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We work with specialist impounded car insurance brokers who will be able provide you with a seized vehicle policy that will allow you to get your vehicle out of the impound.

With access to some of the most competitive rates, you won’t need to pay more than you have to.

What is seized vehicle insurance?

Seized vehicle insurance, commonly known as impound insurance is a specific sort of policy that allows you to get your car back after having it seized.

Unfortunately, a standard policy obtained from a regular insurer will not qualify as suitable insurance to gain your vehicle back. Only specific impounded vehicle insurance policies will allow this.

Polices will last a set 30 days. At the point of expiry of your seized car insurance policy, you will have to have a normal car insurance policy in place.

Are policies expensive?

Policies to get your car out of the impound can differ from insurer to insurer. That said, they are all between £250 and £350.

Usual factors like vehicle value etc have less of an impact on impounded car insurance.

How to reclaim your Impounded Vehicle

On receiving your seizure notice, you have 7 working days to reclaim your vehicle. In the event that within 14 days you have not collected your vehicle OR begun the collection process, your vehicle will be disposed of.

To claim your vehicle, you will require

  • Proof of identity in the form of a valid photo ID. This includes a passport, drivers licence, EU national identity card, immigration document or freedom pass. Student or employer ID’s are not acceptable forms of ID.
  • Driving licence. This can include paper versions if accompanied by a passport, EU/EEA photo card, non-EU/EEA with an international driver permit accompanied with a passport or evidence of immigration status and date of UK arrival. If you have surrendered your licence to the police, you will need to bring proof of this along with another form of ID such as your passport.
  • Insurance Certificate. If your car was seized through no insurance, then you will require a seized car insurance policy which last for 30 days but will allow you to retrieve your vehicle. An electronic copy on your mobile phone is acceptable and it must declare all materialistic facts such as correct registered keeper details, address, date of birth, occupation. You will also be required to declare pending convictions for the seizure.
  • Proof of ownership. You will require your V5C logbook that clearly shows your name and address. In the event you have just bought the vehicle, you will require an unaltered new keeper supplement.
  • MOT Certificate. If your car is older than 3 years, you will require a valid MOT certificate to reclaim your vehicle.

With regards to the insurance. It is a serious criminal offence to not declare relevant facts on your insurance and if found to be incorrect will result in you not being able to collect your vehicle.

Some short-term cover or temporary cover may not be a valid form of impound insurance, you will need to check when speaking with the operator and inform them you are needing a policy that will allow you to reclaim your vehicle.

How do I get impounded car insurance?

It is quite easy to obtain a policy. Simply fill out our form or call us directly and we will get straight to it.

Before the broker will give you a policy however, you will need to show documentation you are the registered owner or keeper, a valid MOT and that you have a valid drivers license.

Once the broker has these, you will be provided a policy.

Seizure and Impounding of a Vehicle

Cars are usually seized through lack of insurance. If the vehicle is uninsured, it will be seized there and then.

When you insure your vehicle with an insurer, they put those details on a database known as the Motor Insurance Database ( MID ), the police have live access to this database. Through various systems such as ANPR ( automatic number plate recognition ) they can instantly see if your car, van or motorbike has insurance. On that basis they have the right to Seize and impound your vehicle unless you can prove otherwise.

Occasionally when a driver initially insures their car, there is often a delay in the notification to the MID (it can talk up to a week for the MID to update).

If the police pull you over and state you have no insurance recorded then you can explain it is newly insured and the police can contact your insurer directly to confirm this or issue a HORT1 which is a demand for the driver to go into a police station and produce the insurance documents within a time period. If the police are not satisfied that the car has valid insurance at this time they can instantly seize the vehicle and have it impounded, once this has happened you have to go through the correct procedures to have your vehicle released from the impound.

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