*51% of customers could save up to £221.56 Consumer Intelligence, Dec 2015
Stop! Think before you renew!
Every year in the UK we spend £1.3 BILLION more than we need to on our car insurance, purely because so many insurers set up policies to renew automatically – and that’s money many of us simply don’t have to waste.
So instead of just accepting your current insurer’s offer when renewing your car insurance, compare quotes, buy and save with MoneySuperMarket – it could save you as much as £221* on the cost of your cover.
And remember, if you’ve got a car, you need to have it insured regardless of whether or not it’s on the road.
So if you find car insurance to be a complete pain in the pocket make sure you shop around for the best price instead of auto renewing with your current insurer.
Helping you get the right cover at the right price
What information do I need to run an insurance quote?
There are a few details you have to give in order to get your quote.
- Your car number plate
- Any modifications you’ve made
- An estimate of how many miles you drive each year
- The type of licence you hold, how long you’ve had it for
- Your occupation
- Details of any points, speeding tickets or disqualifications you’ve had in the last 5 years, and any accidents you’ve had or claims you’ve made
- Any no-claims bonus
- Is anyone else going to drive your car? If so, you’ll need their names and licence details too.
What kind of insurance should I get?
There are three main kinds of car insurance policy to choose from.
- Third party car insurance is the lowest level of cover. It insures against damage and injuries that you, or your passenger, cause to another person or their property in an accident. It doesn’t pay for any damage or injury to you or your car.
- Third party (fire and theft) car insurance provides third party cover as above, but it will also pay to repair or replace your car if it’s stolen, damaged or destroyed by fire.
- Comprehensive cover offers the most protection as it protects your car and other people’s property.
How can I save on my car insurance?
There are lots of things you can do to reduce the cost of cover.
You might want to think about increasing your excess. This is the part of any insurance claim you have to pay yourself. Make sure it is still affordable though.
Get your mileage right too. This is really important as if you overestimate, you’ll be paying for miles you don’t use.
If you’re a younger driver, you might want to think about adding a more experienced named driver to reduce your premiums. Don’t be tempted to put them down as the main driver, though, as that’s illegal and will invalidate your cover.
If you can afford to, try to pay for your cover in a lump sum up-front. This will save you the interest you have to pay on monthly payments.
What are the various types of car insurance?
In addition to standard car insurance, there are specialist versions:
- Black box: your car is fitted with a black box or global positioning system (GPS) which transmits information back to the insurance company via a satellite. Insurers monitor things such as the times of day and night you’re behind the wheel, average speeds, acceleration, braking and cornering and calculate premiums accordingly.
- Multi-car: covers all the cars registered at a particular address. If you’ve got several cars, this sometimes can be more cost-effective than having lots of different policies.
- Short-term or temporary: cover which you can take out for a day if you need to, or for up to a month if you need a longer policy.
- Learner: if you’re learning to drive, a learner policy will give you comprehensive cover to drive someone else’s car.
- Classic car: specialist cover for owners of classic cars.