Why choose Howden for Modified Van Insurance?
Howden is the new name for A-Plan. As a broker which specialises in business insurance, we pride ourselves on doing the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to. Thanks to the great relationships we have with our selected panel of standard and specialist insurers, we make the process of comparing multiple modified van insurance policies, on your behalf, simple and easy. What’s not to like?
Here at Howden, we recognise that each modified van policy needs to be as individual as its owner and their van, and that’s why we provide a tailored, personalised service, focused on getting to know you and finding out exactly what you want from your insurance policy.
Ultimately, whether you need to make a claim, purchase a new modified van policy, or renew an existing one, just know that we’re here to help.
Benefits of working with us:
- You can trust us – we’re rated Excellent on Trustpilot.
- We’re driven to save you time, money, and hassle.
- Benefit from a tailored service that comparison sites can’t provide.
- Speak with your local branch, within your community.
- We’re right by your side in the event of a claim.
What is Modified Van Insurance?
Modified van insurance refers to a type of specialist insurance that’s specifically designed for vans that have been modified or customised from their original factory specifications.
Whilst the standard van insurance policies often provide cover for vans in their original, unmodified condition, there are many van owners who choose to modify their van to suit their individual needs or their business, such as adding new features, altering the appearance, or enhancing performance. That's when modified van insurance comes into play.
What is a van modification?
Van modification can be easily described as an alteration or customisation made to a van, which changes it from its original condition. These modifications can be functional, aesthetic, or cosmetic changes, and they are often done to suit the owner's specific requirements, preferences, or business needs. But you’re probably what would be classed as a van modification. There are countless different examples, but the most general types of modifications made to vans include:
Electrical and Audio-visual upgrades
This can include installing a sound system, multimedia screens, satellite navigation systems, power inverters, or additional electrical outlets for powering equipment.
Security and safety modifications
For protection against theft or break-ins, a van owner might additional security features such as alarms or reinforced locks, whereas more airbags, parking sensors, and stronger seat belts might be added for safety reasons.
These modifications are typically to benefit individuals with disabilities or mobility challenges, such as wheelchair ramps or lifts.
Some van owners choose to upgrade their engine, exhaust system, suspension, or brakes to enhance power, handling, or towing capacity.
Exterior or interior modifications
This includes adding shelves, extra seats or storage space inside your van, whereas for the exterior you might want some customised paintwork, alloy wheels or a roof rack.
Remember that you can always get in touch with us to discuss what does and doesn’t count as a van modification, just so you have some clarity around what you can expect to be covered under your modified van insurance policy.
Why do you need insurance for your van modifications?
The reason modified van insurance is necessary is because when you insure a van, the van’s original qualities, such as its type and model, are important factors for insurers when they come to determine how safe and valuable the van is.
However, when a van is modified, it may require additional coverage to account for the increased value, potential risks, or specialised parts involved. For example, many modifications add value to a van, making them more likely to be stolen, which could increase your premiums, whilst other certain modifications could make your van safer and less likely to have an accident, which might make your policy cheaper.
Ultimately, once said van is modified, the chances of it being involved in an incident could change, and that would need to be reflected in a personal or business-use insurance policy.
Do I need to declare all van modifications?
Yes, when obtaining modified van insurance, it's essential that you declare detailed information about any modifications that have been made to your van. This includes information about the type of modifications, their value, and any impact they may have on the van's performance or safety.
Once an insurance broker or provider has that information, they’ll then be able to assess these details to determine the right cover needed and premium for the policy.
What does Howden’s Modified Van Insurance cover?
Modified van insurance typically offers similar coverage options as regular van insurance, including third-party liability, comprehensive coverage, and additional add-ons like fire and theft protection. However, it considers the vehicle modifications, ensuring that they are adequately covered in case of damage, loss, or theft.
But with almost all types of van insurance, there are three main types of modified van insurance levels of cover which you can choose from. These are as follows:
This is the minimum level of cover you need, legally. It won’t cover you for any accidents, any repairs you need to pay for, or if your van’s equipment is stolen, but it will cover you for any damage your van inflicts on another person or another vehicle.
Third-party, fire and theft
This is no different to third-party cover, except it also protects your van against the risks of theft and fires.
This is the fullest level of cover, giving you all the protection that third party, fire and theft coverage would. As well as that, comprehensive cover will also cover the cost of van repairs if it were to be involved in an accident.
How much insurance for modified vans costs
Everyone would love to know immediately how much their insurance will cost them, and we’d love to provide a blanket rate. However, this is not possible.
How much modified van insurance costs can vary significantly, and this is due to how many different cases an insurance provider must consider, especially when comparing the necessary premiums to charge to adequately cover every single unique van and its unique modification.
We appreciate that this may not be the answer you’re looking for, but we can tell you what an insurance provider would generally consider when calculating modified insurance premiums. The typical factors are:
- The driver’s profile and driving history
- The van’s usage and mileage
- The type of modifications
- The value of the modifications
It’s important to remember that all insurers are different, and you should expect the costs of premiums to vary accordingly. So, why not compare quotes and look at what other insurance companies offer? Talking to an insurance broker such as Howden could save you time and money, as we strive to source cheaper modified van insurance quotes.
What you’ll need to do to get a Modified Van Insurance quote
To make the process of getting your modified insurance policy that’s perfect for your needs and your business, with as little hassle as possible, we need you to provide us with some information. This includes:
- Your personal details.
- Your contact information.
- The type of cover you’re looking for.
- Details about your modified van and its modifications.
Once we’ve gathered this information from you, whether you provide it to us over the phone, visit us in branch or fill out a quote form on our website, we’ll then work quickly to compare various modified van policy options before presenting you with an insurance quote that can work for you and your business.
Who Howden work with
The great relationships we have with a wide range of trusted modified van insurance providers allows us to provide a service which supports each one of our modified van clients.
The years of experience our team have working in the insurance industry, in addition to being enthusiasts themselves, has meant that Howden continues to be rated highly by our clients.
We’re here to assist you when it matters most.
It’s part of our service to make sure that your claim is dealt with as quickly as possible and without any hassle. So, whatever’s happened to you or your van, we’re here to help.
Can you cover my van while I’m modifying it?
Whether or not your van will be covered while it’s being modified depends on the specific terms and conditions of the insurance policy and the insurance provider. Typically though, standard van insurance policies won’t cover your van during the modification process. This is because the van is deemed to be in a non-standard or altered state, which means that any damage or loss that occurs during the modification period may not be covered.
The best way to get clarity on this is to contact your insurance broker or provider directly and they’ll be able to advise you.
Do I need modified van insurance?
Yes, if you have made modifications to your van in the UK, it’s essential to have appropriate modified van insurance in place. The legal requirement for insurance coverage applies to all vehicles on public roads, regardless of whether they are modified or not.
In the UK, the minimum legal requirement for van insurance is third-party insurance.
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