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The Civil Liability Bill: how will it affect motor insurance?

After many years of debate, the UK government has decided on a course of action to address the rise in small personal injury claims. The Civil Liability Bill, which comes into force in April 2020, aims to tackle the perceived ‘compensation culture’ and prevent fraudulent claims from driving up the cost of insurance for motorists […]

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What is agreed value and why does it matter?

Agreed value helps protect the value of your car in case of a write-off or theft when it can’t be recovered. But how do insurers determine agreed value?

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Caring for your car through the winter

The gritters are coming out and the classics are being put away – mostly. Whether you’re driving your classic or not, good winter car care is essential.

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5 things that could damage your classic car

There’s nothing more heart-breaking than seeing your treasured possession deteriorate. If you want your car to last a lifetime, be aware of these 5 risks and take steps to minimise the damage.

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Keeping your home safe this Halloween

Despite the innocent nature of modern Halloween traditions, Halloween night can also conceal thieves and vandals, making ‘trick or treat’ a bit more of a threat than a cheerful children’s catchphrase. It’s a known fact that insurance claims for malicious damage increase over the week of Halloween and Bonfire Night each year[1]. Many stores will […]

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Brexit and Green Cards

If you travel to the EU after Brexit without a Green Card, you could risk a fine and your car being impounded. Find out the rules around Green Cards and whether you need one here.

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The MOT exemption: should you still MOT your classic car?

Classic owners will know that once their car turns 40, they’re no longer required to give it an annual MOT test in order for it to be road-legal[1]. This is a development that came into play in May 2018, replacing the old rule that only cars registered before 1960 were MOT-exempt. The rolling 40-year rule [...]
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1 in 4 UK drivers believe smart motorways are unsafe

Nearly a quarter of drivers in the UK believe smart motorways are unsafe, and many do not understand the rules around hard shoulder running, according to recent research by Kwik Fit. More than half of the motorists surveyed avoid driving in the hard shoulder on smart motorways, due to confusion about when it can be […]

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Underinsured homes: 1 in 4 households don’t cover their contents

More than a quarter of households in the UK don’t insure their home contents, leaving more than £266bn of possessions unprotected. Research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI)[1] shows that 7.5 million homes don’t have home contents insurance, meaning that in the event of theft, fire, flood or other damage, they wouldn’t get anything [...]
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Full Service Histories

You could drive a car brand new off the factory floor and it would have a history already. The parts, the hands that built them, the models that have gone before it – all features in a legacy of craftsmanship and design. Once it’s out of the factory, it begins a new chapter - and [...]
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Electrifying my Ferrari 308

Peter Brazier owns the first ever Ferrari 308 to have a Tesla motor put into it. The ground-breaking electric conversion, which was performed by Electric Classic Cars over the course of nine months, has divided opinion – but not as much as you might think. We met up with Peter at Fully Charged Live, the [...]
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Motorfest 2019, Peterborough, cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we have today been informed that Motorfest 2019 and the International Sports & Classic Car Show, which was due to take place in Peterborough from the 25-27th May, has been cancelled by the show organisers and will no longer be taking place. The organisers have said that they have [...]
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60 years of the Triumph Herald

Designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti, the Triumph Herald first emerged onto the scene in 1959, produced by Standard-Triumph in Coventry. With two doors and a modest engine, this sleek little car was designed as a space-efficient run-around, and marketed as "a new experience in motoring". The construction of the Herald was modular: the panels could [...]
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Heritage introduces improved home insurance cover for classic car owners

Heritage is now able to offer improved cover on home insurance policies for classic car owners, including insuring up to £10,000 worth of motor memorabilia.

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Modern car features we take for granted

We’re taking a look at some of the car features we’ve become used to over the years, even in some classics. Just how far have mod cons come?

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Tackling driver fatigue

Driver fatigue has contributed to one in six road crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads. We look at how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

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Top Five Classic Cars Under £5000

Looking for a classic car but don’t want to break the bank? Take a look at our Top Five Classic Cars Under £5000 all readily available and competitively priced.

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Recommend a Friend and Get Rewarded

We love it when a customer is so happy that they recommend a friend to us. That’s why we want to reward you with cashback when your friend takes out a policy, and cash for them too when they buy multi car cover.

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4×4 of the Year

The Suzuki Jimny has been named 4×4 of the Year 2019 by 4×4 and Pick Up magazine, beating such prestigious rivals as the Range Rover and the Jeep Wrangler.

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No deal Brexit Would Mean New Rules For UK Motorists

At present, the UK is within the motor insurance ‘Free Circulation Zone’. In May 2018 following representations from European insurance agencies, the Department for Transport confirmed the UK Government’s intention to keep the UK within this arrangement. However, the European Commission have not as yet formally approved the decision.

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Headline-Grabbing Classics of 2018

Last year was jam-packed with classic car news and announcements and we’re already excited to see what 2019 will bring us. In 2018 three cars in particular grabbed our attention.

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Overshadowed Classics Cars

The cars in this list are frequently overshadowed by their other family members. By no means are we discrediting them, or even looking down on these classic cars. Seeing how this is a very subjective topic we invite to share your opinion via our social media.

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Heritage’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Synonymous with this festive period of the year is the Twelve Days of Christmas Carole. At Heritage we’ve noticed a distinct lack of classic cars in the twelve days so we’ve complied our version.

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Lesser Known Tiny Classics

We all know about the Smart Car and the Fiat 500 but a lot of the cars on this list were overlooked in their day and are now admired and sought after by a select few. “Little” did people know back in the day that these would be such valuable nuggets of both car history, and amazing additions to many classic collections.

