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How to compare car insurance with Money Expert
Whether your current policy is approaching its renewal date, or you’ve just bought a new car and need cover so you can drive it, you could save yourself over £260* by comparing policies with Money Expert.
Tell us about you and your car
We’ll need some basic personal information, as well as details on the make, model, and age of your car.
Tell us what type of cover you need
Let us know what type of policy you’re after, and provide some detail about how you use your car.
Choose the right policy
We’ll show you a bespoke list of policies, generated based on your requirements. All you need to do is pick the one that’s right for you.
What you’ll need to get a cheap car insurance quote
You'll need the following information ready when you compare policies:
In order to show you an accurate list of quotes, you’ll need to supply some information about yourself, including:
- Contact details
- License details
- Claims history
About your car
Similarly, we’ll need details about your car, since they’ll affect the value of the quotes you’re offered. This includes:
- Make, model, and age
- Features (number of seats, etc)
- How you use it
- Estimated annual mileage
- Where you’ll keep the car
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Finding the right car insurance policy for you
Your insurance needs – and the price you pay for cover – will vary depending on certain facts about you as a driver, and the car you drive.
How to find the cheapest car insurance quotes
There are some things you can do to cut the cost of your policy no matter what your drive profile looks like, and no matter what car you drive.
Types of car insurance policy
What is fully comprehensive insurance?
Fully comprehensive insurance offers the highest level of cover available. You will be covered if your car is damaged or written off, if your vehicle is stolen or catches fire, as well as any medical expenses.
Comprehensive policies can often be quite different, so you should always check what is covered before you buy.
Who is it for?
Most drivers. Fully comprehensive policies almost always offer the best value for money. If you can afford it, it’s generally the way to go. Always check what each insurance provider actually includes in their fully comp policies.
Find out more: Fully comprehensive car insurance
Highest level of cover available.
Often the most expensive level of insurance.
Covers damage if you're involved in an accident, theft, medical expenses, fire damage, and theft of your vehicle.
What is third party, fire and theft?
A third party, fire and theft (TPFT) policy will cover the costs of damage to another person, their vehicle, or property, if you are found at fault for causing the damage.
If you’re involved in an incident and are found responsible, you will not be covered for any repairs or medical bills. You will be covered against theft, damage done during an attempted theft, and fire damage to your car however.
Who is it for?
Not many people. Third party, fire and theft cover actually tends to be more expensive that fully comprehensive cover, but offers less in the way of protection.
Find out more: Third party, fire and theft cover
Damage to another person, their property, or vehicle, is covered.
You’ll be covered if your car is stolen or involved in a fire.
Damage to your car and yourself isn’t covered if you are found at fault.
What is third party only insurance?
Third party only (TPO) car insurance is required to drive your car in the UK legally. Your insurer will pay out if you damage another person’s vehicle or property, but they will not cover any repairs you need to make to your own vehicle.
Who is it for?
The budget conscious. Third party only cover doesn’t offer much, but will often be the cheapest form of insurance available – this isn’t always the case though, and it can prove false economy even when it is.
Find out more: Third party car insurance
The minimum legal requirement for driving your car in the UK.
Covers other people’s vehicle or property if you damage them in an accident.
Usually the cheapest insurance available to drivers.
Add-ons and extras: personalise your car insurance policy
There are a number of different add-ons that you can purchase to extend your cover. Some of which will be particularly useful for certain types of driver (e.g. European cover if you drive abroad often), and some more useful in a general sense (e.g. breakdown cover).
All of them cost money, but some can save you money in the long run. We’ve outlined some common add-ons here to help you decide if they’re right for you.
Provides you with compensation if you or a passenger is injured or killed in an accident.
Allows you to make a certain number of claims per year which do not affect your no claims discount.
How to find cheap car insurance based on your driver profile:
Car insurance prices will vary depending on certain key facts about you, the driver. Older, more experienced drivers tend to be offered cheaper quotes, for example. Have a look below to find out how these different factors are likely to affect your premiums, and how to find the cheapest car insurance quotes given your circumstances:
Younger drivers – especially under-25s – will pay much more than their older counterparts for car insurance, other things being equal. This is because drivers aged 17-24 are statistically far more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than those aged 25+. You’re not totally out of luck if you’re a younger driver though – getting a telematics policy, or adding a named driver can help bring down your costs.
