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Car Insurance Job Picker Discussion

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  • lee_rees
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    I work as a stock trader from home.

    On insurance sites there is only the option of currency trader and stock broker. Although I trade shares I am not a broker because a broker is somebody that provides a service to clients, I have no clients and trade through a broker. My job title in the industry is stock trader which doesn't show up.

    I do trade currency aswell, however for tax purposes currency trading is my 2nd job. As my currency trading is fully automated I spend less hours working as a currency trader, whereas when I trade stocks I work upto 3 hours per day.

    What do I put for job title on the form, so as to not invalidate my insurance?
  • kdiver
    kdiver Posts: 19 Forumite
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    Hi

    I recently contacted my car insurance provider to find out how my premium would be affected if I started self employment with FM Cosetics (it is like kleeneze or avon etc), network marketing and catalogue distribution/ sales and they said that because I would be delivering goods that people would have ordered that it would be classed as courier-catalogue distribution and that they would not be able to insure it.

    I do not think this is fair considering I am full time employed. I do not think these kinds of self employment should be classified like this. Should I write in explaining the situation fully to find out what the correct classification would be? I do not want to start and not have insurance?

    Has anybody else any experience of this?

    Thanks in advance.
    Katie
    :p K Diver :p

  • kimquotes
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    This would really happen mostly on insurance company. But when you are not in doubt which you could take all the possibilities then there's no turning in and out.
  • Badvoc
    Badvoc Posts: 2 Newbie
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    I've just changed my job. Before I was a traffic warden (well, civil enforcement officer but they don't have a box for that), now I've moved to a desk job and described myself as a customer advisor, which is a big part of the new job, and according to the job picker should work out cheaper. Instead, I was told by Budget insurance (part of BISL) that my premium would increase by £155 per year!

    Now, how the hell can a relatively anonymous customer advisor in an office be more of an insurance risk than a traffic warden? It's ludicrous! I spoke to the manager who gave the usual guff about it all being the underwriters fault. She shaved the increase down to £121.46 but still couldn't satisfactorily explain why a traffic warden is less of a risk than a customer advisor. I can only think that the insurance companies have seen the job picker page and altered their risk criteria so as to avoid losing income.

    Oh, btw, I also got a £25 charge knocked off from last week when they told me I hadn't returned my credit agreement. I had, along with the previous certificate but they are claiming they haven't received it and wanted another £25. I'm now vowing never to use BISL again, but cancelling the policy and going elsewhere will cost me £104. I'm basically stuffed either way.
  • Badvoc
    Badvoc Posts: 2 Newbie
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    Further to my earlier comment, I have now told Budget Insurance (BISL) to stick their insurance. I have got a quote from First Direct (not someone who I would have normally considered, but their interest free monthly payments persuaded me) for, get this, £228.11 CHEAPER for the whole year (on a Toyota Avensis in case you were wondering). The quote was so much lower that I was tempted to pay the whole amount up front, but as it's interest free what the heck. Even after BISL's cancellation fee they're still over £100 cheaper.
  • Discogod
    Discogod Posts: 328 Forumite
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    Am wondering what people think about the industry i should be in... I do some work as a steward at events such as concerts and sometimes festivals (it isn't always music related - i also did stuff for the jubillee and torch relay).

    On some comparison when i enter 'steward' and 'entertainment' industry it pretty much doubles my price. I do not provide entertainment to anyone, there doesn't seem to be a 'service' industry that i'd place myself in.

    Anyone?
  • dacouch
    dacouch Posts: 21,637 Forumite
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    Do you have a SIA licence?

    Are you employed by a security company ?
  • Discogod
    Discogod Posts: 328 Forumite
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    dacouch wrote: »
    Do you have a SIA licence?

    Are you employed by a security company ?

    no SIA and yes... i guess they are a security co to some degree since we protect equipment & venues & restrict access to set people.

    I think security is a good shout & brings the premium back to the usual level! thanks :)
  • dacouch
    dacouch Posts: 21,637 Forumite
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    Ring the Insurers to check before committing, make sure you make a note of the person's name and the date / time of the call.

    Steward would normally be the Steward who runs a working mens club to an Insurer. You may find if you enter "Steward" and then employers business as "Security" you may find a more accurate quote. But as I said above most Insurers would regard your type of Stewarding as being akin to being a security guard
  • Aluaka
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    I currently work for an Insurer as an Account Manager (not car insurance though!). I have accepted voluntary redundancy and my last day of working will be 11th December, after which I will lose my company car and have to purchase my own car.

    As I will be receiving a good redundancy package (at the age off44) I will be choosing to take few months out to consider my future employment options before getting back into work.

    So, will I be:-
    - unemployed (as I won't be signing on for some time if at all, and won't be seeking employment for a while)
    - househusband (as my girlfriend, not wife, who I live with is working full time and I will be at home most days doing housework, DIY and probably installing a kitchen. We have no kids if that makes a difference? And are not married!)
    - self employed - and if so as what? As I may dabble in ebay re-selling and register as a self-employed business.

    I'd be interested to hear views on my car insurance status.

    The variation in prices of quotes is shocking, with some companies declining to insure unemployed people!

    I also question where I stand in terms of no claim discount as I have had a company car for 6 years?
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