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Car Insurance Legal Requirements

Avoid invalidating your car insurance by following these legal requirements. Including, named driver insurance rules, modifications and medical conditions.

How car thefts have changed over time

An in-depth study of how vehicle crime has changed over time.

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Is my car insured? How to run a car insurance check

Is your car insured? Driving without a valid car insurance policy is illegal. Find out how to check your insurance to see if you're insured to drive and so avoid a possible fine and prosecution.

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Compare 4x4 Car Insurance Quotes

Do you need specialist 4x4 car insurance or are you covered by a standard car insurance policy? Our guide to 4x4 insurance could help you to save.

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Cheapest hybrids to insure?

The range of hybrids available on the market is now wide. With such abundant choice, you can afford to take the cost of insurance cover into consideration when making your choice. We reveal what you need to know.

Am I insured if I drive someone else's car?

Before you borrow a friend's of relative's car, do you know whether you're insured? Even if you have your own comprehensive car insurance policy, you may not be covered to drive another vehicle.

The cars and regions most likely to fail their MOT

Uswitch finds out which cars are most and least likely to pass their MOT over time.

Using your car for Christmas decorating - how to avoid fines and stay safe

Uswitch have created a 'rule of thumb' list to help drivers stay safe on the road this Christmas, from transporting Christmas trees, bank holiday parking to social media trends.

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The world's tourist attractions with the most affordable parking

Touring your chosen holiday spot in a car can means contending with the issue of pricey parking fees. So Uswitch has analysed the number of car parks nearby the most popular tourist destinations, as well as their average prices.

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Most unreliable supercars

Supercars are out of the realms of affordability for most of us. But for all of that money, you’d also surely be expecting a top-quality vehicle that you can rely on. So Uswitch has discovered which models are the most unreliable.

Study reveals the ultimate playlists for these iconic road trips

For the most iconic road trips across the world, Uswitch has discovered the ultimate playlists to keep you entertained for the journey.

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How much do the biggest automobile manufacturers make every second?

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Revealed: How much it costs to learn to drive in these 11 countries

Uswitch have put together a roundup of how much it costs to obtain a driving licence in 11 different countries around the world and how much it compares to learning how to drive in the UK.

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The most popular car brands according to social media

Millions use social media channels daily to post photos of cars - from the sleek and sporty to the ultra-luxurious. But which car brands are shared the most on social media? Uswitch.com finds out.

What is the most used car brand in horror movies?

The cars used in horror movies have often played an integral part in assisting the villain or protecting its victims. Uswitch investigated which car brands and models are used the most in horror movies.

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Get paid to watch 30 seasons of Top Gear

Fancy getting paid to watch TV? We're giving one lucky Top Gear fan the chance. To enter, just fill in the form below.

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Family Fuel Crisis: 1 in 4 Brits are cancelling half term travel plans due to petrol concerns

Uswitch reveals top tips for how to save on fuel as 1 in 4 Brits are cancelling half term travel plans due to petrol concerns.

Pay-as-you-go car insurance explained

Pay as you go car insurance policies use telematics technology - find out if it could save you money on insurance premiums.

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Spotify study reveals the ultimate commuting playlist

Carefully curated playlists get a lot of people through their daily commute, whether in the car, by train or bicycle. But which songs are essential listening for your commuting playlist? Uswitch analysed Spotify data to find out.

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The most Googled motoring problems in the UK

Uswitch analysed google search data to reveal the most common car maintenance questions asked by drivers.

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The top 10 countries with the fastest best-selling cars

Which countries are most likely to place importance on top speed when buying a new car, instead of other specifications like reliability or aesthetic? Uswitch found out in their latest study.

Temporary Learner Driver Insurance

Want to practice driving in your parents' car? Read about temporary learner insurance as an alternative to insuring a provisional driver as a named driver.

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TikTok rich list: These are the highest-earning car influencers on TikTok

With car influencers rising in popularity on TikTok, the experts at Uswitch sought to investigate which “carfluencers” are earning the most per post on the app.

