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E-scooter trend: GoCompare warns drivers that use of privately-owned e-scooters could cost them their licence

  • 376% increase in online searches for e-scooters during lockdown as craze takes-off.
  • But drivers face a £300 fine and six penalty points on their licence for a using private e-scooter on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements.
  • Newly qualified drivers could face losing their licence.
  • Legal government trial for rental e-scooters underway to evaluate future regulation.
Traffic

New driver backlogs: Stand-in driving instructors risk breaking the law trying to help 370,000* lockdown learners

  • Driving lessons and tests can restart this month in England, but a four-month backlog could make booking professional lessons difficult
  • An estimated 370,000 new drivers may have been held back by the lockdown
  • Stand-in instructors must know the law regarding supervising learner drivers
Alloy Wheel

MOT extension warning: Drivers warned to ensure their car is safe to drive as research reveals 9.3m cars need repair

Research reveals 29% of drivers admit knowing their car needs repairing.

Motorists with an MOT expiry date on or after 1 August do not qualify for the six-month extension and must book a test as usual.

  • Known defects include seriously dangerous faults including worn tyres, brake related problems, issues with lights or seatbelts and, windscreen repairs.
  • 17% of motorists are driving a car displaying a service or warning light.
  • Drivers can be prosecuted for driving a vehicle that is unsafe or not in a roadworthy condition.
  • GoCompare Car Insurance reminds drivers that garages are open for car repairs, MOT tests and servicing.
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Destination ‘Costa del Casa’: New data shows a huge increase in people looking to buy swimming pools, hot tubs and pizza ovens for their 2020 ‘garden-cations’

  • Google Trends data shows an increase of 1600% for searches for above ground swimming pools since lockdown began
  • Warning that outdoor equipment may not be covered by home contents insurance
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GoCompare warns of ‘too good to be true’ Ghost Broker car insurance deals on social media

  • Suspected fraudster arrested for selling fake car cover and offering it to NHS workers at a discount.
  • Motorists could be driving uninsured after buying ‘cheap’ car insurance via social media scams.
  • Unsuspecting victims face serious consequences including disqualification from driving or a criminal record.
  • GoCompare Car Insurance shares tips on legitimate ways to cut the cost of cover.
Alloy Wheel

Used car boom – GoCompare warns drivers to check insurance before test driving a used car as new car shortage looms

  • Shortage of new cars due to Covid lockdown closing factories is expected to lead to a boom in used car sales,
  • Insurance is a must for test drives but most (92%) policies don’t cover policyholders to drive cars other than their own,
  • A car’s group rating has a significant impact on the cost of insurance – so check before you buy,
  • GoCompare Car Insurance shares tips on getting a good deal on car insurance.
Mews

Love your home – how to protect the centre of your universe properly

With a quarter of UK households having no contents insurance, GoCompare urges people to use lockdown to reassess how well their ‘bubble’ is protected1

Row of houses

GoCompare warns DIY home removals may not be covered by insurance as the property sector gets moving again in England

  • Most (78%) home insurance policies1 which cover house removals, only do so if the contents have been packed and transported by a professional removal firm.
  • Moving home can be a good time to shop around for a better deal on home insurance.
Row of houses

As the English property sector gets moving again, GoCompare warns DIY home removals may not be covered by insurance

  • Most (78%) home insurance policies1 which cover house removals, only do so if the contents have been packed and transported by a professional removal firm.
  • Moving home can be a good time to shop-around for a better deal on home insurance.
Plane

Over 7.5 million holidaymakers in limbo over summer travel plans

New GoCompare guide offers up to date advice for worried travellers