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Car insurance usually comes in yearly contracts, but what if you don’t need or want insurance for that long? Try temporary car insurance. Designed to offer a flexible solution for those who only need cover for up to 30 days, weekly or monthly temporary insurance is ideal for road trips, loaning out cars to friends, and everything in between.
It’s a bit like getting a rolling mobile phone contract rather than a fixed one, and that makes it considerably more flexible and useful in certain scenarios. To find out more about temporary car insurance, including how it works and who it’s for, keep reading.
Temporary car insurance is a lot like normal car insurance; the main difference is the amount it keeps you covered for. Temporary car insurance policies give you cover for anything from one hour, to up to 30 days, so they’re perfect for situations where you need to be insured, but not necessarily for an entire year.
‘Temporary insurance is ideal for certain situations – from holidays to emergencies – and it can be cost-effective and hassle-free. If you only need to drive for a short time, or you’re loaning your car out for a bit, temporary insurance could be your best bet.’— Curtis Moldrich - Automotive Journalist
Most drivers and vehicles are eligible for one-month car insurance. As long as you’re between 18-75 years old, and you’re trying to insure a suitable car – it’s very likely you’ll get a quote.
Temporary car insurance is ideal for those situations where you need cover, but you’re not necessarily a car owner or looking to drive for a long time. For example, if you need to borrow a friend’s car for an emergency trip to the supermarket, or if you’re going on a road trip and need to drive someone else’s car – then weekly or monthly temporary car insurance is your best bet.
If your car is garaged but you fancy driving it around for a week, or you’re a learner driver looking to borrow a car to practice in, consider getting a temporary car insurance quote.
Like conventional insurance, temporary insurance is calculated on a range of factors such as your age, vehicle and mileage – but it tends to be slightly more expensive than the per-month cost of normal insurance. Of course, the key advantage for temporary insurance is its flexibility; although the rate may be slightly more expensive, you only pay for what you need.
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