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Return to Invoice Gap Insurance

What is Return to Invoice Gap Insurance?

 

Combined Return to Invoice Gap insurance covers the difference between what your motor insurance market value settlement at the point of write off and the HIGHER of:

 

1. The original invoice price you paid for the vehicle.

 

2. The outstanding finance settlement.

 

 

Return to Invoice Gap Insurance, also known as Back to Invoice or Retail Price Protection, is the most typical type of Gap Insurance cover offered by motor dealers. For online providers, it is most commonly provided alongside Vehicle Replacement Gap for retail car buyers.

 

An example of how Return to Invoice Gap Insurance works

 

You bought a 640d M Sport series Gran Coupe in April 2018 and paid £66,170. 

  • 40 months later, the car is stolen.
  • The motor insurer settles the market value.
  • Glass's guide (data taken from Glass's Guide August 2021 values the car between £26210 - £28680
  • WeBuyAnyCar (data taken from WeBuyAnyCar August 2021 ) values the car at £27390
  • A Return to Invoice Gap would pay the difference between the original price paid (£66,170) and the motor insurers settlement (£28680)

 

Therefore £66,1700-£28680 = £37490 RTI Gap settlement

 

Why may you want Return to Invoice Gap Insurance?   Gap Insurance Return to Invoice

 

According to the AA ( data taken from the AA car deprecation guide 24/08/2021 ) by the end of the 1st year, a new car can lose up to 40% of its value. They go on to say that even with a modest mileage of 10,000 miles per year by the end of year three this could be as much as 60%  loss in value.

 

If your vehicle is written off by your primary motor insurer, following a theft, fire, flood, accident (fault or not) etc., then your motor insurer may only cover the then market value of the vehicle. This is despite your motor insurance being 'fully comprehensive' in nature.

 

If your motor insurance companies settlement could be a fraction of the original purchase price you paid, ultimately you could be left with two potential financial issues:

  • You only have the motor insurers settlement amount to use to get a new vehicle.
  • If you have finance still outstanding, you have to use the motor insurers settlement amount to do this. This may not be enough to clear the finance, AND you still have to find funds to buy a new car.

 

The key features of GapInsurance123 Combined Vehicle Replacement Insurance

These will include:

 

  • Combined cover covers the HIGHER of the finance settlement, the original invoice price you paid.
  • RTI Gap Insurance that PAYS YOU A CASH SETTLEMENT
  • Up to 4 years cover available - for vehicles up to £75,000 invoice price.
  • Transferable RTI Gap Insurance policy - you have one free policy transfer to an eligible vehicle per policy term.
  • £250 towards your own motor insurance excess - If the vehicle is written off, there is no excess on our policy to be deducted. We pay the first £250 of your vehicle insurance excess.
  • Clear commitment to settle your claim within 14 working days of your motor insurers settlement (within the terms and conditions of your policy)
  • Covers All Factory Fitted Options
  • Includes cover for up to £1,500 of dealer fitted accessories
  • Covers theft with keys
  • You can buy cover up to 90 days after vehicle purchase from your dealer.
  • It covers all named drivers over the age of 21
  • Underwritten by a consortium of Lloyds of London Syndicates under Arch Managing Agency Limited
  • The underwriter carries an 'A' financial strength rating by all well know rating agencies.

 

When can you buy Return to Invoice Gap cover?

 

The time frame within which you can buy R.T.I. Gap Insurance depends significantly on the provider you are buying it from.

With motor dealers, the window may be as short as a maximum of 30 days after you buy your vehicle.

It can be anything between a maximum of 45 days and 365 days from the vehicle purchase with other providers.

With the new GapInsurance123, Combined Returned To Invoice Gap, the maximum period from the vehicle purchase you can buy the policy is 90 days.

 

Where can you buy Return to Invoice (R.T.I.) Gap Insurance?

 

The first place you will be told about Gap cover is when buying the car from the motor dealer. New Gap Insurance rules, brought in by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2015, means that motor dealers now must provide a short period for customers to assess alternatives.

 

There are, in reality, several places you can look to buy Gap Insurance from, including:

  • the supplying motor dealer for the car
  • an independent insurance broker specialist (like GapInsurance123)
  • a motor insurer
  • a motor finance company

 

You may find that the motor dealer is considerably more expensive than for comparable products from the other potential options. More on the reasons for that later.

 

Who would benefit from and qualify for Return to Invoice Gap Insurance?

 

This could be an individual, or a company, looking to protect an investment against the effects of depreciation if the vehicle was written off.

 

The policyholder must have an 'insurable risk' in the vehicle. This means they could suffer financial loss if the car were written off. An example of this is the vehicle owner, who has their name on the purchase invoice for the vehicle.

 

Another example would be someone who has a finance agreement on the vehicle.

 

The policyholder must also be named on the main motor insurance policy and be fully comprehensively insured.

 

Return to Invoice and Vehicle Replacement Gap - What is the difference?

 

The critical difference between Return to Invoice Gap and Vehicle Replacement Gap comes with the settlement the Gap cover is looking to protect for you.

 

Return to Invoice Gap covers you back to the original invoice price you paid for the vehicle.

 

Vehicle Replacement Gap covers you back to the cost of the equivalent vehicle to the one you bought, but crucially on the day, you bought it. So if you purchased a brand new Ford Fiesta S.T. 2 initially, it is the cost of a brand new Ford Fiesta S.T. 2 when you make your claim.

 

This means that using our example above, the cost of a new Fiesta S.T. 2 increases, then this extra amount is provided by a Vehicle Replacement Gap policy over a Return to Invoice Gap.

 

What is Combined Return to Invoice?   Return to Invoice Gap Insurance quotation

 

When a Gap policy is said to be 'combined', more than one type of Gap Insurance is combined.

