AXA car insurance review

Find out the facts about car insurance from AXA, one of the largest insurers in the world, and get a quote to see if its right for you.

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AXA Car Insurance

AXA car insurance

  • 5-star car insurance from only £253
  • Courtesy car while your car's repaired by an approved repairer
  • AXA has been awarded the Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant accolade for 2018
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With a lifetime guarantee on repairs, a courtesy car and protection from uninsured drivers for every comprehensive policyholder, AXA provides some good benefits – but what else is covered, and what are the options? We’ve checked out its car cover and have the lowdown on this 5-star Defaqto-rated car insurer.

Who is AXA?

AXA offers a range of financial products, including car, travel, van and home insurance.

AXA has been in operation in one form or another for almost 300 years, but after several acquisitions, mergers and name changes, AXA itself was formed in 1985. AXA Group operates in 64 countries and is one of the largest insurance companies in the world.

Who underwrites the car insurance from AXA?

AXA policies are underwritten by AXA Insurance UK plc.

AXA Insurance UK plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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Name Product Courtesy car cover New for old car replacement Drive abroad in EU? Personal accident cover Multi-car discount Policy options Link
AXA Third Party, Fire and Theft
AXA Third Party, Fire and Theft
Up to 90 days
No
N/A
Breakdown cover, Legal cover
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AXA Comprehensive
AXA Comprehensive
Up to 90 days
Up to £5,000
Up to 15% off when you insure additional cars in your household
Breakdown cover, Legal cover
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5 Star car insurance from only £253. Save up to 15% with AXA's MultiCar insurance
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What are Axa’s cover options?

Product NameAXA Third Party, Fire and TheftAXA Comprehensive
Damage to your car
Damaged windscreen and window glass
Fire and theft
Personal accident and road rage
Liabilities to third parties
Using the car abroad
No claims discount protection✓ if eligible✓ if eligible
Replacement locks

Optional extras

AXA offers a range of additional protection to bolt onto your policy, including:

  • Breakdown cover. AXA offers four different levels: Roadside, Rescue, Rescue & Home Assist and European.
  • Courtesy car upgrade. AXA will provide you with a hire car similar to your own while it is out of action.
  • Legal assistance. AXA will provide up to £100,000 of legal costs in the event of a legal dispute after an accident.
  • Personal injury and rehabilitation. AXA will provide up to £100,000 if you’re injured in an accident, regardless of who is at fault.
  • No-claims discount protection. Even if you make one claim in a year or two claims over a three-year period, your no-claims bonus will be secure.

What types of car insurance are available?

  • MultiCar insurance.AXA can insure all cars listed at the same address under one policy. If AXA already insures a car at your home address, you could get up to 15% off the car insurance for the other cars registered at the same address.

What is my excess?

Your insurance excess is the amount of money you will need to pay towards a claim. Your insurer won’t pay out for a claim that costs less than this amount. A compulsory excess amount might vary depending on the age of your car and your driving experience.

A voluntary excess is on top and is normally set by you when taking out a policy. You’ll have the option of adding or increasing a voluntary excess – which should lower your premium.

You’ll find details about any compulsory or voluntary excesses in your policy document.

How do I make a claim?

Call the AXA claims line on 0330 024 1305 to register a claim. This is a 24-hour claims line open 7 days a week.

You will need to provide your details and personal contact details:

  • Your personal details such as your policy number and contact details
  • Details about the incident, including any damage to your vehicle or injuries sustained
  • Names and contact details of everyone involved in the incident such as third parties, passengers and witnesses
  • Dashcam footage, if available
  • Police reference number, if applicable

It’s vital that you let your insurer know about an incident as soon as possible, even if it’s not your fault. Failure to do this could result in a rejected claim later on.

Axa insurance pros and cons

Pros

  • Axa’s car insurance is 5-star Defaqto-rated
  • Courtesy car included as standard
  • Claims line open 24/7

Cons

  • No third party only cover available

Verdict

Axa is one of the veterans of the global insurance market, and has strong insurance options to match.

The company’s third party, fire and theft cover offers a lot of benefits as standard and its comprehensive cover is solid. However, if you’re after third party only cover, you’ll have to go elsewhere as Axa doesn’t offer this option.

While Axa is bringing up the rear of our list of top 10 car insurance companies in the UK, customers in our survey reported efficient claim handling and a good overall service.

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Our customer satisfaction scores (“Customers say”) are based on a survey of 750 customers carried out in December 2019.
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