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Five things you might not know as a driver

We know not to drink and drive or use a mobile at the wheel, but did you know you can face legal action for not showing ID? Find out what else you may not know.

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The cheapest European capitals to hire a car

Hiring a car in Europe lets you see the sights throughout the country, but which capital city has the cheapest average price per day? Uswitch investigated.

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Driving in the EU – what you need to know

The rules around driving in the EU have changed for UK residents. Find out what you need to know with our handy guide – including whether your insurance is valid

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What to do if you're involved in a car accident

Car insurance experts at Uswitch have put together a checklist on what to do if you’re involved in an accident and essential car safety tips to help drivers stay safe on the road.

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Famous landmarks for sightseeing road trips

The UK is home to a number of historic and beautiful landmarks. If you want to get behind the wheel and see some of the country’s best sights without having to trek on foot, Uswitch’s Top 10 UK landmarks might just be the list for you!

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Most name-dropped cars in music

With artists keen to brag about their favourite motors and flash cars in their music, Uswitch were eager to find out just which famous car brands feature the most in song lyrics, and which artists mention car brands the most.

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Blue Badge Offences

Where in the UK has the most blue badge related parking offences?

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Driving under the influence of herbal remedies

The driving laws around herbal remedies such as Rescue Remedy, CBD oils, gummies and capsules, and how to stay safe on the road when taking them.

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The most-googled ‘Is it illegal to drive with...’ questions answered

Uswitch answers the most-googled driving law questions and explains how to stay safe on the road.

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Brits reveal how well they know UK and EU road signs

Uswitch have conducted a survey asking British drivers how much they know about road signs both in EU countries and within the UK. Find out which simple signs confuse drivers the most.

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Roof box and bike rack safety

Heading out on a staycation, road trip or even moving home? Find out how to safely secure your luggage and bikes to ensure your car insurance covers you in an accident

How angry do bad manners on the road really make us?

One in nine revealed to be more enraged than when they were cheated on

Cost per mile

Cost Per Mile

How much does it cost to run Britain’s most popular cars per mile?

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These are the most commonly featured cars in video games

With different cars featuring heavily in video games over the years, Uswitch sought to find out which cars feature most often in the gaming world, as well as popular brands and colours.

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The most expensive films for car crashes

With car crashes, explosions and overturns all featuring regularly in our favourite pulse-racing blockbusters, Uswitch were keen to estimate just how much these scenes might cost in car damage.

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The laws, dos and don’ts around children’s car seats

Top tips for travelling in a car with children this summer, including the laws associated with car seats.

Car credit - how a good credit score can help you in buying your dream car

How a good credit score can help you in buying your dream car

Uswitch have found out how your credit score could potentially impact your ability to opt for a car finance loan - and vice versa. Personal finance expert James Andrews offers advice.

Don’t suffer behind the wheel: How to hay fever proof your car this summer

It can be hard to avoid the symptoms of hay fever in summer, but there’s no reason you should suffer while driving. Here’s how to hay fever proof your car.

The tikTok Motor League

The Most Popular Cars on TikTok

Car Videos on TikTok have racked up billions of views, but which makes and models are the most popular?

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Using your car to move home? Here's how to stay safe and legal on the road

Moving house is stressful enough without the added issue of getting a fine in the process. Make sure you are abiding by the law when moving big furniture.

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How to remove tree sap, bird poo and blossom from your car

Tree sap, bird poo and blossom can cause irreversible damage to your car’s paintwork if left. Here's how to remove these common causes of paintwork damage.

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When’s the best time to switch car insurance for a cheap quote?

Is there a best and worst time to switch car insurance? Should you leave renewing car insurance to the last minute or not?

Where to park for cheaper car insurance

Who owns the major car makers now?

