Terms of Business
Accepting our Terms of Business
By asking us to quote for, arrange or handle your insurances, you are providing your informed agreement to these Terms of Business.
Please read these terms carefully. If you have any questions about this Terms of Business document or have any questions regarding our relationship with you, please contact us.
About GoSkippy Car Insurance
GoSkippy is a trading style of Eldon Insurance Services Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. No 477112. Registered in England and Wales number 6334001 Registered Office: Lysander House, Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TQ.
Our Status and the Services Provided
We are an insurance intermediary and we arrange cover through a limited number of insurers for private car (you may ask us for details of these insurers) and a single insurer for Breakdown Assistance, Legal Expenses, Key Cover, and Vehicle Hire cover. Our service includes, but is not limited to, arranging your insurance cover and helping you with ongoing changes. We will advise and make a recommendation after we have assessed your needs. Please note that our primary method of communication is via email.
The Capacity in which we are acting
We act as your agent when sourcing a suitable policy, placing the insurance and in the event of a claim.
Credit Searching and References
To make sure that the insurers can provide you with their best price, ascertain the most appropriate payment options for you and to protect you from fraud, they will use public and personal data from a variety of sources, including a credit reference agency and other organisations. Credit reference agencies share information with other organisations, enabling applications for financial products to be assessed, helping to trace debtors, and preventing fraud.
Credit scoring uses a number of factors to work out risks involved in any application. A score is given to each factor and a total score obtained. Where automatic credit scoring calculations are used the acceptance or rejection of your application will not depend only on the results. By applying for a quotation, you agree to these uses of your information. The insurers’ search will appear on your credit report whether or not your quotation proceeds to application but it won’t harm or adversely affect your credit profile.
We will pass details to the Claims and Underwriting Exchange Register which is run by Insurance Database Services Limited (IDS Ltd), and the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register, run by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to check the information provided and prevent fraudulent claims. When dealing with your request for insurance these registers may be searched. If we identify a discrepancy on the aforementioned registers which does not correspond to the information you have provided, we will apply the correct information. Where applicable, your insurer may charge an additional premium. We will also apply the charge(s) as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration Charges’ section of this document. Where as a result of us applying the correct information, your insurer withdraws cover, we will calculate any refund of premium in accordance with the ‘Cancelling your Insurance’ section of this document. Under the conditions of your policy, you must inform us of any incident (such as an accident or a theft) which may, or may not, give rise to a claim. When you inform us of an incident, we’ll pass the information relating to it to the registers.
GoSkippy expects you to provide complete and accurate information when you take out your insurance policy, throughout the lifetime of the policy and when you renew your insurance. Any advice we offer will be based on the details you provide. When purchasing, amending and renewing your insurance policy, you must take care to answer all questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge. If you don’t answer the questions correctly, your policy may be cancelled or your claim rejected or not fully paid. If you are unsure of your answer to a particular question, you should make reasonable efforts to obtain the information required to answer it correctly.
If you need help with any of the questions, please see the accompanying help text or the frequently asked questions. If you cannot find what you need, please contact us. Before you purchase your policy, please carefully check your answers to ensure they are correct. If there are any inaccuracies, please correct them before you pay for your policy. We will send you a Statement of Information confirming the information you have supplied, with your policy documents. Please make sure that all the information shown is correct. If you notice any inaccuracies, please contact us to make the required amendments immediately. Depending on the changes made, your premium may alter and your cover adjusted. We will inform you if this happens. Always keep copies of correspondence sent or received concerning your insurance. You are reminded that it is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to make any false statements or withhold any relevant information to obtain a Certificate of Motor Insurance. Please note that under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you’re not required to disclose convictions regarded as spent.
To provide you with competitive prices and to combat fraudulent applications and claims our insurer partners may require us to validate driving licences and proof of No Claims Discount on their behalf. Failure to provide us with this evidence, if requested to do so, within 21 days of the start date of your policy will result in your insurance policy being cancelled. If your policy is cancelled for this reason, we will calculate any refund of premium in accordance with the ‘Cancelling your Insurance’ section of this document. Further details of what we require from you is available at https://www.goskippy.com/validations/
If requested to do so you must send us copies of the following documents for all drivers named on the policy:
- Licence Summary or an active licence check code, both are available from
- Last 8 characters of the driving licence number
- Front of the Driving Licence Photo Card.
- Rear of the Driving Licence Photo Card.
We recommend that you scan/photograph these documents and send them to:
[email protected] or alternatively you can post them to: GoSkippy, Lysander House, Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TQ.
