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What happens after a black box?


There are a few different ways young drivers can try to lower the cost of their insurance, one of them being taking out black box car insurance. If you opt for a black box (otherwise known as a telematics device), hopefully your driving will earn you a great score and even better discount, meaning cheaper insurance. But what happens afterwards? If you manage to get cheap car insurance without a black box in the future, you’re probably wondering if there are any rules about removing a black box once your policy is over.

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Depending on your car, you could have one of two separate devices as part of your black box policy. As such, let’s split this into two sections.

1) What will I need to do with my self-fit black box at the end of my policy?

If your car has a suitable OBD (On Board Diagnostics) port, you’ll be able to unplug your device easily. We’ll then send you a freepost label via email so that you can return the device to us. It’s that easy.

2) What will I need to do with my professionally fitted black box at the end of my policy?

If your car doesn’t have a suitable OBD, we’ll have organised a professional to come and fit your device at the start of your policy. If you don’t want to continue your policy, we simply deactivate the device so it doesn’t record your driving anymore. The black box can stay attached to your car with no problems, or requirement to be removed.

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If I sell my car, will I need to remove the black box?

No you won’t. You’ll be pleased to hear that there is no legal requirement to remove a telematics device before selling (or scrapping) your car.

Can you remove my black box for me?

Absolutely. However, as removing a telematics device isn’t essential, this won’t be included in your policy. If you’re certain you’d like your device removed from your car, we can arrange for an engineer to remove it for you at an extra cost.

Can I remove the black box myself?

You may be tempted to watch a ‘How to remove a black box’ tutorial and try the black box removal yourself. However, you wouldn’t try to fix other areas of your car if you weren’t fully trained, would you? As removing a black box can be tricky and could damage your vehicle if not done correctly, we wouldn’t recommend trying to do this yourself.

Telematics devices can be built differently. So don’t presume that just because you’ve found a guide that appears to show you how to easily remove a black box, it’s the same for your specific device. Also, it’s best to avoid advice found on internet forums/online accounts. You should only follow advice that comes directly from your insurer to make sure you don’t damage your vehicle.

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Whether you’ve done your time with your telematics device and managed to secure cheap car insurance without a black box, or if you’re thinking about getting a black box and are weighing up the pros and cons, we hope we’ve answered any questions you may have. Black boxes are fantastic devices for securing affordable insurance for young drivers and also helping you drive safely.

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