Mini car insurance

Mini is known for its iconic design, and sleek interior styling. We work with 163 insurers to find you car insurance for your Mini, whichever model you own. The price you pay for insurance will depend on the insurance group of your Mini, as well as factors based on you and your driving history. The best way to make sure you're getting a good price for the cover you need is to compare prices. 

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How much does a Mini cost to insure?

The cost of car insurance for a Mini can vary quite a bit, depending on both the model and your individual circumstances.

The prices to insure some of the most popular Mini models are:

Model Average price1
Mini Cooper
Mini One
Mini John Cooper Works
Mini Countryman (122)
Mini Clubman

1Based on data December 2022 - May 2023

What affects the price of car insurance?

Insurers use a variety of factors to determine insurance costs, including:

Your age: Generally, younger drivers are considered higher risk by insurers. This is because they normally have less experience on the roads than older drivers, meaning they are statistically more likely to be involved in an accident.

Where you live: Living in built-up areas with higher rates of vehicle theft will mean you're likely to pay more for insurance than rural areas that have less risk.

Your occupation: Insurers consider some jobs to be more risk than others. This could be because of how much time you spend on the road, the types of people you're likely to associate with, or where your car is likely to be kept while you're working.

Your car: Insurers rank vehicles from insurance groups 1 to 50, with 1 being the cheapest to insure and 50 being the most expensive. Mini insurance groups range from 11 to 40. The more powerful and expensive models in group 40 will cost more to insure.

Your driving history: Any previous claims or driving convictions will impact how much you pay.

How can I save on my Mini car insurance?

The price you pay to insure your Mini will depend on several factors, such as your age, location and driving history. However, there are still things you can do to try and help bring down the cost:

  • Pay annually rather than monthly
  • Add a named driver
  • Increase your voluntary excess
  • Shop around and compare quotes
  • Estimate your mileage accurately
  • Improve your car's security
  • Build up your no-claims discount

Pay annually rather than monthly. By paying annually, you can save 16%2 on your car insurance. This is because when you pay monthly, insurers add interest onto the cost.

Add a named driver with a good driving history. This can be especially helpful if you're a young driver. The average premium with just one driver on a policy is £7252. With a named driver, this goes down to £5552. Just make sure you're honest about who the main driver is, otherwise this is known as 'fronting', which is illegal and can result in your insurance being invalidated.

Increase your voluntary excess. The most popular excess amount is £250, with 62%2 of our customers opting to set their voluntary excess at this level. Generally, the higher your excess, the lower your insurance could be. Just make sure you set it at a level that you can afford to pay if needed.

Shop around and compare quotes. Comparing prices is one of the best ways to insure you're getting the best deal for the cover you need. Our data suggests the best time to buy your policy is around 26 days2 before your renewal date.

Estimate your mileage accurately. Typically, the more miles you drive, the more your insurance will cost. This is because driving more puts you at a higher risk of making a claim. Our customers drive 6,621 miles per year, on average2. If you don't drive many miles, you might benefit from a pay-as-you-go policy.

Improve your car's security with things like a steering wheel lock, car tracker, or immobiliser to reduce the chances of car theft. Parking in a secure garage rather than on a dimly lit street can also help reduce the likelihood of your Mini being stolen.

Build up your no-claims bonus (NCB). Each year you're insured without making a claim, your NCB increases. Insurers offer discounts for each year of no-claims you build up. Some policies allow you to protect your no-claims discount, so you can make a certain number of no-fault claims in a year and not lose your NCB.

2Based on data December 2022 - April 2023.

What insurance can I get for my Mini?

There are 3 levels of car insurance you can choose from:

  • Third-party
  • Third-party, fire and theft
  • Comprehensive
  • Third-party is the minimum level of insurance legally required to drive in the UK. With third-party insurance, you're covered if you damage someone else's vehicle or injure them while driving. Your passengers are covered too. It won't cover theft, damage or repairs needed for your Mini following an accident.
  • Third-party, fire and theft provides cover for everything included with third-party insurance, but also covers your Mini if it's stolen or damaged by fire.
  • Comprehensive insurance is the highest level of cover you can get. It offers everything included with third-party, fire and theft, as well as cover for you and your car in the event of an accident. Despite offering the most cover, comprehensive insurance is sometimes the cheaper option.

What optional add-ons can I get with my Mini insurance?

The add-ons you choose to include in your policy will depend on what you need from your cover. Some of the more common optional extras you might consider are:

Personal accident cover pays out if you're seriously injured or die in an accident. The amount paid out will usually depend on the injury you receive.

Breakdown cover provides assistance if you break down on the road. You can often choose different levels of breakdown cover, with each including different features. These can include roadside assistance, home start, and local or national recovery.

Motor legal protection means you can claim any legal expenses back if you need to claim following an accident-related injury. This can include the cost of solicitors, medical treatments and travel costs, depending on your policy.

Windscreen cover will cover the cost of replacing your windscreen following an accident. This cover usually extends to include side and rear windows.

The history of Mini Cooper

Minis were originally produced by England-based British Motor Corporation from 1959 and quickly became an iconic symbol of 1960s British culture. Though a tiny car, its space-saving engine meant a more substantial share of the floorplan could be used by passengers.

Throughout the 1960s, performance versions of the classic Mini won races and rallies, including the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally.

BMW purchased Mini in 1996, and the first Mini models under the ownership of BMW were introduced in 2001, departing from the classic two-door Mini with a hatchback format.

Under BMW's reign, Minis have become significantly bigger, with the range including hatchbacks, estate cars and small SUVs, making the Mini a more practical option as a family car than before.

BMW has mainly produced Minis at its factory in Cowley, Oxford, though SUV versions have been built elsewhere, with the Countryman assembled at a BMW facility in the Netherlands. The 10 millionth Mini rolled off the production line in Cowley in 2019, marking the Mini's 60th anniversary.

The great deal of choice BMW has brought to the Mini proposition means that the Mini stable varies quite a lot on price, as well as on insurance costs for motorists. Alongside the petrol models, Mini now offers all-electric and plug-in hybrid models as well.

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