A lot of drivers take out van insurance but only briefly scan the terms and conditions. That’s ok if you never need to make a claim but if you do and discover that you’re not properly covered or you have invalidated your insurance, you could face a hefty bill, a penalty and even prosecution. The answer to ‘will my van insurance pay out?’ can be found in the documents your insurer sends you – always read these carefully.
This guide is designed to help explain why in some cases, your insurer might not pay-out.
If your van is written-off
If your vehicle has been badly damaged it will be sent to an approved garage for assessment. If the garage deems the vehicle as irreparable, a claims assessor will be called in for final assessment. If repair costs exceed the value of the van, it will probably be written-off as it will be viewed as uneconomical to repair and your insurer will pay out the value of the vehicle before it was damaged (after deduction of the policy excess, assuming your policy covers the incident).
If you’re hit by an uninsured driver
In this case, you’ll be able to claim on your own insurance if you have comprehensive cover. This usually means losing your no claims discount (unless it’s protected) and paying the excess but unless you have breached your insurance agreement, there is no reason for your insurer not to pay out.
If your van is stolen
First, contact the police to obtain a Crime Reference Number which you will need to make a claim with your insurer. You’ll probably be assigned a claims assessor to discuss the claim. A theft excess may apply to your policy and this will be deducted from any amount you receive.
Why your insurer might not pay out
There are a number of reasons why your insurer may refuse to pay out:
The policy was not in force at the time of the incident being claimed for
You were untruthful on your insurance application or didn’t disclose something e.g. penalty points
You withheld information or misled your insurers – for example, parking on the street and saying you use a garage
You have missed one or more premium payments
You don’t have a valid driving licence or you have breached the terms of your licence, such as driving unsupervised on a provisional licence or without required glasses
You failed to update your insurer on changes to your circumstances
You haven't kept to a condition of your policy, such as leaving your van unlocked
You are trying to claim for more than you should.
Alternatively, your insurer may only pay some of your claim. This may be because:
You’re underinsured (the cost of your claim is more than what you’re covered for)
You have to pay an excess – this comes out of the value of the claim
Your van was overloaded at the time of the accident
You were driving abroad – many policies reduce the cover level or refuse to cover you when you take the vehicle overseas.
Contact us today
Insure your van online with the RAC today or speak to one of our sales agents on 0330 332 8308 to get a quote.