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  • Congratulations on passing your test!
  • Next, you'll want to find a great deal on new driver car insurance
  • You could get a discount on your car insurance with our MotorMate app

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What car insurance is, and why you need it

In 1930 the UK government decided to make car insurance a legal requirement to protect pedestrians and other motorists. 

Depending on which level of cover you choose, car insurance will either cover;

  • Other people and other vehicles (third party only)
  • The above plus cover for if your car is stolen or set on fire (third party fire & theft)
  • All of the above plus cover for damage to your car if it's involved in an accident (comprehensive)

Of course there are lots of other things that are and aren't covered, but these are the main features of the different levels of cover.

New driver car insurance, what you need to know

You've passed your test (congratulations!) and now you're ready to get insured to drive your first car, exciting times!  Before you set off on your first solo drive, there are a few things you need to sort first.

  • Car tax - make sure your car is taxed - often, but not all the time, if you buy the car from a garage or dealership they'll put 6 months tax on the car to make it legal for you to drive home.
  • Valid M.O.T - If your car is under 3 years old you don't need to get one of these done, but if it's older than 3 years you'll need to book it in each year with your local garage.  The M.O.T ensures that the car is in good working order, things like making sure both headlights & brake lights work, checking the brakes work and an array of things like that.  It's a legal requirement to have an up to date one of these, and it'll need to be done every year.
  • Car insurance - this is also a legal requirement.  If you've not had to find car insurance before it can be a bit of a minefield and could be expensive.  There are lots of things you can do to help keep your premium down, like looking into a telematics policy, or our telematics app MotorMate by which depending on the score you get after driving 200 miles, you could get a discount on your car insurance.

To help you on your way, we've also written some useful guides and articles like our guide on young driver's car insurance, or our piece on understanding how car insurance works.

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