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Cars are rated from 1 to 50, with the lowest groups being the cheapest to insure.
Cars with modifications - that enhance performance or make them more attractive to thieves - cost more to insure.
If you can take a higher voluntary excess your premium will come down - but be sure you can afford it if you do claim.
There are a number of ways to bring down the cost of your car insurance and choosing a car in the right car insurance group is high up on the list. This guide will help you understand the factors that are considered when grouping cars, as well as how to check your car's insurance group and our top 10 cheap cars to insure. What insurance group is my car?Read our full guide
We've answered common car insurance questions to help you understand what you need and to decide what car insurance is best for you.
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Black box insurance is growing increasingly popular among drivers. But with these policies marketed heavily to young drivers, older drivers could be missing out on a huge range of benefits too. Some of the benefits of black box policies include helping to improve your driving, by making you a safer driver. As the black box records the way you drive, you're more conscious about the speed limit and how you use your brakes, leading to reducing your insurance costs. What is black box insurance?Read our full guide
Young drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents than drivers over the age of 25, and the resulting claims are more expensive. Young drivers often travel with other young people in the car with them.
If passengers, or anyone else for that matter, are injured or killed as a result of an accident, the insured’s policy provider must pay up.
A life-changing injury for a young person will cost your insurer a lot more than the same injury for an older person, so the insurer has to pay out enough money to care for the injured person for the rest of their lives.
Young drivers have more accidents – AA research reveals that nearly 40% of young drivers have been involved in a crash by the time they turn 23.
As well as being more likely to have an accident, young and new drivers often have to pay more because they’ve had no chance to build up a no-claims bonus.
Insurers place cars into individual insurance groups from 1 to 50. Typically, if the car is in group 1 it will be amongst the cheapest to insure and 50 will be the most expensive.
While you can’t change your age, you can choose a car which is less expensive to insure in order to cut down on the cost of young driver motor insurance.
Cars are rated on how quickly the car accelerates and its top speed. They are also rate depending on the value of the car as new, the security features it has, how long it will take to fix if it is damaged in a standard accident and how much the individual parts cost
You can learn more about the type of cars, which attract the cheapest insurance premiums by reading our guide to the cheapest cars to insure.
It’s tempting to want to buy a car that has modifications, such as body kits. These often appeal to young drivers wanting to personalise simple-looking hatchbacks or medium-sized cars.
However, avoid them if you want to save money on your car insurance. Modifications are known to increase premiums by hundreds of pounds.
Modifications can make a car more attractive to thieves and they can attract vandals
Standing out from the crowd is not a good idea if you want to keep the cost of your insurance down
Choosing to pay a higher voluntary excess — the amount you pay upfront if you make a claim – could significantly lower the cost of young driver insurance.
However, always run quotes with voluntary insurance included and excluded, just to see what difference it makes.
Policies tend to come with a compulsory excess, and any voluntary excess will be on top of this total, so think carefully about whether you could afford to pay that lump sum if you end up needing to make a claim.
Comprehensive can be cheaper than third party insurance because experienced drivers tend to opt for fully comp, while younger drivers – thinking basic cover will be cheaper – pick third party. But they are the ones who make larger claims.
There are three levels of car insurance:
Third party car insurance, which covers losses incurred by other people involved in an accident you cause. This includes injuries to other drivers, pedestrians and passengers and damage to other cars and property.
Third party fire and theft insurance (TPFT) covers the above, plus losses to the insured’s vehicle as a result of fire or theft.
Comprehensive insurance provides blanket cover, protecting other vehicles, property and people as well as the driver and their insured car.
It’s nearly always cheaper to pay for the whole year in advance rather than paying monthly, if you can afford to. This way you’ll avoid the monthly interest charges, which can make a big difference to the overall bill.
With black box car insurance a telematics box will be installed in your car (or an app installed on your phone) that can monitor how and when you drive by using GPS technology.
The device measures factors like speed, mileage and braking. It tells the insurer how safe a driver you are.
If you are a steady motorist, stick well within the speed limits and don’t break too hard, you may be able to get cheaper car insurance
Some black box policies work more like pay-as-you-go mobile phone plans, where you can top up the number of miles you plan to cover
Other black box policies restrict driving at night or during rush hours, which are notorious time for accidents – so make sure you read the small print