April 06, 2010 19:00 ET

Van Drivers Voted Least Likely to Make an Insurance Claim

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - Van drivers are least likely to make insurance claims, according to a survey of 1,500 Swinton Commercial van insurance customers.

The survey carried out by the van insurance retailer revealed that over 70% of commercial van drivers would rather pay for minor repairs than claim on their insurance in order to maintain their no claims discount.

The survey also found that almost a third of voters would leave scratches and dents unrepaired, if it means preserving their no claims.

The two most common reasons stated by van drivers for not making claims were to preserve their no claims discount and the fact that minor external damages to vehicles were not of an immediate concern.

Other reasons included not having the time, not wanting to complete the paperwork and to avoid paying any excess.

The survey showed that car drivers were most likely to make claims, followed closely by motorcyclists.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial said: "We would advise van drivers to carry out all necessary repairs. If they don't want to lose their no claims discount, then paying up front is one way to do this while ensuring that their vehicle remains road safe."

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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