Temporary Car Insurance

Pay-by-day car insurance from 1-28 days

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Temporary Car Insurance

If you're planning to drive a car for a short period of time - whether borrowing a friend's car for the weekend or borrowing a van to move house - you must ensure you’re insured to drive that vehicle. Temporary insurance provides short term cover and protection. The quote process is quick and simple, and you’ll be covered to drive almost instantly.

Short term insurance from 1 - 28 days

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Quick quoting and immediate cover available

Flexible short term cover when you need it

Short term car insurance is designed for customers who require temporary motor insurance from one to 28 days - perfect and convenient if you need to drive a vehicle for just a short period. Temporary car insurance can be required for a range of different circumstances, including the following:

  • If you are driving a friend's car and need daily insurance
  • If you are planning a road trip and want to share the driving with someone
  • If you are borrowing a van to move house
  • If you are planning to test drive new cars and require short term insurance
  • If you are borrowing a car for a short business trip

Add RAC Breakdown Cover to your policy when you buy

You can add short term RAC Breakdown cover to your policy. Cover includes roadside assistance, recovery and onward travel.

Temporary Car Insurance

Flexible and immediate short term cover

If you need short term insurance cover immediately, RAC can provide a flexible and cost effective way to make sure you're protected. Our temporary car insurance is designed to cover you to drive another car - or insure someone else to drive your car.

  • Daily insurance - short term cover starts from one day (up to 28 days), and you can pay by the day
  • Instant cover - if you need insurance urgently, cover can start immediately
  • Range of vehicles covered – we can provide cover for cars, vans and motorhomes, and European driving cover and breakdown cover can be added too
  • Flexible short term cover - benefit from the flexibility of driving another car, or insuring extra drivers on your car

Compare the full list of benefits provided by our levels of cover.

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5 Star Rated Car Insurance Plus - only available direct from the RAC

Cover for less than £167* (that’s what 10% of our customers paid)

As the motoring experts, we search a panel of carefully selected insurers to give you our most competitive price. And with 120 years’ experience of serving customers, you know you’re in safe hands when you buy with the RAC.

  • Uninsured driver promise – so you won’t lose your no claims bonus if your car's vandalised or hit by an uninsured driver
  • 5 Star rated cover – RAC Car Insurance Plus has been awarded 5 stars by independent financial research company Defaqto
  • RAC member discount^ – meaning our members pay £97 less on average for RAC Car Insurance than non-members
  • Free Motor Legal Protection – benefit from free Motor Legal Protection cover of up to £100,000 for the first 12 months of the policy, if selected1


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Black Box Car Insurance

RAC Black Box helps drivers save money by rewarding safe driving

Black Box Insurance, also known as telematics, is a cost effective way to drive down the cost of insurance for new and inexperienced drivers.  Black box technology rates drivers on the way they drive, rather than how their peers drive, giving drivers the opportunity to reduce their premium though safe driving.
  • No curfews - Drive where you want, when you want
  • No mileage limits - We don't impose mileage limits or charge per mile
  • No installation fees - We’ll fit the box at time and location convenient to you
  • Uninsured driver promise – so you won’t lose your no claims bonus if your car's vandalised or hit by an uninsured driver

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Multicar Insurance

Cover for the whole family with 10% RAC Multicar discount2

If you have two or more cars in your household you could save with multicar insurance. For every additional car in your household you insure with us, you’ll receive a 10% discount off the premium.
  • Separate no claims bonus for each car - so yours won’t be affected if another policyholder has a scrape
  • RAC member discount - If you are an existing RAC Breakdown member, you will also get an extra discount, just for being an RAC member3
  • Friends, family and housemates can benefit from discount - as long as you all live at the same registered address
  • 5 Star rated cover – RAC Car Insurance Plus has been awarded 5 stars by independent financial research company Defaqto


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What is temporary car insurance?

Temporary car insurance is short term cover which provides insurance from a minimum of 1 day to a maximum of 28 days. It's pay-by-day car insurance that provides immediate cover if you need to drive a different vehicle for a short period of time. For example, if you are borrowing a family member’s car for a week while yours is being repaired.

RAC Temporary Car Insurance protects your vehicle with pay as you go Comprehensive cover for any 24 hour period, from 1 to 28 days


Both short-term Breakdown Cover and European Breakdown Cover is available when you buy Temporary Car Insurance


Find out how to amend your policy, make a claim, and obtain proof of insurance

We also offer

Our comprehensive Car Insurance Plus is packed with features and benefits and has a Defaqto 5 Star Rating.


RAC Home Insurance provides protection for your property, both inside and out.


