Lifting the Bonnet on the Real Cost of Insurance

61403vol_V_2181Personal injury claim costs now make up the largest proportion of motor insurance claim costs, with whiplash claims alone accounting for 20% of premium income, according to an ABI report published today.

‘Lifting the bonnet on car insurance – what are the real costs?’ analyses where the premiums paid by the UK’s 23.5 million motorists go, dispels the myths of motor insurance and gives a progress report on what the industry is doing and what needs to be done to drive down the cost of motor insurance.

The report breaks down what motor insurance premiums pay for:

• 29% is paid out on repair costs and replacement vehicles
• 20% on whiplash claims
• 15% on personal injury claims under £500,000
• 9% on personal injury claims over £500,000
• 3% on uninsured drivers
• 2% on theft
• 26% staff and overheads

5th March, 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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