Your age can have a big effect on your car insurance.
The under 25s will usually pay the most for insurance. Insurers view them as high risk because they have fewer years of experience behind the wheel than older drivers.
Premiums tend to decrease with age, but there does come a point when older drivers are asked to shell out more.
There are specialist car insurance providers for elderly drivers. Whether you’ve just turned 50 or you’re approaching 100, shopping around will help you find the right policy and price.
However, medical problems could affect your driving as you get older.
You must be truthful and disclose certain medical conditions, such as visual impairments, heart conditions and strokes, to the DVLA whatever your age - dishonesty could lead to a fine and invalidate your insurance.
There are no major changes for your car insurance or driving licence when you turn 50, except that you might be enjoying lower insurance premiums due to your experience.
Broadly speaking, car insurance for over 60s doesn’t change either, but you may find your premiums start to creep up as you near 70.
Every driver has to reapply for their licence as soon as they reach the age of 70.
After that, you’ll need to reapply every three years to prove your capability.
At each renewal, you’ll have to disclose any medical condition changes. The DVLA can request more information and, in some cases, revoke your licence if it’s no longer safe for you to drive.
DVLA-reportable medical conditions can mean you get fewer car insurance policies to choose between.
Insurers may want to talk over the phone rather than quote online, as they need more information before deciding whether to insure you.
Premiums can be quite expensive for the over 80s and medical conditions and disabilities can make it harder to get quotes online.
There are also fewer insurers willing to quote at all.
Out of 363 comprehensive car insurance policies on Defaqto, 117 impose a maximum age limit of 80 or younger - that’s just over a third of them.
It’s not impossible to find the right policy for you though – shop around and compare prices to get a competitive deal.
The government and insurers agreed that if a provider refuses to insure you based on your age, it must point you towards another company that can cover you.
It’s likely to be one of the older driver specialists, such as Age UK, Saga and RIAS.
To find the right car insurance for your needs, shop around.
The cheapest policy doesn’t always mean it’s right for you. The right policy for you will offer the exact cover and features you need.
Driving brings freedom and independence to all ages. It’s crucial we help people go on driving as long as possibleGordon Morris, managing director of Age UK Enterprises
Your premiums start to decrease as you get older, and you may start to see savings once you turn 50. It depends on your driving history, plus other factors like where you live and where the car is stored. But if you have many years’ of claim-free driving, it’s likely your insurance will be more affordable.
You can buy specialist car insurance which is exclusively for older drivers, but it’s not necessary. You can still compare car insurance and buy from any provider that'll give you a quote.
Shopping around will help you find the right policy at a fair price - compare comprehensive, third party fire and theft, and third party only policies to see which is right for you. Improving car security will also help to control the cost of your premium. If you haven’t bought the car yet, check its insurance group because that gives you a clue about how much the policy will cost.
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Price savings are based on independent research by Consumer Intelligence, conducted between 1 October to 31 October 2019:
51% of consumers aged over 50 could achieve a saving of up to £143.86 with Gocompare.com car insurance based on a comparison of 31 companies
Last checked 27 August 2019
*The average cost of annual car insurance purchased in May 2019 via GoCompare when the policyholder is 17, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80