Our Travel insurance can cover you for single trips or annual multi-trips, each with 3 levels of cover available.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is short term cover useful for?
Short term car insurance is useful for any situation in which you don't need annual car insurance. If you need to drive a different car for a single day and therefore require just daily insurance, for example. Short term cover can be useful when you're test driving a car, moving house and need to drive a hired removal van, driving a friend's car, or have temporary use of a car. A typical example might be if you're a student home from university for a few weeks and plan to drive a parent's car.
Q. What vehicles are included in temporary cover?
A wide range of vehicles can be included under temporary cover. To qualify for short term motor insurance, the vehicle should meet a set of criteria. This includes having a current market value of less than £60,000, being registered in the UK, Ireland or the Isle of Man, and having fewer than eight seats. The vehicle can't be imported, either. Vehicles that have had certain modifications can still qualify for short term car insurance - view more details about the criteria.
Q. Should I get temporary cover when learning to drive?
Temporary car insurance cover can't be used when learning to drive. Temporary Car Insurance customers must be aged from 19 to 75 years old and must have held a current, valid and full driving licence for at least a year. If you're learning to drive or planning to learn, RAC Learner Driver Insurance can provide cover from as little as two hours up to five months.
Q. What am I covered for?
RAC Temporary Car Insurance provides comprehensive cover during the length of the policy. Coverage includes loss or damage by fire, vandalism and theft; accidental damage to the insured vehicle; new car replacement; accident recovery; legal liability for death or injury to another person and legal liability for damage to property.
Q. How long does it take to get cover?

You could purchase a policy within just a couple of minutes and be on your journey moments later – it’s really that quick! You can even set a time for cover to start if you need cover on the same day as your quote. Insurance documents will be sent by email to the policyholder within minutes.

What’s more, new policy details are updated to the Motor Insurance Database (MID) every day, so you’ll have peace of mind that both the DVLA and Police know you’re permitted to drive.

Q. What information do I need to get a quote?
You’ll need to provide your personal details, driving license number and vehicle details at quote stage and to purchase, you’ll need your Credit or Debit card.
Q. Can I add people to my current car insurance?
Yes, that is always an option if you want to add another person to your annual car insurance - you can put a named driver on your policy. However, bear in mind this could affect the price of your annual car insurance, so short term cover might be the better option if that additional driver is only going to drive the vehicle occasionally.
Q. Can you insure a car for just one day?
Yes, daily insurance for a car is available and cover is immediate. Our cover is flexible and you can pay by the day.
Q. Can I get temporary insurance if I already have an annual policy?
Yes, and should you need to claim on the temporary policy, it won’t affect the No Claims Discount of your annual policy.
Q. Does temporary insurance cover business use?
Yes it does, providing you are not transporting goods or people for hire or reward (for example, a taxi service or courier).
Q. Can I use temporary insurance to drive in Europe?
If you purchase our additional cover for Europe, you can. Journeys must start and finish within Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man, and cover is only available for cars registered in the UK.
Q. When should I use temporary insurance for hire cars?
If you are hiring a car, insurance might be included as part of the arrangement with the company providing the vehicle. Best advice is to check first - if insurance is not included, you'll need to arrange temporary insurance to cover the duration of your hire period.
Q. Can I tax my car with a short term certificate?
Yes you can however if you wish to tax your vehicle online, you will need to wait for the MID database to update. We aim to notify the MID of all new insurance policies within 24 hours.

* 10% of all customers buying Car Insurance Plus with us from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2017 paid less than £167. Based on comprehensive Car Insurance Plus, purchased direct, excluding any additional products and upgrades, with payment on an annual basis. Your premium will depend on your circumstances and the level of cover you choose.

^ Based on sales from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2017 of RAC comprehensive car insurance, purchased direct, excluding any additional products and upgrades. Your premium will depend on your circumstances and the level of cover you choose.

1 This offer applies to new RAC car insurance customers for the first year only, unless you are an RAC member then this offer is also available at renewal of your existing RAC car insurance policy. Motor Legal Protection is attached to the car insurance policy and will end if and when the car insurance policy ends. The offer cannot be transferred to any other policy and there is no cash equivalent available. We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time.

2 Terms & Conditions:

  1. The multicar discount will be applied to the insurance premium of up to three additional cars that are registered to the same address as the RAC Car Insurance policy number provided at time of quote. The first policy purchased with us or any existing policies will not be eligible for the discount. Any additional products, add-ons, fees and charges will not be discounted.
  2. The discount is only valid on quotes and purchases made by calling RAC Car Insurance direct on 0330 159 1049. The discount may be withdrawn at any time.
  3. Discount applies for every year that you have 2 or more cars registered to the same address with RAC Car Insurance.
  4. The discount will not be available if there have been 7 or more policies previously cancelled at the registered address.
  5. The discount is subject to the existing policy number being provided at the point of quote for any new policies.
  6. If you cancel your policy mid-term, amend it (for example by moving out of the registered address) or there are no longer at least two policies at the registered address, we reserve the right to reclaim the value of the discount applied to your policy premium.
  7. Quotes and purchases through price comparison sites, cash back sites or the rac.co.uk/car-insurance website are excluded and the discount will not apply.  No cash or other alternatives available. 
  8. For full details of the policy terms and conditions, please refer to your policy documents. Your premium will depend on your circumstances and the level of cover you choose.

3 Discount does not apply to optional extras. Policyholder must hold a standalone RAC breakdown policy at the time of purchase, bought direct from the RAC. Minimum price applies.

RAC Financial Services Limited act as an introducer to Dayinsure.com Ltd for RAC Day Insurance. RAC Financial Services Limited is registered in England No. 5171817. Registered Office: RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall WS5 4AW. RAC Day Car Insurance is arranged and administered by Dayinsure.com Ltd, which is registered in England no. 4996289, registered office: Mara House, Tarporley Business Centre, Nantwich Road, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9UY. Both companies are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. RAC Day Insurance is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited. Registered in Scotland, No 2116. Registered Office: Pitheavlis, Perth PH2 0NH. Aviva Insurance Limited are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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