You may want to sit down for this.
1. There’s no easy way to say this – car insurance prices are on the up again. People are forking out £43 more than last year for their cover.*
The average UK car insurance price at the end of 2015 was around £672.
2. The last time we saw prices this high, we were in some pretty dark times:
We’d have gladly paid more if it meant not listening to Robin Thicke for that long.
3. Some have had it worse than others - like the fellas in their early twenties who paid £175 more this year:
Males aged 21-25 paid £1,351 at the end of 2015, a full 15% more than in 2014.
4. Ladies in their early sixties had it best – they only paid £41 more than last year.
Yes, we know paying forty quid extra isn’t “having it best” – but we’re doing our best to find the silver lining, okay? Females aged 61-65 paid £312, up from £289 in 2014.
5. Here’s a quick way to find out how you should feel about your changing prices:
Our regional price index figures have more information on these local trends.
6. It’s not all doom and gloom, mind. Some places only saw slight price increases:
We'd expect Scotland to appear here, but why Hereford? One of the locals wrote a poem urging drivers to behave - maybe it's had the desired impact.
7. Bad news for motorists in London WC, though. You’ve seen the biggest price rise of them all at £158 more than in 2014:
These Londoners forked out £1,046 at the end of 2015. At least it beats the Tube, right?
Take a peek at the Confused.com car insurance price index for a detailed breakdown of the trends.
*All figures are averages based on a comprehensive policy compared to Q4 2014.