While it happened in the United Kingdom, it could also happen in Georgia and other states if someone has modifications as part of their auto insurance policy. Age UK Insurance told Reverend Wena Parry, 75, that her stickers Christ Must Be Saviour were considered modifications that will invalidate her insurance policy. It sounds petty, right? However, Age UK denied that their reasons were religious motivated, even though Revered Parry suspects someone inside the organization secretly hates Christianity.
Reverend Parry told BBC Wales that she believes she had been treated unfairly because of her religious beliefs. She says the large signs on the side of her car help to spread the message of the gospel, but she was denied that right when her car insurance provider said her bumper stickers were a modification.
Age UK, the company involved, first complained about the stickers when Parry tried to file a claim, due to thieves damaging her exhaust pipe and stealing a part of her engine. Photographs were submitted as part of the claim. After submission of the claim, the company asked why they had not been notified of the bumper stickers. They warned her that her policy could be declared void.
After causing global outrage, the company spokesman tried to backpedal saying that their company had concluded that the request to declare all modifications void was not made clear enough to Parry, and they would not hold her responsible for breaking it. According to the Independent, Age UK offered Parry a €725 settlement and waived the additional €100 fee.
A devout Christian, Parry paid £120 to place the religious stickers on her Vauxhall Zafira. Parry has said that she will seek car insurance elsewhere; however, she will make sure that Christian bumper stickers will not void her auto insurance policy. This story serves as a warning to customers worldwide who are considering a car insurance policy with modifications as one of the clauses.
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