Reverend Wena Parry, 75, was told that the black lettering counts as a ‘modification’ and affects her insurance
A minister was told she could lose her car insurance – because she had covered the vehicle in religious “bumper stickers”.
Reverend Wena Parry, 75, was warned that her large decals saying “Christ Must Be Saviour” could leave her policy invalid.
The devout Christian was told that the black lettering counts as a “modification” – like the big spoilers and lowered suspension sported by boy racers.
Age UK Insurance said they wouldn’t have insured her if they’d known about the giant messages on the bonnet and the side of her silver people carrier.
The devout Christian claims the insurance provider had a “religious motive” and treated her unfairly because of her faith.
Rev Parry said: “Every opportunity I have I want to tell people about Jesus.
“I reckon there must at least a million people who have read the texts on my car and no one has had a problem with it before.
“But there might be somebody within that company that hates Christianity.”
Rev Parry paid £120 to cover her Vauxhall Zafira in messages “spreading the gospel” – but her insurance company had no idea about them when she took out a policy with them.
They became aware of the messages after she made a claim on her insurance when thieves damaged her exhaust and stole a piece of the engine as the car sat outside her home in Cymmer, near Port Talbot.
She submitted photographs as part of the claim – and the images showed the stickers saying “Christ Must Be Saviour” and “Christ For Me”.
The insurance company got back in touch with her saying she had 10 days to explain why she hadn’t told them about the stickers and warned “the policy may be declared void”.
In a letter Age UK Insurance said: “These modifications do not fit our acceptance criteria for motor insurance.
“Cover would have been declined if we had been made aware of these at the time of purchasing your policy.”
Age UK denied that the threat to withdraw the policy had anything to do with religion.
Their insurers, Ageas Insurance Limited, had investigated the case and found the wording in their policy had not been clear enough when Rev Parry bought it.
Rev Parry, who has been driving for 50 years, has now had the car written off and scrapped due to the damage caused by thieves.
A spokesman for Age UK told BBC Wales: “The situation regarding Reverend Parry’s claim was in no way related to the Christian nature of her graphics.
“Ageas Insurance Limited have concluded that our request to declare all modifications was not made clear enough to Reverend Parry and therefore she did not know which vehicle enhancements should have been declared.”
The company will now be reviewing the wording on their policy applications.
Reverend Parry, a Minister in the Independent Congregational Church in Wales, is now buying a silver Peugot 206.
She has already got a quote to replicate the Christian messages on her new vehicle.
But Reverend Parry said she will definitely be asking her new insurers Asda if the stickers are OK before agreeing to the deal.
Reverend Parry’s battle against Age UK is featured on consumer affairs programme X-Ray on Monday at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales.
source: Wales Online