 

In the case of Combined Return to Invoice Gap (also known as Combined R.T.I.), this means a Return to Invoice Gap combined with a Finance Gap policy. Finance Gap is designed to cover any shortfall between the motor insurance settlement and the outstanding finance settlement required.

 

By adding R.T.I. Gap Insurance to Finance Gap in this way, this means that in the event of a claim, your Combined Return to Invoice Gap covers the difference between:

The motor insurance settlement AND HIGHER of

 

  • the outstanding finance settlement

or

  • the original invoice price paid for the vehicle

 

Do I need a Return to Invoice Gap if I have bought the car outright?

 

People sometimes think that a Gap Insurance policy is only needed if you take a car on finance. This is not necessarily the case.

 

For people who pay cash for their vehicle, it is true to say that they do not have any financial liability. However, they have invested a large amount of money in the new car purchase.

 

If you take an R.T.I. Gap policy out on a brand new car that you have bought outright. The advantage of this is that the total invoice price would be returned to you if you ever had to make a claim. This is because there is not finance settlement to worry about.

 

Can you take out Return to Invoice GAP insurance at any time?

 

No, usually, you can only take Return to Invoice Gap Insurance within a set time frame of buying the vehicle. On all GapInsurance123 Combined Return to Invoice Gap Insurance products from August 2021, the maximum period you can purchase cover is 90 days from the vehicle purchase.

 

If you get other Gap Insurance quotes, you may see this period can differ from insurer to insurer.

 

What is insurance premium tax (I.P.T.)?

 

Insurance Premium Tax is a tax paid on insurance products. The Government sets the rate of I.P.T.

 

When you buy an insurance cover from an independent broker, like GapInsurance123, you pay the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax at 12%.

 

If you buy an insurance policy from the supplying motor dealer, you could be paying the higher rate of Insurance Premium Tax, currently 20%.

 

What happens if a financed car is written off?

 

If you have a Return to Invoice policy on a financed vehicle, then the claims process would be as follows.

 

  1. The motor insurance would write off the vehicle and pay you the current market value at that time.
  2. The Return to Invoice Gap Insurance would pay the difference between the motor insurance settlement and the initial invoice price you paid for the vehicle.
  3. The finance settlement would be paid off from the total settlement you received (i.e.. the car insurance settlement plus the R.T.I. Gap Insurance settlement).
  4. Whatever is left over after the finance has been paid off is your money towards a replacement vehicle.

 

Why is Return to Invoice Gap Insurance cheaper from GapInsurance123 than from the motor dealer?

 

If you are looking for Return to Invoice Gap Insurance, you can compare premiums and terms from several providers. If you get a Gap Insurance quote from your motor dealer and compare that to GapInsurance123, you may find a considerable difference in a premium price.

 

This is down to many factors:

Insurance Premium Tax: you pay only the standard rate of I.P.T. with your GapInsurance123 policy. You may pay the higher I.P.T. rate of 20% when you buy from the motor dealer.

Commission margins: GapInsurance123 works to fixed, low commissions per policy sale. The motor dealer traditionally works with much higher commission margins.

Economy of scale: Motor dealers can only sell a Gap policy to someone they sell a car. GapInsurance123 is available to the whole marketplace. GapInsurance123 is likely to sell far more policies than the motor dealer. We can drive very keen rates with our insurers.

 

Who are GapInsurance123?

  • GapInsurance123 is a trading name of Aequitas Automotive Ltd.
  • Aequitas Automotive Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (F.C.A. reference number 821163).
  • Aequitas Automotive Ltd is a registered company in the U.K. Our company registration number with Companies House is 006652.
  • Aequitas Automotive Limited has a registered office at Aequitas House, 56 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5AS.
  • Aequitas Automotive Ltd is a registered insurance broker with the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) membership number 006652.

 

Who is the insurer of the Combined Return to Invoice Gap from GapInsurance123?

 

From August 2021, the insurer of all Gap products has been arranged on behalf of Gapinsurance123.co.uk by Avid Insurance Services Limited under contract reference B1406C000522100.

 

Avid Insurance Limited is an agent of Arch Managing Agency Limited.

 

Arch Managing Agency Limited underwrite this policy on behalf of a consortium of Lloyd's of London syndicates.

 

Arch Insurance International

 

Arch Capital Group Limited provides insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance on a worldwide basis through its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

 

Business in the U.K. is written by Arch Insurance (U.K.) Limited and/or Arch Underwriting at Lloyd's Ltd.

 

Built on Strength

 

With strong ratings for A-rated financial strength from A.M Best, Standard & Poor's and Fitch, Arch Insurance International represents a stable alternative for brokers and customers seeking fresh capacity.

 

Arch Underwriting at Lloyd's Ltd (registered in England and Wales – number 06645822) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Arch Insurance (U.K.) Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the U.K.

 

Registered Office: 5th Floor, 60 Great Tower Street London EC3R 5AZ

 

Telephone +44 (0)20 7621 4500

 

Please visit www.archinsurance.com for further information.

 

How is Combined Return to Invoice Gap Insurance from GapInsurance123 protected?

 

Your GapInsurance123 Gap policy aims to provide you with peace of mind all the way.

 

In terms of the policy, the protection comes from the strength of the underwriter being A-rated and a Lloyds of London syndicate.

 

GapInsurance123 as a brand has over a decade of experience in the field of Gap Insurance. The brand is a trading name of Aequitas Automotive Ltd, a specialist broker who runs many brands in the ancillary motor product field.

 

Aequitas Automotive Ltd is directly authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and carries net assets well above £1 million at company's house.

 

Finally, protection by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is available for qualifying customers, should the insurer fail to meet their obligations.