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Saying Goodbye to the Heritage Land Rover

Over the last year we came to the conclusion that we couldn’t look after and use the 110 regularly enough anymore and that it might be better enjoyed by someone else. So, we ran a competition to give the Land Rover away. We were overwhelmed by entrants and by August we had drawn a winner.

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Ebay Classic Car Fraudsters on the Rise

One of the stand out stories about classic car fraudsters this year was the revealing of a $4.5 million crime scheme in the US. News such as this is becoming more common which is unfortunate, as online market places have provided a place for enthusiast to take advantage of great deals and keep essential parts in circulation.

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Lesser Known Classics in Movies: Part 2

Welcome back to the second instalment of Heritage’s Lesser Known Classics in Movies. In the last half we saw a lot of ’Frankensteined’ cars and vehicles heavily clad in body kits to change their appearance. In this half we’ll see some of the same but more examples of rare cars which you may have never even heard of.

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Lesser Known Classics in Movies: Part 1

We all know that the Aston Martin DB5 was used in Goldfinger and that Mini’s were the trio in Italian Job; But what about the lesser known cars in famous movies? Hidden under body-kits, rare cars or Frankensteined together from different parts? In this article we’ll test your knowledge of these hidden classics in famous movies.

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Behind the wheel of a Wolseley

It was in September 1960 that my late parents bought what is now my 1958 Wolseley Six-Ninety, paying £745 for the then two year old car to replace our old Morris.  I was aged three and so it could be said that I have grown up with the Wolseley.

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Are Price Hikes on Classic Vehicles Justifiable?

Heritage has previously discussed the potential of a discrepancy between enthusiasts and classic car auctions/investors.  A lot of enthusiasts have cited how investors can hike up prices of beloved classics to then take them off the road to wait for an opportunity to maximise their return on investment.

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A New Age of Electric Classic Cars

As well as converting classics there has also been an influx of brand new cars that are powered by electricity while also drawing design influences from classic cars. From Ferrari’s to VW buses we’ll take a look at some of the recent announcements.

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Morgan 50th Anniversary Teasers

The Morgan Motor Company has always been admired internationally for building fine performance cars. This is the case for the Plus 8 Morgan, that has only recently been added back into the Morgan roster in 2012.

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Aston Martin’s of the Movies

After the successful partnership between the creators of James Bond and Aston Martin in Goldfinger, the DB5 then went on to appear in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.

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The Story of an Extremely Rare Citroen Type-H Van

The Citroen Type-H van combined practical capabilities with striking design choices and has been cemented as an iconic European vehicle. With so few left in existence, we were delighted when we were approached to speak with someone who claims to own the only remaining example in the UK.

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Behind the wheel of a Mini

Mini Enthusiast and die hard Iron Maiden fan. Jeannie’s enthusiasm for Mini’s was influenced by her Dad’s passion for cars. Jeannie used to sit in the back of her Dad’s Mini Traveller when she was young.

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Behind the wheel of a BMW 2002

Mike’s love for his BMW 2002 began as a child. When he was 12, his father owned an auto body repair shop and had client’s with race-tuned BMW’s

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Upcoming events for Classic Car enthusiasts – 2018

All over the UK there are thousands of people who share the same passion; classic cars. Car shows and organised meets take place across the country all year round.

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Are the values of classic cars declining?

The topic of value and the strength of the classic market is always a subject which attracts debate, but now it could be claimed to be particularly important as the market has been experiencing some turbulence.

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One of Britain’s biggest classic car collections

This is still the case for Rodger Dudding, the owner of the largest collection of classic motors in Britain. With a fleet of 350 cars, including old classics and new supercars, he’s built up a collection estimated to value £40 million.

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What may Rover have looked like today?

There have been rumours for years that The Rover Group could be making a come back, which makes one think where the iconic British company could have been today, had they not have ended production.

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TV Shows for the classic car enthusiast

Calling all Classic car enthusiasts. Are you watching the current car related TV shows on Quest? Which is your favourite?

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Top tips before you head out driving this Easter weekend

Be sure to give your classic car a quick basics check before you head out to drive, especially if it has been parked up in a garage

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DVLA set to change rights to previous owner’s details

Previously, classic car owners have enjoyed the ability to be able to record the stories of their classics by asking the DVLA for historic information. The tightening of this information means that data on who originally owned a car is no longer available.

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Classic Car Museum Proposed for Site in Oxfordshire

Plans have been revealed for a new classic car museum to be built on a 63-hectare site in Oxfordshire. The museum would cost around £24 million, with further ideas to build demonstration tracks and holiday housing.

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Practical Classics Restoration Show

The UK’s fastest growing Classic Car event, the Practical Classics Restoration Show, is returning to the NEC Birmingham this March.

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Beware of scam insurers known as Ghost Brokers

Whether you’re buying anything from a new watch to a television or even an insurance policy for your classic motor, the old adage ‘if it looks too good to be true… it probably is’ often proves to be correct.

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Classic Collector – Jodie Kidd

Bringing a feminine touch to the world of vintage autos, model, racer and TV presenter, Jodie Kidd, is much more than a triple threat.

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Classic Car Quiz 2018

Our quiz focuses on 6 popular classic cars, all of which are featured at events in 2018. We start our quiz off with the Lotus Esprit, which is featuring at the upcoming Classic Car and Restoration show next month.

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Long lost ‘first ever’ Land Rover to be restored

To mark Land Rover’s 70th anniversary the team at Jaguar Land Rover is beginning to restore what is being described as the ‘first ever’ Land Rover, which was originally unveiled 70 years ago.

