Legal expenses insurance provider ARAG has recently announced a partnership with specialist telematics based Insurethebox and will be providing legal cover for around 250,000 of their policyholders. Mandatory legal expenses insurance is now incorporated in the standard car policy for all customers and can be supplemented with an enhanced package which includes replacement vehicle cover for at fault, fire and theft claims together with car cloning cover, motor prosecution defence and legal services assistance such as legal, tax and counselling helplines.
It is possible to provide such significant policy benefits to drivers as young as 17 because they have shown their commitment to safer car ownership when agreeing to have their driving style monitored by the in-car 'black box'. Up to 21 days' insured car hire is available following total loss arising from a fault accident, fire, theft or vandalism so that the policyholder can remain mobile in the event of a claim.
“Those who have opted for safer driving rewards may still become involved in accidents through their own inexperience”, comments David Haynes, Head of Underwriting & Marketing at ARAG. “We can provide the benefits that many will not even know they need until such time as they have a claim. Adding all these safeguards early in their driving experience complements a reward-based approach to insurance and hopefully influences their buying choices for the future”.
Car cloning cover has a particular significance as increased automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) surveillance reveals previously undetected cloned vehicles on the roads, with fixed penalty notices or notice of intended prosecution arriving through the letterbox. Typical claims involve appeals against parking fines or allegations of a criminal offence having been committed. ARAG cover helps defend, mitigate and resolve difficulties that ensue and is twinned with ID theft protection as well as helplines to advise and support victims.
ARAG predicts this innovative cover is the precursor to a new generation of specialist policies that, over time, will become far more mainstream.