Cheap GAP insurance for camper vans and motorhomes

Our step-by-step guide guides you through what GAP insurance is, whether you need GAP insurance for your camper van or motorhome and where you should go for the cheapest and most comprehensive GAP insurance cover.

1. Understand what GAP insurance is before getting quotes

Don’t be ashamed if you have never heard of Guaranteed Asset Protection (commonly called GAP insurance). It is one of those things that you won’t give a moment’s thought until someone tries to sell it to you. This will generally be at the dealership or garage, as you're putting your name to the paperwork. Never take out GAP Insurance without shopping around for best value cover. You DON'T have to take the dealer's GAP insurance and, should you want it, there's the potential to save hundreds by taking a policy with a third party supplier.

In the most simple of terms, if you should suffer the unfortunate loss of your camper van or motorhome through an accident, theft or damage and your insurance company pays out, you will receive the market value of your vehicle at the time of loss. That figure is highly likely to be less than what you paid for it when you bought it, what is owed on finance or the cost of replacing it now - or possibly all three. GAP insurance is an insurance policy that will cover the shortfall between those figures.

2. Where should I research prices and policy details to compare with the dealer?

Below are our current best bus, featuring those providers we have found to be the cheapest and what we consider to be the overall best value.

Cheapest for motorhome and camper van GAP insurance:

Insure And Go GAP InsuranceInsureandgo

The cheapest GAP Insurance that we were able to source for Camper Vans & Motorhomes was though Insure And Go. But this does with come with caveats. Although the prices may be enticing, read the small print very carefull to ensure that this gives the level of cover that you expect.

Camper Van & Motorhome GAP insurances costs for Insure And Go

Camper Van/motorhome Value

 One Year Policy Two year Policy Three Year Policy
£10,000 £42 £69 £99
£20,000 £43 £76 £124
£30,000 £44 £96 £149

Best all-round value:

ALA GAP Insurance* ALA-logo (1)

ALA is one of the better known brands for GAP Insurance. As well as offering GAP insurance for motorhomes and camper vans, ALA also offers GAP insurance for cars and vans and even offers cover for alloy wheels and tyres. ALA is rarely the cheapest GAP insurance option, but it does offer a very high level of cover and customer care - it is rated 9.7/10 on Trustpilot.

Camper Van & Motorhome GAP insurances costs for ALA

Camper Van/motorhome Value

 One Year Policy Two year Policy Three Year Policy
£10,000 £103* £126* £175*
£20,000 £97* £142* £196*
£30,000 £136* £174* £210*

Warranty Direct*Warr Direct

Warranty Direct is a long-established warranty and GAP Insurance provider. Whilst not the cheapest, it does offer good levels of cover. The firm offers both return to invoice and return to value types of cover.

Camper Van & Motorhome GAP insurances costs for Warranty Direct

Camper Van/motorhome Value

 One Year Policy Two year Policy Three Year Policy
£10,000 £109* £118* £135*
£20,000 £117* £130* £164*
£30,000 £119* £136* £170*

Other providers of GAP Insurance for camper vans and motorhomes include: Motoreasy*, Cartocover, Click4Gap* and Gap4you*.

3. What are the different types of GAP insurance for camper vans and motorhomes?

The two most common types of GAP insurance are finance and return to invoice. If you have bought your motorhome or campervan on hire purchase, finance GAP insurance will cover the difference between your car insurance payout and the sum owing to the finance company to settle the agreement.

Return to invoice GAP insurance will pay the difference up to the original purchase price of the vehicle, so is the best option if you have bought the vehicle outright although it can also be bought if the vehicle is on hire purchase. A third option is vehicle replacement GAP insurance, which goes beyond return to invoice and will pay out what it costs to replace the vehicle today, even if that amount is more than you originally paid if the price has increased.

As with any other kind of insurance, the higher the level of cover and the longer the period, the higher the premiums will be. Generally speaking, a return to invoice policy will be cheaper than finance or vehicle replacement policies, and the shorter the period covered the cheaper it will be too.

4. How much does GAP insurance cost?

The elements that determine what GAP insurance will cost are the length of the cover period, the value of the vehicle at the time of purchase and the rate of depreciation of the vehicle, and in each instance the greater the value the higher the premium cost will be.

To help reduce the cost of the premium it is crucial to do some homework and calculate what your particular requirements are. Many motorhome or camper van buyers like to keep their vehicles for many years, but you only need GAP insurance to cover any shortfall that you would not be able to manage yourself, whether that is covering the finance period or until depreciation has brought the replacement value down.

Insurers will suggest a recommended level of cover but you should double check and make your own judgement to ensure you have an adequate level of cover.

