Insurers refusing to cover Range Rovers

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Range Rover owners in London are reportedly having difficulty finding insurance cover for their cars, after a spate of thefts in the capital.

The luxury off-roader is a new target for car thieves due to an apparent security weakness in its keyless ignition system. The London Evening Standard reports that criminals are bypassing the cars' security features using hand-held electronic devices that are widely available on the internet.

Theft data supplied by Thatcham Research revealed that 294 Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport models were stolen in the first six months of this year, compared to just 63 BMW X5s.

The problem has escalated so quickly that owners are now struggling to find cover, unless they have secure or underground parking facilities. Insurers have requested contact with Jaguar Land Rover to discuss the issue.

Owners who have turned to the manufacturer have been told that is their matter to resolve.

Speaking to The Times, Keith Dowley, who was recently refused insurance on the grounds that he did not have underground parking, said: "I had to tell them, 'No, this is your problem; I have just bought a £100,000 car from you, if I can't get insurance, I can't drive it, and if I can't drive it, I don't want it'."

He eventually secured cover with a provider, but only after transferring all of his existing policies, including his home insurance, to them.

A spokesman for Jaguar Land Rover said: "Our line-up continues to meet the insurance industry requirements as tested and agreed with relevant insurance bodies.

"Nevertheless we are taking this issue very seriously."

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