Research and Markets: GAP Insurance for New and Used Cars in Europe

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Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "GAP Insurance for New and Used Cars in Europe" report to their offering.

The report titled 'GAP Insurance for New and Used Cars in Europe' provides comprehensive and in-depth research covering 25 countries in Europe among which GAP insurance in a stand-alone format was found to be present in 19, namely: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

Based on a survey of 1,350 dealers in these countries and an investigation typically covering between 30 and 40 automotive brands in each territory (albeit with a maximum of over 50 in Russia), the study delivers unique insights into the market for stand-alone GAP insurance for new and used passenger cars bought by consumers. Moreover, the research also generates data describing the size, in terms of gross written premiums, for the market for GAP insurance for new and used cars in each country.

In addition to this unique market data, the survey results are also used to measure the extent to which automotive dealers and manufacturer brands actually organise and intermediate GAP insurance in each country, to calculate average customer take-up rates for GAP insurance at the point of sale, and to understand relationships between manufacturers or importers and external GAP insurance providers for branded or endorsed programs.

Key Findings

- It is estimated that the market across all 25 countries was worth EUR 879.6 million in 2012 and that while growth in recent years may have been held back by falling sales of new cars in most countries, it will have been boosted by increasing provision via dealers and manufacturer brands;

- according to the survey, provision rates for GAP insurance rates among dealers are highest in France, the UK and Germany at 94.1%, 92.5% and 87.0%, respectively, followed by Slovakia (85.0%), Poland (83.6%), Italy (68.8%) and the Czech Republic (66.0%);

- across countries in which at least one dealer reported offering GAP insurance and calculated on an unweighted basis, 69.2% worked only with tied providers, 25.5% sold only non-tied products and 5.2% distributed GAP cover from both sources;

- with involvement in the GAP insurance markets of 11 countries, Allianz (sometimes via Allianz Global Assistance) is present in the most followed by BNP Paribas Cardif (in seven), PSA Insurance (in six) and Genworth Financial (in five).

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