What is modified van insurance?
Modified vans are vans that have been changed from their factory specifications. At its most basic, a van is considered modified if it has been changed in any way since it was first supplied by the van manufacturer.
For example this would include changes to the body work, suspension or brakes, cosmetic changes and changes to the engine management system or exhaust system. If you are unsure whether changes to the van are classed as a modification, please check with your chosen provider before purchasing.
Modified van insurance covers you for all the same things as a regular van policy, but the cover should include any modifications you’ve made to your vehicle.
If your van has had any modification that has been added since it was manufactured or supplied new by the manufacture's dealership, you’ll need modified van insurance.
If you don’t declare all modifications to your insurer, they could cancel your insurance and reject your future claims.
If the van modifications you have made include fitting a bed, kitchen, toilet or other living accessories, you’ll need campervan insurance.
Insurance for modified vans covers any change to the factory condition of the van, including:
- Cosmetic changes such as spoilers and body kits
- Adding or removing seats
- Installed racking and storage
- Alloy wheels
- Modifications due to disability
- Adding or removing windows
- Audio or entertainment upgrades
- Different power supplies
- Brake, suspension and engine modifications
- Paintwork, decals or wraps
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What type of insurance do I need for my modified van?
How you use your van is essential to making sure you get the right type of cover. In the UK, there are 4 classes of use that apply to van insurance. You must pick the right one so the insurer can assess the risk properly.
If you pick the wrong class of use, or use your van for something you haven't told the insurer about, you might not be covered and your insurance could be voided.
The 4 classes of use are:
- Social and commuting
- Own goods business use
Social is when you use your modified van only for personal trips like leisure activities and not for commuting or working.
Social and commuting is when you use your modified van for both personal use and driving to and from one permanent place of work – for example, if you’re a teacher driving to and from school.
Own goods business use is when you use your modified van for business purposes – for example, if you’re a builder, plumber or carpenter. When the contents of your van belong to you or your business, this is the cover you'll need.
If you need to transport a lot of tools or stock, you might also need tool insurance. This is an extra level of cover that specifically insures the tools in your van if they’re damaged or stolen.
Haulage insurance covers you if you're using your modified van to deliver third-party goods. This is sometimes known as ‘hire and reward’. You'll need this if you're a courier or delivery driver or you regularly transport other people’s goods.
How do I get cheaper modified van insurance?
Being organised is a simple way to save some money. You can usually find the cheapest quotes with UK insurers around 3 weeks before your policy start date1. The closer to the policy start date you get, the lower the savings.
You could reduce the cost of your modified van insurance if you:
- Compare prices and don’t auto renew
- Build up a no-claims bonus
- Tell us if you’re a trade federation member
- Increase your voluntary excess
- Make your van more secure
- Consider black box van insurance
- Get a dashcam for your van
Compare prices and don’t auto-renew. Staying with an insurer isn’t always the cheapest option, even if you haven’t had an accident or your details are the same. Compare prices before your policy is up for renewal to get the best deal.
Build up a no-claims bonus to save money on your policy.
Tell us if you’re a trade federation member as some insurers offer a discount for modified vans.
Increase your voluntary excess if you’re able to pay a little more towards any claim as you could get cheaper prices.
Make your van more secure by adding things such as extra anti-theft devices.
Consider black box van insurance which involves having an app on your phone or a small telematics device fitted to your van to track your driving habits.
Get a dashcam for your van as some insurers offer discounts if you can supply footage after a claim.
For more ways to save, read about how to cut the cost of your van insurance.
1Based on Confused.com data, average quoted price June-November 2022.
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