If you need a van to move house or to transport equipment an annual van insurance policy might be too expensive. You can get temporary van insurance, sometimes called short-term van insurance or even one-day van insurance. Find out how temporary van insurance could help you save.
If you are borrowing a van, you must have insurance. It’s a legal requirement to have insurance before getting on the road, whether you’re driving a car or a van.
Rather than a standard annual policy, temporary van insurance can typically cover you from 1-28 days to suit your short-term needs.
Temporary van insurance can be a simpler alternative to the other options available. These include:
If you’re borrowing a van from a friend, you could make sure you’re covered by being added to the owner’s insurance policy as a named driver. But if you’re involved in an accident this may affect their no claims bonus.
Your own policy covers you without impacting on the owner so temporary van insurance is likely to be a simpler option if you only plan to drive the van on a one-off basis.
You may also be covered if you have ‘driving other cars’ cover on your main insurance policy. However, this type of cover is becoming less common, and it’s likely you will only be covered for third party damage when you drive the van.
This means the insurer will not pay out for any damage to the vehicle you are driving, so the van’s owner could face a hefty repair bill and you might be expected to pay it.
Temporary van insurance offers comprehensive cover without putting the van owner's no claims bonus at risk if you need to make a claim.
Temporary van insurance can come in particularly useful if you are moving house. If you’re able to borrow a van, you could cut the hassle and cost of hiring a van or a removals company by simply getting insured on a friend’s vehicle.
If you do decide to rent a van from a hire company, insurance will usually be included within the hire price. However, check the level of cover isn’t just third party. If so you may want to top up your cover to comprehensive with an additional short-term van insurance policy.
Temporary van insurance might also be best if you plan to transport equipment, or if you want to share the driving on a long trip in a friend’s van.
Temporary van cover can also come in handy you want to take a van for a test drive if you plan to purchase it, or for driving your new van home before securing an annual insurance policy.
Drivers aged 19 to 75 can typically be covered by temporary van insurance, but some insurers may exclude drivers under the age of 25 so it’s important to shop around.
You may find it more difficult to get temporary van cover if you have had several recent car insurance claims or more than six points on your licence, but a specialist insurer may be able to help cover you.
Temporary van insurers may also not cover you if you’re unemployed or if you work in certain professions such as entertainment or delivery services — these restrictions will usually be listed on the terms and conditions when you get a quote.
Temporary insurance will cover most vans but there are restrictions on value (usually up to £45,000) and some types of van are excluded, such as refrigerated vans and tippers.
If you can borrow a van from a friend, you can buy short-term insurance for it and it could be cheaper than hiring. The price will depend on how long you want to be covered, your licence type, your postcode and your driving experience.
Exactly what you are using the van for and the cargo you are carrying will also be key – and you will only be insured for the purpose and cargo you gave the insurer.
Like an annual insurance policy, you will have to pay an excess if you need to make a claim. When comparing temporary van insurance quotes, you will be able to select the voluntary excess you wish to pay. You may be able to cut the cost of your policy by opting for a higher excess fee, but be realistic and make sure you can afford to pay this charge if you need to make a claim.
To compare temporary van insurance and buy a policy, you’ll need the van’s registration number (or the make and model if you’re not sure of the licence plate details). You should also have details of your driving history and licence type to hand, as well as your name and address details -– and don’t forget to get permission from the van owner before getting behind the wheel!