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Rural insurance premiums a quarter of those in London

According to the AA, regional differences in insurance premiums are continuing to grow.

The latest AA British Insurance Premium Index showed that the average quoted premium for an annual comprehensive car insurance policy has fallen by a record amount yet again.

Although many insurers have expressed concern that prices have fallen to an unsustainable low, there has been little sign of the rate of fall slowing despite predictions that prices will start rising again soon.

The index highlights the extremes between postcode regions, the most expensive being London – commanding an average quoted premium of £922.44 – followed by postal area IG, which includes Ilford, Chigwell, Woodford Green, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton and Barking (an average quoted premium of £912.07).  Greater Manchester (M) is third at £820.63. 

The cheapest, the Isle of Man at £231.49, is followed by KW, the extreme north-east of Scotland including Orkney (£252.13).  The cheapest mainland postal area for car insurance is TR in the south-west of Cornwall (£279.72), around a quarter of the average paid in London.

 Janet Connor, managing director of AA Insurance, points out that car insurance premiums take into account not just the experience and age of the driver and the car model being driven, but a range of other factors including where the car is normally kept.

“The premium reflects the likelihood of a claim being made and, in some urban areas, there is much greater risk of a collision taking place, or of car crimes such as theft of or from a vehicle, uninsured driving or attempts at ‘cash for crash’ fraud.

“Sadly, the criminality of some people has a detrimental effect of the premiums paid by honest motorists in such places. 

“But over the past year premiums have, on average, fallen in most areas of the UK and, encouragingly, some of the biggest falls have been in postcode areas that traditionally have paid the highest premiums,” she points out. “However, there are some signs of the downward trend reversing with average premium increases in a few of post codes.

“I hope that the measures being introduced by the Ministry of Justice to curb fraudulent injury claims and continued work by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the police to reduce the number of uninsured drivers, will help to ensure premiums in such places are affordable.

Connor doesn’t expect the current premium falls to continue. “There are already signs that some insurers are looking to put their prices up and I believe that this time next year, the AA’s Index will be reflecting a rising trend.  But I don’t expect to see the sharp premium inflation we saw between 2009 and 2011, when over a 12-month period premiums rose by more than 40 per cent.”  

 

Cheapest to most costly

Postcode Area

 

Average Shoparound Premium

Quarterly

fall / rise

1

IM (Isle of Man)

£231.49

-3.3%

2

KW (Kirkwall)

£252.13

-1.9%

3

TR (Truro)

£279.72

-1.8%

4

AB (Aberdeen)

£285.82

-0.5%

5

DT (Dorchester)

£286.26

-1.9%

6

PH (Perth)

£286.26

-2.4%

7

EX (Exeter)

£289.22

-1.3%

8

TA (Taunton)

£291.88

-3.1%

9

LD (Llandudno)

£292.74

-3.3%

10

ZE (Lerwick)

£296.39

-4.8%

11

IV (Inverness)

£297.53

-3.9%

12

PL (Plymouth)

£299.65

-2.2%

13

TQ (Torquary)

£300.19

-0.7%

14

GL (Gloucester)

£301.79

-3.1%

15

TD (Galashiels)

£302.72

-2.4%

(intervening regional figures available on request)

99

TW (Twickenham)

£597.05

-1.0%

100

SR (Sunderland)

£604.99

-7.7%

101

RM (Romford)

£608.50

+2.9%

102

BB (Blackburn)

£618.89

-3.8%

103

EN (Enfield)

£623.10

+2.1%

104

CR (Croydon)

£660.97

+1.3%

105

BD (Bradford)

£661.79

+0.2%

106

L (Liverpool)

£720.00

-2.4%

107

BL (Bolton)

£736.53

-4.4%

108

HA (Harrow)

£764.89

+0.1%

109

OL (Oldham)

£794.78

-7.2%

110

UB (Southall)

£807.11

+3.6%

111

M (Manchester)

£820.63

-4.1%

112

IG (Ilford)

£912.07

+4.5%

113-121

London**

£922.44

-5.0%

 


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