Short term cover for your test drive

Pay-by-day car insurance from 1 hour - 30 days

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Test Drive Insurance

RAC Temporary Insurance offers short term cover for drivers looking to test drive a vehicle.
Buying a car is a major financial decision, and a test drive could help you decide whether a particular car is right for you. If you’re buying a car privately it’s important you have the right cover before taking a test drive. If you’re selling a car privately, you’ll want potential buyers to be covered to drive your car.
Getting a quote for cover is quick and easy, and you can buy between 1 hour and 30 days worth of cover as and when you need it.

Option to insure others so they can test drive the vehicle too

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Comprehensive cover from 1 hour up to 30 days

Got a question or want to learn more? Visit our FAQs page for more details about the policy.

Flexible cover when you need it

Short-term car insurance is designed for drivers looking to insure a vehicle for a maximum of 30 days. 
  • 1 hour to 30 days – Ideal for test drives or if you’re looking to insure a vehicle for limited period of time
  • Comprehensive cover – So you know you’re well-protected
  • Quick to get cover – Policy documents can be downloaded instantly after payment and you can be on cover within 15 minutes
  • Refunds for unused cover – We’ll refund premium for any days you don’t use, and we don’t charge a cancellation fee either


Rating correct at 10/09/2019.


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Why take a test drive?

Purchasing a new car can be a big investment so you want to be certain that you're making the right choice. Taking a test drive is an important step in this process. It's your chance to check whether everything is in working order, see whether the car has the space and features you're after and most importantly, see how the vehicle performs out on the open road.

When taking a test drive, don't forget to take your time and consider the following points: space and comfort for the whole family, boot size, visibility through the back and front windscreen, seat position and prominence and location of controls.

RAC Temporary Car Insurance protects your vehicle with pay as you go comprehensive cover from 1 hour up to 30 days


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


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


Read our test drive FAQs to find answers to common questions on vehicle suitability, refunds and cover basics.

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