Insurer argued religious car stickers are modifications that need to be declared
Ageas are to review wordings on their motor policies for Age UK after a religious row over Jesus car stickers.
Age UK policyholder Reverend Wena Parry was told that stickers saying “Christ Must Be Saviour” and “Christ For Me” could be regarded as modifications to her vehicle and lead to her policy being declared void.
The issue came to light after a part was stolen from Parry’s car and photographs were submitted as part of the claim.
She was then given 10 days to explain why she had not told Age UK about the stickers and an additional cigarette lighter when she first took out the policy, and was warned the policy may be voided.
Age UK told her in a letter: “These modifications do not fit our acceptance criteria for motor insurance and cover would have been declined if we had been made aware of these at the time of purchasing your policy.”
Parry told BBC Wales’ X-Ray she feels she has been unfairly treated by the insurer because of her religious beliefs.
“There might be somebody within that company that hates Christianity.” she said.
But a spokesman for Age UK told BBC News the complaint was not related to the Christian theme of the stickers and that the underwriter for the policy, Ageas, had investigated the initial sale of the policy.
“The situation regarding Reverend Parry’s claim was in no way related to the Christian nature of her graphics,” he said. “[Ageas] have concluded that our request to declare all modifications was not made clear enough to Rev Parry and therefore she did not know which vehicle enhancements should have been declared.
“They say they will review the wording on their policy applications.”