Car Insurance Tips

I recently had to buy car insurance and sat for a few hours scouring the web for the cheapest. After finding the cheapest I then began to get quotes including family members as named drivers. I found that there were a few factors that influenced the price, such as: a) when you want it to start; b) occupation; c)other cars. This is in addition to usual things like no claims discount.

a) Starting the cover at a later date lowered the cost for me. So try getting a quote a few weeks before you need it to see if it works out cheaper.

b) Find your occupation but try different words. My job is in customer service and sales and the words advisor, representative, officer, and administrator, all apply to the job I do, but each one affected the price of the car insurance. So it’s worth checking under your own job description if there are several different words you could use.

c)When adding family members to my insurance the question was asked as to whether they had their own cars and if they were named drivers on other insurance. The two people I wanted to add on both have their own cars and are also named drivers on each others. However, I was not able to tick yes for both options on the application, the answer required was one or the other. So I tried it with both. Using the named drivers option worked out cheaper.

This may not apply to all car insurance providers but it’s worth you spending some extra time trying different things. I managed to save £400 on the original quote. That’s not bad for a couple of hours work.

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Scotland!

I’ve had a nice holiday in bonnie Scotland this week. Well away from the call centre. 1 1/2 hour travelling on the plane so not too bad. I couldn’t bear the thought of 12 hours on a coach or 10 hours on the train.

I stayed with a friend in Aberdeenshire. What a beautiful place!

My friend – from school days – lives in a lovely house with woodland at the back. I could watch wild rabbits running around, with a multitude of colourful birds, and wild deer.

I went to see the mysterious Loch Ness while I was there. Of course Nessie exists. I have the proof…

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Scotland is really beautiful. Some quirky bridges, lovely rivers, rolling mountains and lots of healthy living – at least it was where I was staying.

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If you haven’t been up there I would recommend it.

Arrested For Stripping

So a tourist has been arrested for stripping on a sacred mountain. It wasn’t me. Apparently a group of people on holiday in Malaysia decided to strip off and take a photo after climbing a sacred mountain. The Malaysian authorities have arrested one woman and searching for six other people.

They should have been more respectful, yes. But some people in Malaysia are saying that this episode of stripping off is what caused the earthquakes in Nepal. Now, I’m not at all denigrating their beliefs. But if something like this caused the earthquakes then shouldn’t they be looking at the festival of Gadhimai in Nepal. This is where thousands of animals are butchered each year to the Goddess Gadhimai.

The animals are corralled in a field and men armed with machetes enter the field and butcher the terrified animals. Surely this act of death and destruction is far worse than a group of people stripping off. Does a Goddess – a mother – want people butchering her children?

I believe in karma. What goes around comes around. Surely if anything was responsible for the earthquakes then this barbaric act was it.

Week’s Holiday

This last week I’ve been on holiday.

It was nice not to be at work. Nice not speaking to grumpy customers. Nice not dealing with complaints. Nice not to hear all the moans and groans about work. Nice to have time to myself. Nice to be with the family. But now it’s ended 😦

I had a weeks sojurn down Brean Sands with the family. Managed to see my parents who live in Bridgwater too. Lots of money spent.

The cats went to the cattery. My cat and our little stray, Star, who is now living with my daughter. They were both glad to be home. Especially my cat, Smudge, who apparently spent most of the week hiding under the carpet in his enclosure.

We all felt guilty about leaving the cats but knowing where they were, and that they were looked after was very important to us.

Now I’m back home I have the exhausting and never ending job of gardening to do. The grass in the back garden is at least 2 feet high. Not good.

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