Friday 23 February 2018

'You couldn't make it up' - Insurance campaigner wins a year's free cover

Kian Griffin, from Co Kerry, has been campaigning to have car premiums lowered. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Kian Griffin, from Co Kerry, has been campaigning to have car premiums lowered. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

A man who campaigns on the issue of sky-high insurance costs has won free car cover for a year.

Kian Griffin said "you couldn't make up" the fact that he won the prize in a draw run by a car-sharing booking service.

Mr Griffin (26) runs the website and Facebook page Ireland-underground.com which has become a sounding board for complaints about sky-high premiums, particularly for younger drivers.

He addressed the Oireachtas Finance Committee last October on the cost of cover.

Now in an ironic stroke of luck, he has won a year's free car insurance.

The motorist entered a competition run by Irish company Fleet, a business that claims it will become the car rental equivalent of Airbnb.

"I thought it was worth chancing my arm. I ended up winning a year's free car insurance, which will save me €750."

He had been paying close to €1,000 for cover, but updated his car lately from a 2001 registration to a 2008 one, a move that saved him €200.

He said: "You could not make this up."

He has spent more than a year campaigning to have premiums lowered, especially for younger drivers.

Mr Griffin has a monthly reach of 50,000 from his website, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounts dealing with motoring issues.

Like most drivers, Mr Griffin feels he is the victim of inflated premiums. Drivers in their 20s who had older cars were hit too hard by insurers, he said.

Mr Griffin, who lives in Killorglin, Co Kerry, but works as a travel agent in Tralee, says he has to spend a lot of money on motoring just to get to work.

Irish Independent

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