February 07, 2010 19:00 ET

Fire and Accidental Damage Most Important Van Insurance Criteria

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2010) - Almost fifty per cent of van drivers consider fire and accidental damage cover as the most important when choosing van insurance, according to figures released today.

An online survey of 1,200 customers by van insurance retailer, Swinton Commercial, found that 42% of van drivers thought that fire and accidental damage was more important than legal liability, van contents and breakdown cover.

35% of Swinton Commercial customers voted that theft or deliberate damage was the second most important factor.

When asked about what the most important van insurance criteria, the respondents listed the following five priorities:

1. Fire and accidental damage (41.8%)

2. Theft or deliberate damage (35.2%)

3. Legal liability (11.5%)

4. Van contents (7.1%)

5. Breakdown (4.4%)

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial, said: "Choosing the right van insurance can be quite confusing. There are a lot of things that need to be considered, including the cost of the policy. Drivers need to consider the usage of their van and also how much they risk by not taking out a comprehensive policy.

"It is important for our customers to know that there are additional options which can be added on the your van insurance policy, such as breakdown cover and drivers' legal protection"

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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