Find out more: Car insurance for younger drivers
Car insurance gets cheaper as you get older, right up until around the age of 70-75. After that, cover can get more expensive as the likelihood of you having a medical condition that affects your safety behind the wheel increases. Nevertheless, even for drivers over 80, you can still expect to pay less than most below the age of 60.
Find out more: Car insurance for older drivers
If you’re new to driving altogether, no matter your age, you can expect to pay a bit more for your cover than an experienced driver would. Choosing a smaller, less powerful car for your first set of wheels can be a good way to cut costs down. If you’ve already bought your car, then choosing a policy with limited mileage while you build up some experience (and a no claims bonus) can be a good idea.
Find out more: Car insurance for new drivers
Insurance providers are legally prohibited from charging you more for your cover on the basis of your disability. However you will likely have particular needs that might not be covered by standard policies, including cover that takes into account any modifications to your vehicle like wheelchair lifts or adapted steering wheels.
Find out more: Car insurance for disabled drivers
Car insurance gets a lot more expensive if you’ve got a criminal conviction or points on your license. As a result, it’s all the more important to make sure you get a good overview of what your options are by comparing as many policies as possible.
Find out more: Car insurance for convicted drivers
If you drive your car for a living, you’ll be using it in ways that might exceed what a normal policy would cover. Your mileage will be much higher than a normal drivers’ for example, and you might need cover in case of injury to your passengers.
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What type of car do you drive?
Car insurance prices vary a lot depending on what you’re driving, and it’s important to know what to expect when you’re comparing policies.
Car insurance groups
Cars are organised into different groups according to how expensive they are to insure. A higher number group means higher premiums.
Electric cars often have unique insurance requirements covering things like batteries and other components.
Modifications you make to your vehicle generally make your insurance more expensive, especially if they make it more powerful.
Classic cars can be trickier to repair due to hard to source parts, and this can increase your premiums.
If you have a 4x4 that you often take off road, you might need dedicated green lane cover on top of your regular insurance.
Powerful sports cars tend to cost more to insure than smaller vehicles, but there are ways to keep your costs from spiralling.
Depending on where you've imported your car from, you might need to undergo extra certification before you're allowed to drive it.
Smaller, less powerful cars tend to be cheaper to cover because they’re less likely to be involved in accidents. Popular and inexpensive cars also tend to be cheaper to cover because replacement parts are easier (and cheaper) to get hold of.
Some types of car will have unique requirements that mean you might need a specialist policy to cover what you need. If you drive an electric car, you’ll want cover for batteries and charging cables. If you’ve modified your car, for performance or accessibility, you’ll want to ensure that your modifications are insured.
How to get cheaper car insurance quotes
There are certain things you can do to improve your chances of getting offered cheaper quotes, regardless of what kind of car you drive or what your profile as a driver looks like.
Improve your security
Security devices like steering wheel locks will push down your premiums, as will parking off-road.
Increase your voluntary excess
Higher excess can mean lower premiums. Don’t make it too high though, in case you need to claim!
Vehicle modifications: how do they affect the cost of your insurance?
Any changes you make to your vehicle after you buy it are going to affect the price of your insurance. The same applies for any modifications the previous owner made, if you’re buying second hand.
Most common modifications that make your car more powerful or look more attractive will make your insurance more expensive. But some – such as added security devices – can make your insurance cheaper. Here are some common modifications listed by the effect they’d have on your premiums:
Make your cover more expensive:
Make your cover cheaper:
Car insurance guides
We endeavour to keep our users fully informed when it comes to making a purchasing decision. Please read through our handy guides to find the information you need.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need car insurance if I'm not driving my vehicle?
If you drive or own a vehicle you are legally required to have third party insurance, at a minimum. If you have a car that you don't use then you can avoid paying to insure it by taking out a SORN (Statutory Off-Road Notification), and keeping it off the road (e.g. in a garage).
