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Confused.com 9/10 NOW BELOW
QuoteZone.co.uk 9/10 NOW BELOW

Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 9/10
Your Best Bet!Cheap UK Car insurance from Confused.com
http://www.confused.com/

To get started click on the Get quotes button in the Car Insurance box on the main page.

Brilliant when it launched and still brilliant today! This site is a joy to use, it's well laid out and there are lots of helpful clickable links along the way. Everything is done on secure pages and although the initial form filling takes some time it is better than repeating this process on multiple sites.

Pros:
As mentioned above all the information collection on the site is done on secure pages. You fill in your information once and the site goes out and gathers quotes from multiple insurance vendors. I got over 25 quotes back when I used the site for this review. You can save your quote information and come back and modify certain criteria and 'mess around' to see how it affects prices. There is some excellent additional information available under the buyers guide link and the help link.

Should you want to go ahead and purchase insurance from one of the sites that has returned a quote to you the process remains easy and secure. And you don't need to re-enter your information on the insurer's site because they have been passed this data by Confused.com (of course you would be wise to re-check the information for accuracy).

Cons:
I really have nothing negative to say about this site except that it might be nice to have some way to contact Confused.com by telephone.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    On the main page click on the Get quotes button in the Car Insurance box and then just follow the well laid out and completely explained steps.

  • Contact the Company
    Click on the Contact Us link at the top of the page for a feedback form - you can find a postal address in the about us section (link at the bottom of the page) as well as an email address.


Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
One of our Favorites!Compare Car Insurance - Cheap Motor Insurance Online - QuoteZone.co.uk
http://www.quotezone.co.uk/

Save time by filling out one quote request form and being able to compare multiple quotes at a glance. Very easy to use and well laid out. The major problem with this site is the lack of secure pages for entry of your personal info - our earlier advice to simply modify the URL to https from http no longer works.

Pros:
You fill in your information once and the site goes out and gathers quotes from multiple insurance vendors. There was a difference of over seven per cent in the sample quotations I instantly received! The site also facilitates quotes for other types of UK insurance.

Cons:
There are very few drawbacks to this site. The major one is that the form pages are not secure. Also there is no company telephone number provided and little information about insurance coverage in general is available.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    Click on the 'Car Insurance' tab in the top left quadrant of all pages or click on the "Get Quotes" button in the Car Insurance callout near the top of the main page. Then just fill out the three pages of questions to get instant quotes.

  • Contact the Company
    Click on the 'contact us' link at the bottom of any page to find the email contact addresses.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 9/10
One of our Favorites!Cheap Motor Insurance
http://www.insureyourmotor.com/

A good, quick and secure information collection system. And it has improved since last review - you now get plenty of quotes to choose from rather than just one as was the case earlier. There is some excellent and very helpful information available for the insurance shopper.

Pros:
Information is collected on secure pages and there are good explanations of what they are looking for when you 'hover' over the text to the right of the field. There is some autofilling of forms which is helpful. Quotes are saved and can be recalled using a reference number (remember to write it down). The information available under the Information heading on the main page is excellent with a glossary, encyclopedia/jargon and many articles on motoring law and insurance in general.

Best of all you are shown a ton of quotes, you can buy them online and there is a toll free number for help from early in the morning until quite late at night.

Cons:

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    From the main page simply click on the 'get a quote now' button on the left hand side of the page. Follow the steps to obtain your quote.

  • Contact the Company
    You can contact the company by postal mail, telephone, email or email form on the contact page (off in a box on the right hand side of the page).


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 8/10
One of our Favorites!Cheap Car Insurance Quotes UK - Compare Car Insurance Brokers
http://www.q4.com/

A similar approach to Confused.com but not nearly as satisfying (at least in my opinion) or easy to use. Information collection was secure but somewhat tedious and with a couple of minor deficiencies as pointed out below. The quote display at the end could be better. Your quote is saved and can be recalled later. There is very little additional information available that would be helpful to the car insurance shopper.

Pros:
Information collection is on secure pages and clickable links help explain what is required in different fields. You see multiple quotes at the finish of the process and can buy them online. You can save your quote and recall it using a reference number and some personal information (remember to write the reference number down). The chart at the end of the process has been improved and many of the companies offering insurance now allow you to buy online (as well as over the telephone) and if you use your quote number you won't have to re-supply all your information.

Cons:
The information collection pages could have more information on each page so that there would be less of them (since the submission of each page is what takes the time). Also the text was tiny and almost unreadable on my monitor and since the quoting is done in a Javascript popup window there is no ability to increase the font size on the fly. There is a FAQ on the site but it is very short and does not really offer any particularly helpful information.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    On the main page click on the red New Quote button on the left and just follow the steps.

  • Contact the Company
    Email and postal addresses are shown as well as a fax number. No voice number or email form is supplied.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
One of our Favorites!Car insurance UK cheap quote comparison
http://www.superquote.com/

This site has a similar approach to Confused.com but is not quite as full featured. Still it has a simple and quick interface, some helpful additional information and a pleasingly basic approach.

