1950s Red Leyland truck

Case Study: Vintage Truck Insurance

How often do you see a 1950s vintage truck, in great condition, driving around on the roads? Not often at all!
We had the pleasure of speaking to Christopher, the owner of a 1950s Leyland truck, who had recently taken out an insurance policy with us. In this article, discover how and why he purchased this vehicle, what his favourite features are and why he decided to use Quotax to insure his pride and joy.

Tell us a little bit about your background and the truck you own.

1950s Red Leyland truck

1950s Leyland truck

I’ve been a lorry driver for over 40 years and, in March this year, I decided to treat myself to a vintage truck to use for leisure.
In my search, I found two trucks that caught my eye – one on eBay, and one in an auction in Skegness. Initially, I visited the truck I saw on eBay which I really liked the look of; I took the truck for a little test drive to discover how it ran and enjoyed the experience. Although I liked the vehicle, I did decide to see the other truck the next day before making a decision.
After visiting the auction, I realised my heart was set on the first vintage truck I visited the previous day – a 1950s Leyland Beaver BRS truck. I went down the next Friday with my son to take it home – it was just under a 6-hour drive! The truck made it home safely and I haven’t looked back.

Where did your passion for vintage trucks come from?

My father was also a lorry driver, so the passion has been passed down to me from him. Also I love driving, and having the privilege of driving a 70+-year-old truck makes driving even more exciting!

With the truck you insured with us at Quotax, what were the main reasons for purchasing this vehicle? What would be your favourite feature?

I initially liked the look of the truck, as well as its heritage, which is why I wanted to view it in the flesh – when I liked what I saw, I purchased it! The truck can also be worked on to adjust and personalise aspects which really appealed to me, as I see this an on-going project that I can work on as and when I please.

Is this the only truck you own or do you have any others?

This is my first, and only, vintage truck.

Do you attend any rallies or special events with your truck?

I do plan to attend special events with my vintage truck at some point as I’d really enjoy that. Once the Covid-19 pandemic settles down, there may be many events that will be held where I can share my new vintage truck with other enthusiasts.

Did you modify your truck after purchasing it?

I’ve been doing the inside of the cab up, as the interior had a dirty brown colour to it. I have now managed to clean it up and I’m in the process of rubbing it down and repainting the metalwork to bring some life back into the vehicle.
When I purchased the truck, there were a number of stickers on the bodywork, which I’ve since had removed, which has made it look much cleaner, and I believe brought it back to its original look.

Unfortunately, as the seller explained to me, my Leyland truck had been stood unused for 5 years, so it ended up with an oil leak in the gearbox which needed to be fixed, but I’ve sorted that now. The mechanic I chose was a big fan of the truck and he managed to replace the part really quickly, so that gave me one less thing to worry about!
After the oil leak was fixed, I had to order a special thick gear oil, which is quite difficult to get hold of, as synthetic oils are mostly used nowadays. Purchasing synthetic oil for older vehicles, such as my Leyland vintage truck, can cause detrimental damage but luckily I found somewhere local that supplied it, so I can ensure it runs properly.

Do you think you’ll purchase any more vintage trucks in the future?

Yes I would – I found one in Preston I liked but, unfortunately, the seller didn’t get back to me about it so I decided to stop pursuing that vehicle in the end.

When looking to have your truck insured, what did you feel was important to consider?

As it’s such an old, unique vehicle, I wanted a top-notch insurance policy for it. Due to its age, there is a much higher chance that things will go wrong, so I wanted to find a policy that would provide me with a fully comprehensive cover with breakdown recovery.

So how did you discover Quotax?

Somebody I know actually mentioned Quotax to me as an insurance option, and recommended them, so that promoted me to Google the name.

Tell me about your experience with Quotax, from when you initially contacted them.

Once I found the Quotax website, I rang up to enquire about my vintage truck. From the very beginning, the sales representative was extremely understanding and listened to my needs. Due to my unique requirements, they explained that the correct policy would need to be put together for me, and Quotax came back within a couple of days with the policy details and quote.

The representative found me a policy that I was very happy with, providing the cover I needed at a great price. So, without hesitation, I took the policy out.

Would you recommend Quotax for vehicle insurance? Tell us why.

I would fully recommend Quotax Insurance. The level of service was something I very much appreciated, and I was happy to take a policy out with them before even knowing what the quote would be as a result.