If you prefer to send copies by post we recommend that you use recorded delivery and track the progress with Royal Mail as your policy will be cancelled by us if it is not received within 21 days of the start date of your policy. Please do not send the original licence. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or non-return of original licences. If on receipt of proof of your Driving Licence(s) and an active licence check code(s) we identify a discrepancy which does not correspond to the information you provided, we will apply the correct information. Where applicable, an additional premium will be charged by your insurer. We will also apply the charge(s) as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration Charges’ section of this document.
No Claims Discount
Please note that if you have taken out your policy on the basis of having earned a No Claims Discount (NCD) we may require written proof within 21 days of the start date of your policy. We recommend that you scan your proof and email it to us at [email protected] if you are sending proof of No Claims Discount by post we recommend that you send it by recorded delivery to ensure that we receive it in time and can track its progress.
We are only able accept a No Claims Discount that is:
- Previously earned on a private car
- Previously earned for company car driving history (subject to a letter from your employer detailing the number of claim free years)
- Less than 2 years old and must be in the policyholders name
- Earned within the European Union (provided in English by a sworn translator) – (limited insurers please check if your insurer will accept this)
- Stated in years and not as a percentage
- Not being used on another policy (No Claims Discounts can only be used on one policy at a time)
We cannot accept a No Claims Discount that does not meet the above criteria.
If on receipt of proof of your No Claims Discount we identify a discrepancy which does not correspond to the information you provided we will apply the correct information. Where applicable an additional premium will be charged by your insurer. We will also apply the charge(s) as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration Charges’ section of this document.
If you do not provide us with valid proof of No Claims Discount within 21 days of the start date of your policy, then you may be able to remove the discount and pay an additional premium. This will not be automatically processed on your policy, you must call customer service on to make this change. We will also apply the charge(s) as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration Charges’ section of this document.
Where as a result of a reduction in No Claims Discount, your insurer decides to withdraw cover; we will calculate any refund of premium in accordance with the ‘Cancelling your Insurance’ section of this document.
Under certain circumstances and to make the process of renewal easier we can automatically renew a policy and take payment by the same payment method as the previous year. We will always write, via email, to advise you before we automatically renew any policy and give you the opportunity to contact us to cancel the renewal.
If your policy is not eligible for automatic renewal we will write, via email, to you prior to your renewal date to remind you that your renewal is due and to advise you how much the new premium will be. You will need to contact us to arrange your renewal.
Check your Documents
Awareness of Policy Terms
When you take out a policy we will send you a Statement of Information which shows the information you have supplied to obtain insurance cover. Please check this carefully and inform us immediately of any errors. You should also check the Schedule, Policy Wording and Certificate of Motor Insurance, as these documents form the contract of insurance with your insurer(s). If you make any changes to your policy, or add additional information we will send you a copy of the revisions. You will have the opportunity to correct any errors, but please be aware that this could result in an additional premium being charged by your insurer(s) and an administration charge by ourselves.
Breach of any terms, conditions or warranties may enable your insurer(s) to terminate your policy, or repudiate a claim under your policy. If there is anything you do not understand please contact us for help.
The Policy Wording is available to read and download online. Please check that the cover being provided to you is the cover you need. Your policy will be based on the answers you have provided during the quotation process. It is your responsibility to provide accurate information when you take out, change or renew your insurance policy. If you make any changes to your policy during the period of cover you will be advised prior to making these changes of any revised policy terms and conditions that may apply.
If your existing Certificate of Motor Insurance has expired, no cover will exist until a replacement Certificate of Motor Insurance has been issued. Once you have purchased your car insurance cover you’ll be sent an email confirming cover details. We recommend you keep copies of all communications from GoSkippy Car Insurance for your records.
Road Traffic Act
You’re reminded that it is your personal responsibility under Road Traffic Act legislation to ensure that before using or permitting the use of a vehicle on the public highway, you’re in possession of a current valid Certificate of Motor Insurance.
Charges and Cancellation Process
Policy and Administration Charges
During the lifetime of your policy you may need to contact us and make changes. Some of these changes may also result in a change of premium charged by the insurer. In addition to the premium charged by insurers, charges are made to cover the administration of your insurance. These are as follows:
- Annual policy arrangement fee – No more than 50% of the insurers premium
- General Administration £50.00
- Direct Debit arrangement £50.00
- Duplicate or hard copy of documents £5.00
- Non-standard letters £10.00
- Cancellation Charge up to 14 days £20.00
- Cancellation Charge after 14 days £50.00
Cancelling your Insurance
To exercise your right to cancel a policy you must do so by writing to us and will take effect from the date of receipt. All policy add-ons will be cancelled if your main motor policy is cancelled.
