A recent study has found that motorists with traditionally British-sounding names, such as John Smith, pay less for insurance than those with more exotic monikers. A survey by The Sun found top insurance firms quote drivers named John almost £1,000 less than those named Mohammed.
An Admiral quote obtained via comparison website GoCompare showed the issue most prominently. Researchers put in identical details for two quotes – on a 2007 Ford Focus in Leicester. For a driver named 'John Smith' the quote was £1,333 – but when the name was changed to 'Mohammed Ali' the amount leapt to £2,252.