I never even knew that
one day car insurance existed.
It's the type of phone call
that everyone should look forward to: my friend Mike
in London was at the other end of the line asking if
myself and my wife would like two free tickets to a
sold out concert that night by our favourite band.
I'd tried to buy tickets the day that they came out
but had no luck, and the prices being asked on the
ticket exchange websites were just crazy.
Yet, as he was explaining to me that an unexpected
business commitment meant that he couldn't go, far
from feeling a sense of delight as I should have
done, I was filled with doom and gloom. London was a
two hour drive away, but I'd broken my arm a couple
of weeks earlier so there was no chance I could get
behind the wheel.
I was frantically running through all the possible
ways to get to the gig. The train was a non-starter
as we'd have to miss most of the show to make the
last train back. It was a Sunday, and so it was
difficult to sort out a car rental at such short
notice, even if we'd been able to get to the garage
to pick it up. I regretfully told Mike that I was
grateful for the offer but couldn't make it to
London at such short notice.
"Why doesn't Sue [my wife] drive?" he asked. I
explained that we'd decided to take her off the car
insurance as she used public transport for work so
there was no point in paying all that extra money
"Simple," he said. "Get one day car insurance cover
for her; then she can drive." I didn't even realise
such a product existed, but having been given a web
address by Mike, within five minutes I was online,
entering my requirements into the form. I couldn't
believe how simple it all was; in next to no time
the policy was paid for, and my wife was good to
drive us to the gig. The whole thing was a fair bit
cheaper than I was expecting as well.
It was a great luxury to get to and from the gig
with our own car and without the hassle and
inconvenience of resorting to public transport. I
even joked to Sue when we were halfway home that
we'd probably still be stood on a windy train
platform in the middle of London if we hadn't
driven. Best of all, the gig was fantastic.
So, I went from not even knowing such cover could be
arranged so simply and quickly to being one of its
biggest advocates, all in the course of a day. I've
even recommended it to friends and family when
they've found themselves in similar situations.
We'll definitely use it again in the future if I
fancy a weekend off the driving now and again. Sue
warned me not to go breaking any more bones just so
to make her chauffeur me around though!
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