Fudging Facts About UK Insurance
Fudging facts about car insurance applications can lead you from white
lies to serving hard time in prison. Revenue loss, or premium leakage,
happens when insurers are unable to keep up with policyholder facts that
can change premium costs. In the U.S. auto insurance leakage totaled
$15.9 billion in 2008, or 10% of $167 billion in premiums (Quality
Planning Corp.). Whether in the U.S. or the UK, fudging facts about UK
insurance can garner more scrutiny than drivers bargained for.
Fudge-prone areas that may trigger insurer's closer scrutiny.
1. Low balling mileage estimations.
Low-balling mileage is a frequent rate factor about which policyholders
are dishonest. People may spread the fudge this deliberately,
inadvertently or because of ignorance. The net effect is a lower
premium. In the study, underestimating mileage siphoned off $3 billion
from the insurance industry. Customers who do not lie participate in
efforts to make up the shortfall because higher premiums result for
A policyholder spotted as dishonest can have the policy cancelled and
claim denied with the presumption of a deliberate lie. The fact of the
matter may be merely a failure to report changes in lifestyle. Examples
of lifestyle changes that affect costs of insurance include a change in
vehicle, driver or employment location.
2. Failure to report each household driver
A failure to report each household driver typically involves
conveniently overlooking a high risk teen or adult driver. Audits may
unearth missing household members, who were responsible for $2.6 billion
in premium losses in 2008.
3. Deceiving about car garage location
People are increasingly misreporting the location of where they park
their cars. In major cities, parking in certain locations can
drastically affect premiums. Misreporting location resulted in premium
losses of $1.3 billion in 2008.
4. Claiming discounts despite lost eligibility
Drivers who fail to update information that affects discount eligibility
receive discounts to which they are no longer entitled. Misappropriation
of discounts totaled $2.9 billion in 2008.
5. Misrepresentation about car use
Drivers may omit business use from their application or otherwise fail
to disclose this key information. A stay at home worker may use the car
for work-related transportation of clients or products. For instance, a
day car provider who is home-based may shuttle children to the park each
day. A pet walker or sitter may shuttle dogs to the dog park. A vehicle
may be used as a gypsy taxi, or courier vehicle to deliver documents,
flowers, or in food service such as pizza delivery. Such omissions of
business use cause premium loss to the tune of $1.5 billion
Drivers should be aware that car insurance companies can find out the
facts. Should a teen driver wind up in a collision, certain facts will
Insurance companies also employ third party companies to analyze
policies using a battery of tests, data and algorithms to uncover errors
and discrepancies to predict fraud probability. A minor rating error
reduction can yield significant gains in profit, which can heighten UK