FCA concerned over insurers’ valuation of written-off or stolen vehicles


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has identified shortcomings in how some motor insurance firms are valuing written-off or stolen vehicles.

An FCA review has found evidence that suggests some firms are offering their customers less than their written-off or stolen vehicle is worth and, in some cases, are only increasing that offer when a customer complains.

This comes despite the FCA’s previous warnings that insurers must not undervalue cars or other insured items when settling claims. 

The regulator is engaging with the firms included in its review to ensure they make improvements to address the FCA’s findings.  

Sheldon Mills, executive director, consumers and competition at the FCA, said: “Having your vehicle written off or stolen can be intensely stressful and we expect firms to offer the right support to help their customers. 

“We expect all motor insurers to take note of our findings and we are engaging directly with those that have issues that need to be addressed.”

Insurers must handle claims promptly and fairly under FCA rules.  

Following the introduction of the Consumer Duty in July 2023, firms are also required “to ensure consumers are at the heart of their business and must act to deliver good outcomes for them”.  

Customers who think their claim may have been undervalued can complain to their insurer and then to the Financial Ombudsman Service if their complaint is not resolved. 



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