Car insurance: Service stations 'might not save you money'

Saturday, 02 May 2009

Car insurance policyholders off on a bank holiday jaunt might not get value for money if they buy snacks at a service station.

This is the opinion of Which? Car after it conducted research and found that many motorway stop-off points charge more than regular supermarkets for refreshments.

A total of 50 services were visited and it was discovered that for goods costing £5.48 at Sainsbury's, the same five products set drivers back £10.31 at the M4 Moto Reading.

For a 500 ml bottle of Evian or Buxton water priced at 43p in a supermarket, the M6 Moto Southwaite charged £1.89.

Petrol was also found to be more expensive, with the M6 BP/Moto Hilton Park asking for £61.55 for 55 litres of diesel - compared to the cheapest alternative at £54.40.

Richard Headland is editor of Which? Car and suggested stocking up with food and drink before setting off.

"By all means stop at a motorway service station to use the toilets or have a break from driving, but remember they don't always offer value for money," he remarked.

Those planning to go for a drive this bank holiday weekend may want to check the small print of their car insurance to see if it provides enough cover.

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