After many many hours of research into vans, and having once owned a VW Transporter for 5 years (which I loved), I've seen the light, taken the plunge and have bought a 1996 Granvia with 75k miles on the clock....very pleased!
We bought the Granvia because we need something that's not quite as "clunky" as a panel van, so that our little baby daughter can take naps in it during the daytime meaning mum and dad and her can now spend the WHOLE day away from the house doing our thing - ie: surfing, hiking, biking etc.
Problem is finding someone to insure the flipping thing now!
I've spoken to my car insurer (Admiral) who were completely clueless about the whole thing and couldn't get their head around the fact that just because it's got 8 seats it's actually not a commercial vehicle like a mini-bus, but is actually an MPV. I've now tried getting quotes from;
all of whom charge a ridiculously high premium (up to £1,300 in a couple of cases!!). I think the main reason is that I use my no-claims discount on my day car (VW Golf)....although to be honest I can't understand why the NCD doesn't apply to the driver, rather than to one vehicle at a time - seems stupid to me!
Anyway, can anyone recommend a good insurer who won't charge silly money? I've read about the Caravan club possibly being able to do it (although not sure what the crack is with them) and also Adrian Flux who the guy I bought it off said he's with (although horror stories on the net abound about these guys).
Any help MASSIVELY appreciated!!
If Adrian Flux put my premium up next month (insurance rates are falling this year by about 4%) I shall try them too.
I managed to get a really good quote in the end from Osborne and Sons (broker) through Highways.
Now all that remains is to pick the wagon up on Monday! It's a 4 hour trek back home so a good amount of "bonding" time
Renewal is due - so I'd be interested if anyone has a better quote for me to follow up on
It includes lost key cover and breakdown with up to 60 days in Europe.
I just got my granvia 1996 3.0L diesel over a week ago now. Insurance has been a pain I had to renew my last policy just about 3 weeks before I got my granvia
I had a landcruiser Colorado 1998 gx 3.0L diesel auto & the renew was £435 approx (I am in Essex) when I told them I had just got my granvia they wanted another
£230 on top due to admin etc, I was shocked to say the least.
I go thro a broker for Highway insurance (Who said Dick Turpin was dead) They have been ok when I had a Pajero & the Landcruiser its seems best to let insurance lapse
& renew when needed but I had to part exchange. So be careful of spurious add ons & clauses if you change anything along the way, check first what the charges are.
Good luck with your insurance.
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