Pros:
The information collection process is quick and relatively easy to understand. You'll get a few quotes returned (I got 3 during this review) and you can continue on and purchase insurance directly from the vendors listed on your quote results page. You can bookmark the page and return to your quote later. The additional information available on the Help page is useful.

Cons:
The information collection is not done on secure pages and there are no clickable links to explain what exact information is being sought. I got far fewer quotes on this site than on Confused.com and when I clicked on the link to try and purchase the information I was handed off to another site where I had no idea what to do (did I have a reference number? was I going to have to re-enter all my information?). There is no email address to contact the company (although there is an email form available under the Contact Us link) and no telephone number either.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    On the main page choose your manufacturer from the drop down list, click on the Quote Now button and follow the steps.

  • Contact the Company
    Use the email form provided or contact the company by postal mail.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 8/10
UK car insurance quote from Its4me
http://www.its4me.co.uk/i4m/motor/

A fairly short and quick process for entering your personal and car related information although it is not secure. You only see two quotes - the cheapest and the second cheapest. You can save your quote and come back to it later or you can continue on and purchase your quote online. There isn't really any extra information of interest to insurance shoppers on the site.

Pros:
The information collection process is fairly good and I especially like that selecting your vehicle is all done from drop down lists and no type in fields (which many other sites have). You can buy securely online.

Cons:
There isn't really any helpful information while you're filling in fields and of course the fact that all the collection is done on non-secure pages is disappointing. There is no additional information on the site that would be of use to the insurance shopper.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    Click on the 'get a new car quote' link in the top right hand corner of the site. Then just follow the steps to get an insurance quote.

  • Contact the Company
    Click on the contact us link (bottom of the column on the left hand side of the page) for telephone numbers and an email form. No email address or postal mail address is given.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
Motor Quote Direct - UK Car Insurance, Motor Insurance
http://www.motorquotedirect.co.uk/

A fair site with secure collection of information and relatively helpful clickable links next to information entry fields. You get fewer quotes than with other 'multiple site quoting' sites but if you want to progress on to buying it is well handled. There is good contact information for the site but no extras that would be of assistance to the vehicle insurance shopper.

Pros:
Information is collected on secure pages and clickable links are provided should you be unsure of what a field is asking for. You'll get 3 quotes at the end of the process and you can go on to buy any of these with ease.

Cons:
Some of the fields - for example various fields that request a date - do not give you any assistance on what format the field is expecting. Other fields are type in when a drop down list would be helpful. There is no additional information on the site that would help the insurance shopper. Your quote is saved but you have to make note of a reference number to recall it - make sure and write this number down or you won't be able to recall your quote.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    Click on the 'Click to Enter' link and then select the car icon on the lower left hand side of the page. Follow the steps to obtain your quotes.

  • Contact the Company
    Click on the 'Click to Enter' link and then click on the contact-us button on the left hand side to see an email form. Alternately you can click on the about-us button to see postal and telephone contact information.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Car Insurance, Motor Insurance from Norwich Union UK
http://www.norwich-union.co.uk/

This site has improved in that it has done away with the silly time restriction that it previously had that prevented you from getting a quote in the wee hours. All information is collected securely and is well explained. There isn't any extra information available online for the insurance shopper.

Pros:
Information is collected securely and fields have clickable links next to them to help you understand what the field should contain. The process is relatively quick and there is a lot of information on each page (so you don't have to go through loads of short pages). When you've completed the process you'll see the Norwich Union quote and can continue on to buy this coverage securely either online or over the telephone. You can save your quote and come back to it later.

Cons:
Unlike the other higher rated sites in this category Norwich Union is an insurance seller themselves and thus you'll see only one quote. There is no additional information - such as buyers' guides or glossaries - that would be helpful to the insurance shopper (there is a FAQ but it is quite short).

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    On the main page click on the 'Get a quote for comprehensive cover' button (it's blue and in the upper middle of the page) and then just follow the steps to obtain your quote.

  • Contact the Company
    Click on the Contact us link at the bottom of the page for email, telephone and postal contact information.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Quoteline Direct - Car Insurance UK
http://www.quotelinedirect.co.uk/

The information gathering process is a bit annoying because the advice for how to enter date formats (as one example) is up in the left hand corner of the screen - not where one intuitively looks. There is only a single quote provided and you can't buy online. There is no extra information on the site that would be helpful for insurance purchasers.

Pros:
The information collection process is relatively quick and easy to complete except for the quirky 'help' system mentioned above.

Cons:
Information entry pages are not secure. There is only a single quote provided and you can't buy it online. There is no additional information on the site that would be of help to insurance purchasers.

How to:

  • Get a Quote
    From the main page click on the Get Car Quote button and then follow the steps.

  • Contact the Company
    From the main page click on the contact us link (far right - second row from of headings) to see email, telephone and postal contact information.


 
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