How to cancel Churchill car insurance

If Churchill has you saying "oh no", find out how to cancel your Churchill policy and whether it's worth quitting early.

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So you might have spotted a cheaper car insurance quote somewhere else, or you don’t need insurance anymore. Cancelling your Churchill car insurance isn’t too difficult, however it often comes with a leaving fee.

We walk you through quitting, and look at reasons why it might be a good idea to quit – or indeed a bad one.

How to cancel your policy with Churchill

Cancellation after 14 days
  1. Call or send a letter to Churchill explaining that you want to cancel your policy. Specify whether you want to leave immediately or at a later date.
  2. Churchill will refund you the part of your premium you haven’t used.
  3. It will also take away an administration fee from the money it pays back, which is generally about £50 for your main car insurance and about £10 for breakdown cover.
  4. However, if you have made a claim, or someone has made a claim against you, then you won’t get any money back unfortunately.
Cancellation within 14 days of cover
  1. Call or send a letter to Churchill and say that you want to cancel your insurance during the cooling off period. So within 14 days of the policy starting or receiving your documents (whichever occurs later.)
  2. Churchill will then stop your policy and refund your premium, minus the days you’ve had cover for.
  3. If you’ve made a claim or someone had made one against you during your short time with Churchill, then you won’t get a refund.

Things to consider before cancelling your policy with Churchill

  • Fees. You have to pay an administration fee to cancel Churchill early. This typically costs around £50, so you need to weigh up whether this is worth paying.
  • Refund. You need to do the maths and work out if the amount you’re getting refunded is more than the administration fee. If not, then it might be worth just running the deal down.
  • Have you made a claim? Should you have been involved in an incident which led to a claim on your policy, either by you or someone else, then you won’t get a penny back from Churchill. It might just be worth sticking with Churchill until renewal time.
  • Change existing policy. If you’re looking to adjust your level of cover or want a cheaper deal, then it’s worth asking Churchill how much it will cost to amend your policy. You’ll probably have to pay an administration fee but it might be cheaper than cancelling outright.
  • Best time to switch. Three weeks before your Churchill deal is up is typically the best time to approach a new car insurance company about moving, as car insurance companies drive up prices for people who look last minute. If you’re in the final few days with Churchill it might be cheaper to just renew your existing deal. As always, get several quotes and compare the costs.
  • No claims. Churchill might not let you take your no claims bonus if you cancel early, which might leave you out of pocket.

Changing car insurance provider

If you’re looking to cancel Churchill the chances are you’ll be looking to get a new car insurance policy. It’s crucial that you get your vehicle covered, even if it’s just going to be sitting parked in the street.

Yet, it’s also vital that you don’t overlap your two car insurance policies. Should you have to claim it can get messy, so it’s wise to ask your new provider to cover you the day your Churchill policy is due to end.

Or start a new policy and cancel your Churchill contract immediately. Here are the basic steps you should take.

  1. Shop around. Really do your homework and use comparison sites to see which provider offers you the cover you want, for the lowest price.
  2. Go direct. Some insurance companies don’t put their deals on comparison sites, so it’s a good idea to get a few quotes directly too.
  3. Sign up or delay sign-up. Sign up to your new insurer on the day or ask it to delay when your cover starts. If you don’t want to pay a cancellation fee to Churchill then it might be wise to ask your new provider to just start your insurance when your Churchill policy ends.
  4. Cancel Direct Line. If you’ve taken out a new car insurance policy (one that’s started immediately) you need to call Churchill and say you want to cancel your policy that day.
  5. Pay fees. You’ll typically get a refund when you cancel your Churchill deal early, but it’ll take off an administration fee.
  6. Don’t renew. Save yourself the cancellation fee by asking your new provider to delay your policy start date to the day your Churchill deal ends. Then get in touch with Churchill and tell it not to automatically renew your existing deal. You could be left out of pocket and double insured otherwise!

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