September 12, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Sees Surge in Van Insurance Policies After Rise in New Vehicle Registrations

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Swinton Commercial is offering advice to van drivers looking to update their vehicle after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announced an increase in new vehicle registrations.

For the month of August SMMT revealed that new vehicle registrations were up 7.3% for the same period in 2010.

The commercial van insurance retailer sees the increase as a welcome boost to the motor trade industry, which was hit hard in the recession. It is offering the following advice to van drivers who are now able to update their vehicle:

• Think about the fuel efficiency of the van, choosing a van that uses less fuel will save you money in the long term

• Choose a van that is the right size for your everyday needs, but also has sufficient load capacity. It is against the law to drive an overloaded vehicle

• Think about the engine size, a van that will be driven on longer journeys such as motorways may need a larger engine, while a smaller city centre delivery van will need a smaller engine.

• Ask family, friends, and co-workers to share their knowledge of various makes and models of vans and also look at independent websites that will compare and contrast makes and models

• Test drive a few different vehicles to get a better feel of which model will suit you

• Check the van insurance policy before you purchase as a new van may carry a higher premium

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "The motor trade industry was one of the hardest hit industries in the recession so it is great to see this increase in new vehicle registrations which in turn will have a positive impact on the insurance industry."

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 603 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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