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Redpoint Insurance Group Acquires Safeway County Mutual Insurance

Dallas, TX, July 03, 2015 — /EPR AUTOMOTIVE NEWS/ — Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC today announced the acquisition of control of Safeway County Mutual Insurance Company in Dallas, TX. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Safeway County Mutual Insurance will operate under the name Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company.

Redpoint County Mutual will specialize in writing private passenger and commercial automobile insurance in the state of Texas. The Company will be headquartered in Dallas, Texas with administrative offices in Austin, Texas. Christopher A. McClellan, the CEO of Redpoint Insurance Group will serve as CEO and President of Redpoint County Mutual. Wyatt Blackburn, the President of Redpoint Insurance Group will serve as the Treasurer of Redpoint County Mutual.

“We are excited to enter the Texas automobile insurance market – one of the strongest and most dynamic insurance markets in the United States. Redpoint County Mutual will partner with a select group of independent managing general agencies to provide a host of automobile insurance options to Texas consumers. We are committed to providing quality coverage and exceptional service to our policyholders and agents.” -Christopher A. McClellan, CEO

Redpoint Insurance Group is an insurance holding company headquartered in Dallas, TX. Redpoint’s principal affiliates now include Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company and Redpoint Workers’ Compensation. Further detail is available at www.RedpointInsurance.com.

Contact-Details:
Chelsea Beagles
Public Relations Director
cbeagles@redpointinsurance.com
(469) 249-1008

 

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Car insurance plan is all about creating a new revolution in the vehicle industry

The Indian urban transport system is undergoing a face lift. Many small budget cars such as Nano and others have become very popular among vehicle owners in India. Automobile companies are consistently introducing new cars and motorbikes that meet precise requirements of Indian consumers. However, this has also resulted in increase in the number of car accidents. Vehicle owners are also experience problems with traffic jams, parking space and a lot more. Safety is the major concern.

For safety of vehicle, one needs to buy a comprehensive Car insurance plan. Motor insurance plan is important to cover various dangers a vehicle may encounter. Most of the risks covered include the ones caused by natural as well as man-made calamities. Get a vehicle insured is the primary source of keeping risks away from a vehicle. However, it is crucial to understand more about the best Vehicle insurance companies before investing in a plan.

In India, car insurance plan and the companies are managed by the Indian Motor Tariff. Hence, the cover offered will remain the same regardless of where one buys it from. Additionally, the Car insurance plan is compulsory as per the law. It should also be renewed each year.

There are many things to consider before buying a car insurance plan. One needs to know about the premium rates. The company will ask for records and details such as gender, age, gender, payments made in the past etc. These factors influence the premium rate.

Using quotes will also help in getting an idea on rates and cover facilities offered. Studying the costs and coverage offered by the companies in detail is important.

“Comparing quotes will make sure one gets the best rate and cover facilities offered by various reputed companies in India” states Insurance Experts.

It is crucial to check the reputation of the insurance company prior to buying the insurance plan. The research will help in reaching out to the best company in India.

Accidents cannot be foreseen. Getting a car insurance plan from one of the best vehicle insurance companies such as ICICI Lombard or Bajaj Allianz can help customers ensure car security under all conditions.

Buying car insurance plan from one of the most reputed vehicle insurance companies can help in securing the vehicle and ensure adept financial help in case of an emergency. Buying a car insurance policy after weighing all the pros and cons can definitely help a car owner ensure safety of their vehicle. Moreover, these plans are mandatory for vehicle owners in India by law.

I am renowned Insurance Agent, presently working for the venerated survey company for the contribution of Facts & Figures for the reports & statistics. Previously, I have been active member for many government schemes concerning Auto Insurance in India.

Contact Details: Kerala, 3622902, devikapandit19@gmail.comwww.insuranceexperts.in

 

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SEAT Offers 3 Years Of Worry-Free Motoring

SEAT Ireland has unveiled a quintet of special offers to take the stress out of buying a new car in 2013. The SEAT brand is enjoying a renaissance in Ireland, with two new models set to arrive in showrooms in the coming months: the generously-proportioned new Toledo, which goes on sale in November, and an all-new Leon, due to arrive in 2013.

