Misfuelling cover included in comprehensive policy
Can be slow at handing claims, according to customers
John Lewis Finance offers three levels of car insurance, with its comprehensive policies benefiting from a courtesy car, 90 days of EU travel and misfuelling cover as standard. Its 5-star Defaqto-rated car cover can also be enhanced with optional extras. Policies purchased online could receive up to a 15% discount.
John Lewis has been selling products on the high street for more than 150 years. It has since branched out to create John Lewis Finance, which offers a range of financial products to customers such as credit cards, loans, foreign currency, money transfers and insurance.
It has been named by Which? as a recommended provider of car insurance but it also offers home, travel, pet, wedding, event and life insurance.
John Lewis Financial Services Ltd is a trading name of John Lewis plc, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
John Lewis Finance works with a panel of insurers that underwrite the car insurance policies. These nine insurers include Ageas, ABC, AXA, Highway, Sabre, Covea and Premier, among others.
Third party (TP) Third party cover is the most basic form of car insurance legally accepted on UK roads. If you are involved in an accident deemed to be your fault, you will only be covered for damage to third party vehicles or property. It will not cover any damage to your own car.
Third party, fire and theft (TPFT) If you are responsible for causing an accident, you’ll be covered for damage to third party vehicles or property. It will provide protection against any fire damage to your car or theft of your car but it won’t cover any accidental damage.
Comprehensive This gives the same protection as TPFT as well as insuring your vehicle against accidental damage and vandalism. It’s always worth getting a quote for comprehensive cover, as in some cases, it can be cheaper than lower levels of cover due to the risk profile of customers who choose them.
What is covered under my policy?
Third party, fire and theft
Liability to other people
Fire and theft
EU travel up to 90 days
Courtesy car up to 30 days
Unlimited audio or sat nav equipment (if fitted by the manufacturer)
Vehicle ID theft cover
Emergency journey cover up to £50 in taxi or train fares
Beyond the standard cover benefits above, any other benefits to your insurance policy will vary depending on the insurer that is able to provide the cover through John Lewis Finance.
Check your policy details carefully to ensure you have the right cover for your needs.
In addition to the standard levels of cover, John Lewis Finance can also provide a range of additional protection to add to your policy, including:
Legal protection up to £100,000
UK breakdown cover (three levels of cover)
EU breakdown cover
No claims discount protection
There are a few exclusions that John Lewis Finance has for its policies. Your cover is likely to become invalid if any of the following arises:
Your car is being driven by an unnamed driver on your policy or by a person that does not have a valid driving licence
Your car is used for rallies, races or competitions
You fail to pay for your premium
You change your car during the policy term to a car that the insurer cannot cover
You do not provide the correct documents to support your application
Check your policy for further details to confirm your cover is valid
How to save on your car insurance policy through John Lewis Finance
Check comprehensive. Contrary to what you might expect, comprehensive cover can be cheaper than third party (TP) or third party, fire and theft (TPFP) so it’s always worth checking.
Buy online. John Lewis Finance offers customers up to 15% off policies that are purchased online.
Park securely. Cars kept in a garage or on a secure driveway are usually cheaper to insure.
Reduce mileage. If you start working part-time or your long commute becomes much shorter, letting your insurer know about a reduction in your mileage could result in cheaper insurance.
Increase the excess. Agreeing to pay a bigger voluntary excess could make your overall premium cheaper. But remember that your insurer won’t pay out for a claim that costs less than your excess. So be careful about making it too high, as it could leave you out of pocket if damage occurs.
Pick a smaller car. Choosing to drive a small and safe car is likely to lower your premium.
What is my excess?
Your insurance excess is the amount of money you have agreed to pay towards a claim. Your insurer won’t pay out for a claim that costs less than your excess. A compulsory excess amount might vary depending on the age of your car and your driving experience.
A voluntary excess is normally an amount set by you when taking out a policy. You’ll have the option of adding or increasing a voluntary excess, which could in turn reduce your premium.
You’ll be able to find details about any applied excess in your policy document.
What is the claims process for John Lewis Finance?
Call the John Lewis Finance 24-hour claims line on 0345 610 0360 to make a claim.
You’ll need to provide your own policy details and have the following information to hand before making a claim:
Names and contact details of other drivers
Details of all vehicles involved such as registration numbers, make and model
Details about when, where and how the accident occurred
Details about any damage or injuries
Names and contact details of witnesses, if available
Photographs of the scene of the accident and/or any damage to vehicles or property
Crime reference number, if available
CCTV or dashcam footage, if available
It’s vital that you let your insurer know about an incident within 48 hours, even if it’s not your fault. Failure to do this could result in a rejected claim.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. If you wish, insurance from John Lewis Finance can start instantly.
A quote from John Lewis Finance is valid for 30 days but is subject to change due to its panel of insurers using live rates.
Yes, John Lewis Finance offers policies that can be paid in full or by monthly direct debit payments.
Car insurance ratings
★★★★★ — Excellent
★★★★★ — Good
★★★★★ — Average
★★★★★ — Subpar
★★★★★ — Poor
Our customer satisfaction scores (“Customers say”) are based on a survey of 750 customers carried out in December 2019.
*51% of consumers could save £264.64 on their car insurance. The saving was calculated by comparing the cheapest price found with the average of the next four cheapest prices quoted by insurance providers on Seopa Ltd’s insurance comparison website (based on representative cost savings data for November 2019). The savings you could achieve are dependent on your individual circumstances.
Liz Edwards has been a consumer writer and editor for more than 20 years, spending most of this time at the independent testing and rating publisher Which?. She's covered everything from coffee machines to car insurance, and loves to cut through waffle to give consumers the info they really need to make a decision. She also works for a small cat and two children.
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