Halifax was established as a building society in 1853 and by 1913 had become the UK’s largest one being the biggest provider of savings accounts and residential mortgages. It is now a division of Bank of Scotland who are owned by Lloyds Banking Group.
As with most banks and building societies, the Halifax eventually branched out into selling other products to increase profitability and in an attempt to provide that one-stop-shop scenario for its customers.
Halifax can arrange various types of insurance including car insurance, home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance and life insurance for both customers and non customers.
At the present time (August 2012), Halifax are offering a £50 cashback for online applications but you may wish to check the current situation on their website together with any terms and conditions.
You can arrange either fully comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party car insurance. They provide such things as no claims discount, a 3 year guarantee on repairs that have had the claim approved and a courtesy car whilst your car is being repaired (fully comprehensive cover only).
Optional extras include motor legal protection for up to £100,000, various levels of RAC breakdown cover to choose from and keycare cover.