What types of car insurance are there?
If you use your car on roads or in public places, it is a legal requirement in the UK to have car insurance in place for your vehicle. The minimum level of insurance cover you can have is third party car insurance, but there are also comprehensive car insurance policies that provides cover for damage to your vehicle in the event of a claim.
What is third party car insurance?
In the event of an accident where you are at fault, third party insurance covers damage or injury to the other person, their vehicle and their property. Any damage caused to your person, vehicle, or property will not be covered under a third party car insurance policy.
Because of the very limited protection provided by third party car insurance, these policies are often cheaper than other forms of car insurance in the UK.
What is third party, fire and theft car insurance?
Third party, fire and theft car insurance covers the same risks as third party car insurance (i.e. damage or injury to the other person, their vehicle or their property) but also covers the costs involved with:
- Replacing your car in the event of theft
- Damage caused to your car by an attempted theft (for example, broken windows or locks)
- Fire damage to your car
What is comprehensive car insurance?
Comprehensive car insurance covers the same risks as third party insurance and third party, fire and theft car insurance, but it also covers all damage to your own car, the other person’s car, and personal injury to both parties in the event of an accident. Essentially, in the event of an accident where you are at fault, a comprehensive policy will cover all damage to both your vehicle, and the other person’s vehicle.
Under a comprehensive car insurance policy, the insurer will pay to replace your car if it's written off (damaged beyond economical repair) following an accident. The final settlement amount you receive will be equal to the current market value of your car, taking wear and tear into account, rather than the amount you initially paid for it.
A comprehensive car insurance policy will also usually include the following types of cover as standard (but not always, so you should check with your insurance provider to be sure):
- European cover (cover for driving in a European country for a specified number of days per year)
- Audio equipment (such as a built-in stereo)
- Personal belongings (left inside the vehicle)
- Windscreen repair
A comprehensive policy is often the most expensive form of car insurance because it covers a larger number of risks than other policy types.
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What is the best type of car insurance?
There you have it. The three main types of car insurance to choose from.
Now that you understand the levels of cover, your next question will probably be, ‘what type of car insurance should I get?’.
When it comes to trying to choose the type of car insurance that best suits your needs, only you can make that decision. If you were involved in a car accident, what level of cover would you be most comfortable with? Could you afford to pay out for your car to be repaired if you chose a policy that didn’t cover your own vehicle? These are the sorts of questions you could ask yourself.
Other types of car insurance
Now that we’ve covered the main types of car insurance you’ll need to choose from, we thought we’d touch on some other types of insurance you’re likely to come across when doing your research.
Many car insurance companies sell specialist insurance policies that are built specifically to help meet drivers’ needs. You’ll more than likely come across lots of different types of these, but we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most popular.
What is student car insurance?
Keeping a car on the road as a student can be difficult. The first few years of student life are often spent getting used to your new found freedom and dealing with a whole new level of responsibility. Many students will also be accountable for additional bills like rent, gas and electric too. Balancing these costs alongside education/working part-time can be big task. That’s why student car insurance exists.
Student car insurance offers a range of benefits and can help provide affordable car insurance at student prices. Here at Endsleigh, we’ve been supporting students for the last 50 years. We were voted the ‘Best Student Insurance Provider*’ and are the only insurance provider to be recommended by NUS… so it’s fair to say, we know what we’re talking about.
*At the ICAs, 2018
What is young driver insurance?
One of the biggest barriers to young drivers getting on the road can be the cost of insurance. Many insurance companies, like ourselves, have dedicated their time to developing and offering an insurance policy which is especially suited to young drivers. Usually these quotes reflect a special effort to keep costs as low as possible, so new drivers don’t have to break the bank to get behind the wheel.
What is black box insurance?
Black box insurance involves a small piece of telematics equipment (or ‘black box’) being fitted onto your vehicle. The box monitors how you drive using special technology and lets you know how you’re doing. Most insurance companies then offer you discounts based on your driving skills. But don’t forget that your poor driving will be considered too, which could see your premium increase.
Here at Endsleigh, we assess your driving score 3 times a year. You could earn a discount of up to 21%!
What is learner driver insurance?
Learner driver insurance is where motorists who are learning to drive can get insured on someone else’s car before they’ve passed their test. This level of cover should be in place as well as the car owner’s insurance policy. You may have heard it being called ‘provisional insurance’.
Just like the above, it’s specialist insurance to help motorists secure a policy that is affordable and unique to learner drivers’ needs. For example, most car insurance policies will last for 12 months. However, our learner driver insurance policy is flexible and short-term, meaning that you’ll only pay for the cover that you need.
What is short-term car insurance?
Sometimes, you may need car insurance in place for a short period of time. For example, if you’re a temporary student driver who’s home from university and need to use your parents’ car. Or if your car is off the road and you need to borrow a friend’s vehicle. Short term car insurance is an insurance policy that can be put in place temporarily. It involves the driver who needs use of the car taking out their own temporary policy. This is an alternative to being added as a named driver on a friend’s car, which can sometimes be both costly and affect their No Claims Discount (NCD) if an accident happens.
At Endsleigh, we offer short-term car insurance which ranges from seven to 28 days. We also go one step further and offer separate policies for students and non-students, just to make sure that everyone’s policies fit their needs as best they can.
As we mentioned above, these are just some of the different types of car insurance you can purchase. Because you normally only have to renew your insurance once per year, and with different types of insurance launching all the time, we understand that you’ll probably need to re-educate yourself when it’s time to renew your insurance.
That’s why we’re committed to helping educate drivers. So you’re able to confidently make the best decision possible when it comes to insuring your car. Take a look at the rest of our blog for useful, understandable information around car insurance.
In addition to your insurance policy, there are lots of different types of add-ons you can purchase. From breakdown cover, to legal expenses, you can really tailor your policy to suit your needs. If you relate to any of the above types of insurance, or you’d just like a quote from an insurance company who genuinely cares about its customers, then click here to get a quote within minutes.
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