Unfortunately, I did have some unpleasant experiences with other insurance companies when I was looking for someone to insure my truck with, either showing no interest in helping me or simply not being able to provide me with the policy I needed. However, I did find my experience with Quotax very refreshing, as the representative was really pleasant and not at all pushy.

Was there anything else you would like to add?
I am very happy with my purchase, I love taking the truck for rides on late Saturday afternoon. People around me have shown such an interest in the vehicle and they take pictures of it – one person even asked to take a look inside!

We agree that this is such a fantastic vehicle and we are thrilled that Christopher is now a customer of ours.
Are you looking for an insurance quote? No matter how old or unique your vehicle is, we are here to help. Speak with our friendly team for a competitive quote.

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Top 5 Facts about Lorries

Are you a lorry driver, love lorries or are just plain interested in the facts about lorries? You have come to the right place. At Quotax we deal with all types of lorry insurance from horse boxes to HGVs, this means that over years we have come to know quite a few fun facts about lorries. And we’re here to share them with you. So keep reading to find out our top five facts about lorries, you’ll be surprised! If you have any facts you’d like to share – get in touch with us on our social media, we’d love to know what you have found over the years.

The word lorry was first used in English in 1838 referring to a luggage truck on a train.

Coming in at number one is this beauty. Did you know that? To explain a little more behind this

the word ‘truck’ actually comes from the Greek word for wheel: ‘Trochos’. It first appeared in the English language around 161
1 meaning small wheel or roller, specifically the sort mounted under cannons aboard warships.

The methane in the flatulence of one sheep could power a small lorry to go 25 miles a day.

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5 facts about lorries

There is very much a lot of truth behind this one as a sheep’s digestive process produces methane gas, which can be burned as fuel (according to research in New Zealand). And this is why recently, lorries have been powered on diesel fuel made of lamb fat.

More than 80 per cent of all goods we consume are carried by UK-registered lorries.

Can you believe that? 80%? This explains why road delivery contributes £22.9 billion a year to the economy.

There are an estimated 285,000 lorry drivers in the UK.

This seems like a huge amount but despite a national recruitment drive by the Road Haulage Association, there continues to be a growing crisis with around 50 drivers leaving the occupation daily.

The amount of beer carried by UK lorries in a year would be enough to fill Wembley stadium.

Think of all that beer! That’s a truckload (pun intended). Without lorry drivers, most of our food, drinks and clothes wouldn’t be correctly transported within the UK. So to our lorry drivers – we thank you!

Why not call us today for a free classic lorry or truck insurance quote on 0208 691 9691. We will find the best insurance and requirements for the best price. Find out more about our services here.

Important Information regarding our Deptford office

In response to the government’s latest Social Distancing measures, we have taken the tough decision to no longer meet with our valued customers face to face. With this in mind, our office based on site at Ascott Cab Company, Blackhorse Road, Deptford will be temporarily closed.

Please rest assured, we have a comprehensive business continuity plan to ensure we continue to support you through these difficult times.

We want to reassure you we are very much still open for business and will work tirelessly to offer you the same professional advice and guidance during these uncertain times. Please feel free to contact us in all the normal ways;

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Truck Shows For Your Diary

2019 has already seen a number of fantastic truck shows for truck lovers to visit, but if you haven’t already seen enough trucks this year here are some more events that are well worth going to:

Cumbria Power weekend – Pull and Truck show at Carlisle
Date: June 29th and June 30th 2019
Location: Kirkbride Airfield
Kirkbride Airfield
Kirkbride
Wigton
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The event is organised by the Cumbria Tractor Pulling Club and this sees some of the best Tractors from across the country attend.

As well as the Tractors there is also a great Truck show with the following classes:

Best Artic Truck Unit
Best Rigid Truck (over 7.5ton)
Best Light Commercial (up to 7.5ton)
Best Classic & Vintage Truck
Best New Truck (up to 2years)
Best senior Truck (8years & over)
Best Owner Driver
Best Fleet (2 or more)
Best Custom Truck
Best Cumbrian Truck
Best Specialist Truck (Hiab, Sweeper, Tipper etc)
Truck of the Show (Entered in automatically)

Camping is also available for this event and there are bars and refreshments available.

