Making A Claim
Being involved in an accident can be a very traumatic experience. You can count on Churchill to get you back on the road quickly and with the minimum of fuss.
When you claim, you’ll deal with UK contact centres and our Recommended Repair Network which offers nationwide coverage and a 5 year guarantee on all repairs. We’ll even collect and return your car to you - and clean it inside and out too!
You can rest assured that you’ll have the financial security and expertise of one of the UK’s biggest car insurers behind you.
Please note: If you first bought your Churchill Van Insurance policy on or after 18 March 2014,or your policy number doesn’t start with a number, please click here for information on claims.
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You can count on Churchill to look after you and settle all genuine claims as quickly and as fairly as we can.
When repairs are complete
When work on your car is complete, the garage will call you to arrange for it to be returned. If you were informed that an excess would apply on your car insurance, you’ll need to pay that to the repairer.
If one of our approved repairers was used, your car will be returned cleaned inside and out and parts and repairs will be guaranteed for 5 years.
What to do if you’re unsatisfied with your repair
We have a team of engineers who regularly visit repairers to ensure they meet our high standards. In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with your repairs you should raise this with the repairer. If after speaking to them you’re still dissatisfied, you can call our claims team on 0845 603 3590.
Returning a hire or courtesy car
If you were entitled to a hire or courtesy car, the provider of the vehicle will have agreed with you what to do when your own vehicle is returned to you.
Oh no! You and your car should now be ready to get back out on the road! But we’ll still be here if you have any further questions about your claim. If you need to speak to us, you can call us on 0845 603 3590.
You can count on us to get your claim moving straight away. Our advisors will take all the relevant details and talk you through what will happen next. Even if you have an accident when most garages are closed, our 24 hour accident recovery helpline can arrange assistance to recover your car and help arrange onward transportation.
Not sure whether you should call us?
By calling us you can be sure that we are aware of the incident and are in a position to represent your best interests, as well as being able to advise you what your policy covers you for.
What will I be asked for?
• Your personal details
• What happened and what the damage is to the vehicle
• Whether the vehicle is driveable
• Where you are
• Details of any third party or witnesses who were involved in the incident
• Details of any passengers in your or the third party’s car
• Whether the police were involved and any crime reference number, if relevant
Ready to call?
0845 603 3590
Lines open: 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays, and 10am – 5pm Sunday
Outside these hours you can call our 24 hour accident recovery helpline on 0800 269 015.
Some car insurance insurance claims are more complex than others but our aim is always to help you through the experience as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Reviewing your cover
When you call to report an incident, we’ll look at your policy and answer any questions about what is covered and what excess you’ll have to pay, if any.
Repairing your car
Once we know that everyone is safe and well, the most important thing is to get your car repaired as quickly as possible.
Churchill uses a nationwide network of recommended repairers that gets 480,000 customers back on the road each year and achieve consistently high customer satisfaction ratings.
If you use our recommended repair network, you won’t need to get an estimate for the repairs and we’ll allocate you a repairer straight away. The repairer will call you within 3 working hours and will be able to arrange collection of your vehicle if you’d like.
Each repair is carried out in accordance with recognised industry standards and all work is guaranteed for 5 years.
At the repairer the damage to the vehicle will be fully assessed. They will then contact us with an estimate of the cost of the repairs and once authorised, repair work will begin.
In the last six months our recommended repair network has completed repairs in an average of less than 8 working days, but if at any stage you need an update on the progress of your repair, you’ll be able to contact the garage directly.
What happens if your car is stolen?
If your car is stolen then you will need to obtain a crime reference number from the police. When you report your claim to us we’ll take some basic details and arrange a convenient time to discuss the theft in more detail. The outcome of your claim will depend on whether your car is recovered or not.
You may be entitled to a courtesy or hire car whilst your vehicle is being repaired. We’ll explain the options when you call to report your claim.
Our Guaranteed Hire Car or Guaranteed Hire Car Plus options guarantee your entitlement to a hire car. If you selected one of these cover options, your claims advisor will be able to contact the hire car company for you.
Whose fault was the accident?