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Classic Car of the Movies – the 2000s

Here we are with the final instalment of our series looking at classic cars from the movies – a broad range of manic muscle and stylish super cars from world renowned blockbusters and cult classics of the silver screen.

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Classic Collector – Rowan Atkinson

You may associate him with his most famous character, Mr Bean’s classic yellow mini, but Rowan Atkinson has also collected an array of stunning vehicles that are the envy of car enthusiasts like us from around the world.

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The rolling 40 year MOT exemption

The Government has now confirmed the new rolling 40-year MOT exemption, meaning that more than ever – the emphasis is on us to keep our classic vehicles safe and roadworthy.

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Car Tax Teething Problems

One of the major changes in motoring over the last few years has been the scrapping of tax discs. Now, a study by the Department for Transport has produced some startling figures about the new system’s impact and we decided to take a look.

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Classic Collector – Ralph Lauren

Classic car collection. In the latest of our series looking at famous classic car collectors, we’re going to take a look at a name more familiar to fans of the fashion industry than petrol heads – Ralph Lauren.

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Classic cars of the movies – the 1990s

In our latest look at classic cars of the silver screen, we’re turning to the 1990s. However, whilst it wasn’t the most sensational decade by a long shot, we have managed to find a few corkers to share with you.

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Prescott Speed Hill Climb 2017

If you’ve ever been for a day out at a classic hill climb event then you’ll know how exhilarating it can be, with beautiful cars through time speeding up twisted roads and round hairpin corners. It really is a sight for any car enthusiast young or old.

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Award-winning classic car insurance with Heritage

We’re celebrating this week after winning an award for the way we use social media to help our customers and classic motoring enthusiasts up and down the country.

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Goodwood Revival – What to expect

It is that time of year again – Goodwood Revival. The world’s greatest classic car show is upon us this weekend, from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September, and so we have taken a look at what you can expect to see this year.

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Heritage, GQ & Mercedes: A specialist policy for a truly unique classic motor

We’re delighted to be featured in this month’s GQ magazine after we arranged a policy for a very special Mercedes at London Fashion Week Men’s.

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Laid Up Insurance – peace of mind when your classic car comes off the road

As the chilly mornings begin to set in and the evenings get darker, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your classic motor over the winter.

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Classics Collectors – The Sultan of Brunei

In our latest classics collector series, we’re going to take a look at the Sultan of Brunei, the man who has the world’s largest collection of cars.

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The Original Land Rover Show at Kelmarsh (and 70 Ferraris)

Last weekend, we were at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire for The Original Land Rover Show.

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Classic cars of the movies – the 1980s

Whilst the 1980s is regarded by many as the decade of all decades for memorable movies, it’s not so packed with great cars.

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Silverstone Classic 2017

Heritage Classic Car Insurance will be focusing on one classic car event per month. This month we look at the famous Silverstone Classic event held on the 28th to the 30th of July 2017. Have you got your ticket?

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Classic car TV presenters

If you present a TV show dedicated to classic cars you must have a passion for them. Let’s find out who does?

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Understanding Multi Car Insurance

At Heritage, we pride ourselves on meeting our customers’ needs and surpassing all expectations, so we’re very proud of our special Multi Car insurance package.

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A unique policy for a very special Mercedes

As if Mercedes, London Fashion Week, GQ and international stars weren’t enough to be teaming up with, we were in good company with the car’s other partners too.

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The classic cars of the late, great Sir Roger Moore

With the sad news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing at the ripe old age of 89 in May, we felt it was only right to take a look at the man, the legend and, of course, some of the cars!

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Thieves continue to steal our modern classics

Most cars built in the 1990’s and 2000’s included the most high tech electronic security systems available at the time. Today these systems seem to be easy pickings for the modern car thief

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Which Classic Car Are You?

All of the classic cars we insure have different traits that can be loosely matched with types of people. We’ve detailed a few below, so from big and brash to subtle and stylish, which category do you fall in to?

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Classic car of the movies – the 1970s

Hot on the heels of our classic car movies of the 60s article, we’re back with the 1970s, looking at some of the most famous films featuring our beloved old motors in all their glory.

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Practical Classics Restoration Show 2017

The end of March 2017 saw the NEC host springs best classic car event. Practical classics classic car restoration show brought together over 21,000 classic motoring enthusiasts.

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Is originality really key?

Heritage Classic Car Insurance has been in the industry for over 50 years now and has seen values of classic cars rise and rise again. But are all these classics really original? Now this depends on what type of owner you are.

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Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary

It was the 12th of March 1947 when Enzo Ferrari fired up the first car to bear his name. The Ferrari badged 125 S was prepared and two months later this rolling tubular chassis with its magic ingredient, the 12 cylinder engine was ready to make its racing debut at Piacenza

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Classics Collector – Jay Kay

In the latest of our series looking at famous classic car collectors, it’s time for one of the most well-known British collectors out there, Jay Kay.

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Top 5 Classic Sports Cars

B -Roads, nice weather but what car would you love to be driving? Here at Heritage Classic Car Insurance we have chosen 5 classic sports cars to feast your eyes on.

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Top 5 Japanese Classic Cars

Check out the classic car scene from the land of the rising sun. Japanese have their fair share of classic cars.

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Top ten eighties classic cars

Heritage Classic Car Insurance take a look back at the eighties classic cars that are now becoming the cars to look out for today.

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50 Years of the Volkswagen Bay Window

Heritage Classic Car Insurance celebrate 50 years of the Volkswagen Type 2 Bay Window

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Classic car of the movies – the 1960s

Here at Heritage, a lot of our favourite classic films feature classic cars. No surprises there then! We’ve been discussing some of the all-time great motors that have appeared or starred on the big screen, so we thought we would share some with you.