Convoy in the Park
Date: August 10th and 11th 2019
Location: Donington Park Circuit
Castle Donington
Derby
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This family friendly event is marketed as the ultimate celebration of trucks, drivers and life on the road. If you have a show truck this a event not to be missed with over 1,000 show trucks being on display. There are vintage trucks, trucks of different sizes and uses. Over the weekend there is also the opportunity to see the following:

Racing Action – British truck racing, Pickup truck racing championship, Legends cars championship, Britcar Endurance championship, Renault UK Clio Cup Junior and 2CV Championship.
Live Music
Kids Entertainers
Trade Stands
Stunt Shows
Monster Truck Rides

Also at the event is a used truck village, if you are looking to purchase a truck this is a great place to find one (don’t forget to call us for a quote as we have great rates for Truck insurance J).

Tickets are priced at £20 for an adult and kids under 13 go free.

Truckfest 2019 dates

Truckfest North East
Date: June 15th and 16th 2019
Location: Wolsingham Showground
Wolsingham

Truckfest West Midlands and Wales
Date: June 29th and 30th 2019
Location: Three Countries Showground
Malvern

Truckfest West Scotland
Date: June 29th and 30th 2019
Location: Three Countries Showground
Malvern

Truckfest South West
Date: 31st Aug and 1st Sept 2019
Location: Royal bath & West Showground
Shepton Mallet

Truckfest South East
Date: Sept 14th and 15th 2019
Location: Cheshire Showground
Knutsford

Truckfest Orignial – Season Finale
Date: Oct 5th and 6th 2019
Location: Newark & Notts Showground
Newark

Truckfest is one of the largest outdoor events in the UK with a number of shows across the country. Each show has family entertainment, celebrity guests, over 3000 trucks across all events as well as onsite camping.

Retro Truck Show – Showcasing Trucks from 1970 to 2000
Date: Sept 7th and 8th 2019
Location: British Motor Museum
Banbury Road
Gaydon
Warwickshire
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This event displays some of the very best modern classic trucks from 1970s to 2000 from across the UK, France and the EU. Trucks you will see there include DAFs, Scanias and Volvos as well as many others. Tickets are priced from £14.50 for adults and there is also camping available.

Here at Quotax we have a number of schemes to cater for a wide variety of Trucks from show trucks to lorries used for haulage – please give our team a call on 0208 691 9691.

2018 – Classic Truck and Commercial Vehicle shows for your diary

As we enter 2018 it is time to open up your new diaries and book some important dates for the year’s Classic Truck and Van shows.

Classic Truck shows are a great way to buy parts that you have been unable to get hold of, admire other people’s restorations, share stories and have a good time.

Further details for all of these shows can be found online and we always recommend giving the organisers a call as the details may change from time of going to press.

 

Classic and Commercial Vintage Show

Date: 9th June and 10th June 2018

Location:

British Motor Museum

Gaydon

Warwickshire

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Details: Two day event featuring over 400 vehicles, pre commercial, majority being pre 1990. Large Autojumble selling spares, photos, models etc.

 

Cornwall Truck Show

Date: 21st and 22nd July 2018

Location: Stithian’s Showground

Stithians

Truro

Cornwall

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Details: Large number of HGV Vehicles including; Old, New Custom, Vintage and Show Trucks.

There are also a number of trade stands and evening entertainment.

 

Classic Van and Pick-Up Show

Date: 5th August 2018 10:00 to 16:00

Location:

British Motor Museum

Gaydon

Warwickshire

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Details: Been running for 4 years with a wide range of light commercial vehicles including; Pick-up trucks, Vans, Police Cars, Vintage Vans and more.

 

Barnard Castle Truck Show

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018

Location:

Streatlam Farm

Barnard Castle

County Durham

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Details: Event Includes; Vintege Trucks, Auto Jumble, Camping, Commercial Stands, Show trucks and more.

Retro Truck Show 2017

Retro Truck Show 2017

The 9th and 10th September sees the 6th year of the Retro Truck Show. The show attracts over 350 of the best modern Classic Trucks from between the years 1960 to 2000.

Volvo, Scania and DAF as well as many other of the UK’s leading Truck Manufacturers will feature at the show.

There will also be a large indoor model show within the museum plus many trade stands. Other goods on sale include phots, models brochures etc.

Camping facilities are available including showers and toilets.

Quotax is one of the UK’s leading Classic truck Insurers, if you need cover to drive your vehicle to this event please do not hesitate to contact us. We are extremely competitive for Modern Classic Trucks and have a number of exclusive schemes.

