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Third-party, fire and theft car insurance

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What is third party, fire and theft car insurance?

Third party, fire and theft car insurance is the middle level of cover you can take out from most providers – it offers more protection than third-party only, but not as much as fully comprehensive.

Do I need third party, fire and theft car insurance?

You don’t strictly need third-party, fire and theft car insurance – the minimum legal requirement to drive on UK roads is that you have third-party only cover in place. However, third-party only doesn’t offer any protection for your own vehicle, so if you want that extra cover then you should consider third-party fire and theft or fully comprehensive cover.

 

 

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What does third-party, fire and theft insurance cover?

Third-party, fire and theft policies offer the following cover:

  • Third-party damage

    You’ll be covered for damage you cause to another person, their vehicle or their property as a result of your actions

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    Fire damage

    You’ll also be able to claim if your car is damaged by fire or an explosion, whether it’s accidental or caused by arson 

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    Theft

    Finally you’ll be protected should your car be stolen, and often also if it’s been damaged as a result of attempted theft

How much does third-party, fire and theft car insurance cost?

Third-party, fire and theft policies are usually the mid-way option both in terms of cost and cover. They’ll be cheaper on average than third-party only policies but pricier than fully comprehensive – between October and December 2021 third party, fire and theft policies cost on average £980 a year.

Policy type Average annual premiums*
Comprehensive £641
Third Party, Fire & Theft £980
Third Party Only £1,348

 

*Based on policies with one driver holding a full UK licence. MoneySuperMarket data collected between October and December 2021, accurate as of January 2022.

Sara Newell

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"It’s always worth comparing car insurance quotes before you buy, even to check the difference between third-party, third-party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive policies. This way you get a better view of what’s on offer so can be confident you’re getting the car insurance policy you need."

- Sara Newell, Motor and Van Insurance Lead

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If third-party, fire and theft insurance isn’t the right option for you, you may want to consider alternative options:

  • Fully comprehensive

    Fully comprehensive policies offer everything included in third-party, fire and theft, but also adds extra cover for your car

  • Telematics

    Telematics policies are designed for young and high-risk drivers, letting you demonstrate good driving habits to earn cheaper cover

  • Temporary cover

    Short term car insurance is a cost-effective alternative for those who don’t need an annual policy, offering cover for days or weeks instead

 

While third-party, fire and theft car insurance only covers your vehicle for theft and fire damage, a fully comprehensive policy offers much more protection. This can include extra features like motor legal protection, personal accident cover and breakdown cover.

Some third-party fire and theft policies may give you the option of adding these extra policies, but they’re more likely to be included as standard in a fully comprehensive policy. 

 

You may be able to lower the price of car insurance if you do the following:

  • Pay annually: If you’re able to, paying your full annual premium in one lump sum often works out cheaper than spreading the cost over 12 months

  • Volunteer a higher excess: Paying more in voluntary excess tells insurers you aren’t likely to make frivolous claims on your policy, so they’ll often give you a discount 

  • Build up a no-claims bonus: If you can avoid making claims on your policy for a year or longer, you may earn a discount next time you look for cover  

  • Pick a smaller vehicle: Providers sort cars into different insurance groups based on factors that affect their riskiness on the road – cars in lower groups are usually cheaper to insure

  • Improve your security: If your car has factory installed security features like alarms and immobilisers, this reduces the risk of theft – and can help you get cheaper cover

  • Store your car safely: Likewise parking your car in a garage or driveway rather than on the street also makes theft less likely, often bringing your premiums down at the same time

 

Most car insurance policies offer cover for driving in the EU as standard, whether you take out third-party, third-party, fire and theft, or fully comprehensive. However you may find that you’ll only be covered for third-party damage, even with fully comprehensive insurance – so you may need to pay extra for a more extensive policy.

 

Third-party, fire and theft car insurance is more expensive than fully comprehensive policies, though they offer less cover, because they’re associated with more high risk drivers – and therefore more car insurance claims. 

It used to be the other way round, with fully comprehensive car insurance being the most expensive – but more and more high risk drivers took out the cheaper policies, driving the price up and causing the trend to reverse.

 

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