The UK car industry turned out more than million new motors in the past 12 months alone - from Fords, to MINIs, Jaguars and more - despite Coronavirus, but almost none of the brands are British owned any more. So who controls the brands Brits drive most often? We explain exactly who now owns everyone from Alfa Romeo to Volvo.

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Do you know when to turn your headlights on?

Uswitch’s research reveals that just 17% of drivers know that the Highway Code states that headlights must be used when visibility is reduced to less than 100m.

Public transport

Would you give up your car to help the environment?

With initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint being launched, we found that 1 in 4 would be willing to give up their car in exchange for free public transport.

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How to deal with driving anxiety if you’re worried about getting back on the road after lockdown

We reveal how to combat driving anxiety and become more confident behind the wheel.

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The most popular fictional cars around the world

Uswitch have collected Google data to find out what the most Googles fictional cars are across the world.

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Famous women in the motoring industry

To mark International Women’s Day, we decided to look into the impact this has had on women’s confidence around driving and delve into the history books to find out the true role women have played throughout motor history.

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The Uswitch Roadkill Report

Roadkill is a major problem, one which many Brits are unaware of. To try and raise awareness of the issue, and to help drivers avoid harming animals when they’re on the roads, we’ve created the Uswitch Roadkill Report.

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Is commuting covered by my car insurance during lockdown if I need to drive to work?

We explain how the latest coronavirus car insurance extension cover works while non-essential travel is technically banned.

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Pay-by-the-mile car insurance

If you drive only a few miles during the year annual car insurance can seem unfairly expensive. Pay-by-the-mile car insurance can be a cheaper alternative.

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Adding a named driver or any driver to your car insurance policy

Adding another driver to your car insurance policy is easy to do and could help to bring down the cost of your car insurance premiums. Read on to find out all you need to know about adding a named driver or any driver to your car insurance.

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How car modifications affect insurance

Car modifications can improve the look, performance and safety of your car, but they can also impact insurance premiums.

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What your car reveals about your personality

Exploring colours, models, and brands, we teamed with expert psychologist Lee Chambers to find out what your choice of car reveals about your personality traits.

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How to read the secret language of number plates

In recent weeks, Australian celebrity barrister, Peter Lavac, hit the headlines after the controversial number plate ‘LGOPNR’ on his canary yellow Lamborghini was banned by Transport NSW for being too offensive.

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10 common driving habits that could be damaging your relationship

From tailgating to road rage, we asked 1,000 Brits to tell us their biggest driving turn-offs.

Does high-tech car safety kit help lower your insurance costs?

Anti-lock brakes (ABS), airbags and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that scan the road ahead.

Approved door locks for home insurance

In this guide we tell you about all of the approved locks and how this added piece of security could save you some cash on your home insurance premiums.

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Home insurance claims - Know what to do with Uswitch.com

Find out how to make a claim on your home insurance and the things you need to have to hand before you do.

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What is home insurance?

Home insurance will cover you if something happens to your home or its contents. Do you know what to include in your cover, or how much cover you even require? Read our guide to find out more.

Insuring your bike on your home insurance

Insuring your bike on your home insurance

Do you need bicycle insurance? Find out how to insure your bicycle on your home contents insurance.

Home Insurance for Unoccupied Property

Compare unoccupied house insurance and find out what it covers and how you'll be protected. Learn about how your home insurance policy can be affected if you're not around and your home is left unoccupied.

Does Home Contents Insurance Cover Mobile Phones?

Are mobile phones covered by home insurance policy? Our guide explains how to use your home contents insurance to include your mobile phone.

Top 10 home security tips

Read our top 10 home security tips for securing your home, and making sure your home insurance policy is valid. Compare home insurance quotes with Uswitch in minutes.

Do I need pet insurance?

Home insurance - Do I need pet insurance?

Pet insurance can give you peace of mind and protection for your pet against unexpected vet bills, illness or accidents. Compare pet insurance policies to find out what works for your family. Our guide also looks at any alternatives that might be available.

