Serving in the British military brings not only its own rewards, but also a number of benefits from the motoring world. Knowing which brands offer deals tailored to servicemen and women is useful when you're shopping for a new car or renewing your insurance.
Many manufacturers provide special discounts for Army, Navy, RAF and MOD employees serving both in the UK and overseas. To find out which makes and models are available, you can either go directly through a franchised main dealer such as Lookers or through sites such as
http://www.forcescarsdirect.com, which deal directly with manufacturers to provide packages suited to users' individual requirements.
Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford are all fairly vocal about their support of the military. Jaguar Land Rover offers a broad selection of its vehicles with preferential pricing and these are available with left- or right-hand drive specifications, sales and aftersales support internationally and bespoke finance options.
Some manufacturers, such as Vauxhall, also offer discounts to TA Reservists and their partners. To find out what benefits your chosen manufacturer offers, ask at your local dealership.
Insuring your new car needn't be a hassle either. Many providers don't cater to the specific needs of military personnel, but there are specialist companies out there that offer car insurance that suits the needs and lifestyle of those in the armed forces.
Companies such as Forces Financial and Abacus offer cover when a vehicle is on a military base, or provide the option to switch to laid up cover while the driver is on tour. These services come in addition to the usual benefits such as no claims bonuses and roadside assistance. Some policies also offer cover multiple vehicles, including that of a partner.
As with all insurance policies, always compare prices and services before committing to a provider.