However, SEAT customers won’t have to wait to avail of a host of new car offers. Buyers of all new SEAT cars from the newly revamped range can avail of 3% finance, one of the lowest rates available from any lender, as well as 3 years of free servicing which will take much of the worry out of both purchasing and owning a new car in 2013. Additionally, SEAT is offering 3 years roadside assistance, a 3 year car warranty and, for cars ordered before December 21st, there will be 3,000km of free fuel.

“In these challenging times customers will naturally look for a value proposition and we were able to realign all of our product range and add 10-15% of additional value either through price reductions or additional specification,” said Adam Chamberlain, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland. “Now, alongside a great product proposition, consumers have got very strong offers to allow them to have worry-free motoring for 3 years. Our cars are now more affordable and with these offers the SEAT range now offers truly great cars at great prices.”

More information can be found at www.seat.ie.

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Admiral Reveals Prices At The Pumps Fuelling Anger Amongst UK Motorists

Admiral has revealed the results of new research which shows more than 9 out of 10 UK motorists feel ripped off by the current cost of fuel and a similar number are worried that the price of fuel is going to continue to increase.

Car insurance expert Admiral commissioned YouGov to survey more than 3,000 drivers as part of its annual Admiral Survey of Motorists. The statistics showed 93% agree that they feel ripped off and 89% worry that the price of fuel will continue to increase. When questioned as to why they believed fuel costs are so high, respondents overwhelmingly blamed the UK Government, with over three quarters (76%) saying it is most to blame. It was followed by oil companies (41%), world affairs out of the public’s control (25%) and petrol retailers (20%). In fact, 73% agreed they believe the Government is trying to price motorists off the road.

With the average price of fuel per litre standing at £1.40 for unleaded and £1.44 for diesel, the driving public think a fair price for a litre is considerably lower at 92p for unleaded and 94p for diesel according to the research.

Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director, said: “Motorists are clearly annoyed at the current cost of fuel, and don’t see the price dropping anytime soon. With the proportion of the price at the pumps made up of duty and VAT, it’s clear that motorists see the Government as the biggest culprits when it comes to inflated fuel prices.”

The current cost of fuel is certainly having an impact on the motoring public as over half (57%) have reduced the amount of driving they do due to the cost of fuel while two fifths (40%) have had to cut back on essential spending in order to be able to afford fuel.

Sue continued: “Interestingly, our research shows that some motorists could turn this frustration into action as 42% would consider protesting publically about the cost of fuel. I’m sure no one wants to see a repeat of the scenes in recent years of petrol stations running dry and enormous queues.”

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Confused.com Reveals That Drivers Are Unaware Of Rewards For Good Driving

The thought of having a telematics device fitted to their car may worry some drivers, and many drivers have not even heard of Telematics technology. However Confused.com has come up with a solution: the ‘Confused.com MotorMate’ driving app which is now available on Android and launched today on iPhone to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5.

Confused.com MotorMate app will allow drivers to monitor their driving behaviour by using their mobile phones GPS. The app will assist drivers in finding out about telematics and how they can be rewarded for good driving. The app is free to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

With the introduction of telematics devices safe drivers may no longer have to pay the same high car insurance price as someone who drives like a ‘bat out of hell’. Telematics devices, which monitor a driver’s skill and rewards good driving, are becoming increasingly popular, according to car insurance experts at comparison site, Confused.com, who now have several black box insurance providers on their books and have their own telematics app. However, new research also shows that many drivers remain unaware that they could be rewarded for good driving.

Almost two out of five drivers (38%) say they would consider having a telematics device fitted in their car. However, almost half (47%) of drivers have told Confused.com that they are still unaware of the new telematics, or black box, devices, which can reduce car insurance costs for careful drivers. Once they know about the boxes, saving money is a motivator for 86% of drivers, and deterring theft by using a black box as a tracking device is a motivating factor for 43% of drivers.

Young drivers are most likely to consider having the devices fitted: 40.5% of 17-24 year olds say yes they would consider getting a telematics device fitted, compared to an overall average of 38%.

Regionally, London has the least awareness of telematics. Only 36% of drivers said ‘yes’, they have heard of telematics, black boxes or pay-as-you-drive technology, compared to a national average of 44% and just 34% of London’s drivers say they would consider having one of the boxes installed, as opposed to Northern Ireland where a whopping 54% of drivers say yes to the idea of the devices.

