Breakdown firms hiding price hikes on car insurance renewal
AA and RAC customers not told their premiums have changed.
Breakdown cover customers are being sent renewal letters that don’t inform them of exactly how much their premiums will be going up.
In April 2017, the City watchdog brought in new regulations that made insurers print clearly the previous year’s premium on all their policy renewal letters.
The hope was that this would prevent loyal customers being ripped-off by price raises and mean they were encouraged to shop around for the best deals.
However, it has now emerged that the rules only apply to insurance policies that last for periods of longer than ten months.
This means that thousands of AA and RAC customers who pay for breakdown cover on a month-by-month basis aren’t being told their premiums are changing. They also aren’t being told how much they paid previously.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said it is investigating this matter.
It is therefore important that customers make a note of what they are paying to ensure they will know if their premium is increased without them being told.
A spokesperson for the RAC said: ‘We fully comply with our regulatory responsibilities. These requires insurers to display the previous premium adjacent to the renewal quote for annual policies of ten months or more.’
The AA’s spokesperson said: ‘The previous year’s premium is not on correspondence for continuous monthly memberships, which are not subject to the FCA’s regulatory requirement for annual policies.’
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