Insuring your home with smart technology

Smart home gadgets are gaining popularity — from home assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo to smart thermostats and even light bulbs.

How to Calculate Home Insurance Costs

How to Calculate Home Insurance Costs

Looking to find out how much would home insurance cost for your property? Read our guide and decide how much cover your home needs.

Should you pay annually or monthly for your home insurance?

Home insurance annual vs monthly payments

Should you pay annually or monthly for your home insurance? Discover which payment method could work out to be the most cost-effective for you

Home insurance claims for burglaries using keys

Home insurance claims for burglaries using keys

Will your insurance cover you if you are burgled using keys? Read our guide to find out how to protect your home from key burglaries and see if you can make a claim.

Timber framed house insurance

Timber frame house insurance

If your house is made from timber, you may wish to speak to a non-standard home insurance provider to get a quote specific to your requirements.

House insurance costs, value and policy cover

Saving Money on Your Home Insurance Renewal

Can you save money on your home insurance renewal? Read our guide and learn how to save by switching - then compare home quotes within minutes.

Home Insurance for Over 50s

In this guide, we explain all about uswitch home insurance for over 50s and over 60s and how you can save on your home and contents insurance. As you get older, some types of house insurance generally gets more expensive, but when it comes to home insurance the opposite happens.

Wardrobe cover: insuring your clothes

Wardrobe cover: insuring your clothes

Even if you don't own much designer gear, the cost of your clothes can add up. Could you afford to replace them all? Read our guide to wardrobe and clothing insurance.

Shed and garage insurance

Shed and garage insurance

Are the contents of your shed or garage covered under your home insurance policy? Read our guide to find out how to protect and insure your outbuildings, with shed and garage contents insurance.

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Tenants Insurance for Rented Property

Compare tenants insurance for people renting a home. Read our guide to find out how you can benefit from renters insurance.

Do you need a home emergency cover?

Home Emergency Cover & Insurance - Save money on home emergency assists

Compare home emergency policies for protection against things like heating, plumbing and electrical problems. Save money when require home emergency services and assists.

New for old or contents indemnity cover

New for old or contents indemnity cover?

New for old insurance policies are designed to replace your stolen or damaged home contents, with new equivalent items, even for your older possessions.

Guide to buildings and contents insurance cover

Building and Contents Insurance Quotes

Compare cheap building and contents insurance quotes to see if you could save on your premium. Learn how to make buildings insurance cheaper.

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Home Insurance for Thatched Property

Affordable home insurance can be hard to come by for houses with thatched roofs. Read our guide and learn more about how to find thatched house insurance.

Pet damage home insurance

Pet damage home insurance

Is your home covered for damage caused by pets? Our guide explains what is included under accidental damage and can help you find the right home insurance.

Insuring your home with smart technology

New Build Home Insurance - Compare Quotes

Compare new build home insurance. Learn if you need to take out a new build house insurance on your property or if you are covered by the builder's warranty.

Working from home insurance

Working from home insurance

Does your regular home insurance cover you for working from home? Read our guide and find out whether you need to consider working from home insurance.

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Insurance for Let Property - Buy to Let Landlord Cover

Learn all about insurance for let property, landlord insurance policies and what they should include. We can help you get cover by providing you with a tailored quote to suit your needs.

Home insurance for subsidence-affected homes and other properties

Home Insurance for Property Subsidence

Compare home insurance quotes for properties affected by subsidence. Learn more about subsidence home insurance and non-standard cover. Subsidence is the caving in or sinking of an area of land, so if your home is affected then you may wish to speak to a specialist home insurance provider.

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Are Christmas presents covered on home insurance?

As fire and burglary claims increase in December, we reveal whether your Christmas presents are protected from theft or damage on your home insurance.

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Going on holiday? Make sure your home is protected

Before you set off on holiday, it's a good idea to review your home contents insurance cover. Read our top tips for home security.

