stuffees" continue to be ripped off by insurers & utility companies|
loyalty counts for very little these days or worse - some insurers and utility
providers regard loyal customers as fodder ripe for a rip off. The excess "loyal
stuffees" pay up on renewals goes to subsidise the competitive quotes the
providers offer in the market to those shopping around. But haggling is not a
natural activity for many but sadly one most will have to accept now if they do
not simply roll over on renewal and pay up as a "loyal suffee".
prepared to haggle over motor insurance renewals. 180427
Time to haggle on motor insurance
renewals. 171219 NEWS
the UK Government introduced a requirement that insurers must disclose on their
renewal notice the premium paid in the previous year making a premium comparison
who stay loyal with the same insurer or utility provider are increasingly finding
their renewal premium or charge has big increases. Why? - well customers who stay
with the same provider and dont haggle for a better deal are being hit with
loyalty penalties. For broadband customers the Which? magazine (UK's leading consumer
group) reports renewal "penalties" of up to £220 a year on average.
In effect loyal customers are seen as less likely to shop around as they believe
the provider will value loyalty and reward their loyal customers with good renewal
charges. Sadly the providers simply regard them as "loyal stuffees"
- yes customers on whom they can load their renewal charges and reap a bumper
harvest from the inflated renewal charges.|
So sadly for many classic car
enthusiasts who have grown up believing loyalty had a value that is no longer
the case. So shop around and haggle!
Fortunately one or two utilities
providers, like Utility Warehouse, do have loyal customers' interests at heart.
around for motor insurance is not easy as you have to compare the scope of
the policy with your renewal cover, check policy excess amounts, check agreed
values and limited mileages, check the agreed no claims discount, check overnight
parking requirements (does the car have to be garaged when at the policyholder's
address?), check key policy conditions (for example how scrappage is handled with
a claim) and try and check the provider's claims handling performance. It can
be a tedious exercise taking hours of your time to arrive at a point where you
can compare quotes with your renewal and then decide what to do. Return to your
current provider and haggle or dump them and head for a better offer.