Pop the kettle on. It’s going to be a long day.
In the first three months of 2017, the good people of the UK forked out £781 for their annual car insurance*.
That’s £110 more than what we paid in 2016 – a 16% rise.
The last time we saw prices like this, we were all gearing up for the apocalypse. Given what else happened that year, it’s not hard to see why:
Things are bad all around. But ladies aged 71 and over had it worst. They ended up paying an extra 20% for their insurance compared to last year:
Their prices came to £421, a sizeable £71 increase on last year. Still, it’s way below the national average, so silver linings, eh?
At the other end of the scale, it’s the young lads’ turn to catch a break. Male drivers between 17 and 20 years of age only saw a 10% increase this time around.
It’s still no small change, mind. They still ended up paying £213 on top of last year’s price, bringing their costs up to £2,363.
Some areas have it worse than others. Here’s a handy guide to show you just how sad and outraged you should feel:
For the chosen few, things aren’t so bad. These are the towns and cities that saw the smallest monetary increases:
But there’s always a loser. This time the dubious honour belongs to drivers in Oldham, whose prices have shot up by £223 on last year:
They’re now paying £1,214, compared to £991 in 2016.
Take a peek at the Confused.com car insurance price index for a detailed breakdown of the trends.
*All figures are averages based on a comprehensive policy compared to Q1 2016.