Gap insurance

For your peace of mind and in addition to your lease, we can provide you with GAP insurance, for an additional cost.

What is GAP insurance?

As lease cars are typically brand-new, they can lose up to 60% of their value in the first three years. If your car is written off during your lease, you may find that there’s a significant gap between the insurance pay-out (as this is based on the value of the car) and the amount you still owe on the lease. Your insurance pay-out will only be for the value of the car, which means you may still have a sizeable amount outstanding to pay the finance company. And with over 450,000 cars written off each year, this can be a real problem to some.

GAP insurance is designed to cover the shortfall between the amount you paid for your car and your insurer’s settlement figure based on the value of the car at the time of the claim. If your vehicle is written off and you have GAP insurance in place, you will receive the difference between the current value of the vehicle and the amount still owed to the finance company up to a specified limit.

Here’s a GAP insurance working example:

You lease an Audi A3 on a 2-year deal. 9 months into your leasing contract, you are in an accident and the car is written off. You’ve taken out GAP insurance cover so you don’t owe any finance on the vehicle that’s written off. Here's the breakdown:

Cost of Audi brand new £22,000
Value of vehicle when it was written off £16,000
The amount owed to the finance company to end the finance agreement £19,000
Your comprehensive market value insurance pay-out £16,000
GAP insurance pay-out £3,000
Comprehensive Insurance pay-out + GAP Insurance pay-out £19,000

In this example if you didn’t have GAP insurance, you would have to pay the £3,000 outstanding to the finance company. With a GAP insurance policy, you would be able to claim for £3,000 on the policy to cover the outstanding finance.

We partner with a company called Look After My Car who can provide you with GAP insurance for the duration of your lease agreement. Their GAP insurance product pays the difference between the motor insurer settlement and the outstanding finance on the vehicle (subject to eligibility).

What’s included in the plan?

  • Cover available for up to 60 months
  • Cover for cars, vans, and motor homes valued up to £150,000
  • Excess covered up to £250
  • Cover limit of £15,000
  • Initial deposit covered up to £2,000

Do I need GAP insurance?

Whether you decide to take out GAP insurance or not is a personal choice and depends on your attitude to risk. If you want to ensure that you aren’t out of pocket in the event your car is written off, and that you can get a new vehicle on a new agreement with no debt from the previous agreement, then you may want to consider GAP insurance.

How much does GAP insurance cost?

The amount GAP insurance costs depends on a number of factors including the make and model of the vehicle and the length that the cover is required. It can be anything from around £100 to £300. Our GAP insurance partner, Look After My Car, provides GAP insurance from £199. There are calculators online which can provide with you with estimates of what the likely costs will be. It’s also worth shopping around and getting a number of quotes from different insurers for comparison.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in taking out GAP insurance as part of your leasing contract, then speak to an account manager and let them know. Alternatively, you can contact Look After My Car directly on 01926 356 399.

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0113 387 4241