In some cases the fault is clear but it often isn’t. There are occasionally a number of different opinions on what happened. We’ll listen to your description of the accident and then look objectively at all other information available. We have specialist teams to deal with complex claims and we’ll liaise with third parties and other insurers on your behalf.
Impact on no claims discount
The nature of your claim and whether or not your no claims discount is protected will dictate any impact on your discount. Your claims handler will try to give you an estimate of the impact when you report your claim, although this isn’t always possible.
If somebody has been hurt in an accident, the first priority is to ensure that they’re OK. Claims involving injury can be quite complex so one of our specialist teams may be involved to support you through the process. We handle thousands of injury claims each year and strive to deal with them all fairly and promptly.
Recovery of expenses
If you took out Churchill Legal Assistance Service with your car insurance policy and you have an accident involving your car that is not your fault, we will pay up to £100,000 in legal costs to help you recover your uninsured losses from the party at fault as long as it is more likely than not that your claim will succeed.
What happens if your car is written off?
In the event of an accident or loss, your vehicle may be considered uneconomical to repair and will therefore be deemed a Total Loss. In these cases it is necessary for us to place a settlement value on your vehicle.
If your car is less than one year old and you are the first and only registered owner in order to get you back on the road as quickly as possible with the minimum amount of hassle, we will attempt to offer you a permanent replacement vehicle of the same make and model. In cases where this is not possible, your claim will be settled based on the market value of your vehicle at the date of loss.
Who determines the value of your vehicle?
We employ a specialist team of highly skilled motor engineers to ensure we place an accurate value on your vehicle. The engineers follow a consistent process to ensure that every vehicle is valued using the same methodology, whilst also considering the local market conditions. We aim to ensure that a fair market value on your vehicle is delivered first time every time.
How do we ascertain the market value for your vehicle?
In order to determine the market value of your vehicle we use a starting point from the UK’s leading valuation publication, Glass’s guide. The retail figure from Glass’s is used, which would be the amount you would expect to pay if you bought a vehicle from a used car dealership.
What other factors have a bearing on the value of your vehicle?
- Overall mileage and condition: if the vehicle has low mileage this will increase the value; if it has high mileage this will decrease the value.
- Full service history: the quality of the service history will have a bearing on the valuation.
- Optional extras and modifications above the vehicles stated specification:
this is taken into account in accordance with Glass’s guide recommendations.
- The pre-accident condition of the vehicle: as our starting point is Glass’s Guide “retail” we consider areas of damage that would need to be rectified in order to achieve that retail value. We calculate these deductions using standard repair methods, using our discounted Group rates.
- The local market place: we look at the local market to ensure the value we have placed on your vehicle would allow you to purchase a similar vehicle in the local area.
When will you receive your settlement cheque?
When you’ve agreed a valuation with the engineer, they’ll notify us and we’ll arrange for a payment to be made. Payments are usually made by cheque and once requested, take around 5 working days to be processed.
Any agreed settlement will be subject to your agreed policy excess, and/or premium adjustment where applicable.
Reporting your Churchill Legal Assistance Service claim
You’ll need to tell us of your Legal Assistance Service claim when you report your accident to our motor claims department. Your details will then be passed to our specialist Motor Legal claims department who will get your claim moving as quickly as possible.
What happens next?
Our Motor Legal claims department will review the details of your accident and check you have a valid claim under Churchill’s Legal Assistance Service cover. If you have a valid claim, we will confirm that your policy will cover legal costs charged by a solicitor, as long as you follow the solicitor’s advice and there is more than a 50% chance your claim will succeed. A solicitor will then be instructed to act on your behalf to pursue recovery of your losses from the driver responsible. We will cover all the legal costs of this claim in accordance with the policy terms and conditions.
Finalising your claim
Most cases are resolved through negotiation, but a minority go to Court. How quickly the claim is settled will depend on the circumstances of the accident, whether the other driver accepts responsibility for the accident and the extent of the injuries or losses being claimed for.
Our dedicated Glass Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to arrange to repair or replace your windscreen as quickly as possible.
If you have comprehensive cover, all you have to pay is the excess shown in your policy schedule. Your No Claims Discount won’t be affected when you make a windscreen claim.
Call our Glass Hotline on 0845 606 1111.