If you’re under 25 years old, your car insurance will be very expensive because prices are calculated based on statistics and risk.
Government statistics show that 17% of all road traffic casualties were aged 17-24 in 2018.
Your lack of experience will also push up the price. As a young driver, you’re unlikely to have years of no claims bonus proving that you're a safe driver.
It turns out that the stereotype of young male drivers being especially prone to crashing is a bit of a myth – the government statistics show that young female drivers are just as likely to be injured in a collision as young male drivers.
Even if the stereotypes were true, insurers aren’t allowed to offer women’s car insurance cheaper than men’s, so all young drivers pay the price of inexperience, regardless of gender.
The quotes you get depend on your address, your car and the type of cover you go for, plus lots of other factors. Don’t assume that third-party only cover - the most minimal level of insurance - will be cheapest.
The average cost of comprehensive car insurance for 18 to 24 year olds was £1,042. But, it was £1,692 for third party only cover (TPO).
For 17 year old drivers buying comprehensive insurance, there's no getting around the fact that it's still expensive - we found the average quote for an annual policy has been around £1,000 for the last three years.*
Comparing policies is more important than ever when you're at the beginning of your driving career.
It’s tough having to pay so much for insurance during your first few years on the road, but it’s really important that you’re completely honest when you apply for insurance.
Lying about your term-time address if you’re a student, or who the main driver of the car is because your parents occasionally use it, will invalidate your insurance.
The consequences of lying are serious - your insurance will be voided, and you could be prosecuted for fraud.
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Average cost of comprehensive car insurance where the main driver is aged between 18-24 bought through GoCompare in June 2019
*Average cost of annual car insurance purchased in May 2019 via GoCompare when the policyholder is 17
Average cost of annual car insurance by policy type bought through GoCompare in June 2019