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Choosing car insurance can sometimes be overwhelming, so it’s sensible to compare car insurance policies from a range of providers. This will ensure that you have the right level of cover for your needs. And you can compare car insurance prices so that you know you’re getting value for money.

This guide will also give you an understanding of car insurance and assist with your decision-making process. Whether you’re buying a policy for the first time or are approaching renewal and are thinking of changing provider, we’ll try to answer all your car insurance comparison questions.

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What affects my quote?
Cheapest isn’t always your best bet
Picking the right level of cover
Why upping the excess could be risky
Is black box cover cheaper?
Extras and perks
Car Insurance in someone else's name
Can I take out short-term car insurance?
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What affects car insurance premiums?

Many factors affect the price of your car insurance. For example, if you have a long driving history and haven’t been involved in any accidents, this can help to lower the cost – if you’ve built up several years of NCD (No Claims Discount), insurers may offer you a discount on your insurance premium. If you add another experienced driver to the policy – someone who will share access to the vehicle – this might result in a lower quote. Adding a new, inexperienced driver might have the opposite effect. However, keep in mind that if you add a driver to your policy, it’s expected that you’ll be driving the car more than they do, otherwise you risk ‘Fronting’, which is illegal. 

The type of car you drive is also one of the major factors in determining price. All new car models are placed in an insurance group, numbered from 1 to 50 – the higher the number, the more expensive the vehicle will be to cover. As such insurers take the make and model of your car into account when calculating the cost of your car insurance policy. There’s little you can do about that if you’re insuring an existing car, but if you’re considering buying a new one, you may want to consider what insurance group it falls into – find out more from Thatcham.

Other factors that insurers take into consideration when providing a quote are drivers occupations, age, where the vehicle is parked and any security features on the vehicle. 

Is cheap car insurance good?

Of course, you may want to find the cheapest car insurance you can, but cost shouldn’t be your only consideration – it’s about getting great value along with the most suitable level of cover for your needs. Not all car insurance policies provide the same level of cover, so it’s worth you thoroughly checking the cover and benefits when you get your quotes. You shouldn’t just settle for a low price if the cover isn’t sufficient for what you need.

Levels of car insurance cover

There are usually three different types of car insurance policy.

Third party is the lowest level, providing cover if you cause damage to someone else’s property, but not for your own car. 

Third party fire and theft also covers your car if it is damaged in a fire or stolen. 

Comprehensive insurance covers you, and your vehicle, and your liabilities to other people in the event of an accident that is covered under your policy These three types of car insurance policy are available from the RAC.

A full list of what’s covered by each policy can be seen here. RAC Car Insurance Plus has a number of additional key features, including vandalism cover and uninsured driver promise, so you may want to compare this level of cover with quotes from other providers.

Should I increase my voluntary excess?

When you receive a quote for car insurance, it will include details of the excess you will have to pay in the event of a claim. There will be two amounts; compulsory and voluntary. Compulsory is set by the insurance provider, but you can set the voluntary excess amount yourself. Usually, lowering the voluntary excess may increase the overall price, while upping it will decrease the overall price. 

Bear in mind, though, that upping the excess could be risky. This is the amount of money you’re committing to paying yourself towards repairs in the event of a claim – note you have to pay both compulsory and voluntary excess. If you up the excess to a total of £250, for example, could you afford to pay that? 

Is black box cover cheaper?

Black box insurance could be a great way of saving money on your car insurance as it can reward careful drivers with a reduced premium at renewal time. However, this will depend on your own circumstances. With black box your driving performance is monitored and assessed to give you a Driver Score, and it’s this that can help reduce your premium at renewal. It’s worth remembering that a Driver Score can go up as well as down, depending on your driving. 

Extras and perks

Some car insurance providers might offer extras and perks as an incentive for choosing their services and as a reward for customers. Some of those features can include additional benefits, such as a courtesy car, breakdown cover or legal cover, or other perks such as discounts on other products. These could all add extra value to your car insurance policy.

Can I insure a car in someone else's name?

If you’re looking for car insurance in someone else’s name, be very careful. If you’re a parent putting your children on your policy as named drivers, you must make sure you’re still the main driver. When you take out car insurance, the main driver should be the individual who uses the car for the highest percentage of time. Taking out car insurance in your name but with the intention of someone else driving the car more frequently than you is called fronting – and it’s illegal. 

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Can I take out short-term car insurance?

Yes, you can, but you’ll need a policy like our Temporary Car Insurance product to do so. This will ensure you’re comprehensively covered to drive a car, either your own or belonging to a friend or family member, for between 1 hour and 30 days – you can choose the length of the policy and be on the road within 15 minutes. 

Our short term car insurance policies stand separate to any annual insurance policy on the car you’re borrowing, so there are no policy charges or administration fees for you to pay. Any claim you make will not impact the owner’s No Claims Discount either.

Cover can be topped up online 24/7 as you need it, so you enjoy the flexibility and peace of mind that our Temporary Car Insurance policy offers.

More Car Insurance Articles

Learn more about understanding car insurance, comparing policies and getting the best deal for you, by reading further content. Other useful articles include:

Find out more about how to get cheap car insurance with the RAC's guide to help you make an informed choice about the car insurance options available.


The make and model of car you drive influence the price of your car insurance policy. This guide explains how car insurance groups work.


This guide from the RAC answers all your questions on how car insurance works.


It can be expensive for new drivers to secure car insurance, largely because their inexperience means they won’t have built up a record of years of safe motoring. But, finding affordable car insurance is not an impossible task.


It’s easy to get confused about car insurance - but this myth-busting guide from the RAC should help you get your head around some of the common questions.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth getting breakdown cover with car insurance?

Yes it’s definitely worth getting breakdown cover with your car insurance. Car insurance won’t cover the cost of recovering and fixing your car if you break down at the roadside.

Some insurance providers offer breakdown cover as an add on. It’s worth checking your policy details before taking out cover.

Can I use my breakdown cover for another car?

It depends what type of breakdown cover you have. If you have vehicle-based cover, you can only use it for your car – but if someone else is driving your car, they’ll also be covered. If you get personal cover, then yes – you’re covered in any car (even if you aren’t driving).

Does calling a breakdown company affect your insurance?

No – your insurance and breakdown cover are completely separate policies, so a claim on your breakdown cover won’t affect your insurance.