Significantly more men than women (50% v 39%) have heard of this new technology, but interestingly a similar number of men and women would consider having the devices fitted: 38% of women and 39% of men.

Joanne Garcia Head of Emerging Products at Confused.com said: “Telematics offers drivers the chance to save money on car insurance. Although the benefits are there for all drivers, it can be especially welcome to younger drivers considering that 17-20 year olds are paying an average of £2,491 for a comprehensive policy.”

“Also by offering our customers our Confused.com MotorMate app if they are unsure of telematics it allows customers to try the telematics experience before having to commit. The app allows us to reward our customers for being good drivers. By using the app drivers can really understand how they drive and over time they can improve on their driving skills, making them a safer driver and hopefully making our roads safer too.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about telematics can download the free app called Confused.com MotorMate

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Honesty Not The Policy In Sydney Car Parks

Touch parking is on the rise in Sydney suburbs with nearly 70 per cent of drivers having had their car damaged while it was parked, research by NRMA Insurance has found*.

The insurer’s claims data also shows that the Inner City is the place where you’re most likely to return to your parked vehicle and find it damaged with no note, followed by the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs.

“Our research showed that a note is left by the offending driver in less than nine per cent of cases”, said NRMA Insurance spokesperson Andrew Tubb.

“Sometimes people may not realise they’ve hit another vehicle or maybe they think it’s such a gentle hit they haven’t done any damage”.

“Although a lot of drivers do not own up to hitting a parked car, there are a lot of witnesses to touch parking – two in three people have seen a car connect with another car while trying to park in a tight spot.”

And with increased residents and limited parking spots in many Sydney suburbs, touch parking is likely to be an ongoing issue for NSW drivers.

“We think that at times maybe out of frustration, drivers may try to squeeze their car into a tight spot to rush to their destination”.

“No matter what the reason, if drivers do accidently hit a car while parking, we’re encouraging them to do the right thing and leave a note – you never know when you might be on the receiving end and find your car damaged,” Mr Tubb said.

NRMA Car Insurance offers some tips to try and avoid touch parking:
– If you hit a parked car, do the right thing and leave a note with your details;
– If you witness a collision, pass on any information you have to the innocent party;
– When looking for a parking spot, consider the size of the park and if there is adequate space for your vehicle; and
– If you have a passenger, ask them to get out and guide you into the parking spot.

* Based on a survey of 450 NSW drivers by Pure Profile Research & on NRMA Insurance car claims data for the financial years 2008-2011.

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Diamond Reveals Young Women Unprepared For Change In Gender Law

In just over three months’ time a new law comes into force which will prevent insurance companies from pricing premiums based on gender. This is likely to mean higher car insurance premiums for young women, but new research reveals the majority of those who will be most affected by the change are completely unaware of it.

The EU Gender Directive becomes law on 21st December. Diamond, a specialist in car insurance for women, surveyed 1,000 women motorists aged under 30 about the Directive, and found that many of them don’t realise how much it will affect them.

More than half (51%) of those surveyed were unaware of the Directive at all. When asked when they thought the Directive was coming into force only 16% correctly knew that it was later this year. More than a third (36%) thought it was already the law with 16% saying they thought it came in last year and 20% that it came in earlier this year.

Dave Halliday, Diamond managing director, said: “The EU announced it was changing the law regarding gender back in March 2011, which might explain why so many women think it is already in place. However insurance companies have been given until December this year to make the necessary changes to how they price premiums.

“Unfortunately the change is likely to result in higher insurance premiums for young women. This is because from a risk point of view women will have to be treated the same as men, and young men in particular have the worst driving record and are the highest risk. Young women, particularly those aged under 22 should be aware that their premiums will probably be higher when they come to get insurance from 21st December onwards.”

Years of data clearly shows that young men have a far worse driving record than young women. Diamond’s own statistics show men under 21 are four times more likely to have a dangerous driving conviction than women the same age, and the cost of the accidents they have is worse, on average accidents involving men under 21 cost 48% more than those involving women under 21.

Despite the EU’s assertion that men and women are the same, Diamond asked the women surveyed their thoughts on the issue. 72% said they believe men and women drive differently, while a massive 83% believe men and women think differently. Not surprisingly only 7% of them believe men are safer drivers compared with 56% who think women are safer. 37% believe they are the same.

