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hello all, just renewed my insurance this morning, i mentioned i had three rear seats fitted, they have asked to see my bill of sale and the crash test certificate for the seats, luckily i have these, as i had the seats fitted at wagoncraft b'ham. i was told if this paperwork was not available then they would not insure me as it would be classed as a diy job, so how do the members on here who have fitted themselves get round this issue, as it was a job i was going to do myself , all the best, gaz :ILU:
 

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I had to change my insurance company because this year they weren't happy about the mods that I'd declared last year...including the extra seats. Make it up as they go along I reckon. Went with Brentacre this time, specialise in modified vehicles and they seem to be all VW enthusiasts.
 

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I've spent the whole day phoning round for insurance for one of my vans, that has 2 side window's and 2 seats in the back, my line of work was also a factor on why some insurer's wouldn't touch it, (I work ina kids home) some insurer's were coming back with silly prices £3003 being the highest!!!!! It is registered as 5 seats on the V5 and this was enough for Onesure who I went with in the end, still expensive but the best quote I had all day
 

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I've spent the whole day phoning round for insurance for one of my vans, that has 2 side window's and 2 seats in the back, my line of work was also a factor on why some insurer's wouldn't touch it, (I work ina kids home) some insurer's were coming back with silly prices £3003 being the highest!!!!! It is registered as 5 seats on the V5 and this was enough for Onesure who I went with in the end, still expensive but the best quote I had all day
Pretty much identicle issues to myself; needed business insurance as well (manager in local authority adult learning disability service) extra seats, window etc. I phoned round for litterally 3 days solid before getting anyone to quote. Every phone call I made took 1/2 an hour for them to tell me that they couldn't quote, even though I told them the tricky bits (business, modifications, extra seats etc) right at the begining of the calls, got really annoyed towards the last few who wasted my time.
 

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I also had nightmares when it came to renewing my insurance, I literally couldn't find one company who were prepared to insure me to have a 3 seater bench in the rear of the van as well as a double passenger up front (6 seater all in) - so bizzarely I've had to take the bench out and fit a 2 seater just to get insured! :confused:
 

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I should add, that I phoned pretty much every company I've heard of including Brentacre etc!

I'll also add, that I took insurance through Adrian Flux in the end, and unfortunately my wife had a bump in the van a few months later - Adrian Flux were brilliant with sorting it out, the van was repaired by a bodyshop of my choice with absolutely no fuss whatsoever - we'll have to see how much difference it makes to next years premium though!
 

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I had the same this year as nobody wanted to insure my ex aa van with the factory fit two rear seats and the additional Caravelle seat i had fitted.

CIS who I was insured with last year could only insure it on the same policy I had as there new policies would not cover it. NFU where the only othe one who was interested in covering the van. I wasted a day being told by the mainstream insurers that they would not insure it. It seems that insurers are jumpy about diy fit seat in vans.
 

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I should add, that I phoned pretty much every company I've heard of including Brentacre etc!

I'll also add, that I took insurance through Adrian Flux in the end, and unfortunately my wife had a bump in the van a few months later - Adrian Flux were brilliant with sorting it out, the van was repaired by a bodyshop of my choice with absolutely no fuss whatsoever - we'll have to see how much difference it makes to next years premium though!
My other van which is a fully converted camper is insured with Flux and has been for years, yet they wouldn't touch this one with the seats in the back
 

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That just goes to show how much of a con it all is tbh, they really do seem to make it up as they go along! They were happy to insure mine with 2 seats in the back :*
 

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i think i was ok as i had this crash test certificate, there must be loads of vans driving around with rear seats who have not declared them. when you go to local meets, shows etc, they all seem to have rear seats, and theres allways vans on ebay with diy seats fitted.
 

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hey T444kids

did you supply the seat of wagoncraft?? and how much did you pay....(if it's not too rude) not happy fitting seats myself and a CT cert. is a bonus
 

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hello there, no mate wagocraft supply and fit. the seats come with matching vw inca trim, i paid around £660 :eek:, for 3, very pricey, but with four kids i had to have them. i looked at other companys, scotseat was one, where they fit at your home adress, these too supply a ctc, i dont think any will fit your seats then issue you with certificates, i was going to buy an old caravelle rear seat and fit myself, i think now if i had done, i definatley would have had probs with the insurance, also when i sell in the future, i have the paperwork to go with the seats, all the best, gaz
 

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cheers mate.

tbh £660 doesn't sound too bad for supplied, fitted and CTC.

did you get a quote from scotseats at all? (how did they compare)

Am thinking along the same lines as you because of insurance - with premiums going up so much in the last 12 months i bet there looking to either A. cut down who they insure or B. rake as much money as they can for all and any *ahem* mods.

now get some piccies up (lol)
 

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hi, when i first started work on our van i did post some pics of the seats, they should be on my early posts, let me know if you can see them, by the way scottseat were about the same, went for wagoncraft as they done matching trim and only 40 min drive away, they advertise on ebay, cheers, gaz
 

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cheers bro

pretty much what i'm after (except i only need 2... so that'll be around £440 thenT:)

many thanks

just in case anyone is intrested T444kids seats
 

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having seen how badly some of these aftermarket seats diy fitted and seen some horrific accidents with them i hope u understand why i have a carravelle safe for me and my kids.no problems to insure dont have more than 7 passengers though.top tip a t4 carravelle is the best vehicle on road.yes???? the real deal...T:
 

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yes mate a caravelle is a super choice but many of us simply can't afford the price tag, so getting extra seats profesionally fitted with all the correct paperwork comes a good second choice, all the best gaz
 

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I informed DVLA when i converted and they changed the documents to a van instead of a comercial van as i did fit windows ect and it cost me nothing to do that. Now when i went to insure it after the year ran out it automaticly came up 5 seats when typing the No.plate for quotes though Go Compare and im £224 a year.Thery never asked anything about the rear seat , if i fitted it my self of crash test.A:
 
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