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Car insurance premiums rising dramatically

Car insurance bills are skyrocketing five times faster than inflation, according to new research.

Data obtained by insurance and finance market research agency Consumer Intelligence shows that the average premium rose by 14.6 per cent in the past year – five times the current inflation rate of 2.9 per cent

The government's recent proposals to increase the Ogden rate – which sets pay-outs for large personal injury claims – has helped stabilise premiums, but rising claim costs mean that the amount people pay for insurance is still on the rise

John Blevins, Consumer Intelligence pricing expert, says: “Prices are stabilising but the future is unclear with the new Ogden rate, whiplash reforms and the possibility of another insurance premium tax rise in the Budget

“Car insurance claim costs have increased in the past three months, partly because we are driving more technologically advanced cars, which cost more to repair, but also because the weakness of the pound means the cost of parts is rising

“Older drivers are being hit with higher premiums because they are driving for longer and consequently becoming involved in more accidents.”