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Car Insurance with Dashcams Compared

Compare Car Insurance policies with dashcam discounts.You may save money off your insurance premium if you have a dashcam installed


Insurance companies which offer a discount for dashcams.

Axa
  • Save when you have a dashcam installed
  • Not available through comparison websites
  • You will be asked if you have a dashcam installed on application
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www.axa.co.uk

Adrian Flux
  • Save up to 15% if you have a dashcam installed
  • Call to get the best possible rates
  • Freephone 0800 181 4542
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In 2013 only 3% of drivers in the UK had a dashcam (also known as an in-car camera) installed. But the following Christmas saw a 150% increase in sales at Halfords. Dashcams have several benefits not only for you but also for the insurance industry and some companies are now offering discounts on car insurance for those who have them installed.

Why do Car Insurers offer discounts for Dashcam users

Very simply a dashcam video makes it easier for them to defend claims against people who insure with them. It provides great evidence in 'Cash for Crash' claims where another driver deliberately initiates a crash only to claim substantial personal injuries have been caused (these cost the insurance industry around £1billion every year). It can also prevent long debate as to which driver is responsible for an accident.

So it saves them both administration and claim costs, which they can pass on to their policyholders.

Benefits of a dashcam

  • Can be used to prove an accident wasn't your fault. Particularly useful in 'crash for cash' scams which cost the insurance industry around £1billion every year

  • Claims can be settled faster saving unnecessary hassle

  • Proving your innocence can help you maintain your no-claims bonus

  • It can also mean you get back your excess payment

  • They help to reduce fraud in the insurance industry

  • Some dashcams have motion detectors so, if someone vandalises or bumps into your car in a car park, they may be caught on camera

  • If another person uses your car, a dashcam can help you track how well they are driving

  • And, if you are teaching someone to drive, you can help by reviewing their practice with them

  • If you drive for a living, accidents can be more commonplace. Proving you were not at fault with dashcam evidence can protect your livelihood

  • According to Thisismoney.co.uk, all 29 of the UK's leading insurers would now consider footage in a claims process

  • Lastly, if you are on a road trip taking in the beautiful scenery, some dashcams allow you to transfer your video onto a PC or MAC

Requirements for the dashcam discount

  • The dashcam must be installed before you take out the insurance. Companies prefer it to be professionally installed but you can do it yourself.

  • The dashcam must record a video of the road ahead on every journey (Most dashcams operate on a loop so once it reaches the end of a cycle it rerecords over the oldest footage)

  • Mobile phone apps are usually not acceptable for the discount as the video is considered unreliable.

  • If the dashcam comes with a screen, this must be folded away while you are driving

  • In the event of an accident, the insurance company will ask for the video of the event. Occasionally some firms may ask for other videos to confirm your dashcam is working correctly.

This content was last reviewed on 15/10/2019

Image courtesy of: Halfords