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Why Take Out Vauxhall GAP insurance?

If your Vauxhall is written off through accident, fire, theft or flood, the amount of money that your Motor Insurer pays out will be what they think your Vauxhall was worth at the time of loss. This is commonly referred to as the "Market Value" of your vehicle. This figure will almost certainly be less than the amount that you paid for the vehicle in the first place. But what many people don't realise is that it might also be less than the amount still outstanding on finance at the time of loss and it's very likely to be less than the cost of replacing the vehicle with an equivalent to the vehicle you originally purchased which, if your original vehicle was brand new, will likely have increased to a higher figure by the time of claim.

Clearly, this means that if your vehicle is written off, the financial burden on you could well be substantial. GAP insurance is intended to relieve you of that financial burden.

Am I Eligible For Vauxhall GAP insurance?

You can buy GAP insurance for a vehicle that:

  • Is covered by a comprehensive motor insurance policy.
  • You purchased (or are purchasing) from a Motor Dealer or, are leasing.
  • Is less than eight (8) years old for Invoice & Contract Hire GAP insurance or up to 3 months old for Replacement GAP insurance.
  • You have not taken delivery of or, you took ownership/delivery of within the last 3 months for Invoice & Replacement GAP insurance or the last 6 months for Contract Hire GAP insurance.
  • You have NOT changed in any way from the vehicle manufacturer's standard specification, unless the vehicle has been modified for mobility purposes. This would include changes to the bodywork, such as spoilers or body kits, changes to the suspension or brakes, and changes affecting performance such as engine management. Graphics applied to your vehicle are acceptable.
  • Has not been declared a Total Loss before the start date of this policy.
  • Is registered in the UK.
  • Was bought for (or if leased, has a p11D value of) no more than £150,000 (£200,000 for Invoice GAP insurance)
  • Is not a commercial vehicle.
  • Is not being used for rallying, racing, any competitive events or for emergency use or hire (including private hire, taxis and chauffer) or for driving school tuition.
  • Is not already covered by a GAP insurance policy.
  • Was bought cash outright, personal loan (secured or not), or was financed by way of a HP, PCP, Conditional Finance, Lease Purchase agreemet or, acquired by way of a Contract/Lease HireAgreement.
  • Is not a specifically excluded vehicle.
  • Is not a van, car derived van, motorcycle, motorhome or campervan.

So long as you:

  • Are a permanent resident in the UK or a UK registered company.
  • Bought the vehicle from a VAT registered motor dealer.

You can NOT buy GAP insurance for a vehicle that:

  • Is not covered by a comprehensive motor insurance policy.
  • You are not the owner or registered keeper of (Invoice & Replacement GAP insurance) or, you are not named on the lease agreement for (Contract Hire GAP insurance).
  • Is more than eight (8) years old for Invoice & Contract Hire GAP insurance or more than 3 months old for Replacement GAP insurance.
  • You took ownership/delivery of more than 3 months ago for Invoice & Replacement GAP insurance or more than 6 months ago for Contract Hire GAP insurance.
  • You have changed in any way from the vehicle manufacturer's standard specification, unless the vehicle has been modified for mobility purposes. This would include changes to the bodywork, such as spoilers or body kits, changes to the suspension or brakes, and changes affecting performance such as engine management. Graphics applied to your vehicle are acceptable.
  • Has been declared a Total Loss before the start date of this policy.
  • Is not registered in the UK.
  • Was bought for (or if leased has a p11D value of) more than £150,000 (£200,000 for Invoice GAP insurance)
  • Is a commercial vehicle.
  • Is used for rallying, racing, any competitive events or for emergency use or hire (including private hire, taxis and chauffer) or for driving school tuition.
  • Is already covered by a GAP Insurance policy.
  • Is a van, car derived van, motorcycle, motorhome or campervan.
  • Is a specifically excluded vehicle.

Vauxhall GAP insurance Statistics

2.16%

(Of the total value of the vehicles we cover)

4.26%

(Of the total quantity of the vehicles we cover)

5.44%

(Of the total sum of money we've paid out in GAP insurance claims to date)

£13,568.00

(Our largest Vauxhall GAP insurance claim payout to date. Which is £35,291.00 lower than our £48,859.00 largest claim payout overall)

£4,839.22

(Our average Vauxhall GAP insurance claim payout. Which is £1,621.29 lower than our £6,460.51 average claim payout overall)

What does Vauxhall GAP insurance do?

To consider what GAP insurance does, it helps to better understand the situation without GAP insurance in place. Let's look at that:

Without Vauxhall GAP insurance

If your Vauxhall is written off...

Financed Vehicle

...the payout from your motor insurer could well be less than the amount outstanding on finance at the time of claim. If it is, you'd have to pay any shortfall out of your own pocket before you could even think about financing a new vehicle.

Leased Vehicle

...the finance house will calculate a settlement figure which is normally a combination of what they believe the vehicle to have been worth at the time of loss plus the sum of rentals that you've not yet paid for the remaining duration of the lease. Your motor insurer's payout could well be less than the amount of this settlement figure and although some houses allow you to walk away from any shortfall, others require you to pay some of it and others still might well require you to pay all of the shortfall.

