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Automatic cars are generally more expensive to buy than manuals resulting in higher premiums
Usually the cheapest option, fully comprehensive cover will cover you for damage, repairs, medical expenses, fire damage and theft, as well as damage done to someone else, their car or their property.
Third-party, fire and theft policies offer cover for other people, their vehicles and their property, as well as protection for your own vehicle if it’s stolen or damaged by fire
Third-party only car insurance is the least comprehensive type of cover available, and it’s the minimum legal requirement you must meet to drive on UK roads. It’s also usually the most expensive of the three
Yes, you’ll find that if you’re only licensed to drive an automatic car, your premiums will go up significantly because insurers tend to believe that motorists who only know how to drive an automatic car are less skilled drivers – and therefore make more claims and pose a higher risk. If you have a full UK car license, you can drive both manual and automatic cars, meaning you’ll be rewarded with cheaper premiums.
Remember, there are many factors that affect the cost of car insurance, including driver’s age, experience and even location.
Pay a higher voluntary excess – as long as you can still afford it – as this shows insurers you won’t bother with frivolous claims
Keep the car safe and secure, as storing vehicles in a locked garage reduces the chances of theft or vandalism occurring
Pay annually, because insurers generally charge interest for the benefit of spreading the cost of cover over 12 months
Add an experienced named driver to your policy, so insurers see you won’t be solely responsible for the vehicle
Using a telematics policy monitors how safely you drive via an app or a black box installed in your car. If you drive carefully, you could see a significant saving
Anyone holding a manual license can legally drive and rent an automatic car. Letting the car handle the gears might feel a bit strange at first but you’ll soon get used to it.
An automatic car is said to be easier to learn to drive than a manual. All you need to do is put your car in ‘D’ for ‘drive’ and off you go. Manual cars will usually have up to five gears, and you’ll need to make sure you’re in the right gear for the speed and road conditions you are driving in. Check out our manual vs. automatic guide for more guidance.
When you take out automatic car insurance, you may want to consider some additional features to bolster your cover. Depending on your provider, you’ll usually have the choice of:
Breakdown cover, which gives you access to roadside assistance if your car breaks down
Windscreen cover, which lets you claim for the cost of replacing a cracked or shattered windscreen
Legal cover, which will pay out for certain legal costs related to a claim by you or another party
Driving abroad cover, which insures you for taking your car overseas and driving in the EU
Courtesy car cover, which provides a replacement vehicle for you to use while yours is in repair
Multi-car cover, which lets you drive more than one car under a single policy
Personal accident cover, which pays out in the event that you’re injured or killed in a road accident
Replacement keys, which covers the cost of replacing a set of keys if they’re lost, damaged or stolen
Wrong fuel, which pays for repair costs if you accidentally top up the tank with the wrong fuel
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