with high and rising insurance premiums.”

In other words, they're all greedy swine. Keep an eye on 'em.

TOPICS:   Banking   Investments   Insurance

9 comments

  • SgtMunky
    What? A company trying to save me money but not sending me intrusive surveys, cold-calls and door-to-doors? I like the sound of Which!!!
  • Mike H.
    It's Which?, with a fucking question mark you fucking cretins!
  • Another A.
    Mike Hock missing the joke by this much >-----------------------<
  • Mike H.
    And you're missing the running joke, cunt.
  • The B.
    They're missing a trick, I no longer pay home contents insurance since I got the pair of Bengal tigers and snake pits installed.
  • Sicknote
    And water companies will come and unblock your drains for free as well; recently had Southern Water out to clear waves of shit from my exclusive cul-de-sac
  • Dick H.
    don't you just love insurance scumpanies?
  • Lieutenant S.
    I "heart" insurance companies.
  • Dick H.
    I think what you'll find they are saying is that they "hate" insurance companies!

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