Make Way For Multi-Car Households

Posted on June 13, 2012 · Posted in News

A lot has changed in the last 30 years; we don’t see as many shell-suits, synthesisers and mullets any more, but we do see more of Ant & Dec than I’m totally comfortable with. What else has changed? Well, the way we drive our household around. Back in 1982, ‘saloon’ family cars were the must-have motor for larger families in both America and the UK. Now, not so much.

In a recent survey of 2,500 adults by Aviva, the insurance provider found that more families than ever own a second car, and additionally that the second car is increasingly achieving parity with the first. This means that, rather than having a ‘main’ family saloon car and a smaller, secondary car in one household, many families are now relying on two cars of equal size and value.

This perhaps indicates that the future is one of multi-car households. Rather than taking the whole family along to events in one large saloon car, it seems families are happier to split into two cars and drive separately. This also spells good things for providers of multi-car policies, who should do very well in this multi-car dominated world.

Heather Smith, director of car insurance at Aviva, said “Thirty years ago the big saloon and the small ‘runaround’ sitting side by side outside Britain’s family homes was a ubiquitous sight. Now you’re more likely to see two VW Golfs or newer SUV/4×4 hybrids like the Nissan Qashqai and the Suzuki Grand Vitara sharing driveway space.”

Aviva offer multi-car insurance that covers up to five cars or vans in any household, and it’s also available for any families that live under the same roof. Students who live away from home during term-time also qualify for Aviva’s multi-car insurance offer.