What is GAP insurance and should you buy it?

We explain the peace of mind GAP insurance can provide and where to get the best value cover...

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Claire Evans
09 March 2017

What is GAP insurance and should you buy it?

So should you buy GAP insurance? You don’t have to; after all, your car may not be stolen or get written off. It’s also worth noting that many new car insurance policies will replace a brand new car if it’s written off in the first year, so check with your insurer before taking out GAP insurance.

However, there are certain situations where GAP insurance may be worthwhile:

1. Bought on finance

If you’ve bought a car using finance or a large personal loan it will help to cover the big shortfall that you’ll struggle to make up if the car is a declared a ‘total loss’.

2. Bought a car that'll lose value fast

If the car you’re buying will suffer steep depreciation, taking out GAP insurance is sensible because it will help to make up the difference between the insurance payout and the potentially sizeable cost of replacing the car.

3. Bought on a lease

If you’ve bought a car on a long-term lease and it’s stolen, you could be stranded with a hefty bill for outstanding finance – as well as the cost of replacing the car – so GAP insurance will help to protect you in this scenario.

What is GAP insurance and should you buy it?

If your insurer has the first year covered, but you want to take out GAP insurance to cover the second and third years of ownership, some policies allow you to defer the cover for 12 months. You may have to buy the GAP cover before the car is six months old, though, so get quotes sooner rather than later.

What is GAP insurance and should you buy it?