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    We currently own a 57 plate Vectra SRi 1.9CDTI 150. Despite the fact I've been driving longer than Emma, she's always had a car, her own insurance and so has 6 years NCB (I haven't owned a car in my name for over 7 years so have no NCB) so its always made sense to insure our car in her name and the insurance costs a touch under £500 p/a.

    There's a good chance that I'll be changing jobs soon and the new job is likely to involve a lengthy commute meaning we'd need a second car. Being a sensible sort of chap I thought perhaps we should get a cheapo little run-about (low tax, low insurance group) and put it in my name with me as the primary policy holder... Found just the sort of thing I was looking for in a corsa 1.7Di, 65bhp, low tax and group 3 insurance... My best quote on confused.com was £750!! Assuming it's because I have a ***** I added emma as a named driver.. £700! Then just out of interest, I changed the vehicle details to that of our current Vectra.... £665!!.. Just to check I wsn't going mad I found a GSI in autotrader and put those details in... £700!

    Is it just me or is that completely bonkers? Why the hell can I insure a GSI for less than I can insure a tatty little corsa with no power!?...

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    It is all to do with likely hood to be stolen + your address. I guess the corsa has less security and is more likely to be nicked.....

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    and think of the number of claims the insurancee companies will have had with young drivers and corsa's

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    Yep as above, Rx-8 was cheaper to insure than my 2.2 vectra last year by over £100.....Tested it on my moms 1.3 mazda 2 and it came out around the same (£700) as the vectra just total madness. Luck has it it came down to £530 this year...

    To make things even more twisted, my wife is learning to drive did her a quote on a 12 month policy fully comp with a provisional license on my moms mazda 2 and it came out at £495.......£300 as a named driver on my vectra....Total madness

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    try hastings direct and direct line are always worth a shout if you are a new customer........ but never renew with the robbing toerags as they always get the first years discount back when you renew!!!!!

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    A mate who works for a broker told me any car that is seen as a little boy/girl racer car or can be easily modded is automatically quoted a higher insurance regardless of its group.
    Most of my mates (21-25yo) are paying about £600 on a group 3-7 car, Corsa, Astra Bora etc, where as I have paid similar for large cars, such as Mondeo, Vectra, Saab. (groups 8-13).

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    Just been on the comparison sites again!.. If I take a new job and need a second car, I could insure an 03 Veccy 2.2DTI SRi for £560!!... Think that's that decided!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLOB View Post
    try hastings direct and direct line are always worth a shout if you are a new customer........ but never renew with the robbing toerags as they always get the first years discount back when you renew!!!!!
    Pretty much standard with all the Insurance companies these days, loyalty bonus is minimal.

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    its mental some of the prices

    cheapest i could find for my 04 vectra 2.0 dti was £1300 fully comp, i nearly died.
    thats double what my 98 vectra sri 140 was, and i thought that was rediculous at the time

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