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    • LittleMissBride
    • By LittleMissBride 10th Mar 17, 12:40 PM
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    Van Insurance - Fire
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:40 PM
    Van Insurance - Fire 10th Mar 17 at 12:40 PM
    Good Afternoon All,

    Looking for some advice from your wonderful selves.

    We have a full comp work van that stopped working last Friday. Engine cut out and huge amounts of smoke billowed out from under the steering column. Garage have stated there was an electrical fire and the repair for a new loom is going to be rather costly.
    Our insurance company have stated they will not pay out for this. Looking up the definition of fire under insurance terms, it states it covers arson/garage/accidental fires.

    Do you think I have a case to push on the insurance company? If so, how would I approach it?

    Thank you in advance! Kerry
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 10th Mar 17, 1:10 PM
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    Have they said why they won't pay out e.g do they consider the electrical fault was caused by lack of maintenance?
    • LittleMissBride
    • By LittleMissBride 10th Mar 17, 1:23 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 1:23 PM
    They simply stated that we are not covered for mechanical or electrical faults.
    No, they did not mention lack of maintenance, although I will keep that in mind if that issue gets brought up.
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    • rs65
    • By rs65 10th Mar 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:00 PM
    Our insurance company have stated they will not pay out for this.
    Originally posted by LittleMissBride
    You are not normally insured for the part that had the electrical failure but you would be covered for resultant damage.

    Was it the loom that failed? Was anything else damaged?
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 11th Mar 17, 12:43 AM
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    What damage did the fire cause? If its just a melted loom them its a servicing/repair issue and not an insurance claim.

    If the wire was near a certain part and melted that part or caused damage elsewhere then you could claim.

    I wonder if you now need to declare this for the next 5 years which could increase your premium.
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