The email address is [email protected] or alternatively you can post your letter to: GoSkippy, Lysander House, Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TQ.
Within the 14 day cooling off period
If you’re a consumer buying or renewing a policy which provides cover for you in a private capacity, you have the right to cancel your policy during a period of 14 days either from the day of purchase of the contract, or the day on which you receive your policy documentation; whichever is the later. If you exercise this right and the cover has not yet commenced, you’ll be entitled to a full refund of the premium paid. If the insurance has commenced and provided that you have not made a claim or a claim has not been made against you, we will return to you the amount that you have paid us, after deducting:
- A pro rata deduction of the total premium for the time that you have been on cover, unless your policy is underwritten by an insurer where short period premiums apply.
- A £20 cancellation charge as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration charges’ section of this document
- Where applicable, the Direct Debit arrangement charge.
Outside the 14 day cooling off period
Annual insurance policies are arranged for a period of 12 months and you are required to pay the full amount stated. Where the insurance policy is cancelled other than within the cooling off period and provided that you have not made a claim or a claim has not been made against you, we will return to you the amount that you have paid us, after deducting:
- A pro rata deduction of premium for the time that you have been on cover, unless your policy is underwritten by an insurer where short period premiums apply.
- A £50 cancellation charge as set out in the ‘Policy and Administration charges’ section of this document.
- The full cost of all add-on products that you purchased.
- Where applicable, the Direct Debit administration charge.
Where the amount that you owe exceeds the amount that you have paid us, you will be required to make payment for the outstanding amount within 14 days. Failure to do so may result in GoSkippy taking steps to recover the debt.
Payment of Premiums and Refunds
Unless otherwise agreed and formalised by a premium instalment plan, all premiums are due on the day cover is arranged, the date the policy is due for renewal, or the date any mid-term adjustment is processed.
Where we arrange a premium instalment plan we act as a credit broker on behalf of our customers. We do not act as the finance lender. A charge of £50 is payable for arranging premium finance on your behalf. It will be collected as part of the deposit payment payable by credit or debit card or by being added to the amount of the premium finance loan. . The GoSkippy instalment plan is arranged by Creation Consumer Finance Ltd.
You will be responsible for paying the instalments as they fall due. In the event that payment is not made, you will be sent a 7-day cancellation letter. Cover will cease from the date advised in this letter. If we cancel your insurance for this reason, we will calculate any refund of premium in accordance with the ‘Cancelling your Insurance’ section of this document. Please note: We do not issue refunds of less than £10.00. Any refund due to you will be off-set against any balance that may still be outstanding on your instalment plan. In most cases, refunds will be credited back to the card used to make payment. However we may issue refunds by cheque, made payable to the policyholder. If you have any concerns over either of these refund methods then please contact us prior to making any changes to your policy. Please note that the choice of whether to refund by card or cheque is for security reasons and remains at our discretion. Refunds made to a payment card will appear in your account between 3-5 working days depending on your banking provider. We will not accept responsibility for cancellation of insurance by insurers due to late or non-payment of premium by customers.
It is our intention to provide you with a high level of service at all times. In the unlikely event that you should have cause for complaint, please write to:
GoSkippy Car Insurance
Bristol BS10 7TQ
or email: [email protected]
We’ll acknowledge receipt of your complaint in writing promptly and provide you with a timescale for a full response. We will provide you with a final response within 8 weeks. Full details of our complaints handling procedures are available upon request.
If you remain dissatisfied with our response to your complaint you may refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service. To use their service you must be eligible and your complaint must be sent to them within 6 months of our final response letter. You may contact them at:
The Financial Ombudsman Service
Harbour Exchange Square
London E14 9SR
Tel: 0800 023 4567 (from a landline) or 0300 123 9 123 (from a mobile)
Email: [email protected]
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for our insurance mediation activities. You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. If you are eligible to claim from the FSCS, compensation is available as follows:
- Insurance advising and arranging is covered for 90% of the claim, without any upper limit
- For compulsory classes of insurance (such as Third Party Motor or Employers Liability), insurance advising and arranging is covered for 100% of the claim without any upper limit
Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS on 0800 678 1100 (freephone) or 020 7741 4100 or www.fscs.org.uk.