Diamond is looking for the thoughts and comments of young women on the EU Gender Directive and will enter any women who leave a comment on its website into a draw to win an iPad. Diamond has also produced a fun video with comedian Sy Thomas to show the difference between men and women. It can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mshm3Wzk8Eo&feature=plcp.

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Drivers Ending The Working Week With A Bang

With research from NRMA Insurance showing Friday is the worst day of the week for a collision, the insurer is calling for drivers to stay alert at the wheel especially as they head into the weekend*.

The insurer’s data showed that collisions on a Friday spiked by 17 per cent above the weekly average and Sunday is the least likely day to have a collision. The peak hour times of 3pm to 5pm during the week are the worst time for a collision and 11am to 1pm on the weekend.

NRMA Insurance spokesperson Damien Butler said the data was a timely reminder to drivers to focus on the road while they’re at the wheel particularly on a Friday and during peak hour traffic.

“People may be starting to unwind for the weekend and be distracted on a Friday, which contributes to them being at higher risk of a collision.

“In the afternoon, drivers may be rushing home from work, hurrying to collect their kids from school or heading away for the weekend and not taking extra care while driving.

“We want to urge drivers to focus on the road, be aware of traffic conditions and to stay calm while driving to help prevent the worst happening,” Mr Butler said.

In the event of a collision, NRMA Car Insurance recommends drivers:

– Stop immediately and give assistance to anyone who is injured;
– Call an ambulance if required;
– Call the police if a person has been injured, the other party fails to stop and/or supply details, a vehicle has to be towed, a driver appears under the influence of drugs or alcohol or there is damage to property;
– Exchange details, including date, time and location, name and residential address of the person involved and the owner of the vehicle, licence and registration details, make and model of the cars involved and insurance details;
– Collect the details of any witnesses and police in attendance; and
– Contact your insurer.

* Based on NRMA Insurance comprehensive motor claims data for the 2011 calendar year.

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Driven To Distraction By Mobile Phones

With over 40 per cent of NSW drivers using their mobile phone while at the wheel, NRMA Insurance is calling for drivers to focus on the road to avoid being at higher risk of a collision*.

Recent NRMA Insurance research shows drivers are continuing to take risks by using their mobile phone while driving, with:

88 per cent making phone calls;
68 per cent texting and reading emails;
40 per cent using applications – e.g. checking the weather forecast, news headlines;
38 per cent taking photos; and
25 per cent updating their status or tweeting.

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Adele Buhagiar said the results were concerning, as they showed drivers were still putting themselves at increased risk of a collision, despite the safety warnings.

“The research shows that our appetite for technology extends to while we are driving, with one in four admitting that they are updating their status or tweeting while at the wheel. This is up from one in ten last year.

“We were surprised to see that people are even risking taking photos while driving. Losing focus while behind the wheel, even if it is only for a split second, may cause the worst to happen,” said Ms Buhagiar.

It is illegal to drive a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone in NSW, with the penalty a significant fine and three demerit points**.

Ms Buhagiar added “We urge all NSW drivers to be alert on the roads and if you need to make a call or send a message, we suggest you pull over in a safe place before using the phone.”

* Based on a survey of 415 NSW drivers by Pure Profile Research in January 2012.
** www.rta.nsw.gov.au

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Confused.com Launches A New Mobile Phone App To Reward Good Drivers

Confused.com has announced the launch of MotorMate, a new easy-to-use driving app that shows people how good a driver they are at the touch of a button, whilst earning rewards.

The app mirrors in-car telematics technology which is where a black box is fitted to a car monitoring driving performance and potentially allowing good drivers to benefit from cheaper car insurance premiums.

The app also allows drivers who are interested in telematics but are unsure about installing a little black box in their car to ‘try before you buy’.

The app has been developed in an exclusive partnership with MyDrive Solutions, the pre-eminent driver behavioural profiling company in the insurance telematics industry, and RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), to deliver an app that allows drivers to earn real rewards and understand how good a driver they are compared with expert RoSPA drivers, who represent the gold standard for safe driving. The app is free to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

The app monitors driving behaviour every second and also filters the quality of the GPS data ensuring the driver gets the most accurate evaluation of their driving behaviour. For example, if a driver is moving slowly through congestion, the app will not mark down the driver for driving too slowly, it will recognise the location and traffic build-up and will filter this from the final score, ensuring the driver score is accurate.

