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07 Apr 2020
Jamie Gibbs Jamie Gibbs

Is my car insured? How to check your car insurance

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To find out if your car has valid insurance, visit the Motor Insurance Database (MID).

Ever wake up in a cold sweat wondering whether your car has valid insurance? Wonder no longer!

It’s your legal responsibility to make sure your car has valid insurance at all times. Driving without insurance is an offence that can land you in hot water - known in the biz as an IN10.

But with car insurance auto-renewal in place, it can be confusing to know who you’re insured with. Or even if you’re insured at all.

So for peace of mind, here's how you find out if your car has insurance.

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How can I check if my car is insured?

The quickest way to check if your car has insurance is to use the Motor Insurance Database (MID). This service has information of all cars insured in the UK.

It's free to use and tells you whether the car is insured as well as the make and model. 

How do I check who I'm insured with?

  • Check your bank or credit card statements for payments to an insurance company.

    Then you can try to contact them for more information.

  • Look through your emails as you may have had confirmation from the insurer.

    Don't forget to look through your junk and spam folders!

  • Ask for a Subject Access Request from the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

    These are usually free. But the MIB can charge a 'reasonable fee' for some admin costs.

Download MIB Subject Access Request form

READ MORE: Check if your car has a valid MOT

 

What if my car doesn't have insurance?

If you're caught driving uninsured on any public road, you could get a fine of £300 and have six penalty points. And if your case goes to court, you could get a driving ban and an unlimited fine.

This offence is an IN10, and it can hamper your chances of getting cheaper car insurance in the future.

Even if your car is in your garage gathering dust, you still have to pay for insurance. This is because of the Continuous Insurance Enforcement legislation.

The only way around this is to declare your car off the road with the DVLA. You do this with a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN).

If you’re uninsured and haven’t made a SORN, you could still get a penalty - even if you aren't using your car

READ MORE: How to tax your car

 

Saving money on a new car insurance policy

We keep an eye car insurance prices so you can see when prices go up and down. If it turns out you need to buy a new policy, you can do a few things to save money.

Here’s what the price depends on and what you can do about it:

To drive the cost down you can also increase your voluntary excess, as this tends to keep premiums down.

READ MORE: Is my van insured?

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