Imagine your vehicle is declared a write-off by your insurer due to an accident, flood, fire or theft. Now imagine discovering that your insurance company settlement will not match the original price you paid for your vehicle. This is a scenario faced by motorists every day. Even if you are not liable, you are almost certain to find a shortfall between the amount you receive in settlement and the price you originally paid. This shortfall could be a significant sum depending on the rate of depreciation of your vehicle. For peace of mind and for the protection your vehicle needs, consider the cover Asset Protection can offer.
How Does Asset Protection Work?
Asset Protection incorporates Return to Invoice cover (or RTI) and Finance Guaranteed Asset Protection (or Finance GAP). RTI is designed to pay-out any difference between the settlement made by your motor insurance company and the price you originally paid for the vehicle. If your vehicle is written off, Finance GAP pays the difference between the settlement made by your motor insurance company and the amount you still owe on your finance agreement. Asset Protection covers you however you paid for the vehicle and will pay-out the greater of the Finance GAP or RTI amount, up to the purchase price of the vehicle.
What are the Benefits?
Policy duration: Cover is available for varying durations, depending on your requirements and according to the terms of your finance agreement. Cover ends earlier in the event of a paid claim or if the vehicle is no longer in your possession.
Excess: Provides a contribution of up to £250 towards your insurance policy excess.
Claim: A range of claim limits are available depending on the premium paid and the purchase price of your vehicle. Vehicle accessories covered: As long as accessories are fitted by the dealer and are manufacturer approved, we will cover up to £1,500 of extras. Manufacturer fitted accessories are covered.
Transferable: If during the first year of cover, the vehicle is written off and you get a replacement vehicle on a “new for old” basis, you can transfer the remaining duration of the policy to your replacement vehicle free of charge. You may then subsequently, at any time, transfer any remaining period of insurance on the policy due to a further change of vehicle, on payment of an administration fee of £35, as long as the replacement vehicle falls within the price range specified in your policy schedule.
Cancellable: If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your policy and you do so within 30 days, and no claim has been registered with AutoProtect during this time, we’ll give you a full refund. After that, you may still cancel at any point, subject to a £35 administration fee. You may receive a pro-rata refund which will reflect the length of the term remaining. Simple to arrange: Your sales consultant will be happy to answer any questions you may have and confirm your eligibility for Asset Protection.
What is not Covered?
As with all insurance policies there are some circumstances for which Asset Protection will unfortunately not cover you. You must have in place a fully comprehensive motor insurance policy issued by an authorised UK motor insurer which insures against accidental loss and/or damage to the vehicle throughout the period of insurance. In the event your motor insurer rejects your claim and a settlement payment is not made you will not be covered by this policy.
Vehicle Exclusions: We are unable to cover all vehicle types. You will be excluded from the benefits of this policy if:
• The vehicle has been modified in any way from the manufacturer’s specification.
• The vehicle is used for hire or reward, i.e. taxis or courier vehicles. Alternative products may be available from your supplying dealership that can provide cover for these vehicles. Please ask your supplying dealership for further information.
• The vehicle will be used for a competitive event.
• The vehicle is heavier than 3500kg gross weight.
• The vehicle is listed in the specifically excluded list; some prestige vehicles and sports cars are excluded: Including, but not limited to, Aston Martin, Bentley, Honda NSX models, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, and kit cars.
• Any total loss due to your negligence or deliberate action.
• Any total loss as a result of an accident where the driver of the vehicle is under the influence of alcohol, drugs not prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, or drugs prescribed by a registered medical practitioner where a warning against driving has been given.
Additional Costs: Additional costs within the finance settlement for anything other than the purchase of the vehicle. This includes but is not limited to; administration charges, option to purchase charges, late payment charges and arrears, early settlement charges.
Negative Equity: Which means any sum outstanding from a previous finance agreement, transferred to the new vehicle finance agreement.
Tax: Any recoverable Value Added Tax (VAT) where you are VAT registered
Need More Information?
Do you have any questions about GAP/RTI? If so, please don't hesitate to contact us on 01732 240107, or perhaps watch the video to the left of this text.