The Confused.com MotorMate app also has a unique heartbeat functionality where it will check in with the phone holder every day to communicate that it is working properly and to ensure that all data is being recorded on every trip.

All individual driving trips made using the app are scored out of 5 stars based on the user’s anticipation of the road, braking, acceleration, and driving at a sensible speed. Feedback on a driver’s behavior will usually be given 10 minutes after the journey has ended (subject to network coverage).

An overall ‘Confused.com MotorMark’ is given after the user has driven 250 miles in total (this doesn’t have to be during one journey – it can be a multiple of journeys). Their ‘Confused.com MotorMark’ score will be out of 100 – 100 being an expert driver and 20 being a driver who needs improvement.

The ‘Confused.com MotorMark’ score is a reflection of how the user drives overall, taking into account factors such as anticipation, pace, acceleration, braking and cornering and gives a more thorough understanding of the driver’s behaviour. The overall score also benchmarks the user’s driving score with that of an advanced RoSPA driver.

MotorMate will allow drivers to look at their driving patterns by reviewing their driving score, and seeing where there’s room for improvement. By using the app as a monitoring tool, drivers should increase their driving score over time, making them a safer driver in the process and making the roads even safer.

As users of the app become safer drivers, they could reduce their car insurance costs since being a safer driver should reduce the risk of being involved in an accident, which means less claims and potentially cheaper car insurance premiums. In fact, this is just how ablack box insurance policy works in real life, and those who opt for a telematics policy, will ultimately be rewarded for being a good driver.

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Small Cars – Walking Pace Wrecks

A range of top selling small cars cost up to 70 per cent of their new purchase price to repair when involved in a walking-pace speed collision.

NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on the nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

The insurer is urging consumers to consider repair costs when looking for a new car as they can have an impact on their insurance premium.

“We tested the front and rear bumpers of each vehicle by simulating a low speed crash which is the most common type of crash on our roads,” NRMA Insurance Head of Research Robert McDonald said.

“Even travelling at only 10 km/h, we found many of the cars had poor-performing bumper design which resulted in high collision repair costs.

“Our test shows the importance of insurance, as well as serving as a reminder that your car choice could impact your premium. We determine whether it is economical to repair a car after a collision based on the damage and the percentage of the new purchase price it costs to repair the car.”

Mr McDonald said the test revealed a vast difference in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

“Of the vehicles tested, repair costs for a rear collision range from around $1,200 on one car to more than $7,600 on another.”

When comparing damage for a front and rear collision, the Toyota Yaris and the Honda Jazz were the most expensive to repair. The Yaris cost $13,440 to repair — 70.8 per cent of its new purchase price — and the Jazz cost $13,754 — 69.5 per cent of its new purchase price.

The best performer in the test was the Holden Barina, which had a repair cost for a front and rear collision of $2,574 or 14.3 per cent of its new purchase price.

“Poorly designed bumpers can slide under other bumpers on impact, causing more damage to both vehicles in a collision. Because of its effective bumper design, the Barina did not suffer structural damage and the damage was isolated to the bumper components,” Mr McDonald said.

“It is possible to have effective bumpers on small cars that protect the more expensive parts like headlights and the radiator.”

The NRMA Insurance low speed crash test program was designed to urge car manufacturers to make improvements to bumper bar design to help keep the cost of collision repairs affordable.

The crash apparatus uses a ‘roller coaster’ type device to simulate a 10 km/h collision which replicates impact with another car, allowing NRMA Insurance to accurately compare the costs of repairs. The tests were completed at the NRMA Insurance Research Centre in Sydney.

The NRMA Insurance low speed crash test program is a collision repair cost test and is not an indicator of vehicle safety features. All of these cars, except the Nissan Micra, have been awarded five stars in ANCAP safety rating.

Additional information can be found at http://www.nrma.com.au/small-cars-walking-pace-wrecks

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Confused.com Releases Unique Social Burglar Experiment Footage

Confused.com recently conducted a unique social burglar experiment, following research revealing that 19% of the UK does not have any home and contents cover. To highlight the importance of having home insurance, the price comparison company invited members of the public to get involved with a secretive campaign based around burglary, becoming the first comparison website to embrace social media with such a campaign.