What level of car insurance is legally required?
Legally, you must have at least third party cover for any car used on roads and in public places in the UK. This will cover for accidental damage against someone else's vehicle or property, but won't cover damage to your own vehicle.
Can I drive someone else's car?
Some insurance companies offer cover to drive cars which are not your own as an add-on, but this isn't commonplace.
Before driving someone else's car, be sure to check your policy documentation or call your insurer directly. If you aren't covered, you can always take out a short-term or temporary car insurance.
Why is insurance expensive for younger drivers?
Statistically speaking, younger drivers (aged under 25) are more likely to be involved in accidents. With increased risk on the part of the insurer comes and increased financial burden on the part of the driver. Insurance prices dramatically reduce when you turn 25.
Can I protect my no claims bonus?
Yes you can. Some insurers will allow you to protect your no claims bonus if you are in an accident, but for an additional annual fee. It is worth investigating how much this fee is against how many year's no claims discount you have already; if you don't haven't gone too many years without claiming it might not be worth the additional cost to your premium.
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of car insurance depends on numerous factors, including the level of insurance you go for, your car, and your driving history.
To find out how much car insurance will cost you, have a look at our car insurance calculator.
What is a no-claims bonus (NCB)?
A no-claims bonus is a discount you can get on your insurance premiums by having a number of years in which you haven’t made a claim on your policy.
The longer the period of time you have gone without making a claim, the larger the discount you will be given on your premiums.
If you have a good history of not claiming and have a minor accident, it is often worth looking at paying for the repairs yourself; it will save your no claims discount from being reset and might work out better financially in the long term.
Can I lose my no-claims bonus if I haven’t held private car insurance in a few years?
There isn't an industry-wide rule regarding this. However, if you haven’t had an active car insurance policy for more than 2 years, you may struggle to get your new insurer to honour your previous no-claims history.
This depends on the insurer you end up going with though, so it is best to check with the provider if they are an exception to this general rule.
Can I get car insurance if the car is in someone else’s name?
Yes, and there are a few different options.
If you are buying your own insurance policy, you will need to tell your new insurer that you are not the owner of the car when applying.
Otherwise, you can add yourself as a named driver onto the car owner's policy. This is commonly done if the car belongs to a family member or partner.
What does "excess" mean?
The car insurance excess is the amount you commit to paying if you make a claim your car insurance.
Usually the higher your excess, the lower the cost of your policy. When taking out a new policy you can volunteer to increase your excess to decrease the overall cost of the policy.
What should I do if I am in a car accident?
If you are in a car accident, the first thing to do is stop! It is an offence to drive away.
After that you should take the following steps:
- Check yourself, passengers, and any other people who were involved in the incident to see if they need medical assistance. Call an ambulance if needed on 999.
- Take the details down of any other parties involved in the incident, including their vehicle registration number and who their insurance company is. If you can, collect details from witnesses as well.
- Take photos if necessary.
- Contact your insurer.
For more information on what to do, check out our helpful guide on making a claim.
Does credit score affect car insurance?
Car insurance providers look at a range of different factors when offering policies, including a driver's age, job, driving history, and credit score. Your credit score could affect your car insurance premium, as well as the likelihood you will be offered a policy by a provider, but it is not the only factor taken into account.
How much car insurance do you really need?
This depends on you, your budget, how much you drive, and the car you drive! If you are looking for cheap car insurance quotes you should start by looking at third-party-only policies; these are usually the least expensive policy type.
Be aware though, if you have a brand new car and happen to have an accident, damage to your vehicle will not be covered under this level of policy - in this circumstance it might be wise to look at higher coverage policy types, such as comprehensive, that will cover your vehicle should a traffic incident happen.
How many car insurance groups are there and what are they?
The cost of your car insurance will in part be based on the car insurance group your vehicle falls into. There are 50 groups, with cars in insurance group 1 being the cheapest to insure, and 50 being the most expensive.
To find out more about this, read our guide on car insurance groups.
Last reviewed: 1 August 2021
Next review: 1 September 2021