The Impact of Vehicle Depreciation

After you purchase a vehicle, directly after you drive it out of the dealer’s showroom or off the car lot, the vehicle begins to deteriorate in value. The most value is lost during the first year or two, with up to 60% being lost by the end of year three. Should you be unlucky enough to lose your vehicle in an accident where it’s written-off, or due to theft, you will most likely find that your comprehensive motor insurance broker will only pay out the devalued amount, leaving you with outstanding debt to the finance company. Guaranteed asset protection will pay out the difference, or gap, between the two, leaving you debt free.

The reason you need motor gap insurance is mainly because of crime, especially vehicle crime, which is an ever present reality. One often hears of people’s cars being stolen or even written off after having vehicle accidents without being able to replace the vehicle with one of similar value. This is due to the fact that at the time of your accident or car theft, you are only entitled to the current market value of your vehicle, no matter the original price you paid for the car.

Motor gap policies cover and protect you in the event of car theft, or an insurance write-off after a major accident. A gap policy however, will cover the difference between the depreciated insurance pay out and what you originally paid for the vehicle, which can sometimes be an extremely large difference due to car depreciation.


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Gap insurance policies are designed as an additional cover in the event that your vehicle is stolen or classified as a write-off in an accident. This type of policy will pay out the difference between the depreciated amount from your comprehensive motor insurance, value of vehicle before the incident, and the price you originally paid for the vehicle.

The motor gap insurance provides you with value for money. As an example: if your car is stolen or written off within eighteen months, and your purchase price was £10,000, your insurance may have depreciated the vehicle already by as much as £3,000, therefore your gap insurance will pay out £3,000.


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Almost everyone is eligible for motor gap insurance. Anyone that purchases a new vehicle, that’s registered in the United Kingdom, even if it’s second-hand, can be covered, and right up until the vehicle reaches 7 years of age.

You benefit from this type of broad protection insurance when your vehicle is either stolen or declared a write off from your comprehensive motor insurance company, what the insurance company will pay out the depreciated value for the vehicle at the time of the write off, which could end up being far less than what you originally paid for the vehicle.


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