The first phase of the campaign began by asking more than 600 people who entered the competition to visit a page on the Confused.com website and state the town or city the clues in the video pointed to:
www.confused.com/home-insurance/articles/win-one-of-the-UKs-most-stolen-items-in-our-burglary-experiment.

The first three people who guessed the correct location from the clues given were then sent a video which told them about an opportunity to steal high value items from a vacant property in Bristol. In the video, they were asked to travel to Bristol Temple Meads train station, where they were met by an actor.

The competitors were then, one by one, picked up by the in-character actor from the video in a van and taken to the location in Bristol, where they were told to gain entry noiselessly and take what they could find. The competitors were filmed inside the house and were left unaware as to whether anybody would return to the house.

A video of the experience can be found at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7eMdQEPzNE.

The competitors included Alex from Brighton, who stated on the day that he had been burgled in the past while sleeping.

Security expert John Humphries of Defend and Protect Ltd has 17 years of security experience. He was asked to give his professional opinion of the contestant burglary footage and commented that Alex was surprisingly adept, most likely because he’d been burgled.

Sharon Flaherty, head of PR and content at Confused.com said: “With this campaign we were looking to create something immersive that demonstrated very clearly the importance of having home insurance and contents cover. We wanted to demonstrate that even members of the public with no burgling experience can gain access to a house and be in and out within minutes having stolen high value or sentimental items, and came up with this unique way to do so.

“In order to make it as authentic as possible, the contestants knew very little about the experience, something that was very important as we wanted to gain the insight of a security expert who could analyse the movements of the contestants and also give tips regarding home security. Interestingly, John Humphries said that the contestant who had been burgled was perhaps more at home in this experiment, as its clear that he now understands just what a burglar is looking for and where. I only hope those watching this don’t have to experience a burglary just to appreciate how devastating it can be.”

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Admiral Asks ‘What If Kids Made Cars?’

Admiral recently asked children aged 5 and 7 years of age to draw the car of their dreams before the company enlisted the help of an automotive design student to turn the kids’ imaginative ideas into a design reality.

The resulting design, based on drawings of their ultimate cars incorporates various features from the children’s drawings. The outcome is a car that flies, hovers using blue flame boosters, has heart-shape wheels with extendable legs so it can jump over other vehicles, outdoor speakers and a giant water pistol.

The ultimate kids car is also controlled by a computer, has a sofa bed, curtains, plants for fresh air, a disco ball and of course, a sweet, chocolate, popcorn and ice cream dispenser.

Managing Director of the car insurance specialist, Dave Halliday, said: “As grown-ups, we might spend a fair amount of time dreaming about the cars we’d buy if our budgets allowed, but we thought it would be fun to see the dream car a child’s imagination would come up with.

“We had no doubt their drawings would be terrific and the children certainly didn’t disappoint. The final design is pretty fanciful but it’s still recognisable as a car and looks like it would be great fun to travel in.”

Admiral has put together an online gallery of all the children’s drawings so visitors to the company’s website can see the inspiration behind the final car design. The drawings are online at www.admiral.com/kidsandcars.

Dave Halliday continued: “You might think cars, driving and the topic of motoring is usually the conversation of adults, but that doesn’t mean children don’t have their own thoughts and ideas about it. We also created a hilarious video simply by letting the camera roll and asking children between the ages of 5 and 7 to share their thoughts on cars and motoring.”

The multicar insurance specialist has also released a new video atwww.admiral.com/kidsandcars where kids explain how to drive a car, reveal who’s the better driver in their family, what car they would like to drive and describe what different road signs mean.

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Admiral Adds £300 Cover For Child Seats, Pushchairs And Handbags To Multicar Policies

Admiral MultiCar is adding two new benefits to all its car insurance policies that start from 1st July onwards. MultiCar customers will be able to claim up to £300 for loss of or damage to child seats, booster seats, prams or pushchairs as a result of an accident, fire or theft. They will also be able to claim up to £300 for a handbag or its contents.

Admiral acting managing director, David Halliday, commented: “Being involved in an accident or having your car broken into can be an incredibly stressful experience, but this can made even worse for families due to the paraphernalia they need to carry in their car.

