Do I have to make a claim after a car accident?

It’s up to you. If your policy provides the legal cover and the assistance you require and you are not concerned about the effect your claim may have on your future insurance costs – you may choose to claim on you own insurance policy.

However using our alternative claims assistance allows you to get your vehicle repaired, a suitable replacement and legal assistance all without potentially losing your no-claims bonus and increasing the future cost of your car insurance.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident you do not have to make a claim on your car insurance policy if you do not wish to. However your insurer does have to be notified about the accident. For free advice and assistance with car accident claims call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

Some people may be concerned that they may not be able to afford to make a claim on their policy after an accident due to having a high voluntary excess on their policy.

If the accident you were involved in was not your fault, you should be able to recover the excess you have paid from your insurer at a later date. This however requires you to pay the excess amount in the first place in order for the repairs to take place.

If we independently handle your accident claim for you, there is no excess to pay and we can arrange your repairs, provide you with a replacement vehicle and assist with legal issues.

If you were not responsible for the accident, we will recover the costs associated with your claim directly from the insurer of the at-fault driver on your behalf.

In summary our service includes:

  • Providing a like-for-like replacement for your damaged vehicle if it is un-roadworthy or being repaired

  • Your replacement vehicle will be delivered to your home or place of work typically within 3 hours of starting your claim

  • The repairs to your vehicle can be carried out at one of our network of approved accident repair centres

  • Alternatively we can use a repair centre of your own choice

  • Legal assistance with issues ranging from the recovery of expenses to claims for compensation

  • 24/7 support and advice with your accident claim

For free advice and assistance with your car accident claim, call us on 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

Any policyholder can use this service, and it is your legal right to choose who repairs your vehicle. All assistance offered and information given on this page is provided by Car Call and its partners , no association or affiliation to any particular insurer is intended in any way, and your statutory rights are unaffected.



No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury