No claims bonus (NCB) is one of the best ways to save on your car insurance. You can save up to 30% off your premium with just one year of no claims.
If you drive claim-free for some years, the discount could reach as much as 75%.
What Is A No Claims Bonus?
You can start accumulating NCB for every year that you have insurance without making a claim. The key here is driving defensively – what matters is whether or not you make a claim, and not whether it was your fault or not.
It’s a sunny day, and you are driving on a highway when suddenly an uninsured driver hit your car. Given that it is not your fault and you made a claim, because of this, you may not be earning an NCB for that year. In addition, your existing NCBs will get a step back, and in some cases, go back to zero.
You were sleeping in the middle of the night, and your car is parked in the streets of New York City. Upon waking up, you discovered that your car had been stolen and you made a claim, your NCB, therefore, could be lost.
How Do I Earn A No Claims Bonus?
Car, van, commercial vehicle, tractor and on all types of insurances like third-party, fully comprehensive, and third-party, fire, and theft will earn you NCB.
Depending on your insurer, you can earn an NCB for up to nine years. Although for most insurers, they will only allow you to earn for up to five consecutive years.
How Much Can I Save From An NCB?
Insurers will reduce your premiums by a set percentage that is determined by the number of years you are driving claim-free. Discounts vary greatly from one insurer to another, but the average discount scale is usually:
There are other ways to reduce the costs of your car insurance policy; you can read our guide, 10 Easy Ways to Reduce the Costs of Your Car Insurance for more information.
How Can I Protect My No Claims Bonus?
Some insurance companies offer opportunities to preserve your bonus. A car insurer may be able to redeem all costs from another insurer where a claim is not your mistake. In this case, you wouldn’t lose any claims discount. It is best to talk to your chosen insurer about their policy as this can vary greatly.
In most cases, if you do not have a policy in your name for two years, your No Claims Bonus will disappear.
Can I Use My NCB On Another Vehicle?
Yes, you can. In the insurance industry, they call it “Mirrored No Claims Discount,” it is used by a person who has earned a bonus on a car policy and decided to buy another vehicle. To get a discount on his insurance, that person can then “mirror” their accumulated NCB to the vehicle he just bought.
Can Named Drivers Earn A No Claims Discount?
With a standard car insurance policy, named drivers do not earn their own No Claims Discount. However, some companies will allow them to earn an NCB. This is brilliant if the named driver wants to go on with their own car insurance policy later on.