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What you'll need
- Your driving licence
- Your van's registration number, or failing that, your van's make, model and engine size will suffice.
- Your van's current mileage and expected annual mileage.
- Details of where you park your van and what it's used for.
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Need to know
Can I drive a van without insurance?
No, it’s a legal requirement to have at least third party van insurance cover to drive in the UK.
How can I get cheaper van insurance?
There are a few easy steps you can follow. Fitting an alarm or immobiliser and parking your van in a garage (if possible) will help secure a better deal. Likewise limiting the number of people who drive your vehicle and curbing its annual mileage will also help. Finally, opting to pay a higher excess (the amount you pay towards any claim) is also looked upon favourably by insurers.
What are the different types of van insurance?
UK van insurance comes in three main categories:
- Third party: This is the minimum legal requirement for van insurance. It's a basic form of insurance that covers the costs of any damage incurred while driving. For example, if a driver is in an accident with another vehicle, the at-fault driver is liable for damage to the other person's vehicle, and for any medical expenses they incur as a result of the accident. Note, however, that the insurance does not cover the costs of damage to the vehicle belonging to the driver who is deemed at fault.
- Third party, fire, and theft: This is similar to third party insurance, but also covers the cost of replacing a van if it's stolen or damaged in a fire.
- Comprehensive cover: Provides everything as above, but also covers costs for repairing the vehicle belonging to an at-fault driver.
What’s the difference between private and commercial van use?
If you use your van for purely social reasons, you might want to take out private van insurance. If your van is used to carry out a trade or profession, including making deliveries or commuting to a place of work, you’ll need commercial (also known as ‘business’) insurance.
What are the main categories to choose from when selecting van usage?
- Carriage of own goods The van in question is typically used for carrying tools or other items belonging to the policyholder for commercial use or for carriage to a customer. The van may also be used for personal use outside of work hours.
- Haulage The van in question carries goods or materials that someone is paying to have delivered. A comparison on quotes could be useful here as it is likely to be the most expensive in terms of insurance premiums.
- Personal, domestic, pleasure The van in question isn’t used for commercial purposes. Please be aware, that when selecting this option the policyholder may want to carefully question if this will be the only use of the vehicle. Whilst it could be the cheaper option it could also limit the activities the van could be used for.
What are the different kinds of policy available depending on the van insurance sought?
- Courier van insurance Anyone delivering goods or parcels to various destinations might choose courier van insurance. This could mean that the vehicle and any goods are covered in the event of accident, theft or damage. Checking the particulars with an insurance specialist could be the best way to ensure a good deal on UK van insurance.
- Temporary van insurance A person wishing to use a van on a temporary basis in the UK might select this type of cover as it is likely to give appropriate insurance for a specified length of time. This could give greater flexibility than an annual policy for businesses or individuals that only need to use a van for part of the year.
- Business and commercial van insurance Anyone driving a van, minibus, commercial vehicle or truck is likely to need business cover in place to protect them in case of an accident. Working closely with an insurance specialist could be key to getting cheap van insurance. Businesses looking to cover a van for commercial use might want to consider factors like mileage and the specifics of any drivers involved in order to keep premiums to a minimum.
What is an excess?
An excess is the amount you must pay in the event of any claim, regardless of who is to blame for an incident. It varies depending on the car that is covered, the age and experience of the drivers on your policy.
What is a No Claims Discount (NCD)?
For every year of claim free driving, each policyholder will earn a discount towards the cost of their renewal (to a maximum of 9 years).
Should I let my policy automatically renew?
No, your existing provider will likely be more expensive so its best to shop around to find a new deal rather than renewing.
How long does van insurance last?
Most van insurance policies last one year, but you can cancel your cover for a fee.
When using the Quidco Compare service, you must take reasonable care to answer insurers questions fully and accurately and if you volunteer other information, you must take reasonable care to ensure that the information is not misleading. If any information that you have provided changes before you take out your insurance, during the life of the policy or at renewal you must inform the insurer or broker of the change. If you deliberately or carelessly misrepresent any information in relation to this insurance, then your policy may not pay all, or part, of a claim and could in certain circumstances be avoided altogether.