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Holiday Home and Unoccupied Property Insurance

Holiday home and empty house insurance for your second property or a holiday house. Holiday home insurance is also important to protect homes in other parts of the world where they may be more at risk from the elements than homes in the UK.

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Non-standard home insurance

Non-standard home insurance can help protect a property against a range of circumstances that many of the standard insurers are not willing to cover.

What is domestic appliance insurance?

What is Domestic Appliance Insurance?

What is home appliance insurance and how much cover do you need? Our guide to household appliance insurance can help you compare insurance quotes and decide what is the right level of protection for your household needs.

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Home & Contents Insurance Accidental Damage Cover

Home insurance that includes additional accidental damage insures the policyholder's possessions against spillages and breakages at home.

Guide to home insurance in flood risk areas

Flood Risk Home Insurance - Getting the Right Cover

If your home is at risk from flooding then it's a good idea to have contents as well as buildings insurance. Find out what you can do to help prepare for possible floods, and how it could affect your home insurance policy.

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Home Insurance for Listed Buildings

Do you own a listed building? Find out how to insure your listed building and see if you can get a better deal with a specialist non-standard home insurer. Specialist listed buildings insurance might be your best option when looking for cover.

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Home insurance: 10 things to do to stay covered - Uswitch

Only 79% of home insurance claims are paid out by insurers. Find out 10 things you must do to stay covered in case you have to claim your insurance.

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Does home insurance cover DIY and building work?

DIY can be a great money-saving way of fixing up your property — but will your home insurance cover you if you take home improvements into your own hands?

Gadget Insurance: Holiday Cover for Your Devices

Low limits on travel insurance may mean your gadgets are not covered unless you take out a standalone policy

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How much home insurance do you need?

Our guide can help you to determine how much home insurance you need. The type of policy and cover that's best for you will depend on your specific needs.

Flood Risk Insurance: What is the Flood Re Scheme?

The Flood Re scheme could help to make home insurance more accessible and affordable for up to 350,000 homes in flood-risk areas. Our guide explains more.

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Storm, Wind, Rain and Weather Damage Insurance

Has your home been damaged by extreme weather? Read our home insurance guide and find out how to claim for storm damage to your building or possessions.

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Seven steps to cheap home insurance

Finding discount home insurance may require luck but there are genuine steps you can take to find cheap home insurance policies.

No claims discount for home insurance policies

Our guide explains how to save money on your home insurance by building up a no claims discount. Quickly compare home insurance quotes today with Uswitch.

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High risk life insurance

Read our guide to life insurance for higher risk individuals and you'll learn how to find affordable life cover if your insurer considers you to be a high risk policyholder.

Death in service cover vs. life insurance - post it notes

Death in service cover vs. life insurance

Do you need life insurance if your employer provides a death in service benefit? Read our guide to find out how to combine both policies for more protection

Life insurance tips | Choose the best life insurance

Choosing the best life insurance policy can be confusing - read our life insurance tips before you compare and buy life insurance.

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The difference between life insurance & life assurance

Learn about the differences between life insurance and life assurance in our guide, and easily compare comprehensive life insurance policies with Uswitch.

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Decreasing term life insurance

Learn how decreasing term life insurance can protect your family's finances in the event of your death, including paying off your mortgage or other debts.

Compare life insurance for over 60s

Compare life insurance for over 60s

Aged over 60 and looking for affordable life insurance policy? Read our guide and learn how to get the right level of cover at the right price, for life insurance over 60.

Life insurance for diabetics

Life Insurance for Diabetics - Everything You Should Know

How easy is it to get life insurance for diabetics type 2? This guide explains how having diabetes can affect the ability to get life insurance, as well as the cost of it, and what you can do to minimise the impact.

Finding life insurance with no medical

Finding life insurance with no medical

Can you get life insurance with no medical? Read our guide to find out whether you fit the requirements, then get a quote for no medical life insurance.