“Current laws require parents to secure their children in appropriate car seats or booster seats. These can be damaged after any accident, even if they don’t seem to be, it’s best to replace them as they may not function correctly in the future. The last thing a parent would want to do is risk their child’s safety so it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.”

Within the £300 cover for child equipment, MultiCar insurance customers will be able to claim up to £50 for loss or damage to children’s accessories such as changing bags or sun blinds.

The new items covered are in addition to the standard cover of £100 for personal belongings damaged or stolen.

An Admiral MultiCar policy can hold up to five cars and offers a discount on all the vehicles on cover, the more cars on cover, the larger the discount. Admiral MultiCar is not available on any price comparison site. Visit admiral.com for more information or call 0844 848 4316 for a MultiCar insurance quote.

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Carrentals.co.uk Advises Olympics Fans to Book Summer Car Hire Soon

Leading online car hire price comparator Carrentals.co.uk has issued a warning to travellers heading to the UK for the Olympic Games this summer – book your car hire soon. The website has seen a steep rise in bookings for Olympics car hire recently and predicts that prices and availability will continue to be impacted.

Carrentals.co.uk reports that demand is up for car hire around the Olympic Games this summer, meaning that prices are rising too as supply shortens. As such the website has issued a warning to travellers – that they need to book their Olympics car hire as soon as possible. The site is currently home to deals such as car hire from London Gatwick Airport from only £14 per day.**

Carrentals.co.uk has more than 5 years’ experience in helping people compare all the best car hire deals around, from all the top names in the sector. As thousands of people prepare to head to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, Carrentals.co.uk can help them to get around on a budget – with deals such as car hire from just £16 per day from Heathrow Airport*.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, commented, “We always like to try and offer people the best advice on car hire ahead of major events, and for the Olympics this year advance booking is essential. Car hire prices and availability are both still very likely to change between now and the start of the Games.”

The Carrentals.co.uk service compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

*Price correct at time of writing for 1 week car hire from July 26th for rentals collected at Heathrow Airport.

**Price correct at time of writing 1 week car hire from July 26th for rentals collected at Gatwick Airport.

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Carrentals.co.uk Introduces New, Enhanced Website

Online car hire price comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk has announced the launch of its latest website, which it has put together in consultation with customers and site users.

The online comparator, which helps travellers and tourists source cheap car hire from more than 50 top name suppliers, surveyed its users and worked customer feedback into the new site’s design and functionality.

The end result is a site which offers users simpler navigation through search results, better filtering functionality and a faster, cleaner user interface.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “It’s great to be able to announce the introduction of our latest website incarnation, and we’re pleased to have been able to engage our users in the process. Customers will now be able to find cheap car hire around the world more quickly and easily than ever.”

“Our users should enjoy the improved navigation and simpler, cleaner interface – and we think that this will help us to consolidate our place at the top end of the travel industry.”

Since launching in 2003 Carrentals.co.uk has grown to become one of the UK’s leading car hire comparison websites booking over 650,000 rentals to date and celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012.

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire to find the best available vehicle and price from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

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121Carhire.com Advises Olympics Fans to Book Car Hire Well in Advance

Leading car hire bookings website 121carhire.com has reported high demand for car hire with just 50 days until the Olympic Games.

The website has seen bookings spike around the Olympics recently – with nearly 50% of reservations made for the period between 20 July and 11 August.

Sports fans from overseas have also been booking car rental in big numbers – with 121Carhire.com reporting reservations from places including New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Michael Bond, spokesperson for 121carhire.com, says, “We’ve seen a big jump in demand for cars lately, and with just 50 days until the Olympics we advise early booking.”

“With people travelling into the UK from all over the world the way to ensuring great value and plenty of choice is to book well in advance of the Games this summer.”

121Carhire.com reports that the top 5 countries booking Olympic Games car hire between 20 July and 11 August are:

Top 5 Countries Booking Car Hire –

1. Great Britain
2. USA
3. The Netherlands
4. Italy
5. Switzerland

To check the latest offers and availability, visit www.121carhire.com.

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New Car Rental Offers from 121carhire.com Offer Summer Holiday Savings

121carhire.com – the dedicated car hire booking website – has this week announced a choice of new prices designed to help tourists rent a car for less on summer holidays this year. As many people get set to head to the beaches of Greece and Spain, the website is offering new savings with collections available at local airports.