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The VW Scene

Take a quick glimpse into the famous Volkswagen scene here in the UK. You might like it?

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How to transport your classic car

If you are looking to transport your classic car from A to B. Then why not choose a transport company design to do this for you. With covered trailers and classic car transport expertise there are many company’s able to transport your car on your behalf.

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Agreed Value – how much is your classic car worth?

In this article, we want to revisit Agreed Valuation, letting you know exactly what it is and how it can help with protecting your loved ones (the cars not your family) as part of Heritage’s specialist insurance services.

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The Ogden Report – Lord Chancellor cuts personal injury discount rate

On the 1st March 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced plans to change personal injury compensation, for the first time since 2001. The announcement related to the Ogden Report, will offer the public better compensation payouts following an accident or incident.

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Top ten classic hatchbacks

Heritage Classic Car Insurance looks at the original hatchbacks from the classic 80’s. The hatchback was an innovative concept bought on in the 1970’s and fully developed by the eighties into performance hot hatchbacks. Light and practical the hatchback was ideal for families and the younger driver.

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Best Drives in the UK – Part 3, Scotland

The latest in our ‘Best Drives’ series sees us look to Scotland, which boasts some of the very best and most beautiful routes in the UK.

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Best Drives in the UK – Part 2, Wales

As all classic car owners know, getting out and enjoying the car in the loveliest of settings is what it’s all about, from winding country roads to coastal adventures with the smell of sea salt in the air.

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Calling All Classic Car Traders

Heritage Classic Car Insurance offers all types of insurance cover to all types of people. So whether you own a classic car tucked away in the garage for weekend use, or indeed you are a classic car trader on a part-time or full-time basis we have the right policy for you. We offer a classic car traders policy.

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Top 6 GPS Trackers for Classic Car Owners

Six latest GPS Trackers available for classic car owners. With classic car vehicle theft on the rise classic car security systems are more important than ever. The GPS tracker is a location device that will track your vehicle if it’s taken without your permission. This is the best way of locating your vehicle quickly and so avoiding the chance of damage or a total loss. Heritage Classic Car Insurance has listed six GPS trackers for you to compare.

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Selling classic cars at auction

In November last year, we published our buyer’s guide to classic car auctions, with some top tips to make the most of what can be a very exciting day of bidding for and potentially buying classic cars.

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Just 5% of UK classic cars stolen are recovered

Classic car theft is on the rise with 217 classic vehicles stolen in the UK between mid 2015 until the end of 2016. Heritage Classic Car Insurance look at the reasons why and what we can do to prevent it.

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Jaguar XJ40 stands the test of time

Heritage Classic Car Insurance takes a look at the next classic Jaguar. The XJ40 was a completely new design and a ‘landmark in automotive history’ according to Jaguar Chief Executive Sir John Egan.

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Oldest Jaguar dealer closes doors for the last time

R A Creamer is a Jaguar classic car dealer that has been based in London for 90 years now. This makes it the oldest Jaguar dealer of all time. This special little dealership has had two Royal appointments in its time. One from the Queen and one from the Prince of Wales to service their Jaguars. Sadly these have been handed back now as R A Creamer closes its doors forever.

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Classic Car Collector – Jay Leno

The third in our series of famous classic car collectors sees us look at the eye watering array of beauties owned by Jay Leno.

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Comprehensive and Amended Directive | What’s the difference?

After a recent EU ruling the UK Government is reviewing the current motor insurance laws. There are two main options being considered in the Motor Insurance Review, the Comprehensive and Amended Directive option. We take a look at what those options could mean for UK insurance.

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Will SORN Vehicles Need Insurance?

Currently if you aren’t using your vehicle on a road or in a public area you can make a Statuary Off Road Notification (SORN) declaration. This would mean that you’re exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and having motor insurance. With the upcoming Motor Insurance Review we could see this changing, so will SORN vehicles need insurance?

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Motor Sport | Will it be affected by the insurance review?

A recent EU ruling has sparked a Motor Insurance Review by the UK Government. A real game changer for motor insurance, we take a look at the potential impact on the motor sport industry.

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Motor Insurance Review Summary

You’ve got till March 2017 to have your say, but what is the Motor Insurance Review and why does it matter? For a full explanation read our Motor Insurance Review Summary.

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A game-changer for UK motor insurance

Government reviews motor insurance laws. This review could affect your insurance cover and premiums. Have your say before 31st March 2017.
We could be seeing huge changes to motor insurance law in order to improve the way victims can claim compensation in a wider range of circumstances.
This review was prompted from a ruling by the European courts in 2014 which resulted in the Vnuk judgment. The Vnuk case has now sparked a review of the current motor insurance law. This review will have an impact in the UK regardless of the EU status. Read more.

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Restoration or rebuild, what’s the difference?

If you’re a classic car lover thinking of taking on a restoration project, you may find yourself asking what the differences are between a restoration and a rebuild.

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The Grand Tour | Review

You may have noticed there’s now a new television show about cars. You know, the one with those three chaps from Top Gear. The Grand Tour.

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Roger Baillon Barn Find | Classic Car Stories

Heritage take a closer look at the bizarre tale of Roger Baillon, the troubled French classic car collector.

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Our expert guide to classic car restoration

Classic car restoration, not for the faint hearted. Here are our top tips on classic car restoration

For classic car lovers the world over, there is always one question that throws up different answers and starts a debate. What makes a car a classic?

What makes a car a classic?

The age of old question, what makes a car a classic? For classic car lovers the world over, there is always one question that throws up different answers and starts a debate. What makes a car a classic?

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Should you invest in classic 4x4s?