GoSkippy have no authority to handle claims on behalf of insurers. In the event of an incident occurring which may give rise to a claim under your policy, you should notify us as soon as possible using the contact details on your Certificate of Motor Insurance, or on the homepage of our website under the Make a Claim section.
Please note that you must report all incidents as soon as possible. Late notification could compromise your claim.
Quotations offered by GoSkippy Car Insurance are valid for 30 days from date of issue. You will be issued with a quote reference number, which in combination with your e-mail address will allow you to retrieve any stored quote from our online system. Your insurer has the right to decline your risk, increase the premium or restrict the policy if any errors or omissions are found in the Statement of Information. A quote shall be treated as an invitation to treat and can be withdrawn by the insurer at any point before the Certificate of Motor Insurance is issued.
Motor Insurance Database (MID)
Information relating to your insurance policy will be added to the Motor Insurance Database (“MID”) managed by the Motor Insurers Bureau (“MIB”). MID and the data stored on it may be used by certain statutory and/or authorised bodies including the Police, the DVLA, the DVANI, the Insurance Fraud Bureau and other bodies permitted by law for purposes not limited to but including:
- Electronic Licencing
- Continuous Insurance Enforcement
- Law enforcement (prevention, detection, apprehension and/or prosecution of offenders)
- The provision of government services and/or services aimed at reducing the level and incidence
of uninsured driving.
If you are involved in a road traffic incident (either in the UK, the EEA or certain other territories), insurers and/or the MIB may search the MID to obtain relevant information. Persons (including his or her appointed representatives) pursuing a claim in respect of a road traffic incident (including citizens of other countries) may also obtain relevant information which is held on the MID. It is vital that the MID holds your correct registration number. If it is incorrectly shown on the MID you are at risk of having your vehicle seized by the Police. You can check that your correct registration number details are shown on the MID at www.askmid.com
Data Protection Act
Subject to certain exceptions, you will be entitled to have access to your personal and sensitive personal data for which you will be charged a fee of £10.
If you have any queries in respect of confidentiality and data protection please contact us. (Further information can be found in our Privacy and Security Statement.) online. The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA, who works for us or for one of our suppliers.
We reserve the right to retain certain documents until payments due have been made. We will provide any documents you are required to have by law. If the credit agreement requires you to pay an advance payment, you’re required to pay that payment by the date specified by us or your policy may not be valid.
Premiums that we collect from you are held in an insurance broking bank account specifically for the purpose of holding premiums. By virtue of agreements held with insurers, we collect premiums as agents of the insurer. Therefore, once we have collected the premium from you, under the terms of our agreements with insurers, those premiums are treated as having been paid to the insurer(s). We’ll remit premiums to insurers in accordance with our agreements with insurers.
Client money segregation
Premiums that we collect from you will be segregated into and held in a Non-Statutory Trust Client Bank Account. We’ll hold the money as trustee for the insurer. The bank account is set up as a trust governed by our agreements with our insurers. This means that once the client money is segregated into the trust account it falls into our legal ownership but remains for the beneficial ownership of the insurers. If we become Insolvent, the terms of the trust dictate that insurers will have a prior claim on the money in the account according to their specific interests. Because the insurers have permitted use of a Non-Statutory Trust we may agree to extend credit to other customers using money from the bank account. We’ll have in place and maintain systems and controls to ensure that we are able to monitor and manage client money transactions and any credit risk arising from the operation of this trust arrangement.
Earning interest on customer premiums
We hold premiums that you pay us in a Client Money Bank Account. Under Financial Conduct Authority Regulations we have to inform you that we may earn interest from money held in our Client Money Bank Account, which may exceed £20.00 for any one transaction that you make with us. Interest earned will not be held for the benefit of customers. By accepting these Terms of Business, you are giving your consent for us to act in the manner described above.
Other Taxes or Costs
Please note that there is a possibility that other taxes and/or costs may exist in respect of products and services offered by us, which are not paid through or imposed by us.
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and the parties agree herewith that any dispute arising out of it shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
No variations to these terms are held to be valid unless in writing and signed by an authorised officer of the company. The Company’s staff are not authorised to agree any variation. We may vary the terms of this agreement on renewal of your insurance policy. We will notify you of any change to these terms in your renewal invite. This will be sent to you 21 days before the expiry date of your insurance policy so that you can make an informed decision about whether to renew your policy on the new terms.
Agreement to our Terms of Business does not affect your statutory rights.