All cars need insurance but there are various options
Third party insurance
This is the most basic cover you can get, and is the legal minimum of car insurance cover. In the event of an accident that was seen to be your fault, this type of cover protects other people, vehicles and property, but injuries you suffer and damage to your own car is not covered.
Third party insurance only covers you against having to pay if you injure someone or damage their vehicle or other property, but won't pay to repair damage to your car or other property.
Third party, fire and theft cover
This will cover third party damage, and also fire and theft, so you can claim for replacing your car if it is stolen, damaged as a result of an attempted theft, and fire damage.
This is the most commonly purchased option. Comprehensive cover pays to repair damage to your car, including windscreens, in addition to all of the cover included in Third Party, Fire and Theft cover.
People sometimes incorrectly assume that comprehensive cover is the most expensive cover but this is not necessarily true – you may find that comprehensive cover works out as cheap as Third Party, Fire and Theft.
Remember that with Comprehensive car insurance you are covered for everything included in Third Party, Fire and Theft cover, plus:
Damage to your own car
A pay-out for the market value of your old car
However, if your car is relatively cheap to repair, then a third party policy might be better for you. A newer car might cost £100s or £1000s to repair, in which case third party cover would leave you footing a hefty bill, and wipe out any savings you made by choosing Third Party cover.
Table of cover
M&S Bank Standard Cover
Replacement Car provided
for up to 30 days as standard*
Up to 75%
No Claims Discount**
Emergency Journey Cover
Vehicle ID Theft Cover
Source: John Lewis Insurance Internet Survey 14th October 2016, based on insurer direct websites, using the standard available product, excludes optional extras.
* Cover is provided if your insured car is a total loss (a write-off) or has been immobilised due to a fault road traffic accident, theft, fire, vandalism or an act of malicious damage. Comprehensive cover only. Other terms and conditions apply.
** Maximum 75% is only available with 9 years or more no claims history. Quotes offered from a panel of insurers. Not all panel members offer up to 75%. Minimum premiums apply. No Claims Discount Protection does not protect the overall price of your policy, which may still increase if you make a claim.
*** In the event of an emergency, we'll reimburse you up to £50 in taxi or train fares. Terms apply.
Third party insurance only covers you against having to pay if you injure someone or damage their vehicle or other property, but won't pay to repair damage to your car. Third party, fire and theft cover will also pay to repair or replace your own car if it is stolen, or damaged or destroyed by fire.
The most commonly purchased option is comprehensive cover. This cover pays to repair damage to your car, including windscreens, in addition to all of the cover described above.
If you need to make a claim, please call us immediately on 0345 610 0360 and our claims team will be able to help, 24 hours a day.
For a windscreen claim call us on 0345 610 0361 (also available 24 hours a day).
The claims handler will ask for the details of your claim. The more details you can provide during the first call, the quicker the claims process will be.
If your vehicle is not driveable, the claims team will help arrange a replacement car to get you on your way again (usually within 24 hours), or if it’s an emergency and we cannot arrange the replacement in time, we will refund your taxi fare up to £50.
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