When production of the classic Land Rover Defender ended in January this year, there was renewed enthusiasm for this iconic 4×4, leading to an upsurge in sales for its second hand models and an increased interest in people looking to invest in classic 4x4s.

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Classic Car Auctions, A Buyer’s Guide

Heading to your first auction or want to ensure you get the most for your money? Read our buyers guide to classic car auctions for some tips and advice.

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Your guide to personalised number plates

At Heritage, we know how much our customers adore their classic cars, motorbikes and 4x4s. Some like to name their motors, whilst others like to have a name on their motors, such as a personalised licence plate.

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MoT Exemption

There are currently talks about MoT Exemption for classic cars. Do we really want unregulated cars on our roads, or should the test be adapted? How will this impact the insurance industry?

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Classic car and 4×4 modifications

Classic car and 4×4 lovers the world over have always sought to modify their cars in some shape or form. There are purists who will claim to never dream of doing such a thing, but for most of us, it is sometime a necessity rather than a choice. From driver safety to vehicle security, there are modifications that will always be needed to the motors that we adore, especially as they get older.

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Haggling on a classic

You’ve dreamed about owning one for years. You’ve put money aside and watched it grow. Now it’s time to finally go out and buy your first classic car.

Just remember one thing – you can always haggle on price!

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MudRut Pyrenees Overland Adventure

MudRut offered the Heritage duo, Leena Marsh and Natalie Coughlan the chance to join them for the MudRut Pyrenees Overland Adventure. Find out how they got on, and whether they made it back in one piece!

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Our Best Classic Car Magazines and Newspapers

Every classic car lover has a few clear favourites when it comes to the best motors. At the Heritage offices, we recently found ourselves discussing our favourite classic car magazines and newspapers too.

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The world’s most expensive cars

As classic car lovers, we know a thing of beauty when we see one. We love the curves and the glistening colours, the sounds, the smells and the sights. We love to simply stand and admire a special car too. It’s a passion shared by so many.

The Four Levels of Classic Car Restoration

The Four Levels of Classic Car Restoration

Let’s face it, owning and driving a beautiful classic is a dream for most car enthusiasts. Restoring a beat-up classic to its former glory is another matter entirely.

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Why you need classic car insurance

Every vehicle on the road needs to be insured to protect drivers and other people. To their owners though, classic cars are more than just vehicles, they are a passion.

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Classic Car Jargon Buster

Car lovers the world over know there’s a whole language to learn when it comes to motoring. This is more so the case for classic car enthusiasts, who have to take it even further to account for generations’ worth of lingo and classic terminology.

Three 4x4s you don’t want to mess with

Three 4x4s you don’t want to mess with

Here at Heritage Car Insurance we love our 4x4s. From courageous classics to modern masterpieces, we adore the history of 4×4 production and the accomplishments they have helped us achieve.

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Classics Collector – Nick Mason

Following on from our first collector, Chris Evans, we’re staying on home turf with Nick Mason. He is of course the fabulous Pink Floyd drummer, worth an estimated $100m and owner of around 40 classic motors.

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Best Drives in the UK – Part 1, England

There’s nothing better than taking your classic out for a long drive in the summer months. The sounds, the views, the stops along the way, they all come together to make classic car driving special.

There are plenty of fantastic drives out there. But for now, we’ve picked three English routes for you to consider based on where you live.

Security tips for your classic car

Security tips for your classic car

Security for your classic is vitally important for two reasons. Firstly, because it’s your pride and joy. You want to be doing everything possible to make sure nobody steals it!

Even if yours is a rust bucket you’ve been working on for years, you should take precautions. That’s because criminals range like our classics do, from high end thieves to your common scrap-value opportunistic burglars.

The History of Classic Car Recognition

The History of Classic Car Recognition

Whilst we all know the difficulties of trying to collectively define a classic car, how about defining when people started calling old cars classics?

It’s a tough one, but here at Heritage Classic Car Insurance, we have given it a good go.

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Future Classics

As defining a classic car is somewhat down to general consensus and subjective views, how do we know what will become the ‘classic’ of the future?

Sure, we can talk about absolute classics and modern classics, but which cars in general use today will be the classics of tomorrow? Well, we’ve been discussing this in the Heritage offices and have had a jolly good go at guessing.

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Top 5 Classic Car Modifications That Affect Insurance

Do classic car modifications affect your insurance? Heritage Car Insurance gives you the Top 5 classic car modifications that affect insurance.

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Classics Collectors – Chris Evans

In the first of a series on well-known classic car collectors, we felt there was no other to start with than car enthusiast and ex-new-former Top Gear presenter, Chris Evans.

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How to get into classic car restoring

If you love fixing things and you love cars, maybe your next hobby should be in restorations, a past-time that can, with hard work, make you lots of money too.

Top Ten Classic Cars Of All Time (4)

Top Ten Classic Cars Of All Time

Speak to any classic car enthusiast they’ll have their own list of the top ten classic cars of all time. We’ve put pen to paper, and listed our top ten classic cars of all time, would you agree? Take a look at our top ten list.

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Classic Car Stories: The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB

One sold recently for $17m, this week our latest classic car story is the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB.

Making the most of a day out in your classic car

Making the most of a day out in your classic car

We all know that when it comes to classic car enjoyment, there’s nothing better than a lovely long drive out in our precious historic vehicles.

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Commuters Of The Past

Heritage Classic Car Insurance look back at some of our favourite commuters of the past, and how they’ve become the classic cars we know and love today.

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The joy of classic car club membership

Many of our classic car insurance policy holders are already members of car clubs, talking online and gathering at events across the country and beyond to share their love for classic cars and appreciate each other’s motors.