Just like with a financed vehicle, if you're liable for any shortfall, you'd have to fund that out of your own pocket before you could even think about leasing another vehicle.

Cash Purchase

...your motor insurance payout is almost certainly going to be less than the price you bought your vehicle for originally (afterall almost all vehicles depreciate in value over time). Without GAP insurance in place, you'll only have the amount paid out by your Motor Insurer with which to replace your vehicle. If you want to buy a more expensive vehicle, you'll have to fund the difference out of your own pocket.

It's a popular misconception that GAP insurance isn't required to cover a Vauxhall that you paid cash for. However we believe that it's more important for a cash-buyer to have GAP insurance in place than perhaps any other.

With Vauxhall GAP insurance

What happens in the event you have Vauxhall GAP insurance in place and your Vauxhall is written off, is dependant on the type of GAP insurance policy that you have. Here at GAPinsurance.co.uk, we offer three different types of GAP insurance, as follows:

Vauxhall
Contract Hire GAP insurance

Leased Vehicle

...Contract Hire GAP insurance will aim to pay the difference between your Motor Insurance payout and the settlement figure of your Contract Hire agreement. Leaving you free to walk away from the previous agreement and start afresh with another.

In addition, for a small additional premium, you can also choose to cover up to £3,000 of the initial rental you paid as part of your Contract Hire agreement, meaning that you'd be reimbursed some or all of your initial rental for you to use against the cost of setting up a new Contract Hire agreement on a replacement vehicle.

Note that any money paid to you once the lease agreement has been cleared is paid directly to you with no-strings. E.g. you can use the funds towards any vehicle from any supplier of your choice.

Vauxhall
Invoice GAP insurance

Cash Purchase or Financed

...Invoice GAP insurance will aim to pay the difference between your Motor Insurance payout and THE GREATER OF either:

  • The amount (if any) outstanding on finance at the time of claim EXCLUDING any Negative Equity brought forward from a previous vehicle (unless the optional "Negative Equity Cover" was purchased), OR
  • The ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE that you paid for your vehicle first time around.

Note that any money paid to you (once any secured finance agreement has been cleared - if applicable), is paid directly to you with no-strings. E.g. you can use the funds towards the cost of buying any vehicle from any dealership of your choice.

Vauxhall
Replacement GAP insurance

Cash Purchase or Financed

...Replacement GAP insurance will aim to pay the difference between your Motor Insurance payout and THE GREATER OF either:

  • The amount (if any) outstanding on finance at the time of claim EXCLUDING any Negative Equity brought forward from a previous vehicle (unless the optional "Negative Equity Cover" was purchased), OR
  • The ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE that you paid for your vehicle first time around, OR
  • The cost of REPLACING YOUR VEHICLE with a brand new version of the same (or nearest equivalent) as your original vehicle - even if the replacement vehicle cost is MORE than you bought the vehicle for first time around.

Note that any money paid to you (once any secured finance agreement has been cleared - if applicable), is paid directly to you with no-strings. E.g. you can use the funds towards the cost of buying any vehicle from any dealership of your choice.

Vauxhall GAP insurance Claims

Below are a selection of Vauxhall GAP insurance claims that we've paid.

Vauxhall Insignia

Vauxhall Invoice GAP insurance

Vauxhall Insignia
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
1/2017
1/2019
£2,445
Original Invoice Price
£5,795
Length of ownership:
24 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £101.88 per month
Total Depreciation:
42.19% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£69.21 (just 2.83% of the amount the policy paid out.)

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Invoice GAP insurance

Vauxhall Astra
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
11/2015
5/2018
£5,863
Original Invoice Price
£15,473
Length of ownership:
30 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £195.43 per month
Total Depreciation:
37.89% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£89.10 (just 1.52% of the amount the policy paid out.)

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Invoice GAP insurance

Vauxhall Astra
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
1/2015
1/2017
£4,220
Original Invoice Price
£12,500
Length of ownership:
24 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £175.83 per month
Total Depreciation:
33.76% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£69.91 (just 1.66% of the amount the policy paid out.)

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Replacement GAP insurance

Vauxhall Corsa
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
9/2017
3/2019
£3,320
Original Invoice Price
£7,995
Length of ownership:
18 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £184.44 per month
Total Depreciation:
41.53% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£186.60 (just 5.62% of the amount the policy paid out.)

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Replacement GAP insurance

Vauxhall Astra
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
10/2015
10/2018
£3,568
Original Invoice Price
£7,210
Length of ownership:
36 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £99.11 per month
Total Depreciation:
49.49% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£83.53 (just 2.34% of the amount the policy paid out.)

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Replacement GAP insurance

Vauxhall Corsa
Vehicle Purchased
GAP Claim
GAP Payout
3/2018
5/2018
£5,800
Original Invoice Price
£15,000
Length of ownership:
2 Months
Rate Of Depreciation:
An average of £2,900.00 per month
Total Depreciation:
38.67% of its original Invoice Price.
Policy Cost:
£169.90 (just 2.93% of the amount the policy paid out.)

* - The Replacement GAP insurance rates of depreciation figures shown above reflect not only the depreciation of the original vehicle, but also the potential for the cost of the replacement vehicle to have been greater than the original purchase price paid.

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