Big Brother — Sorry, Black Box — is Watching You…

We’re all a fan of hyperbole around here, so please forgive the title. Although, some people have likened the idea of Black Box car insurance to a Big Brother state in the past, so that’s our excuse.

There has been an influx of new telematics-style providers entering the car insurance scene, so you may have heard more about them than you used to. More recently, providers such as ByMiles have been in the news. 

The new DriveScore app, launched by ClearScore (you know, the people that get a kick out of letting you know if you have good or bad credit scores?), has also been in the headlines. But they have a slightly different approach – most noticeably a complete lack of a black box.

So let’s take a look at why these two, in particular, are standing out right now.

What’s the fuss about ByMiles?

Well, it all relates to a nurse, who saved a whopping £300 by switching to ByMiles. Yes, she had to have a Black Box installed, but we don’t think she’s complaining about it.

As a young lady, her insurance quotes were naturally quite high. And as a nurse, she needed car insurance to drive her car to work.

ByMiles offers:

  • Cheaper costs for drivers with low mileage
  • NCB protection 
  • Essentially, it works so the less you’re out and about in your motor, the more you’re likely to save on the pennies (or hundreds, in this case)
  • It uses an app for you to view exactly how you’re doing
  • A small tracker fitted under the dashboard, or there is a trackerless version too

It’s not for everyone, especially if you’re using your car often. But for those younger drivers who struggle to pay off high premiums, we can see how it can be a saviour.

Is it worth downloading DriveScore?

Another app (free!) that claims to save you money on car insurance. Our understanding is that this newly launched business is a middle man between you and other providers. 

The app rates how you drive and lets providers know about it. You’re then offered a quote based on your driving. So essentially, the more well-behaved you are behind the wheel, the more likely you are to receive a lower quote.

What’s the verdict?

Well, here’s the thing. Our sole mission is to provide you with the best and cheapest car insurance quotes around. So, no matter how much these other providers claim you’ll save, you won’t get access to the same number of money-saving deals that you get right here. 

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