Feeling the pinch with your van insurance premium?
These days, many of us are finding insurance costs a bit of a burden, but if your job or business relies on the use of your van, it can often be difficult to find options to help with the cost.
If you’re looking for budget van insurance to keep you covered with cost in mind, you may want to consider some of the different types of insurance available and policy options listed below. They might help you find the right van insurance to suit your budget.
Instead of forking out one lump sum for your van insurance premium, many insurers will allow you to pay in monthly instalments and spread the cost over the policy term.
It is worth noting that payment by this method will often end up costing more than paying in a lump sum, and many insurers will require a large initial payment before the monthly instalments begin, to cover administration costs and any interest that may have been added.
- Short term / temporary van insurance
If you’re using your van regularly throughout the year, a full 12 month insurance policy will be the way to go. If, however, you only use your van occasionally, for odd jobs or trips, a temporary van insurance policy may be able to provide you cover when you need it, without having to pay for a full year’s premium.
You can find out more about temporary van insurance here.
- Change your level of cover or policy options
Van insurance, just like car insurance, can come in a range of different levels of cover, with a variety of policy options and additional extras that could be impacting your premium. There are three main levels of cover explained below.
- Third party only van insurance
Generally the cheapest of the three main options, as it only offers cover for the third party involved in any crash, injury or damage with your vehicle.
It does not offer any protection against any costs incurred by you for repairs to your own vehicle or medical expenses, or any cover for fire damage or theft.
- Third party, fire and theft van insurance
This option will offer the same level of cover as third party only, with the addition of cover for fire damage to and theft of your vehicle.
- Fully comprehensive van insurance
Generally the most expensive of the three, but offers the most protection. With a comprehensive policy, your insurer should cover the cost of any third party claim made against you after an accident, as well as your own costs, regardless of fault. Most insurers will also cover fire damage, theft and a range of accidental damages (depending on the circumstances and policy terms and conditions).
While lowering the level of cover you have may save you money, it’s important to remember the levels of cover that each policy offers, and make sure you have the right amount of protection in place.
Saving money on premiums is great, but you should always check the policy details and strike the balance between premium and protection that is right for you and your van.