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Tyre and Alloy Insurance Explained

What is Tyre and Alloy Insurance?

With UK roads in such bad condition, alloy and tyre damage is all too common these days and a serious concern for new car drivers. This is where Tyre and Alloy Insurance comes in.

Tyre and Alloy Insurance has been designed to cover the costs of repairing your alloy wheels and/or the repair or replacement of your tyres if they are damaged during your lease contract.

It is a separate insurance policy to your standard motor insurance and may help to avoid any hefty end-of-contract charges due to damage to your alloy wheels or tyres outside of Fair Wear and Tear.

What does Tyre and Alloy Insurance include?

Tyre and Alloy insurance covers you for any sudden or unforeseen damage to your alloy wheels or tyres which requires a repair to be completed. Specifically, this includes:

  • Up to ten repairs up to a maximum of £150 per repair where you scuff or damage your alloy wheel.
  • If your alloy wheel is damaged beyond repair, a contribution of up to £150 towards the cost of a replacement alloy wheel.
  • Unlimited puncture repairs up to a maximum of £50 per repair.
  • If the damage to the tyre is beyond repair, or would fail a MOT test, cover for up to five tyre replacements. The maximum payable per tyre under this policy is £250 as detailed on the policy schedule.
  • The maximum amount covered under the alloy wheel benefit of this policy is £1,500.
  • The maximum amount covered under the tyre benefit of this policy is £1,250.

For full terms and conditions please refer to your policy document.

Tyre and Alloy Insurance with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

What does Tyre and Alloy Insurance exclude?

Not all damage is covered by Tyre and Alloy Insurance and you must make a claim within a specified time limit. Specifically Tyre and Alloy Insurance does not cover:

  • Damage not reported within 30 days of the damage occurring.
  • Damage that has been accumulated over an extended period of time and is not the result of a single incident, which is deemed to be wear and tear.
  • Where the alloy wheel is corroded.
  • Tyres which are below the legal limit at the time of the damage occurring.
  • Manufacturer faults in respect of the alloy wheels or tyres.
  • Damage present at the start of your policy.
  • Damage caused as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, fire or theft of the wheels or tyres.
  • Loss of use of your vehicle and/or any consequential loss of any kind.
  • Damage caused by incorrect tyre pressure, incorrect wheel balancing, or defective steering, tracking.

For full terms and conditions please refer to your policy document.

How long am I covered for?

Up to 36 months of cover is available with Tyre and Alloy Insurance. The cover runs from the start date, which for lease agreements is usually the date the insured vehicle is delivered. Cover will end date when:

  • You have reached the end date as shown on your policy schedule, or;
  • The date on which the maximum claims amount has been reached.

Please note, this insurance policy cannot be renewed and can only be taken out within 30 days of delivery of your new lease vehicle.

Am I covered both in the UK and Europe?

As long as the damage meets the criteria, cover is provided for incidents which occur within the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or a single trip to a member country of the EU that lasts no more than 60 days.

Are there any restrictions on cover?

Cover only applies where the damage is a result of a sudden and unforeseen event. Accumulation of damage over time is not covered by this policy.

Cover will only apply to the alloy wheels fitted to the vehicle at the date of delivery and any subsequent replacements purchased where the wheel is damaged and replaced.

The following vehicles are NOT eligible for cover:

  1. Commercial vehicles

    Commercial vehicles used for business purposes are not eligible for SMART insurance cover. This includes: 

    • Vans (including small, medium and large panel vans)
    • Crew vans 
    • Specialist vans (including dropside and tipper vans)
    • Pickup trucks
    • Car derived vans
  2. Any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes

    Vehicles which weigh more than 3.5 tonnes or are capable of moving a payload of more than one tonne, are not eligible for SMART insurance cover. This includes: 

  3. Emergency vehicles, taxi or vehicle used for hire or reward

    SMART insurance is not available to businesses who wish to use the vehicle for hire and reward purposes. This includes:

    • Emergency vehicles (including police cars, ambulances or fire engines)
    • Taxis (including black cabs and private hire)
    • Chauffeur services
    • Rental companies
  4. Buses, vans, trucks and motorcycles

    Selected vehicle classes are not eligible for SMART insurance, including:

    • Buses (including minibuses)
    • Vans
    • Trucks 
    • Motorcycles
  5. Vehicles used for deliveries or dispatch

    Vehicles which will be used for transporting goods for delivery or dispatch will not be eligible for SMART insurance as this falls under “hire and reward”. This includes private vehicles that may be used for:

    • Fast food delivery
    • Self-employed courier work 
    • Parcel delivery
  6. Driving schools

    Driving schools or private driving instructors who plan to use the vehicle for private driving lessons will not be eligible for SMART insurance as this is classed as “hire and reward”.
  7. Road-racing, rallying, pace-making, speed testing or any other competitive event

    Vehicles used for any form of motorsport that takes place on public or private roads will not be eligible for SMART insurance. This includes:

    • Road-racing
    • Rallying
    • Pace-making
    • Speed testing 
    • Drag racing
    • Off-road racing
  8. Vehicle with wheels of chrome finish, or split rim construction

    Vehicles fitted with specialist wheels will not be eligible for SMART insurance. This includes vehicles with wheels of:

    • Chrome plated finish (mostly found on classic cars)
    • Split rim construction (often seen on Porsche, BMW and Volkswagen)
  9. Left-hand drive vehicles

    Vehicles which have the steering wheel on the right of the dashboard will not be eligible for SMART insurance as these vehicles are designed to be used in countries where people drive on the right-hand side of the road.

