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Cheaper insurance equals better car

14 November 2005
Car owners would be able to afford a better car if they shopped around for a cheaper deal on their car insurance, according to a new survey.

Car insurance comparison engine Confused.com found that over 40 per cent of people who unnecessarily pay the top rate of car insurance could afford a more expensive car using the money they could save if they shopped around for a better deal.

Managing director of Confused.com, Kate Armstrong, said: "While we don’t expect drivers to automatically upgrade their cars based on the money that they would have saved by finding the cheapest car insurance, our research does make a very important point - that unless you shop around for insurance, just as you’d shop around for a good deal on a new car, you could be flushing money down the drain."

The website found that a driver who wanted to purchase an Alfa Romeo 147 could pay up to £14,655.42 including insurance.

However, had they shopped around for insurance they could have saved £407.58 - enough to upgrade to a 147 Spark Turismo.

Confused.com found over 40 per cent of car owners fail to get a quote from anyone else other than their own insurance provider when they are due an upgrade.

On average, drivers could save £150 by shopping around says the website.

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