If you see a pair of shoes you want in a shop window, you can pop in and take them home with you in minutes. Even that new suit can be bought off the peg and be ready to wear the same day. But if you spot a new car in a showroom, you might have to wait for a week for all the paperwork to arrive in the post before you are legally allowed to drive it home.
Vauxhall has found a neat way around the problem by offering 'instant' insurance at the retailer, which allows customers to take their new pride and joy home on the same day - even at weekends.
People who buy a new or used car from Vauxhall retailers will be offered free ‘instant’ comprehensive motor insurance cover for seven days. They will then be invited to take up a highly-competitive quote from Vauxhall Insurance for a full 12 months cover.
Called ‘Phone-and-Go’, the scheme allows customers the ability to drive away their Vauxhall on the same day as agreeing to buy the car. Once accepted, an insurance cover note is e-mailed directly to the Vauxhall retailer, allowing the newly-purchased car to be taxed and made road legal almost instantly.
The offer of a free insurance period complements Vauxhall’s free insurance offer currently available on several cars in the Astra and Corsa ranges.
Andy Jones, Vauxhall’s Marketing Programmes Manager commented: "We aim to provide a great range of cars and additional services that improve the overall car-buying experience for our customers. With more than 200 participating Vauxhall retailers across the UK supporting the new seven-day motor insurance offer, we are confident that it will be a big hit with our customers and further enhance the car-buying process.
Mr Jones added: "Competitive motor insurance from Vauxhall is focused on Vauxhall cars but is available to owners of most makes and models. Vauxhall is able to compete with the major insurance providers on price and can offer different approaches to buying motor cover to suit each customer’s buying requirement via the conventional telesales route, the internet or through the dealership channel."
Vauxhall understands the value of insurance to customers and a year’s free cover is provided on selected models in the range, including the top-selling Corsa and Astra. Free insurance customers are also offered a 15 per cent discount on the premium for a household’s second car.
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