Car insurance can cover you for things like your car being broken into or stolen, or if you’re involved in a collision.
As a minimum, it’ll cover other people and their vehicles (third parties) if you’re responsible for an accident. For example, if you damage their vehicle or they’re injured.
Exactly what you’re covered for depends on the type of policy you choose. Don’t just pick the cheapest – compare policies to find the right one for you.
Fully comprehensive car insurance is the most extensive cover you can get.
If your car is damaged or written off, it’ll be covered for repair or replacement costs. It'll also be covered if it’s stolen or catches fire.
As with other types of car insurance you’ll have third party cover for claims made against you for people, passengers and their property.
Policies vary, so check you’ve got the cover you need before committing to buy.
Third party, fire and theft (TPFT) covers you if you are responsible for damage to other people, passengers or their property as a result of your driving.
Your vehicle is also covered if it gets stolen or damaged by fire.
If you’re responsible for an accident you won’t be covered for repairs to your vehicle or any medical – you'll have to cover those yourself.
Third party only (TPO) is the most basic level of cover you can get - and you’ll need it to legally drive your car in the UK.
It’ll cover you for damage to other people, passengers, or their property if you’re found responsible.
Be warned – with this cover, if your car’s stolen, damaged or catches fire you won’t be able to claim for any costs.
If you’re caught driving without third party car insurance you could be fined, have points added to your license, or be taken to court. You’ll also find it very difficult to get car insurance in the future.
We’ve got 10 tips to get those premiums down
Paying a lump sum almost always works out cheaper than paying monthly
Alarms and immobilisers might help
Try not to make too many changes to your car
But make sure you have enough money to pay up, if you need to
Get some more qualifications like Pass Plus under your belt
The lower your mileage, the less you could be paying but be accurate with your estimation
In a garage or on a driveway overnight
Any hidden extras lurking in your policy?
You might have to pay just to change your address
The simplest way to save is to shop around
You can upgrade your car insurance with optional extras.
This gets you and your car home or to the nearest garage if you break down.
If you’re ever stuck without your motor, your insurer would provide a courtesy car to get you from A to B.
You can protect your no claims discount (NCD) so you won’t lose it after a claim.
You can also get personal injury, windscreen and key cover as policy add-ons.
There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing the right car insurance policy. We’ve gathered some of the car insurance policies you can get, if you want to find out more.
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It might not seem very fair, but your job title could have an impact on your premiums as well as what you’re using the car for. Always be honest and choose the job title that most accurately describes what you do.
Always estimate your car’s value honestly, but an approximate estimation is usually fine as an insurer will typically base a pay-out on market value. When you get a quote, we’ll help you by estimating your car’s value for you based on its age and mileage, but you can change it if it doesn’t seem right.
If you’ve had your car for over a year and your usage remains similar, check previous MOT certificates and/or service records.
Alternatively, calculate the number of miles you drive in a typical week and multiply this by 52, factoring in regular journeys and extras such as long annual trips abroad.