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How much are Brits paying for car insurance?

Car insurance is one of those expenses which can be a real pain in the pocket, so make sure you aren’t paying more than you need to.

Our research shows that certain regions of the UK face hefty average car insurance costs of more than £500, making it more important than ever to look at ways to drive costs down.

If you live in the north-west, you’re likely to face the steepest costs, but average premiums are also high if you live in the West Midlands or Yorkshire and the Humber.

Nearly 6 million drivers across the UK waste £113 each by not shopping round for a better deal at renewal. Remember that when it comes to car insurance, loyalty rarely pays, with insurers usually reserving their best deals for new customers.

MoneySuperMarket can help you find the best deal possible, whether you’re looking for short-term or telematics/ black box insurance or whether it’s for one car or multiple vehicles.

We can also help you if you’re a young driver struggling to find affordable cover, or if you’re a classic car owner looking for specialist cover. With just a few clicks, you can compare 145 car insurance companies to find the right policy.

How can MoneySuperMarket help me save money on my car insurance?

You can compare quotes from over 145 car insurance providers to help you find the best possible deal for your needs. All you need to do is put in a few details about you and your car and the site does all the hard work for you.

According to research by Consumer Intelligence 51% of customers who search for car insurance through MoneySuperMarket could save up to £212.

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.

What you’ll need:

  • 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.

What is legal protection cover?

Legal protection cover provides you with legal assistance to claim back any expenses that you might face if you’re involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

These expenses can include any loss of income, your policy excess, and personal injury to you or anyone who was in the car with you at the time of the accident. It can usually be included on your policy for a small additional premium.

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