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Temporary car insurance

 
Usual car insurance policies are for 12 months duration.

Temporary car insurance policy is useful when you want or require a policy cover of less then 12 months.

Temporary car insurance is also known as short term car insurance . It is very flexible and reliable means of making sure you are protected if another driver needs to use your car or you need to drive a vehicle that is not your own on a temporary basis Temporary car insurance can provide a quick solution without any risk to your no claims bonus.

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Why would you need short term car insurance ?

Short term car insurance is useful -

  • When you need to drive another vehicle for a short time - eg. using some replacement car.
  • When you borrow a friend's vehicle.
  • When you let somebody to use your car to a friend or relative.
  • When you have just purchased a new car and you need cover as soon as drive away from the dealership, but you haven't bought regular online policy.

How does short term car insurance work?

Adding someone to your existing car insurance policy, such as a visiting friend or relative, can be risky because they could wipe out your no-claims bonus. However, by setting up a short term policy, whether it is monthly car insurance or daily car insurance , they can legally drive your vehicle without putting your discount at risk.

In addition, you may need to drive someone else's vehicle. By setting up short term car insurance you can cover yourself even if you only need protection for one day.

So with short term car insurance there is less risk to the standard policyholder, instant cover is available and setting up a policy is often quicker than adding a named driver.

Changes to driving practical test from Oct 2010
Independent driving element in driving test will come in effect from Oct 2010
Independent driving is when the learner get out on the road He/She will be driving alone and they need to know how to drive safely

What to look for in a temporary car insurance policy?

Most companies will give offer you fully comprehensive cover so that any damage to your car is covered as well as the third party risks; you can get immediate cover by paying online with your credit card and printing out your own insurance documents; and it's flexible.

If you have a good driving record even if the type of vehicle will also have an impact on the cost, with high performance cars are costing more to cover than those with a small engine as any standard car insurance policy says you should pay less for premiums.

Provided that you hold a full UK or European driving licence held for 12 months or more, most companies will accept you at their standard rates even if you have one or two motoring convictions.

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Quick tips while buying a temporary car insurance :

  • Decide on the duration of cover you need - either 1 to 28 days or monthly. You should also enquire as to whether you can go for a new policy at the end of the term if you require it.
  • You can buy the policy on line within minutes are you are insured.
  • Temporary car insurance cover for full business use available (except for hire and reward)
  • A variety of additional options available including:
    • Inclusive cover for driving in Europe
    • Temporary breakdown cover
 
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