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One of the common misconceptions about owning a Bongo (or any grey import) is that motor insurance is almost impossible to get hold of. This may have been true once upon a time, but is now no longer the case, although many of the major insurance companies still refuse to insure “grey imports”. For instance, if you use one of the price comparison websites you will find that “Mazda Bongo” does not always appear on the drop-down lists of vehicles. Having said that, some members have ended up insuring their vehicles with firms such as Direct Line, Aviva and Highway by using price comparison sites. It all depends who ends up processing your enquiry.
Motor Insurance of any description depends on your personal circumstances. Is your postcode in a “safe” area? How long have you held your licence? Do you have any points on your licence? Is your vehicle parked on the street or is it garaged? Do you want to nominate a second driver? Will you use it on business?
If you have had kitchen units installed, then only firms who deal with Motorhomes will insure your vehicles. And if you have done the conversion yourself, then you will need a specialist insurer. Specialist insurers can be found on the Self-Build Motorcaravanners site here.
Generally speaking, if you live in a safe-ish area, and are quoted more than £450 fully comprehensive for insuring your Bongo, then shop elsewhere.
You should also check exactly what you are insuring. Some firms will insure your Bongo, but when it comes to making a claim if your vehicle is stolen will pay out the current market value of the base vehicle only.
The following companies have been recommended by our members. We are always interested in hearing from others.
Telephone: 01945 586220 (Insurance) or 01945 586220 (Breakdown Cover)
2gether do both vehicle and motor breakdown insurance. They cover all cars, vans, motorcycles and motorhomes up to 3500 kg GVW and not exceeding 27 feet. 2gether can offer a bespoke solution if you fall out of this criteria. UK and European options available.
See their website for further details.
Tel: 0344 381 6502
“I have just taken out insurance for my Bongo and my other car with ADRIAN FLUX. They specialise in classic cars, Japanese imports, Campervans/motorhomes and anything slightly unusual that can be a problem with other insurance companies. They are a broker and came up with very reasonable prices for my vehicles.”
Mazda Bongo Camper Van Insurance
Caravanwise offer insurance for DIY Mazda Bongo Camper Van conversions both while they are being converted, for up to 90 days, and once completed. Fully comprehensive insurance including commuting with a maximum annual milage of 12,000 miles is available. TPFT available for lower value campers. Day Vans can be covered at the same rate as campervans excluding commuting.
Professional Conversions https://www.caravanwise.co.uk/motorhome-insurance/
DIY and Self Build https://www.caravanwise.co.uk/motor-quote/diy-camper-van.html
Day Vans and anything unusual please call 0800 3282084
Complete Cover Group are specialist insurers that help people in hard-to-insure circumstances find affordable quotes. This includes drivers of grey import and modified vehicles as well as motorists who have convictions, live in highly rated postcodes or other non-standard situations. Note: 8 seaters only, no campervans.
Phone: 0344 381 9990
Will only insure Bongos with a maximum of 7 seats. “Various schemes for covering your Bongo, especially for travellers with wanderlust, and it normally doesn’t matter what motorhome modifications have been made, where the owner came from or where in Europe they are travelling.” For a fee, will provide agreed value insurance.
We’ve been doing motorhome insurance (including Japanese imports) for more than 30 years now, and in that time have always carefully selected our insurer partners (A+ rated, no less), and only recommend motorhome policies that we know will tick the boxes, whether over the phone or through our online insurance quote service. Our customers tell us our motorhome policies offer everything they need, at a very competitive price, and our people are very helpful. That’s why we received the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2020! Call 01480 504 154 or visit www.lifesure.co.uk/personal-insurance/motorhome-insurance.
If you live in Ireland and own a campervan then look no further. Richardson Insurance Solutions are a well established brokerage who will insure your Bongo even if it is your only vehicle. But you must be a member of the Motor Caravan Club of Ireland. Ricardson can be contacted on 01-299-9501