The beaches and resorts of southern Spain remain a hugely popular draw with Brits, and 121carhire.com can this year help people stretch their holiday budgets thanks to new deals. UK tourists love the Mediterranean climate thanks to it offering guaranteed sunshine and great beaches, and travellers heading there can currently book car hire from only £9 per day*.

Tourists around the UK trust the 121carhire.com brand to help them save money on car hire wherever they may be travelling to. If people are planning family holidays on the beaches of the Greek Islands this year they can enjoy trips on a budget thanks to new Corfu Airport deals starting from just £16 per day**.

Michael Bond, spokesperson for 121carhire.com, commented: “At this time of year many people’s thoughts turn to getting away for a family holiday and some sunshine, and we can get them the best value possible car hire deals. By logging on to our site people can save money on car hire to get better value for money on any trips to Spain, the Greek Islands and more this year.”

To search for and book the best value summer car hire deals visit www.121carhire.com.

*Price correct for rental collected from Malaga Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

** Price correct for rental collected from Corfu Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

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Olympics Car Hire Advance Bookings on The Rise says Carrentals.co.uk

Award-winning car hire specialist Carrentals.co.uk has reported high demand for rental cars ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games – and has advised people to be smart and book ahead to get a value for money deal around the Games. The website has seen a bump in the number of people booking advance car hire deals as they head to the London Olympics.

The statistics issued by Carrentals.co.uk demonstrate that up to four times as many people have reserved rental cars for the days between 20 July and 12 August this year in comparison with one year ago. 40% will be picked up from London’s Gatwick or Heathrow airport.

Most vehicles have been reserved for July 20 and 21 2012, ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27th. Carrentals.co.uk reports that around the Olympics the bulk of people are booking cars for 10 to 12 days, with half of bookings made registered for collection at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director, Gareth Robinson, says: “We’re definitely seeing more and more bookings ahead of this year’s Olympic Games in comparison with twelve months ago. This should go on rising too we think, with people needing to know that the various public transport resources will be under strain this summer.”

“Tickets to travel by train in the UK are pricey and there will be high demand for them, making getting around in big groups or with families quite difficult. Renting a car lets people travel at their own pace and enjoy events around the UK, not just in the capital.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the UK’s leading car rental comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

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Award spotlights beckon for Chester finance team

Two glittering prizes are in prospect for a Chester-based finance group after it was named this week amongst the finalists in a major business awards scheme.

The Funding Corporation has been short-listed for both the “most responsible lender” and the “top alternative lender” of the year categories in the
prestigious Credit Today awards.

Directors and staff at the Chester Business Park firm will now have to hold their breaths until May 10 when the winners will be announced at a celebrity-hosted awards ceremony in London.

The Funding Corporation shares its place in the finals of the finance industry’s “Oscars” with well-known high-street names such as HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and Virgin.

In 2011, the company beat off similar big-hitters in the world of credit by taking the overall UK award as Britain’s most responsible lender.

Now it hopes to keep the accolade in Chester for yet another year – and to possibly bring home the “top alternative lender” prize too.

In order to reach the finals, The Funding Corporation had to submit its lending policies for scrutiny by a panel of independent judges from the finance sector.

They examined how well the company is safeguarding consumer’s interests, and the integrity of its staff in dealing with customers and providing help and support.

Company Managing Director David Challinor said the firm was delighted to be judged on its track record for responsible business practices and treating customers fairly:

“Although this is a finance business, we never lose sight of the fact that our success depends on providing all of our customers with high standards of personal care and service.

“The delivery of this is largely in the hands of our staff, and it is their professionalism which has helped to ensure that our customers always receive first-class treatment.

“Size-wise, we may be one of the featherweights in these awards, but it’s good to know we’re punching well above our weight when it comes to fairness and responsibility,” added Mr Challinor.

The Funding Corporation employs around 200 staff and specialises in providing motor finance for the growing number of people with impaired credit records.

The company works closely with its group member ACF Car Finance Limited which operates a network of retail car showrooms across the country.

The Credit Today Awards, now in their twelfth year, are organised by Credit Today magazine with sponsorship from major finance industry bodies and organisations.

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