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Team Hybrid 4×4 Sponsorship

Heritage Insurance excited to be sponsoring Team Hybrid 4×4, we caught up with Duncan Smith to find out a little bit about their plans for this year

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Classic Cars Of Our Time

With cars from the 80’s and 90’s now enjoying classic status we see the less exotic becoming more valuable we take a look at the classic cars of our time.

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Skytag Success As Stolen Land Rover 110 Is Recovered!

Skytag Success As Stolen Land Rover Defender 110 Is Recovered, the vehicle location device was used by Police to recover the vehicle in under an hour.

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Do you need classic car parts and labour? Look no further…

Here’s our handy list of classic car part dealers and mechanics that can help you with your pride and joy!

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Paris bans classic cars as of July 2016

Paris has decided to ban all cars registered before 1997, to help curb the cities chronic smog problem. Are they barking up the wrong tree? Heritage Classic Car Insurance investigates as Paris bans classic cars.

Classic Car Stories

Classic Car Stories

We’ve been scouring the web for the very best classic car stories, from epic sales to epic fails, and we’ll be sharing some of the very best tales here.

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The facts about green laning

It seems there is an undiscovered world out there. A world that is hidden amongst the undergrowth of the UK’s countryside, a secret world only known to the few who dare venture off the beaten path. The world of green laning.

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Classic Car World Records

We all love attending classic car shows (see our previous article for more. This Summer’s Best Classic Car Shows 2016), but imagine seeing more than 1,600 classics driving along together, in a line!

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Modern classic cars under threat due to electrical component shortage

It seems that the continuation of classic cars for the future may be under threat as the next generation may suffer with a shortage of electronic parts. Heritage investigate the details.

What is classic car insurance?

What is classic car insurance?

What is classic car insurance? Heritage Classic Car Insurance takes a look from an insurance broker perspective.

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Classic cars to watch in 2016

As valuations for classic cars are on the rise, our top eight classic cars are the ones to watch. If you’re looking for an investment, it’s time to buy a classic car.

Classic Car Road Trip from Paris to Berlin

Classic Car Road Trip from Paris to Berlin : Culture

If you’re looking for a classic car road trip from Paris to Berlin filled with culture and stunning scenery along your travels, then this is the perfect route for you.

Classic Car Road Trip From Bucharest to Vienna

Classic Car Road Trip From Bucharest to Vienna: Out of the Ordinary

If you’re looking to break free from the conventional tourism that you’d see in Europe, try a classic car road trip from Bucharest to Vienna.

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Classic Car Road Trip Through Italy: Authentic Good Food

Looking for an adventure across Italy, embracing the culture, architecture and fabulous dishes, then this classic car road trip through Italy is for you.

Classic Car Road Trip from Portugal to Morocco

Classic Car Road Trip From Portugal to Morocco: Sun, Sand and Wine

Looking for inspiration for your next road trip? We’ve designed a classic car road trip from Portugal to Morocco where you can enjoy beaches and good wine.

top 4 classic car road trips in Europe

Top 4 classic car road trips in Europe

Heritage look at the top 4 classic car road trips in Europe. From Paris to Berlin, Bucharest to Vienna, Portugal to Morroca and an adventure through Italy.

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How to Enjoy the Classic Car Season

Step by step guide to get your classic car ready for the summer road this 2016. For many classic car enthusiasts, the first drive of Spring has lead to costly repair bills across the UK. It’s essential you understand a few basic steps if you’ve left your vehicle sat in the garage for several months without maintaining it. If your classic car is stored in less than ideal conditions it may have deteriorated somewhat over time and become a hazard to drive.

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The Range Rover Classic

The Range Rover, now generally referred to as the Range Rover Classic  was launched in 1970 but work on this all new concept started many…

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What is an Insurance Company?

An insurance company act as the financial backing for a potential risk. The basic concept of this is that the insurance company charge a premium to each individual they insurer and honour to compensate for prearranged events that cause a financial loss to the consumer.

When it comes to car insurance, the insurance company asses the degree of risk by effectively collating relevant information either directly from the consumer or more commonly via an intermediary using a predetermined set of questions. The insurance company then calculates an annual premium based on the risk factors of the overall criteria presented to them. The higher the risk, the more the premium.

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What is an Insurance Broker?

An insurance broker is an intermediary between the insurance company and you the client. We all have our views on the middle man in business today. But when it comes to the complicated world of insurance it’s important to have professional knowledge and experience to guide you through the process and help you to choose the right policy at a competitive price. The insurance broker is there as an intermediary between the insurer and you the client.

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What is an Insurance Aggregator?

The word aggregator simply means an organization that collects information from other businesses and then places it on one website. This may be used by a number of industries as an effective way of increasing leads and referrals. When it comes to the insurance industry the aggregator plays a huge part in attracting potential clients to one point of contact, this makes the task of finding insurance quotes a lot simpler for the consumer as they need not trawl around websites applying for quotes individually which can be a very time consuming exercise.

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Scrappage Scheme cars still alive today

In 2009 the Government doomed many classic cars with the scrappage scheme cull, however, although nearly four hundred thousand cars were…

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Bruce Forsyth’s Mercedes for sale

Bruce Forsyth is a bit of a petrol head believe it or not, when he’s not on the golf course playing a round…

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Classic Car Market Predictions with Danny Hopkins

With classic car values reaching dizzying heights, Heritage take a look at the classic car market predictions with Danny Hopkins.

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How the 2016 Budget affects classic car owners

Chancellor George Osborne has announced the 2016 Budget and among the big news like the continuing freeze on fuel duty, tax increases and benefit caps there were also some interesting announcements which may affect you as a classic car owner. Heritage Insurance take a closer look to help you understand what may lie ahead for you as a classic car owner.

