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Do I need car insurance?

You are required to have car insurance in the UK if you own or drive a motor vehicle on public roads. The minimum level of insurance required in the UK is known as “third-party insurance.”

Driving without insurance in the UK is a serious offence. If you’re caught without insurance, you could face fines, penalty points on your driving license, and even having your vehicle seized and crushed.

How do I get cheaper car insurance?

Consider the car

Consider the make, model, age, and value of your vehicle when purchasing a car.


Improve the security of your vehicle by installing anti-theft devices, alarms, immobilisers, and tracking systems.


Consider where you park your car overnight.


Opt for a higher voluntary excess if you can afford it.

No claims bonus

Opt for a higher voluntary excess if you can afford it.

Named driver

If possible, add an experienced and low-risk driver to your policy, such as a spouse or parent.


Consider blackbox insurance, where your driving behaviour is monitored.

Pay annually

If you can afford it, pay your premium annually instead of monthly.


Don't automatically renew your policy without comparing quotes.

Types of car insurance

This is the minimum legal requirement. It covers liability for injury or damage to other people and property caused by your vehicle.

In addition to third-party coverage, TPFT insurance also covers your vehicle if it’s stolen or damaged by fire.

The insurer may increase the premium if the fund underperforms but the amount of cover it pays out will stay the same. Whole of life insurance is usually the most expensive option as it guarantees a pay-out.

Comprehensive insurance covers all of the above and provides additional coverage for damage to your own vehicle, regardless of who’s at fault.

Telematics insurance involves the use of a black box device installed in your vehicle or a smartphone app to monitor your driving behaviour.

PAYG insurance allows you to pay for coverage only when you’re using your vehicle. It’s often used by occasional drivers and can be a cost-effective option.

Multi-car insurance allows you to cover multiple vehicles and drivers under a single policy.

Temporary car insurance provides coverage for a short duration, typically from one day up to a few months.

If you use your vehicle for business purposes, you may need commercial car insurance.

Factors that affect the price of car insurance

The price of car insurance in the UK is influenced by various factors that insurance providers consider when calculating premiums, including:

  • Age and driving experience
  • Type of coverage
  • Vehicle type and value
  • Engine size
  • Security features
  • Where you park and live
  • Annual mileage
  • Claims history
  • Occupation
  • Named drivers
  • No-claims bonus protection
  • Telematics devices
  • Previous penalties
  • Policy extras


Need more help?

A no-claims bonus is a discount offered to policyholders who have not made any claims on their car insurance policy. It rewards safe and claim-free driving.
You can protect your NCB by purchasing NCB protection as an optional extra. With this protection, you can make a certain number of claims without affecting your bonus.
It depends on your policy. Some policies offer “driving other cars” coverage, but it’s usually limited and may not be available with all policies.
After an accident, you should prioritise safety, exchange information with the other party, report the incident to your insurer promptly, and gather evidence if possible, including photos and witness details.
You can usually cancel your policy, but there may be cancellation fees or terms and conditions to consider. It’s important to review your policy’s cancellation policy and check with your insurer.
If your car is stolen or declared a total loss (written off), your insurance provider will typically compensate you based on your policy’s terms, which may include the market value of the vehicle or an agreed-upon value.

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