Insurance for highish value without alarm etc?

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  1. Wh05apk

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    Our insurance is due on our Dethleffs, value about £60k but has no alarm/immobiliser, previously went with C&MC club as were first time motorhomers, and also wanted occasional business use, we could drop the business use, but preferably don't want to fit an alarm, any suggestions?
     
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    I'm with C&MC. No alarm, £75K.
     
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    A number of insurers don't seem too interested in alarms, they focus more on Cat 1 immobilisers and Cat 5 trackers. They all have differing trigger levels. The level for both of those stated appears to be around the 100K mark. The C&MC appeared to be one of the more flexible, underwritten by Axa. I have always found them to be the best price by far but that goes for absolutely nothing when discussing insurance as we all have so many variables.
     
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  4. Lenny HB

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    NFU don't require either but they won't cover you for Croatia or Morocco.
     
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    We used AiB (brokers) for our insurance. The actual policy is with AXA this year. AiB give a discount for Funsters. Worth giving them a call? They have an ad at the top of the page.
     
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    Scenic don’t require an alarm or a tracker. Their premiums are quite high though. Might it not be more economical in the long run, to have an alarm fitted, though? They don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
     
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    for the first time ever I have a tracker on my van. An alarm serves little purpose in my opinion, people hear them and think nothing.

    A tracker allows me to see where my van is to 20 ft and my insurers insisted on it. £399 for a lifetime activation and insurance insisted on it and brought it down by £75 compared to other makes. (caravan guard) in relation to business use, I use my car for business and the insurance do not load it at all so try with and without.
     
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    Caravan Guard and Comfort seem to have a £55,000 threshold for a tracker to be fitted.

    Neither of them are bothered about alarms.
     
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    AIB quotes appear to be very variable, qouted me 2½ times what I pay withComfo
    Comfort is over £40k alarm or Tracker, £75k & over Tracker required. Insured mine for 74.5k (which is more than what it cost me but a lot lower than UK prices), to avoid a tracker and fitted my own cheap tracker.
     
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    Can you let us know which tracker you have please Paul.
     
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    be careful with Trackers if it is for insurance purposes. Most insist on Cat 5 which is the highest standard available with a number of features including key theft protection which is the most annoying feature. Basically, a lot of vehicles are stolen (not MH specific) by the thief stealing the keys and then the vehicle. cat 5 has a flat disk which cannot be kept with the keys as no way of attaching. So if keys are stolen and the disk is not in the vehicle it alerts the tracking company.
    Best check with each insurer to find tracker spec before you select one, or go for CAT 5 and you know you have highest standard. I paid 799GBP to have it fitted and 199GBP a year subscription. Don't want to and don't like having to but no one would insure without it.
     
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    Or give @eddievanbitz a call. I had a no start and tracker fitted, insurance company (comfort) gave a discount and I know exactly where the van is at all times. Circa £50 per year for subscription.
     
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    Lenny,

    I've just this minute finished a quote with Comfort for a new van and because it exceeds the £100k threshold they have insisted upon a Cat-1 Alarm and a Cat-5 Tracker being fitted.

    The lady (incredibly helpful I may add) who conducted my change in policy stipulated that no alarm (just the tracker) would be needed if the van was worth £1 less than £100k.

    I'm now confused.

    Cheers,

    Andrew
     
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    Hi Brian, mine is Global Telemetrics by Smart track. http://www.globaltelemetrics.eu/

    Its a
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    Thatcham Category 5 - Category 5 is the highest Thatcham Category for Vehicle Tracking. These devices must have the facility to recieve an immobilisation command from the Secure Control Centre to stop the vehicle from starting. At Police request only. Key protection is included with the end user having to carry a separate tag when driving the vehicle. If the tag is not present the customer would be called when the vehicle is being driven to confirm the safety of the vehicle.



    I like this as I also have an app on my phone which alerts me to vehicle movement when I am not in the van with my phone (clever). The app allows me to track my vehicle myself as said before and that is really useful. I have no idea where the tracker is and they won't tell me....

    What's important these days is how thieves work and how they move up the market when stealing things. Many vehicles when stolen will be driven somewhere and just left a week or so under cover whilst the toe rags work out if a tracker is installed or not. Once sure there isn't then they move the vehicle on, false plates etc etc.

    Believe it or not it's actually extremely easy to steal a car/van nowadays, in fact probably easier than my day when a good yank of cable beneath the ignition or a good screw driver rammed in to the ignition barrel of a Mk 3 cortina, as long as you have the right equipment.

    Thieves are far more technologically aware and can be away in your pride and joy in a flash if they have the right equipment... See here

    www.breakerlink.com/blog/security/thieves-bypassing-modern-vehicle-security-stop/


    They don't like trackers, they are a pain in the arse if they want an easy vehicle clone or strip down for spares, yes there are means to block trackers but the minute mine is activated the vehicle can be immobilized.

    Now I know many will now jump on and say yeah but they can do this or do that, block the tracker etc etc and I am sure they can, but I am simply reducing the risk, not eliminating it, just reducing it.
     
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    I was exactly the same tried a couple of other companies and they were the same so stuck with Comfort
     
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    My Record with adjudication was in and started in under 20 seconds!

    I couldn't hotwire a Merc or a Fiat nowadays

    No one has had a motorhome stolen with a Growler fitted!, or a Non Starter

    I'm not sure if any have been stolen with Strikeback.
     
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    This is most certainly the case. We set off to Peterborough at the weekend and had forgotten the fob thing. Phone rang after about 5 mins, the tracker people had noticed the van moving without the fob bit. And we got a text Monday when we left Peterborough - we explained on Thursday that we’d inadvertently set off without the device - and so the text just said “if it’s not you driving then let us know”.

    So the system at ScorpionTrack definitely works!
     
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    if you have the equipment and know how, you wouldn't have to hot wire anything as you well know. Fortunately, it's only the high end thieves that have the required equipment and to be honest I don't see them targeting motorhomes just yet when they can ship a nice Bentley across the water... not sure there's much call for Swift Kontikis in Saudi just yet.
    I was quite amazed watching a recent demo of said high end thief taking a nice car with nothing more than some nice technology and a bit of knowledge.

    The reason I have a tracker, ( i have a growler too) is simply put, there are far more "break in" car thefts happening now. Where people are breaking in to houses with the sole purpose of stealing keys to steal cars. No growler in the worlds going to stop that when they press disarm, but at least I will be able to watch where they are going on my app.
     
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    I tried AIB. They never even bothered returning my call to them, so put my business elsewhere
     
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