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Danny Hopkins comments on FIVA Classic Car Definition

Earlier this month it was announced that the Federation Internationale Vehicle Ancies (FIVA) are lobbying for stronger guidelines…

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Open Top Drive – A poem by one of our customers

We are proud to be sharing a poem that was kindly written by one of our customers here at Heritage Classic Car Insurance. Mr. Corbett is one of our long-standing customers and is…

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Restorer of the Year Competition Winner

Heritage Insurance have been supporting and sponsoring the NEC Restoration Show from the beginning, and it was fantastic to see that once again the show drew in the crowds. The event really does cater for the classic car community, whether you’ve been a part of the scene for years or just got your hands on your first classic – the NEC Restoration Show 2016 offered something for everyone!

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Famous Stars and their classic cars

Is there such a thing as the stereotypical classic car enthusiast? We’re all probably thinking “anorak”. Well this may surprise you! Most classic car owners are just like you; however the famous ones can afford more cars. Let’s take a look at a few famous stars and their classic cars.

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Classic Military Vehicles

The classic military vehicle captures the historical moments of world conflict right back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce “fighting-cars” of 1914 that played a crucial role in the early stages of the Great War…

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Tips to lower your classic car insurance premium

Insurance premiums! It’s all very frustrating; we have to pay them, it’s the law. So why do they never seem to be fair? It almost feels like we’re being held to ransom. Never fear, help is at hand with Heritage tips to lower your classic car insurance premium.

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The classic fast Ford Legacy

The legendary RS badge has been gracing the Ford range for over 45 years now, with many stunning examples over 20 years old promoting the classic fast Ford legacy. Heritage insurance takes a look at these historic sporting saloons and hatchbacks that are living icons on the road today.

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Mac 4×4 Challenge

We’ve supported all aspects of the 4×4 community for a number of years; we’ve definitely got a soft spot for the Land Rover community so when our customer, Alex Upsall, contacted us about his…

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Choosing the right Breakdown cover for you

Not all Breakdown cover is the same, despite what you might have been told. Heritage Insurance take a look at the over saturated market when it comes to choosing the right Breakdown cover.

Rural roads are the most dangerous in Britain 2016

Rural roads are the most dangerous in Britain

With more than half of fatal crashes occurring on country roads in Britain, car drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists are all at an increased risk of a fatal road accident. Country roads in the UK are responsible for 50% of fatal crashes. Read more to find out the two main factors that impact accidents on country roads in the UK.

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Should we increase to an 80mph motorway speed limit?

The implications of having a zero-tolerance approach to speed limits. Are motorways in the UK safe? Should we increase to an 80mph motorway speed limit? Is it safer to break the speed limit?

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Does the Autumn Spending Review affect Classic Cars?

Over the past few years classic car owners have had a bit of a hard time, whether that’s because of the threat of low-emission zones in major cities or being asked by the DVLA to prove the originality of their vehicles. We look at what’s going to be next after the recent Autumn Spending Review.

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Can I display a black & silver number plate?

What cars are allowed to display black and silver number plates, and what are the rules? We look at legal requirements and how you can get a black and silver number plate if your car is eligible to have one.

How much should you tell your car insurance company?

How much should you tell your car insurer?

Insurance is based on criteria and risk rather than hard and fast rules. This can make it confusing when it comes to updating your details, will it mean an increase in premium or worse could your insurance no longer be valid – so how much should you tell your insurer?

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Is the Government car scrappage scheme back?

With another Government car scrappage scheme on the cards, Heritage insurance investigate how this could affect the future of classic cars.

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What is multi car insurance?

Heritage multi car insurance tackle your frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you better understand what multi car insurance is.

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Update

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Update

We take a look at the latest Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Update. What’s in store for UK drivers and how can you check if your VW’s affected?

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Japanese Classic Car Scene

As the Japanese Classic Car Scene is becoming increasingly popular, Heritage Classic Car Insurance take a look at the history behind these Japanese classics

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Top 5 70s Classics that Defined the Decade

Top 5 70’s Classics that Defined the Decade. Taking a look at the 1970s Jensen Interceptor, 1970s Jaguar XJ6 Mk2, 1970s Datsun 240Z, 1970s Triumph Dolomite

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Modified 4×4 insurance for Motor Traders

As a motor trader it is imperative to ensure that you keep up with current market trends and look towards the buyers needs and requirements for the best results.With this in mind to help you expand your business, Tradesure have introduced modified 4×4 insurance for motor traders.

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Insurance premium tax increase

With insurance premiums already on the rise more bad news sees the Government go ahead with an insurance premium tax increase from November 2015.

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Is the Ace Cafe facing closure?

Is the Ace Cafe facing closure? With talk yet again about Ace Cafe under threat of closure Heritage Insurance look at the ups and downs of the iconic venue.

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How long will the current classic car bubble last?

Explaining the history of the classic car bubble, Mark Wilkinson, Managing Partner at Heritage answers how long will the current classic car bubble last?

Top Ten Classic Car Buying Tips

Top ten classic car buying tips

Mark Wilkinson, the Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance offers his top ten classic car buying tips. 1. Always buy on condition 2. Always buy on condition 3. Always buy on condition – If there is one piece of advice I could give it is this and it will mean different things for different people. […]

Classic Car Bubble

Classic Car Bubble

Mark Wilkinson, managing partner at Heritage Classic Car Insurance, discusses the classic car bubble, causes and likely effects. How long will it will last?

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Volkswagen Scandal & Diesel – What Does the Future Hold?

