How does classic car insurance differ from standard car insurance?
- It’s often cheaper to insure a classic car versus a more modern car. This is because classic cars are usually well looked after and their owners tend to cover fewer miles at lower speeds. While most cars are used for everyday purposes, such as commuting or daily-shopping, classic cars are usually reserved for recreational driving.
- Stricter terms and conditions are often included in classic car insurance policies to lower the chances of your car being damaged or being involved in an accident. Even though classic car insurance might be cheaper than standard car insurance, be sure to check all the terms and conditions of the policy thoroughly.
Remember, the cheapest policy isn’t necessarily the best and may come with hidden restrictions.
For example, there may be an annual mileage cap associated with your policy – so you’ll only be able to clock up a set number of miles in a year. Many insurance companies will limit owners to driving their car to 2,500 miles per year. Many even require annual odometer readings.
Finally, before taking out a policy, check you can insure your classic car for an agreed valuation rather than its market value. An agreed valuation is the amount your insurer will agree to pay if your car is written off after a crash.
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Yes, you can get classic car insurance if your car has modifications. However, the price of your insurance might be higher, as your insurer could view your modification as an additional risk.
Your insurance company might see modifications, such as a high-quality re-spray or a flashier upholstery, as an attraction for thieves.
If you’re going to make modifications to your car, always tell your insurer what modifications you have made. Not doing so means you’ll be in danger of invalidating any future claims.
Yes, you can get classic car insurance if you’re under 25. However, there may be restrictions related to:
- The car your drive
- How and where you drive it
Most classic car insurers will only agree to insure you if you have had a driving license for at least a year. There are many things you can do to help you get classic car insurance like:
- Complete a pass plus driving course
- Buy a used or older classic car
- Avoid buying a car with modifications
Classic cars are usually viewed by insurance companies as for recreational use and not for commuting. Some policies also have cap on annual mileage, for example, 2,500 miles per year.
There are policies that will allow you to use your classic car for commuting but the price of your insurance is likely to go up.
An agreed valuation is the amount your insurer will agree to pay if your car is written off after a crash.
To get an agreed value, you must let your insurer know how much your car is worth. Hopefully, your classic car insurer will then agree to this amount or negotiate an alternative amount. This will then be the sum you get if your car is seriously damaged in an accident.
Getting an ‘agreed valuation’ for your classic car will give you peace of mind if your car is written off.
If you don’t have agreed value, any claim would be settled at the market value of your car the at time of the claim. This means you could lose money against its value when you took out the policy.
A substantial change refers to any vehicle alterations that have changed the technical characteristics of the main features of the car. This only includes vehicle alterations from within the last 30 years.
For example, replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works.
What our car insurance expert says
Standard policies will estimate the market value of your car, but they might not reflect the actual value of your classic. If you want an agreed valuation for your classic, speak with the insurer before you buy. An agreed valuation on your policy can help ensure you’re not left out of pocket if your car is damaged or stolen.
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