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Hi to all!

This forum have been in discussion with ourselves about an insurance scheme for registered users on here. We are glad to say that we have signed the deal so I'd just like to introduce myself & our company!

Chris Knott Insurance - http://www.chrisknott.co.uk - have been involved with car clubs for over 20 years so hopefully we'll understand your needs & requirements!

The scheme is for both standard and modified cars with cosmetic changes and bhp increases by no more than 50bhp.

It starts for ages 22 and over for Comprehensive cover and 19+ for TPFT cover, and you must have at least 1 year's NCB - no introductory discounts are allowed.

All drivers must have held a full UK licence for at least 1 year, and to insure a 'performance' car, there must be at least 1 years experience of driving that, or similar bhp, car. Unfortunately, the scheme is not competitive on all M - Manchester, L - Liverpool, OL - Oldham & SK1-12 - Stockport postcodes, and excludes Northern Ireland.

No more than 1 SP/PC/PL conviction offence per driver.

The minimum premiums are £250 for Comprehensive & £200 for TPFT cover, so please don't ring if your quote is less than this!

We consistently have a very high renewal retention rate meaning that people renew with us because of our constantly competitive insurance premiums & experienced, reliable customer and claims service. That is why we can promote this insurance scheme knowing that we are in it for the long term.

I'll view the site regularly and try to answer any queries that you have also.

In the meantime, please feel free to call the New Business Team when you receive your renewal through. A dedicated team, with years of experience, is waiting for your call! (I personally don't do the quotes).

0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477 (if phoning by mobile) & please don't forget to quote the reference found in my signature below and the club name!
 

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I've been asked quite a few times recently how to get an insurance quote from us.<o:p></o:p>

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All you need to do is either ring the office please on 0800 917 2274 (or 01424 200477 if calling from a mobile) - Mon-Fri 9am till 5pm, Sat 9am till noon and state the club name and if possible the reference number (found in my signature below) - or use the email quote facility found on this forum. <o:p></o:p>

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I don't personally do the quotes as I spend a lot of my time travelling the country on business and work from home also.<o:p></o:p>

We have a specialist team who will be able to help you.<o:p></o:p>

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Also, please don't forget the popular car breakdown cover at £54.50 for full UK cover - please see http://www.ckinsurance.co.uk/docs/ChrisKnottBreakdown.pdf and the instant, online travel insurance quotes - http://www.ckinsurance.co.uk/travel<o:p></o:p>

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And if you need home insurance then http://www.ckinsurance.co.uk/docs/ChrisKnottHomeInsurance.pdf!<o:p></o:p>

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Thanks.<o:p></o:p>
 

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Just a quick apology for those who tried our New Business team on Monday but didn't get through. <o:p></o:p>

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We were absolutely manic - good for business - but it didn't help those who couldn't get a quote.<o:p></o:p>

(Claims & Customer Service depts were unaffected).<o:p></o:p>

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We are back to normal now so please ring us if you're car/home/car breakdown insurance is due in July.<o:p></o:p>
 

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This insurance scheme is proving very popular which is great but I often get asked to do quotes myself.<o:p></o:p>

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Regarding this, could I ask you to either use the email quote facility found on this forum or ring the office please on 0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477 if calling from a mobile - Mon-Fri 9am till 5pm, Sat 9am till noon. <o:p></o:p>

It's just that I don't actually do the quotes, as I spend a lot of my time travelling the country on business and work from home also.<o:p></o:p>

We have a specialist team who should be able to help you based on the details you've stated.<o:p></o:p>

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Also, please don't forget the car breakdown cover at £54.50 for full UK cover - please see http://www.ckinsurance.co.uk/docs/ChrisKnottBreakdown.pdf, online travel insurance (instant quotes) - http://www.ckinsurance.co.uk/travel and home insurance. <o:p></o:p>

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Thanks.<o:p></o:p>
 

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Here we go! The August rush!

August is always a busy month so if you're insurance renewal (for car, home, breakdown or travel!) is due, please feel free to ring us for a quote on our scheme. 0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477 and please quote the forum reference number found in my signature.
 

