Under UK motoring legislations, it’s illegal to drive your van without the correct insurance. At the very least you must have third party only van insurance cover.
The 3 main van insurance policy options are -
Yes, it is possible to take out a temporary van insurance policy for a pre-specified duration. Temporary cover normally runs for a fixed period such as one day to one month.
By law you are required to insure your van in the UK. Van insurance differs from traditional car insurance, specifically when you use van for business purposes. When comparing van insurance quotes you need to decide what lever cover and type of van insurance cover you require.
Voluntary excess can help you reduce your premium, the higher the excess, the lower your premiums will be. Whatever voluntary excess you go choose will be the amount you need to pay upfront in the event of van insurance claim. Your insurer will also have mandatory excess so take this into consideration when selecting the voluntary because you do not want the combined to put you off making a claim.
If you have any no claims bonus’s then this can really help you get cheaper van insurance, if you are not sure how many years’ worth of NCB discount you have, simply contact your current insurance provider or look out for renewal letter. You will need to send your new insurer proof of the NCB otherwise this discount will be removed.
If your van has an approved alarm, tracker and/or immobiliser, it can further help you reduce your premium. Before you install any additional security to your van, it is important to check whether it helps you reduce your premium with your current supplier.
Yes. You are legally required to possess valid van insurance. In most cases possession of a van will be an important part of your business or self-employment. Getting the correct policy, most suited to your individual needs is vital. Read more about the support you can obtain in our beginners’ guide to van insurance.
There are 3 main types of van insurance cover: comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party only; you can decide between a commercial or private policy with any of these levels of cover. There is another policy called telematics policies which is beginning to gain popularity and appear more widely in the market.
Commercial van insurance, sometimes referred to as business van insurance, allows you to use your van for your trade or profession; this may mean for delivery of materials or for carrying tools and equipment. When you take out private van insurance you can only use your van for social reasons such as seeing friends or family.
A number of factors which contribute towards your policy price are the value of your vehicle, its speed and performance and security systems. If you wish you can choose to have a voluntary excess on top of any compulsory excess, similar to car insurance, and this might lower your premium.
It’s important to inform your insurance company of any modifications to your vehicle as this could affect your premium; if you withhold such information, you may find your policy invalidated.
Your no claims bonus or NCD will only be applicable for a single van
A vehicle known as a pick-up will need van insurance. You will need to disclose if your pick-up is for private or commercial use.
It is wise to check your V5 log book to find the answer to this or if you need further clarification, speak directly to your insurer. You can get further help from our guide: what to look out for.
Your no claims bonus will only be applicable for a single van; it cannot be applied to an additional van or another vehicle. However, your NCB can be transferred to another van, in the same way you can transfer it from car to car.
Some insurance companies offer discounted premiums or may permit a reflection of your NCB on a second van. It is wise to check with individual insurers and ask about any incentives.