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Old Dec 15th 2010, 4:12 am
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How easy is it to obtain car insurance after a long, very long absence from the UK? At 72 I have a clean driving record both in France, and in Canada where I now reside and where I drive. I have driven since the age 18 with only a matter of five or so years without a car (overseas in various countries).

Any recommendations as to UK insurance companies to contact please?

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Old Dec 15th 2010, 8:21 am
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How easy is it to obtain car insurance after a long, very long absence from the UK? At 72 I have a clean driving record both in France, and in Canada where I now reside and where I drive. I have driven since the age 18 with only a matter of five or so years without a car (overseas in various countries).

Any recommendations as to UK insurance companies to contact please?

Thank you one and all.
I used the web site http://www.gocompare.co.uk/ and went with Tesco who had the better rating for best coverage/price. I was able to apply an excellent no claims record with Tesco which further lowered my rate by obtaining a letter from my previous insurance agent.

Hoe that helps...good luck
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Old Dec 15th 2010, 11:03 am
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Thanks so much for your prompt reply. Looks promising then. Never would have thought that Tesco did car insurance but I have been away a long while. Shall have a good look at the site you referred to.
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I used the web site http://www.gocompare.co.uk/ and went with Tesco who had the better rating for best coverage/price. I was able to apply an excellent no claims record with Tesco which further lowered my rate by obtaining a letter from my previous insurance agent.

Hoe that helps...good luck
As long as the OP doesn't have to watch those ANNOYING adverts, I absolutely hate them and will put the mute button on at the first hint of THAT voice...........

http://www.gocompare.com/gio-compario/

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I keep a letter safe that is from my old insurance company showing I have no claims, Hope this works
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Old Dec 16th 2010, 8:28 pm
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UK companies would not acccept my Australian no claims bonus because it was expressed in %age not years on the certificate. I tried a few different ones, I still managed to get cover but not at a careful driver rate, more like back to square 1
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Sorry to hear that Island Girl. I had my insurance Co. agent write a letter - maybe you could try getting that? Not sure how things work in Aus. It saved me a bundle though, so worth it if you can swing it.
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Thank you for all your comments. I shouldn't have any problem in Canada with obtaining letters showing a clean driving record. Already have one from France where I was before. Have to admit to being a little fazed with the categories of insurance. Was interested in a Hyundai SUV in Category 11 but still trying to ascertain what price that would be as a ball park figure.
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Originally Posted by islandergirl View Post
UK companies would not acccept my Australian no claims bonus because it was expressed in %age not years on the certificate. I tried a few different ones, I still managed to get cover but not at a careful driver rate, more like back to square 1
really?
we had no problem. we just got the insurance company to confirm how many years no claim in writing and fax it.... it was easy,...
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As long as the OP doesn't have to watch those ANNOYING adverts, I absolutely hate them and will put the mute button on at the first hint of THAT voice...........
Mummy will not be amused...
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