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Spring clean your car

16th March 2011

Churchill car insurance reveals the most unusual items left in cars

With spring finally sprung, Churchill car insurance is urging motorists to have a clear out and clean up their cars.

Tony Chilcott, head of Churchill car insurance, comments: “We all carry around items that we do not need in the car all the time. Not only could it be an inconvenience if you were to breakdown or have an accident, the extra weight you are carrying around will use more fuel. With petrol prices hitting an all time high this will make every journey more expensive.

“Clutter can also be dangerous if it flies around and hits someone if the vehicle suddenly brakes. Rubbish on the floor such as bottles could roll under pedals, so make sure everything is secure that needs to be in the vehicle.”

Salvage specialists at Churchill have found some unusual items left in vehicles when they have been recovered after an accident. Below are some examples:

  • ATM machine (the vehicle was stolen then involved in a robbery)
  • Prosthetic leg
  • Wedding ring
  • Monkey (child's toy)
  • Secret documents/dossier (from a diplomat's vehicle)
  • A week's worth of shopping, left in the vehicle for days
  • 200 jars of jam (many broken)
  • Passport (two days before the insured's holiday)

Chilcott continues: “Leaving CDs in the car or other valuables could encourage opportunist thieves to break a window and take what is in view. As well as cleaning the outside of your car, wash your windows often to ensure clear visibility and make sure mirrors are put back in the correct position after cleaning.”

For more information, please contact:
Claire Foster
Churchill Insurance Press Office
Tel: 020 8285 8682
Mob: 07900 217 264


Founded in 1989, Churchill is now one of the UK's leading providers of general insurance, offering car, home, travel and pet insurance cover over the phone or on-line.

Churchill general insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales no 1179980. U K Insurance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Churchill and U K Insurance Limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc, which is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Customers can find out more about Churchill products or get a quote by calling 0800 200300 or visiting

Churchill Insurance Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office: Churchill Court, Westmoreland Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1DP. Registered in England and Wales no. 202727. The Financial Services Authority's Register can be accessed through