We take a closer look at the Volkswagen scandal, and the future of diesel. Heritage find out what it’s all about and whether it affects you?

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Jaguar XJ-S

Replacing the iconic Jaguar E-Type was never going to be easy, however this unenviable task fell to the Jaguar XJ-S. And so it was that as sales of the beloved E-Type started to decline, Jaguar were already working on something completely different.

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DVLA Crackdown on Classic Car Ages

So…after weeks of classic car owners being in a state of mild panic and worry after the DVLA Crackdown on Classic Car Ages we take a look at the responses and whether you really have to prove the age and identity of your vehicle.

The good old American Muscle car

The good old American Muscle car

The American Muscle Car has always been the pride of the United States. With it’s no-nonsense straight line speed and aggressive looks, the concept was said to have originated back in prohibition time with the Bootleggers need for speed abling them to outrun the law.

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Speed control concerns classic car owners

Tightening of speed control on UK Roads could affect classic car owners. With the breaking news regarding the tightening of speed control on UK roads Heritage Classic Car Insurance investigate the speed control concerns to classic car owners.

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DVLA changes- classic car, prove it

A crack down on the unsuspecting classic car owner seems imminent as Westminster discuss inconsistencies with DVLA changes to classic cars and the way in which they are registered.

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The Audi TT- a classic in the making

Over the last fifteen years the coup and roadster market has been re-invented or so with many of the big names in the industry offering tantalizing examples in one form or another. Be that as it may, when German car manufacturer Audi decided it was their turn to dip the proverbial toe into this more glamorous side of the market it was inevitable that something exciting was on its way.

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The Classic Rally Car…but not as we know it

When you think of the world of rallying and the classic rally car, I expect you probably envisage the hay day of British success back in the sixties with the great Paddy Hopkirk in his iconic Mini Cooper or perhaps Hannu Mikkola in the World class Ford Escort Mexico Special, great cars, great champions of rallying history.

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Classic Car Auctions

Have you considered classic car auctions? 2015 has been estimated as a record. UK auctions with classic car auctions increasing over the last two years.

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Driving your Classic Car to work 2015

The daily commute to work, not the most enjoyable task of the day! Even for a car enthusiast. Have you ever thought of driving your classic car to work instead. Well it seems some insurers are promoting this very thing, is it a good idea…they say it could save you money? Here at Heritage Classic Car Insurance we decided to look at the facts.

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Fiat Motor Company – 100 years of Italian design and innovation

Heritage take a closer look at one of Italy’s best know manufacturers – Fiat…

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Is your classic car really a classic?

When is a classic not a classic? What’s more, who even decides this anyway? Let’s face it you could always ask the experts on this matter, but then of course you would have to decide who they are too! Heritage Insurance take a closer look into what defines a car as a classic car.

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DVLA change driving licence

By the 8th of June 2015 the DVLA are abolishing the paper counterpart of the driving. The DVLA change driving licence. Click here to read more.

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The Courtesy Driving Code

Ever wonder what happened to good old fashioned courtesy and manners on our roads? Heritage Classic Car Insurance take a look at the courtesy driving code.

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DVLA struggles with changes to paperless Driving Licence

DVLA struggles with changes on the 8th June 2015. The paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is being replaced by an online service.

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Buying a classic car?

As you can imagine buying a classic car can be full of pit falls ready to catch the unsuspecting buyer, let’s face it nobody wants to buy a lemon!

Land Rover Defender 2,000,000

Land Rover Defender 2,000,000

In May 2015, Land Rover produced the The Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 to celebrate the Defender in all it’s glory. Read this article to find out more.

FAQs on No Claims Bonus

FAQs on No Claim Bonus

Answering your frequently asked questions on No Claim Bonus. When you take out a classic car insurance policy from a specialist insurance broker, you have the peace of mind that your classic and its value are protected; but what about your No Claims Bonus?

What to consider when restoring a classic car?

What to consider when restoring a classic car?

How many of you have a classic in your garage which you intend to fix up over this next year or so? We figure there must be a fair few, so this is why Heritage has decided to create a classic car restoring checklist.

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FAQs on European Cover- Car Insurance

At Heritage Classic Car Insurance offer European Cover on our specialist policies. But what does this mean for you the customer?

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Why is Classic Car Insurance so important to Heritage?

Why is Classic Car Insurance so important to us? Looking at the history and founder of the business and understanding a bit more about Mark Wilkinson, the Managing Partner.

Mark Wilkinson talks exclusively about the long road to Heritage Insurance, moving forward and getting practical.

Mark Wilkinson, Managing Partner tells all

Mark Wilkinson talks exclusively about the long road to Heritage Insurance, moving forward and getting practical. Mark Wilkinson had never actually worked in the insurance industry until he joined his father Chris Wilkinson at Heritage. Nor did he have any desire to. It’s funny how things change.

Chris Wilkinson 50th Anniversary of Heritage Classic Car Insurance

Heritage 50th Anniversary

Chris Wilkinson, the senior partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance explains how the company was formed 50 years ago.

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London low emission zone set to exclude classic cars

Classic and historic vehicles may be banned from Central London. The government has a new proposed legislation to create an ultra low emission zone by 2020. London low emission zone set to exclude classic cars

Classic Cars and Theft Prevention checklist

Classic Cars and Theft Prevention checklist

Are your classic cars really safe? With a rise in theft of classic cars Heritage look at the most popular makes and models being stolen and what you can do to try and prevent it.

Is originality essential for a classic car

Is keeping a classic car ‘original’ essential?

Originality is Key, How far is too far? Heritage Insurance examine the options, is it a matter of taste? Will the value of your classic car decrease?

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