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Mind the GAP!

by Gareth Evans on September 15, 2016 Comments Off on Mind the GAP!

Have you purchased a vehicle within the last 60 days or shortly planning on buying one?  Are you worried about protecting the value of your new vehicle if it is written off or stolen & not recovered?

You might think that GAP Insurance is a type of cover that is only offered by motor dealerships.  However, at CIC, we can offer this at premiums which are on average 40% cheaper than from a motor dealership.

Earlier this year, guidelines were introduced which changed the way that dealerships can sell GAP insurance.  The dealer now has to give you (the customer) four days from offering the pre-sale GAP information to allow you to shop around before committing to their policy.  This means that you have time to approach us and for us to save you money!

One of the reasons for this is that the dealership are required to apply an Insurance Premium Tax rate of 20% to match the VAT amount, rather than the current rate offered by us of 9.5%.

We currently offer the following types of cover:

Purchase Price Protection GAPThis pays the difference between the motor insurers total loss settlement at the time and the original net invoice price paid by you for the vehicle (up to an agreed benefit level).

Here is an example of how this works:

Vehicle Vauxhall Antara
Date of Purchase October 2013
Purchase Price £11,599
Date of Total Loss May 2016
Total Loss Valuation £8,250
GAP Claim Payment £3,349


Lease GAP – This pays the difference between the Motor Insurers total loss settlement and the Early Termination charge applied by the vehicle lease company.

Combined Purchase Price Protection & Finance Shortfall GAP – As well as paying the difference between the motor insurer’s total loss settlement and the original net invoice price paid for the vehicle for the first 3 years, the cover will revert to cover the difference between the motor insurers’ total loss settlement and the balance outstanding to the finance company in years 4 and 5.

Finance GAP – This will pay the financial shortfall between the motor insurer’s total loss settlement and the Early Settlement Amount owed to the Finance Company (up to the benefit level). The settlement is made direct to the finance company.

An example of this is as follows:

Vehicle Volkswagen Crafter
Date of Purchase October 2014
Purchase Price £21,000
Date of Total Loss June 2016
Total Loss Valuation £14,050
Finance Outstanding £16,173.40
GAP Claim Payment £2,123.40


Don’t miss the  opportunity to contact us for a quote on 01628 531411!


Gareth EvansMind the GAP!