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Old Mar 9th 2009, 4:10 pm
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Hi, we have just moved to the UK from texas, and my husband who is a Kiwi does not have a UK licence. We've bought a 2L engine car, and I have just called direct line for a quote and they cannot insure him until he has held a full UK licence for at least 1 year.

Has anyone else faced this problem and knows of a company (that isnt going to cost the earth) that will insure him. He has to get a large engine car for work purposes so we will be in the same situation for his car in a month or so.

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Don't panic. That will just be Direct Line's policy, I would just do a few internet searches. Try Confused.com or comparethemarket.com maybe.

I am afraid without a no claims discount it could be quite expensive though.
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Luckily they will accept my no claims bonus from australia, but its the car and his international licence that's the problem.

Just tried Churchill no luck there either!
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Luckily they will accept my no claims bonus from australia, but its the car and his international licence that's the problem.

Just tried Churchill no luck there either!
I just did a hypothetical seach on comparethemarket.com for someone with an overseas license and a 2litre car (I chose a ford at random). Got back about 30 quotes in two minutes, about another 20 companies would not insure. Anyway quicker than calling them one at a time. Morethan and Admiral were the cheapest on my hypothetical search.
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Thanks, I had done that a couple of days ago, but in the current climate I wanted to go with a more established company (well at least one that I recognised from when I was here last). those two didnt come up for me!
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When we first moved here we tried to get auto insurance through Allstate but they wouldn't cover my husband since he did not have a TX license. (He was furious because his UK license is "superior" to a US one )

We were able to get him covered through State Farm though. It's a very well established company and easy to deal with if you ever have a claim.
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Thanks, I had done that a couple of days ago, but in the current climate I wanted to go with a more established company (well at least one that I recognised from when I was here last). those two didnt come up for me!
Morethan and Admiral are pretty well established in the UK. They have been around for as lomg as I have been driving anyway (12 years). Tesco was always pretty good to me.. try them too.
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When we first moved here we tried to get auto insurance through Allstate but they wouldn't cover my husband since he did not have a TX license. (He was furious because his UK license is "superior" to a US one )

We were able to get him covered through State Farm though. It's a very well established company and easy to deal with if you ever have a claim.
My apologies. Obviously I misread the post and my comments are worthless.
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My apologies. Obviously I misread the post and my comments are worthless.
Sorry. :embaressed_smile:
Aww!! Your comments are never worthless!!
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Rebster- took me a while to work out your confusion

Thanks for the replies, I finally managed to get some insurance, apparently my car is a 'high performance car'!!!! its a 7 seater people mover ..... not sure where the classification comes from.
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