What is No Claims Bonus Protection?
A no claims bonus is a discount that you can receive on your motor insurance dependent on the number of years of driving you have built up without claiming your policy. While the amount your no claims bonus is worth will vary across different insurers, a no-claims history of five years or more will likely net you a significant discount.
At the AA, If you’ve been claims-free for five years, you can receive a 50% No Claims Discount on your car insurance policy.
When Do You Receive a No Claims Bonus?
Once you build up several years of claims free driving, your no claims bonus will help you get a noticeable reduction in your premiums, and because of this, many drivers will want to protect their no claims bonus. Thankfully there are two options which allow you to do just this, Full No Claims Bonus Protection and Step Back Bonus Protection.
What is Full No Claims Bonus Protection?
While Full No Claims Bonus Protection is the most expensive option for protecting your no claims history, it also offers the greatest level of protection. In the event that a claim is made against your insurance, you won’t lose any of your years of no claims driving, meaning the discount you receive is fully protected. However, before taking out Full No Claims Bonus Protection, it can be worth checking with your insurer for any exceptions or limitations to the protection.
For example, the protection may only apply where a claim made against you is under a certain financial amount, or your protection may not apply if multiple claims are made against you in a specific time frame.
What is Step Back Bonus Protection?
Step Back Bonus Protection usually costs less than Full No Claims Protection but offers a lower level of coverage. If a claim is made against your insurance, you will lose a part of your no claims bonus. For example, if you have five years of claims-free driving before the claim is made, this could be stepped back to two years, meaning you won’t entirely lose your discount but will see it reduced.