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How long can I get temporary car insurance for?

While some of our providers offer daily coverage for up to 28 days, others can provide you with cover over several months.

Depending on your personal needs, you can get:

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    One day car insurance

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    One week car insurance

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    Monthly car insurance

How does short-term car insurance work?

The terms for short-term car insurance work the same way as regular car insurance. The difference is that short-term car insurance aims to insure drivers for a limited time.

Policies usually last from one to 28 days, although some policies will allow you to be insured for up to 90 days. After you make your payment, your coverage can start as soon as you want and will end on your specified date.

When would I need temporary car insurance?

Temporary car insurance is a good option if you only need to drive for a short while. For example, you might be:

  • Learning to drive

  • Moving home

  • Going on a one-off trip

  • Waiting for your main car to be repaired

Check you're eligible for temporary cover

To qualify for temporary car cover, you and your vehicle will usually need to meet the following requirements:

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    The driver's requirements:

    • Be between 18 and 75 years old

    • Hold a valid full UK driving license for at least six months (or three months if over 25 years old)

    • Have a permanent address

    • No more than one fault claim in the past 12 months

    • No more than nine penalty points or any disqualifications in the past 18 months

    • No motoring offences in the past three years with the Conviction Offence Code prefixes DR, CD, DD, UT or DG

    • No motoring offences in the last six months with the Conviction Offence Code prefix IN or CU80

    • No unspent criminal convictions

    • Have never been refused insurance or had a policy cancelled

    • Have permission from the owner to drive the vehicle

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    The car's requirements:

    • Must be registered in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man

    • Have a current market value of less than £75,000

    • No more than eight seats (including the driver's seat)

    • Not a type of Heavy Goods Material (HGV)

    • Not a Hire or Rental vehicle, or leased under an agreement lasting 12 months or less

    • Not a seized vehicle or in a police compound

    • Is not over 3.5 Tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

    • Has an engine size no bigger than 3999c

    • No engine modifications, body kits or alloy wheels – unless fitted at manufacture, or carried out for a disabled driver or passenger

    • Not important from another country through channels other than the maker's official distribution system

What’s included with temporary car insurance? 

A typical short term car insurance policy will usually cover the following:

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    What is covered

    • Loss, theft, fire or vandalism

    • Third-party liability

    • Personal accident

    • Legal expenses

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    What isn't covered

    • Loss of value after repair

    • Courtesy car

    • Wear and tear

    • Unattended vehicle

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    Optional extras

    • Temporary breakdown cover

    • Temporary car insurance in Europe

    • Excess protection

What car insurance cover do you need?

Use our tool to answer 3 quick and easy questions so we can help you find the right car insurance cover for you.

How much does temporary car insurance cost?

Your insurer will consider a range of other factors so they can calculate how much of a risk you represent and charge you accordingly:

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    Your location

    Some postcodes have higher rates of theft or vandalism

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    Your occupation

    Certain occupations are considered higher risk by insurers

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    Your mileage

    The longer you spend on the road the more likely you are to make a claim

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    Your driving history

    This includes driving convictions and previous insurance claims

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    The type of car you drive

    Cars in higher insurance groups usually cost more to cover

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    Your voluntary excess

    A higher excess tells insurers you’re less likely to make frivolous claims

Get the cheapest short term car insurance deals with our Price Promise

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How to get cheap temporary car insurance?

To get the cheapest quote possible on your short-term car insurance policy, you can try:

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    Higher excess

    A higher excess can reduce premiums

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    Avoid add-ons

    For a short time period, you may not need additional add-ons to your policy

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    Time insured

    The shorter time you’re insured, the cheaper your premiums will be

Sara Newell

Our expert says


As the name suggests, short-term car insurance is an ideal solution if you need to borrow a family car, if you want cover for a business trip, or you’re test driving a car. It could be a cheaper alternative to an annual policy, especially if you only need the car for one day, for example.

However, it's worth noting that the cost of car insurance has been rising over the last year. What does this mean for those of us looking for a short-term car insurance policy? It's worth comparing quotes and considering whether you'd be better off taking out an annual policy or being a named driver on another vehicle.

- Sara Newell, Car & Van Insurance Expert

Example quote when comparing temporary car insurance

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  • Cover Length

    3 Days

  • Excess


  • Cost


Great for

  • Roadside assistance
  • Flexible cover that suits you

But be aware that

  • Motor excess protect insurance: £2.39
  • Legal expenses additional: £1.59

This is for illustrative purposes only. If your circumstances and cover needs differ, your quote may be more or less expensive than the above example.
Learn more about our full methodology here.

How to compare short-term car insurance with MoneySuperMarket?  

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One-day car insurance is a type of short-term car insurance, which allows drivers to be covered for up to 24 hours.

It's slightly different to temporary car insurance, which can cover you for longer, usually up to 12 weeks. It should work out cheaper than taking out annual cover if you don’t need insurance for the full year and it's quick and easy to organise.

Short-term car insurance is usually more expensive than if you pay annually. That’s because you pay day by day and the excess fee can often cost more, too.

Driving a vehicle without insurance is against the law, so you will need some sort of car insurance policy if you are buying a car.

Temporary car insurance can give you short-term cover when you first buy your car – this gives you time to shop around to find an insurance provider that suits your needs.

This depends on the provider, but some offer up to 84 days if you have a full license.

If you've passed your test and have held a valid full UK licence for at least six months, you usually need to be aged between 18 and 75 to get a policy.

You can also get temporary car insurance if you're a learner driver, or aged 17 years old.

You can tax your vehicle with a temporary policy. You can either do this online via the DVLA website or at a local post office, you just need the temporary insurance documentation you’ve been sent.

Yes, and you may find it a more cost-effective option than adding business use all-year round if you only occasionally use your car for work.

Temporary car insurance can also be useful for businesses including builders, plumbers, and roofers if they want to get cover for subcontractors to drive the work van.

If you are taking your car to Europe, you can ask your insurance provider to cover you on your existing policy.

In some cases you can also get temporary cover for driving your own car, a borrowed vehicle or if you’re sharing the driving of a friend’s vehicle. Make sure you check the policy and level of cover before committing. Some providers offer the minimum cover required by law in that country, rather than fully comprehensive cover. 

If you want to hire a car, you’ll need hire car insurance instead.

Now that we’ve left the EU, you have to carry a Green card to drive in Europe. Find out more about driving in Europe after Brexit.

No, if you need to claim on your short-term car insurance, it won’t affect your no-claims discount.

A short-term insurance policy is a standalone policy, so any claim for the driver will be met by the short-term policy and not the car owner’s annual insurance policy. This means that the no-claims discount of both the driver and car owner would not be affected in the event of an incident.

Yes, you can become a named driver on another policy, so you can drive a family member’s or friend’s car or lend them yours. Consider things like cover, cost and convenience to see which option is best for you.

Yes, you can get temporary car insurance on someone else's car for a short time. It can be a good option if you're car sharing for a trip or you need to borrow their car for a while. If you want to get insurance on another car, you'll need to provide:

  • Your name

  • Date of birth

  • Driving licence information

  • The make and model of the car you will be driving

  • The exact dates you need coverage for

You need to ensure you have the car’s legal owner’s permission for you to get insured on their vehicle. You can purchase your temporary car insurance through MoneySuperMarket’s comparison tool.

Yes. Even if a car is insured under someone else’s name, it doesn’t mean you are legally allowed to drive it. If the car is insured and you would like to drive it, you should get a temporary car insurance policy in your name. 

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