Brightside car insurance

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Last reviewed 19 July 2021

The information on this page was last reviewed on 19 July 2021.

Why choose Brightside car insurance?

  • Offering niche and specialist policy  
  • Wide choice of policy extras
  • Tailored policies for young drivers

Brightside insurance started as a specialist insurance broker for drivers of commercial vans and now sells car insurance to all drivers, through its panel of UK insurers. Brightside is a little different to mainstream insurers because they are a broker, with a panel of leading UK insurers on their books, and they mainly offers niche insurance and specialist policies to drivers.

This means if you’re looking for a non-mainstream insurance policy, Brightside may be able to offer you something different as a broker.

They don’t underwrite the policies they sell, as they come from a range of different insurers, and they pride themselves on offering extensive advice and knowledge to potential customers who are looking for a specialist policy.

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Who is Brightside?

Brightside insurance was founded in 2001 and at first was a specialist van insurer. Their headquarters are located near Bristol.

They have around 231,000 customers and of those 66% per cent have car policies, 21% per cent van, and 11% per cent bike.

A few years after they started, Brightside began selling professional sports insurance for athletes of all levels and it wasn’t until 2010 that they launched an insurance product for the private motor industry. In 2015 the car insurance arm of the broker became known as Brightside Car.

In 2016 they launched an online insurance product for van drivers and became the lead sponsor of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Over the years it has partnered with several other companies including AXA, Aviva, More Than, Santander, and Churchill.

They don't just offer car insurance either, in the years since they were founded, they've added a range of other policies to their books including pet, home, business, and life insurance.

Brightside car insurance policy details

As Brightside is a broker, the insurance policy you have will be with one of the insurers on its books. It provides cover for a wide-range of drivers including those who often face higher prices from mainstream insurers.

This includes drivers with modified or high-performance cars, those with previous claims or driving convictions, and drivers who haven’t lived in the UK since birth. You can also buy temporary car insurance, from 24 hours to 28 days, if you don’t need an annual policy.

It also offers a policy for young drivers who tend to pay the most money for car insurance because they are most at risk of having an accident and claiming on a policy. The insurance option for these drivers uses black-box technology. This monitors the way a car is being driven and if it is consistently driven well, the insurance premium of the driver could go down.

You can choose from comprehensive cover, third party, fire, and theft, or third-party only. The price will depend upon your own circumstances including your profession, address, age, and your car.

The level of cover you go for will affect the cost of your policy. If you need extra cover, you can add extras onto your policy, for an additional cost.

These include legal expenses, personal injury and death cover, key cover, excess protection, and breakdown cover from the RAC. You can also choose to pay for an add-on for a replacement car if your car is too damaged to drive or declared unworthy to be driven.

Most comprehensive policies will automatically include windscreen cover, a courtesy car, 90-day cover if you’re driving in Europe, and personal accident insurance. You’ll need to check the terms and conditions to find out the limits on cover for each section of the policy.

Brightside offers a selection of car insurance policies and types. Not all policies and types are available through our site, so the exact levels of cover and benefits may vary. Before buying car insurance, we recommend you check the cover and benefits included.

Contact Brightside

If you need to speak to someone at Brightside, you can use the following details:

If you need to contact customer services you can call 0344 902 8345.

You can also email Brightside using car@brightsideinsurance.co.uk

You can find contact details for all other types of insurance on the Brightside website.

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