Posted by: Jerry Garrett | November 10, 2012

James Bond’s Car Insurance Quote

“I think I need some insurance…”

“Hello, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.”

“Yes, I’d like a quote on some car insurance.”

“Certainly. I’ll just need some basic information.”

“Can this be quick? I don’t have a lot of time.”

“Small arms fire.”

“Of course! I’m having a little difficulty hearing you. Are those firecrackers I hear going off in the background?”

“Small arms fire.”

“Okay! I’ll hurry! Name?”

“Bond. James Bond.”

“Thank you, Mr. Bond. What kind of car is it?

“An Aston Martin. A 1963 DB5.”

“Coupe or convertible?”

“I’ve always owned just the coupe.”

“Oh, the coupe is a lovely car. Of course, so is the convertible.”

“It’s quite nice. But I prefer the security of the coupe, thank you.”

Residence? “I’m between situations…”

“Of course. What is your place of residence?

“I’m between situations at the moment.”

“Very well. May I ask where the car is located?”

“It’s in a secure facility in the suburbs of London.”

“Can you tell me the odometer reading?”

“No, I can’t. But it has very low mileage. I use it for quick getaways.”

“I see. Do you use it to commute to work?”

“I generally have the use of a company vehicle for that.”

“Is it equipped with a theft-deterrent device?”

“You could say that. In fact, you could say it is equipped with several.”

“That’s terrific. That could help lower your premium! Any performance modifications?”

“There have been some, um, enhancements to improve my personal safety.”

“Has the engine been modified?”

“The stock engine suits me.”

“Standard modifications”

“Anything else?”

“Bulletproof plating. Dual machine guns. Oil sprayer. Passenger ejector seat. The usual.”

“Oh! I see. Uh, I’m not sure where to note that on the form here.”

“It just recently underwent a complete, frame-up restoration.”

“That’s nice. Was it damaged? Was it involved in an accident?”

“It suffered some damage while parked outside my home.”

“Oh, that shouldn’t affect your driving record. Any accidents or tickets in the past two years?”

“You’ll find my driving record is spotless.”

“Great. But I can’t seem to pull up your driving record in the computer.”

“Recently declared dead…”

“Well, I was recently declared dead.”

“Oh, I see. Well, I’ll just leave that one blank for now. Do you have a large collection?”

“I beg your pardon? I’ve not been asked before…about my collection – over the phone.”

“Your DB5…is it part of a larger collection?”

“Oh, I see. No. I’ve just the one car.”

“Well, that could be a problem. Generally classic car insurance underwriters want to see that you have a new or late model vehicle for your primary form of transportation. They are concerned that you might be tempted to use the Aston Martin as backup transportation, in a pinch.”

“I don’t plan on doing that anymore.”

“Okay, good. We’ll run this past the underwriters, and see what they say. If the DMV check comes back clean, you may qualify for our good driver discount.”

“I’m sure they won’t find anything.”

“I will require full coverage.”

“Okay. What kind of coverage do you require?”

“I will require full coverage. Full coverage.”

“Terrific. May I have a phone number to call you back on?”

“No. I must call you. Gotta run.”

[Postscript: Assuming Mr. Bond’s driving record did, in fact, come back without blemish, a policy from Hagerty, the classic car insurance specialists, on a privately owned 1963 Aston Martin DB5 coupe would be about $3,500 a year. An actual Bond movie car would, of course require a much higher premium. In fact, in 1997, one of the two DB5s used in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” was stolen; the insurer paid off a claim of $4.2 million. The car has never been found.]

Jerry Garrett

November 9, 2012

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  1. hi jerry, good stuff! would love to send you something.

    • Thanks. Feel free to send along here!

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  2. “Mr Bond, here is your reality check” I love this so much.. This is exactly how it would look that’s why. And I would like to see an authentic insurance bond-girl! Just imagine those discount possibilities… It’s great to picture how these situations would play out in real life, at least I did so quite a few times. However I imagined property insurance mechanisms while watching all those buildings explode one by one: “A mind-blowing proposition, thank you! Gotta run.”

    • Thanks! Love your idea of an insurance bond-girl. Much more appealing than a “Flo” !

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