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Rise Recorded In Home And Motor Insurance Costs

Oct 13, 2007
Homeowners and motorists alike may be due to come under more difficulty in handling their money, it has been suggested.

The news comes as research carried out by the AA in its latest British Insurance Premium Index has shown a rise in both home and car insurance costs over recent months - an increase partially attributed to the flooding seen across the country during the summer.

According to the firm, the typical home buildings insurance policy surged by some three per cent during the third quarter of 2007 (between July and September) up to 215 pounds 51p. This compares with a decrease of 1.89 per cent recorded during the second quarter of this year, where average cover stood at 209 pounds 23p. Overall, premiums have surged by 3.13 per cent from the same time in 2006 - a rise which could well put pressure on consumers' capacity to make payments on other demands on their finances such as utility bills and loans.

The cost of home contents insurance cover has also witnessed growth over the last quarter, as the typical quote is now valued at 149 pounds 99p - a rise of 2.29 per cent. Meanwhile, a year-on-year rise of 1.64 per cent was posted.

However, drivers too could be set for further hardship in making loan repayments, as they have seen a notable increase in car insurance costs. As over the last 12 months, third party, fire and theft cover has surged by 4.43 per cent. Meanwhile, the average policy has surged by 3.57 per cent during the third quarter to stand at a record 1,042 pounds 41p. This compares to growth of 1.32 per cent to 1,006 pounds 44p over the course of the previous three-month period.

Comprehensive cover also increased during the last quarter, though at a lower rate than third party, fire and theft. Between July and September such insurance was up by 1.35 per cent. During the course of the last year, however, the premium has risen by some 7.96 per cent.

Commenting on the figures, John Close, insurance relations director for the company, said: "The latest rises are in line with expectation. Car insurance premiums have followed an upward trend since the second quarter of 2006. The cost to the industry of personal injury claims and legal costs has been escalating rapidly while accident damage costs has also risen faster than premiums. In addition, recent flood claims have cost insurers an estimated 100 million pounds."

As a result, those worried that rising insurance costs may pressure their ability to meet demands on other areas of their spending may wish to consider applying for a low-rate personal loan. And such a method of borrowing could also be advisable for those considering the purchase of a new car.

Following the launch of the new 57 registration plate last month, Halifax reported that September is often a prime time to apply for a loan so as to buy a new motor vehicle. However, Neil Chandler, head of the financial provider's unsecured personal loans division, advised consumers to take the time to search for the most competitively-priced finance deal available.
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