Further details of the show can be found at: https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/retro-truck-show

Please call our Truck specialists on 0208 691 9691 if you would like a quote from our experienced team.

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Government needs to support ultra-low emission HGV market

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released a report on the sustainability in transport which has received a positive reaction from the Freight Transport Association.

The report states that fiscal support will be needed as well as a regulatory reform in order to develop the market in ultra-low emission vehicles. The reform for cars would suggest to review company car taxation and for vans, a reform to the weight limitations on alt powered vehicles.

Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of National and Regional Policy commented “The Committee is right that more support will be needed for the purchasers of ultra-low emission vehicles if they are to take off in the market place as soon as possible.  The suggestion of considering reforming weight limitations on alternatively powered vans is welcome and should be explored further – subject to demonstrating it would not have a negative effect on safety”.

Mr Snelling proceeded to say: “The missing piece in the report is heavy duty vehicles.  From an engineering and technological point of view it is harder to decarbonise larger road vehicles – electric is not an option.  Trials of alternative power sources for lorries were made under the Government’s Low Carbon Truck Trial and a further low emission freight and logistics trial has recently been announced, but more fiscal support will be needed if these new vehicles are to get taken up by purchasers any time soon.  Currently alternatively powered vehicles only make up 0.2 per cent of the UK’s HGV fleet.”

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RHA – Brexit Clarification

RHA – Brexit clarification

Richard Burnett the chief executive of RHA has advised all members of the association that it is calling upon the government to clarify the situation for road hauliers following news that the UK is set to leave the EU.

Burnett continues on to say “Whichever way you cast your vote last week, the public has spoken and the UK has decided to leave the EU. We are now entering a period of uncertainty.”

“However, I want to make it clear that your Association will be keeping close to government to ensure the best deal for UK road hauliers. Rest assured, we are already in the process of arranging meetings with relevant departmental ministers so that we can stress the industry’s needs and expectations.”

Industry sectors across the board are still waiting to see the ramifications of the Pound in the current market.

Richard Burnett has urged members with specific concerns to bring them forward as soon as possible so they can be included in to negotiations.

Concluding he said: “We need clear, demonstrative leadership – and quickly – from government as well as skilful negotiation to stabilise the economy and address the concerns of the public in general and our members in particular.  The impact for us as a key industry provider could be considerable. It is our responsibility as the only organisation solely dedicated to the UK haulage sector to ensure that the issues are urgently addressed and the transition between now and leaving the EU to be a smooth as possible.”

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Funding for HGV licenses has been refused

DFT minister Lord Ahmed has announced that the government will not be funding the HGV license acquisition in order to ease the HGV driver shortage in the UK.

The cost of the HGV license ranges from between £1,500 – £3,000 and the industry is currently facing a shortfall of about 40,000 drivers.

Due to this the haulage industry had been campaigning for the government to provide funding for the training so that people were more inclined to join the trade.

Lord Ahmed informed the Transport committee: “The principle remains that we won’t look at funding HGV licences. That has been a principle established since 2005 and that is a position we will not be changing.”

This news comes as a blow to the industry which after a recent survey of HGV qualified drivers showed that over a third claimed that they felt poorly treated by their employer.

Lord Ahmed has made further comments regarding the industry stating: “There needs to be a lot more work on drivers’ conditions. This has to be industry-led. The government’s role is to facilitate and look at recruitment, but the retention element is something the industry needs to lead on,”

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Budget 2016 – HGV taxes and diesel freeze

The Chancellor George Osborne has recently revealed his Budget for 2016 and we have some points of interest.

Fuel Duty

For a sixth year in a row fuel duty will be frozen with the Chancellor stating “I know that fuel costs still make up a significant part of household budgets and weigh heavily on small firms”.

This freeze should save drivers £75 a year and a small business van £270 a year which he claims will be a ‘tax boost that keeps Britain moving’

HGVs

The budget includes a freeze on rates of VED (vehicle excise duty) and the Road User Levy for larger trucks and good vehicles.

The government has pointed out that it is aware of the link between low fuel prices and economic growth thus the freeze means the average small business with a van will save £12 on each tank in comparison to pre 2010.

Low Emission Funding

The government Office for Low Emission Vehicles will also be provided a £38 million in grants, this will be matched by the private sector, which will go towards research and development into new low emission technology across the UK.