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What do I need to buy car insurance?

I was looking on Comparis to get an idea of how much it would cost to insure a second hand car that I am looking to buy. I was given a category P Carte de Légitimation by my workplace, but Comparis only gives you the choice of C, B or L residence permits. Is this just a quirk of their website, or am I not able to buy insurance without one of these permits?

Also as a supplementary question, Comparis complained that my driving licence was issued less than 18 years after my birth. In the UK it is legal to drive from 17, but in any case I am now over 18 anyway. Is this also just a quirk of using an automated web system i.e. would I have to phone any insurance company directly to get round this?
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Re: What do I need to buy car insurance?

Comparis is a price comparision website. Good enough to get a ball bark figure to start your negotiations.
Calling an insurance and actually talking with an agent gives you the best prices.

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Re: What do I need to buy car insurance?

You just put the date of your 18th birthday if you passed your test before you were 18. As for other things, I don't know. Will you be getting an L or B permit? I don't recall ever having to send in a copy of it for the insurance.
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Re: What do I need to buy car insurance?

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Comparis is a price comparision website. Good enough to get a ball bark figure to start your negations.
Calling an insurance and actually talking with an agent gives you the best prices.
I found better deals by using comparis first, then going to the website of the insurance company and adjusting the excess etc. It seems on comparis it doesn't always accept what you put in for the excesses. Similaryl for health insurance you can sometimes find extra discounts on the insurers website than comparis doesn't offer. IT problem or conspiracy, i don't know. ;-)
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Re: What do I need to buy car insurance?

I've bought a new car a couple of months ago and went to Comparis and introduced all data and got a good deal. I clicked in the button to get contacted by the insurance company and still waiting until now.
Ofc I made a contract with another company but just wondering if someday I'll be contacted by the other insurance company.
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Re: What do I need to buy car insurance?

This may help with carte de legitimation problem.

3.4 Car insurance

Car insurance companies are listed in local telephone books. Also the Association Coopérative des Automobilistes et des Motocyclistes des Secrétariats et Bureaux des organizations internationales et des Institutions Accréditées (CASBIA) has a list of car insurance companies who are accustomed to dealing with UN staff. If you become a member of CASBIA and pay an annual membership fee of CHF25.- per calendar year (1st January-31st December), you can get discount on your insurance premium and on some other services. For more information:


Secrétariat CASBIA, bureau A 840


Palais des Nations 1211 Genève 20
Tel.022 917 16 20
Fax 022 917 05 26


casbia@unog.ch

http://www.intracen.org/uploadedFiles/A-Practical-Guide-to-everyday-life-in-Geneva.pdf

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