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What is drive away insurance?

Drive away insurance is a type of short-term car insurance, giving you cover by the hour.

A common reason for taking out drive away insurance is when you’re buying a car as it lets you drive the vehicle home straightaway. You might also get drive away insurance if you’re picking up a car that a friend or relative of yours is buying.

There’s quite a bit to think about when you’re buying a new or second-hand car. While annual insurance can also provide immediate cover, drive away insurance is a temporary solution, so you don’t have to sort out annual car insurance straight away. It gives you more time to look for the best deal on annual cover or add the car to an existing annual car insurance policy.

How long does drive away insurance last?

Drive away insurance can last from just 1 hour up to 28 days, giving you short-term cover to match your needs.

Imagine you’re picking up a new car that’s about an hour’s drive away from home. In this case, you could get drive away insurance for a few hours to give yourself some leeway.

When you get home, you can shop around to find the best deal on annual car insurance.

How much does drive away insurance cost?

The exact cost of driveaway insurance depends on a range of factors, such as the make and model of the car. It will also depend on how many hours or days you need to be covered. As an example, from our data on average an hour costs £19*, but it's best to run a quote to see what you get for your own personal circumstances.

On an hourly basis, drive away insurance tends to be more expensive than annual cover. But it lets you choose exactly how many hours of cover you want.

Drive away insurance gives you flexibility and means you only pay for the cover you need.

*Based on Confused.com data of an average policy sale in September 2022, fully comprehensive.

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What does drive away insurance cover?

Drive away insurance is typically only available as fully comprehensive car insurance. This means that it covers injury and damage caused to third parties and their vehicles or property. Plus, you and your car should be covered if you’re in an accident, no matter who’s at fault.

If you have a no-claims bonus on another car, it shouldn’t be affected by any claims you make on a drive away insurance policy.

What do you need to get a drive away insurance quote?

When you get a quote for drive away insurance through us, you’ll need to tell us some things about you and the car you’ll be driving:

Personal details:

  • Your name and address
  • Your licence and driving history

Car details:

  • Details about the car you'd like to insure
  • When you wish the cover to start
  • How long you need the cover for

Can you tax a car with drive away insurance?

Yes, it's your responsibility to tax a car if you’re getting drive away insurance. You should always make sure the car you’re driving is properly taxed – the maximum fine for driving an untaxed vehicle is £1,000.

If you’re buying a brand new car from a dealership, they'll usually have sorted out the vehicle tax for you. But remember, road tax is not transferable from one owner to another. So if you’re buying a second-hand car, you’ll always need to get it taxed yourself.

What our car insurance expert says

If you've just bought a car or are collecting one, driveaway insurance is the perfect quick fix to make sure your road legal. It also allows you to take your time to shop around for an annual policy.

Buying a car can be time-consuming, but driveway insurance means one less thing to worry about. You can then make sure you get the right policy and cover for the year when you’ve got your car home.

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Alex Kindred

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Can I get 7 day drive away insurance?

Yes, you can get 7 day drive away insurance. Daily car insurance is available through our panel of temporary insurers for between 1 and 28 days.

Can you add a named driver to drive away insurance?

Yes, it can be possible to add another driver to your drive away insurance policy. Unnamed drivers usually won’t be covered. If anyone else is going to be driving the car apart from you, your insurer will need to know.

Is there such thing as free drive away insurance?

If you’re buying a brand new car through a dealership, they might include drive away insurance for free. So you won’t have to take it out yourself.

But if you do have to pay for drive away insurance, it makes sense to shop around and compare quotes to get the best deal.

Can you drive without insurance if you're going straight home?

No. Driving without insurance is illegal and the consequences could be serious.

If you’re caught driving without insurance, you risk an unlimited fine and a driving ban. The police may also impound the car.

Can anyone get drive away car insurance?

Insurers' eligibility criteria for drive away insurance can vary, but ususally, you'll need to:

  • Be aged between 18 and 80
  • Have held a driving license for a minimum of 6 months
  • Have been a UK resident for at least 60 months
  • Have had no more than one car insurance fault claim or any claims pending within the last 3 years
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