- Eight million Brits (16%) will hide presents for loved ones in their car this Christmas
- Almost six in ten of those doing so (58%) won’t take any extra precautions to protect the festive contents
- This leaves over £1.5 billion of presents potentially uninsured and at risk in vehicles
- Toys (49%), clothing (43%) and alcohol (29%) will be the most popular gifts concealed
- uSwitch calls on motorists to check the level of cover on their policies so their Christmases don’t turn sour.
Over £1.5 billion worth of presents will be left hidden but possibly unprotected in cars ahead of Christmas Day, according to new research from uSwitch.com, the price comparison and switching service.
Determined not to be outsmarted by loved ones, over eight million Brits (16%) plan to hide gifts in their car over the festive season. However, this has potentially dire consequences as the majority of those doing so (58%) won’t take any extra precautions to protect the contents from theft – including contacting their insurer to increase their level of cover.
For those using their vehicle as Santa’s grotto, checking with their insurer should be on their Christmas to-do list. Not all policies cover contents from theft, especially when it comes to high value items such as Christmas gifts. In fact, when gift buyers did check with their insurer, four in ten (39%) found their policy didn’t cover them for presents left in the car.
The research reveals that toys (49%), clothing (43%) and alcohol (29%) will be the most popular gifts to hide in cars. And it’s not just inquisitive children that presents are being hidden from – two thirds of Brits (66%) conceal gifts from curious partners.
Nooks and crannies in the home are the other top hiding places, with the wardrobe (65%), under the bed (32%) and the loft (30%) the favourite places to secretly stash gifts. Yet 64% of Brits have never checked their home insurance policy either to see if it provides extra cover for gifts over the Christmas period.
Rod Jones, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, says: “Keeping presents hidden from the prying eyes of loved ones can be like a game of cat and mouse. But while hiding gifts in the car boot or the glove box might seem like the perfect plan, you could be leaving yourself open to a nasty surprise on Christmas morning in the event of a theft.
“It might not be top of your festive to-do list, but it’s important to contact your insurer and make sure your car insurance policy covers any additional contents. This means if the worst should happen and the Grinch comes to steal Christmas, you’ll have the right cover in place to make amends.”
Top 10 Christmas present hiding places:
- In the wardrobe (65%)
- Under the bed (32%)
- In the loft (30%)
- In the spare room (25%)
- Under the stairs (17%)
- In the car (16%)
- At a friends house (13%)
- In the garage (13%)
- At the office (12%)
- In the kitchen cupboards (8%)
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