Cost comparison among major providers

One year policy

Van value

MotorEasy 

ALA

Car2Cover

Warranty Direct

Click4Gap

Insure &go

£10,000 No quote £103* £75 £109*

No quote

£42
£20,000 No quote £97* £84 £117*
No quote £43
£30,000  No quote £136

£102

£119*
No quote £44

Two year policy

Van value

MotorEasy 

ALA

Car2Cover

Warranty Direct

Click4Gap

Insure &go

£10,000 No quote  £126* £88 £118*

£112*

£69
£20,000 No quote £142* £107 £130* £154* £76
£30,000  £135* £174*

£141

£136*

£251*

£96

Three year policy

Van value

MotorEasy 

ALA

Car2Cover

Warranty Direct

Click4Gap

Insure &go

£10,000

No quote

£175* £105 £135* £122* £99
£20,000

No quote

£196* £129 £164* £164* £124
£30,000  £164*  £210* £175 £170* £261*

£149

*We've made some assumptions with the above quotes. These are based on you owning the van or paying on standard finance (as opposed to a PCP or lease agreement), having taken delivery in the past six months and having a vehicle that is less than 10 years old

5. Shouldn’t this be covered by my standard insurance policy?

Only if you have ‘old for new’ replacement included in your camper van or motor home insurance policy in the event of your vehicle being written off, especially within the first year of cover/ownership. The majority of insurance policies only cover the value of the vehicle at the time it was written off – in insurance terms, this is called the ‘retail market value at the point of total loss.’

6. Do you really need GAP insurance for your camper van or motorhome?

This is an important question only you can answer. Camper vans and motorhomes tend to be higher value vehicles so the ‘gap’ is likely to be bigger the higher value it is.

If you have bought your camper or motorhome recently, whether outright or on hire purchase, then GAP insurance makes more sense in these circumstances; the basic principle affecting the size of the gap is depreciation which, almost regardless of the vehicle in question, is most severe at the time of purchase but is less so over time. That means that generally speaking, the longer you own the vehicle, the smaller any potential gap will be.

7. How does the law protect me?

A dealer is not allowed to sell or offer GAP insurance at the same time as the van or motorhome is sold. There must be a buffer of a couple of days between you being given the cost of the vehicle and the day you can buy GAP insurance. This to ensure separation between them so they cannot be lumped together as a single purchase, and it gives you time to shop around.

2Can I claim mis-sold van GAP insurance back?

Can I claim back GAP insurance if I believe it was mis-sold?

It’s important to understand that there is nothing wrong with GAP insurance as a product in itself - it can protect you from a major financial shortfall in the event that your motorhome or camper van is damaged beyond repair or stolen, and therefore is worth careful consideration should you be making a purchase.

Where issues have arisen is in the manner that GAP insurance has been sold to some customers. In a manner not dissimilar to PPI, some unscrupulous dealers have sold GAP insurance to customers without being clear on the details of the policy, up to and including inflating the price of the policy or implying it was a condition of obtaining the deal on the table.

How is GAP insurance mis-sold exactly?

According to research conducted by Honest John Vans and relevant authorities, GAP insurance can be mis-sold in several ways. The most troubling, but also less prevalent means of mis-selling is by GAP insurance being rolled into the finance agreement for your camper van or motorhome. This is only possible if you bought the vehicle with finance provided by the dealer, and your paperwork should show if this has occurred.

Mis-selling also occurs when dealers have implied that a financial agreement for the purchase of a vehicle will only be approved if GAP insurance is also purchased. As with PPI mis-selling this is an untruth - GAP insurance is not a prerequisite of approval or even attempting to take out a vehicle loan, and so constitutes a mis-sold policy.

Other instances of mis-selling a more subtle and require closer examination of the details. Instances of policies being incorrectly described - offering more cover than they do in reality - being sold an unsuitable policy for your circumstances or a policy that is unfairly restrictive to the point where a payout is almost impossible could also constitute mis-selling.

If you believe any of these circumstances may have occurred to you it is imperative you gather all the available paperwork you have available and examine it closely before deciding on a course of action.

What should I do if my GAP insurance was mis-sold?

If you have examined all the information you have available and you believe you have been mis-sold GAP insurance, your first approach should be to the principal of the dealership that sold you the policy. Outline your complaint in writing in clear, business-like terms; you may be angry and annoyed at the situation but remaining calm is crucial. Making a complaint in writing ensures a paper trail and means a response is required by law.

If a resolution is not reached by direct communication with the dealership you can ask the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for assistance, and you can escalate the claim further by making a formal complaint to the Financial Ombudsman. If they decide you have a case they can assist in pursuing the matter further.

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