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I just thought I'd try and explain a little more about the insurer's decision to amend the criteria for our insurance scheme. Please believe me when I say that we would love to insure everybody and I've enjoyed reading people's feedback when they talk of our prices, customer service, claims handling, etc. However, the insurers have been hit hard this year and when trying to find out why, they have discovered that, in general, there are certain elements which are causing the problems. Hence the reason to only accept modifications with cosmetic changes and modded bhp increases of no more than 20bhp. <o:p></o:p>

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Also people must have at least 1 year's NCB - no introductory discounts are allowed, no more than 1 SP/PC/PL conviction offence per driver and minimum premiums are £250 for Comprehensive & £200 for TPFT cover.<o:p></o:p>

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It seems that people outside of this criteria are losing money big-time for the insurers though of course this is a generalisation as they understand not everyone claims in these 'areas'. It's just that once bitten, twice shy.<o:p></o:p>

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It only affects new customers btw.<o:p></o:p>

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May I reiterate that it's not us who have made this decision but the insurers. Let me point you to this article which tends to sum up the market at the moment - http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/Car-Insurance-Premiums-Surge-Ahead-Over-Past-12-Months-Consumer-Intelligence-Research-Finds/Article/201001415534529?lpos=Business_Second_UK_News_Article_Teaser_Region_8&lid=ARTICLE_15534529_Car_Insurance_Premiums_Surge_Ahead_Over_Past_12_Months%2C_Consumer_Intelligence_Research_Finds<o:p></o:p>
 

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It's fair to say premiums are increasing this year due to the increased cost of claims rather than the increased number of claims and these premium increases are imposed on us by the insurers. <o:p></o:p>

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Even though there is obviously negative reaction to this, our renewal retention rate has only dropped by 5% from 81% to 76% so it seems that approximately 3 out of every 4 people still renew with us.<o:p></o:p>

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I'm also hoping that after a period of time (such as 12 months or so), the criteria will be relaxed somewhat but we will see.<o:p></o:p>
 

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Hi <u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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Again we see the media talking about the premium increases which seem to be affecting nearly everyone.<u9:p></u9:p>

Here is the latest article from this weeks' Daily Mail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328180/Motorists-warned-expect-double-digit-hikes-car-insurance.html <u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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For years, our scheme insurers tended to avoid these increases when all around we were hearing of price jumps. <u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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However, fortunately, we are still writing plenty of business even though these increases have been imposed nationally. I still see on forums that our insurance scheme is making savings for forum users (and some large - a £200 saving was quoted on one forum this week!<u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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Therefore, I'd encourage you to call us for a quotation if your renewal is due within the next 21 days or so. You will also be able to take up our competitively priced full UK breakdown cover at £54.50. Please just ask my colleague when you ring for a quote.<u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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The new criteria of not accepting any bhp increase mods by more than 20bhp does affect some on the forum but we are still busy though we're sorry that this precludes some from getting a quote from us.<u9:p></u9:p><o:p></o:p>

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Please ring 0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477 and quote the club reference number found in my signature.<o:p></o:p>

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Hi there
Just to let you know our offices are still open despite the amount of snow we've had.
Some of us, like myself, are snowed in but half the staff are working.

0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477
 

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New Year's Eve 31st December - 3rd January - CLOSED
Tuesday 4th January - 9am to 5pm<o:p></o:p>​
 

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I would be very inclined to give you a call, but my loyalty with Aviva on all four vehicles in my household is VERY VERY strong due to their extremely good quotes. 19 year old on a 2.0 TDI £1,400.

If one day they decide to be picky about me driving the vehicle, then i will give you a call ASAP! :)

Thanks for being part of this growing forum!
 

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LATEST NEWS<o:p></o:p>

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Hi<o:p></o:p>

Just to let you know that the scheme now allows modified vehicles with an increase of up to 50bhp.<o:p></o:p>

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Best wishes<o:p></o:p>
 

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Hi
My apologies for being away from the forums for so long. We have had a few internal changes.

March is a very busy month for insurance renewals so please feel free to ring us if your car insurance is due for renewal in the next few weeks.

In 2010, we recorded an average saving of 10.5% off our new customers quotes elsewhere and we have just had an extremely good first 2 months of the year - surpassing our target by quite a vast amount!

In fact, we were already two thirds to our February target a quarter of the way through the month!

It is great to see people ringing us up but we would like every possible person who fits the criteria to at least ring us on the freephone number and hopefully see the benefits that so many other people are seeing.

Please phone on 0800 917 2274 or 01424 200477 for mobiles and don't forget to quote the club reference number found in my signature below.

Also, please can you give me your feedback regarding the quote on here as we see so little feedback compared to the number of people who ring us for a quote!
The figures show a good number of people ringing but only a handful ever post!
 

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Hi<o:p></o:p>

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Whilst the insurance market seems to have hardened over the last 12 months or so, we have always worked hard on our customer service and it's nice to see comments on the forums of people being satisfied with our efforts. We endeavour to assist customers to our utmost and trust this is a major reason why people renew with us year after year.<o:p></o:p>

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Bearing this in mind, please feel free to contact us for a quotation on your car (and home!) insurance when they are due. We would be more than happy to quote for you.<o:p></o:p>
 

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