Putting your life insurance in trust

Putting your life insurance in trust

If you're considering taking out a life insurance policy, your loved ones are more likely to benefit from it if it's 'written in trust'. Find out what putting life insurance in trust means for your beneficiaries.

Life insurance tax | Is it taxable?

Life insurance tax | Is life insurance taxable?

Are life insurance payouts taxable? Our guide to life insurance tax outlines how to get tax-free life insurance and compare quotes.

Comparing and Switching Life Insurance Policies

Finding the right insurance policy can allow you to relax in the knowledge that your family is protected. Compare, buy or switch life insurance policies within minutes.

How to buy cheap life insurance

How to buy cheap life insurance

Do you have dependents? You could benefit from life insurance. We explain what to consider when searching for cheap life insurance and how Uswitch can help.

Funeral plans and life insurance

A funeral plan is an easy way to plan ahead and beat rising funeral costs. Find out how to help cover the cost of a funeral and ensure peace of mind.

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Compare mortgage protection insurance with Uswitch

Mortgage protection insurance is one way to help cover your debt repayments in the event of losing your income. Learn more about mortgage protection cover.

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What is a whole of life insurance policy?

What is whole of life insurance, and what does it cover? Read our guide to whole of life insurance, also known as life assurance, and find out how to save.

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Life insurance for new parents

If you're a new parent, life insurance might not be the first thing on your mind - but it's actually a great time to get cover. Find out why in our guide.

How much does life insurance cost?

Find out how to get affordable life insurance in our guide, and learn how to find the best policy. Compare with Uswitch and get cover from just £5 a month.

Joint vs. separate life insurance policies

Joint vs. separate life insurance policies

Couples or those with a joint financial interest can choose to take out a joint life insurance policy or their own separate policies. But which is best?

Level term life insurance | Term insurance

Level term life insurance | Term insurance

Level term life insurance covers a fixed period with a fixed payout. Read our guide to help find you the cheapest life insurance on the market.

Getting life insurance after surviving a critical illness

Finding life insurance companies|Life insurance types

Find out about level term life insurance, mortgage protection, critical illness and more - compare life insurance online with Uswitch today.

Life insurance for women

Life insurance for women

Traditionally, men have been the more likely to get life insurance, but it is just as important for women, especially for those planning to start a family.

Life insurance jargon buster

Confused about life insurance? Our guide cuts through the jargon and helps you understand life insurance terms, from the sum insured to writing into trust.

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Life insurance and your health | Insurance for smokers

What effect could your unhealthy habits have on your life insurance application? See if you can save if you you smoke, drink regularly or are overweight.

Getting life insurance after surviving a critical illness

It is possible to take out life insurance after you've survived a critical illness. Find out how to find cover and make sure you find the right policy for you.

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How much life insurance do you need?

When taking out life insurance, it can be difficult to calculate much cover you need. Read our guide and find out how, then compare quotes with Uswitch.

Over 50s life insurance | Life insurance over 50

Over 50s life insurance | Life insurance over 50

Over 50s life insurance could save you money and better protect your family. Our guide to life insurance for the over 50s can help you decide what you need.

Loans for bad credit and poor credit

Loans for bad credit and poor credit

Looking to find the best loan for bad credit? Uswitch.com can help with our guide on how to get the best loan for you.

Insurance for people with existing medical conditions

Insurance for people with existing medical conditions

It's a common misconception that you can't get health or life insurance cover with a pre-existing medical condition. This guide can help you understand more about the types of insurance available, and whether this includes, health insurance for chronic conditions.

Health insurance glossary A-Z

Health insurance glossary A-Z

The terms surrounding health insurance and private medical insurance can be confusing. Read our A-Z guide to demystify health insurance policies.

Health insurance in winter

Health insurance FAQ

What are the benefits of health insurance and how does it work? Read our frequently asked questions on private medical insurance to find out more.

Health insurance in winter

As the temperature drops this winter, the risk of illness and injury can increase. Find out why winter is a great time to consider a health insurance policy

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