Temporary car insurance

What is temporary car insurance?

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Our guide explains all you need to know about temporary car insurance and how to find a policy that’s right for you.

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What is temporary car insurance? 

Temporary car insurance, also known as short term insurance, provides cover between one and 28 days. It can be useful if you need a policy to cover you over a few days, are moving home or need to borrow a friend’s car. 

Can I just add someone to an existing policy?

Of course there is always the option to add a friend or a relative to your existing car insurance policy, should you need to do so - but this might not be the cheapest way to arrange the cover you need, and it could jeopardise your no-claims bonus if whoever borrows your car has an accident while driving it.

In addition, if something happened to your vehicle while a friend or relative was using it and you needed to make an insurance claim, that would probably mean an increase in next year’s premium - whereas claiming on a separate, temporary insurance policy wouldn’t affect your personal car cover in such a way.

Can I buy temporary car insurance if I’m under 25?

Insurance providers are generally happy to provide cover to any driver over the age of 18 and under 75 - but when it comes to temporary car insurance, you may find that providers are unwilling to offer cover to anyone under the age of 21. Drivers aged between 21 and 25 generally can buy short term insurance.

If you have points on your driving licence, previous motoring convictions or a history of making motor insurance claims, you may also find it difficult to buy temporary car insurance.

Is there anything else I need to know?

It’s important to be aware that buying occasional temporary car insurance is not a viable alternative to continuously insuring a vehicle you own

It’s important to be aware that buying occasional temporary car insurance is not a viable alternative to continuously insuring a vehicle you own.

While you might think that you could insure a car you don’t drive very often as and when you decide to use it, this is now illegal.

Under Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) rules, it is an offence to keep a vehicle that is not either insured or registered with the DVLA as off the road, via a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

How can I get the best deal on temporary car insurance?

As with any other kind of insurance, the key to getting the best deal is shopping around.

Decide what cover you need, and for how long, then compare quotes from different providers before making a decision. MoneySuperMarket’s directory of short term car insurance providers is a good place to start your research.

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