What are the benefits of Tyre and Alloy Insurance?

The main benefit of taking out Tyre and Alloy Insurance is you can maintain the appearance of your lease car throughout your agreed contract length. Repairing minor damage as it happens can help avoid costly end-of-contract charges when your vehicle is inspected at the end of your contract.

Other benefits include:

  • Cover for up to £150 per alloy wheel claim.
  • Cover for up to £250 per tyre claim.
  • Up to 10 alloy wheel claims.
  • Up to 5 tyre claims.
  • If your wheel is damaged beyond repair, we will contribute up to £150 towards the cost of a replacement wheel.
  • Unlimited puncture repairs, up to a maximum of £50 per repair.
  • Cover your wheels and tyres for up to 36 months.

What should I consider before taking out Tyre and Alloy Insurance?

As with any insurance policy, it is important that you review the policy, including any exclusions to ensure that Tyre and Alloy Insurance is right for you. Things to consider which are not included in the policy include:

  • General wear and tear or neglect.
  • Damage caused as a result of a Road Traffic Accident.
  • Damage caused by using your tyres at an incorrect pressure.
  • Theft of alloy wheels.
  • Manufacturing defects.
  • Chrome wheels, or wheels of a split rim construction.
  • Damage caused by a third party for general maintenance.
  • Any damage incurred more than 30 days before a claim is reported.
  • Vehicles used as emergency vehicles, driving school cars, or any other type of hire and reward are excluded.
  • Vehicles used for road racing, rallying, pace-making, speed testing and any other competitive events are excluded.
  • Commercial vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes, busses, vans and motorcycles are excluded.

Is Tyre and Alloy Insurance compulsory when leasing a vehicle with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts?

Although Tyre and Alloy Insurance is not a compulsory policy, it is worth considering if you are worried about end-of-contract charges at the end of your lease contract. Damaged tyres and alloy wheels must be replaced or repaired before your lease vehicle is collected as they aren’t covered by general Fair Wear and Tear. Tyre and Alloy Insurance offers great peace of mind against those things you can’t control, like pot holes, debris and high curbs.   

What are my obligations?

You must provide full and accurate information to all questions asked. Your answers must be true to the best of your knowledge and belief. Your answers will form part of the statement of facts on which your policy will be based. If you become aware that information you have given us is inaccurate or has changed, you must inform us as soon as possible. Failure to do this may invalidate your policy and claims may not be paid.

You must be the UK registered keeper or hirer of the insured vehicle, and it is to be principally used in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or member countries of the European community.

You must advise us if you sell or transfer ownership of the vehicle. If the transfer of ownership is to a family member and within 90 days of the start date it is possible to transfer the cover. You will need to contact us to arrange the transfer.

You must make us aware of any change in circumstances that effect your eligibility for this policy.
All claims must be reported to us as soon as possible, and no later than 30 days after the damage to your tyre or alloy wheel occurred.

For all obligations please refer to your policy document.

How much does Tyre and Alloy Insurance cost?

Tyre and Alloy Insurance costs £299 for up to 36 months of cover. You can pay this as a one-off payment or spread the cost over 10 interest-free monthly direct debit payments of £29.90. 

Who is the underwriter?

Tyre & Alloy Insurance is underwritten by Fortegra Europe Insurance Company Limited, who are authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services  Authority under reference no. C 84703 and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority under reference number 805770.

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How to make a claim through Tyre and Alloy Insurance? 

Claiming through SMART Insurance has never been easier thanks to Premia Solutions’ online claim portal. You can contact them by:

From there, you’ll be asked to complete a claims form and return it back along with accompanying supporting photographs.

Once your form and photographs have been assessed – checked to see if they meet the criteria – and authorised a member of the team will talk you through the claims process and let you know what you need to do next.

How do I cancel the contract?

If you have not made a claim and do not intend to make a claim you may cancel this insurance within 30 days of receiving the policy documents and receive a full refund of the premium.

If you cancel after 30 days you will pay for the number of months you have had the insurance for, rounded up to the nearest month, and the rest of the premium will be returned to you, minus an administration fee of £35.

For example:
36 months cover
Premium paid £360
Cancellation in month 12 leaves 24 full months remaining
Refund of £240—£35 administration fee
Amount to refund £205

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