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Find short-term car insurance from 1 hour to 28 days

The average cost for a one day temp policy is just £43*

  • Get covered instantly if you need a policy to start immediately

  • Buy cover up to 28 days in advance

  • Flexible cover and no lengthy contracts

*Figure from Tempcover for average policy purchases in October 2021.

What is temporary car insurance?

Temporary car insurance, also known as short-term car insurance is a type of fully comprehensive cover for cars that can last from 1 hour up to 28 days. It's another option alongside one day insurance and weekly insurance.

You can compare temporary car insurance policies and arrange your short-term cover in minutes. This makes it a great solution for emergencies or other occasions where you may need to borrow a car but aren’t covered by an existing car insurance policy.

Taking out a temporary car insurance policy shouldn’t affect an existing insurance policy on a car or the owner’s no-claims bonus. In fact, other than giving you their permission to drive the car, the vehicle owner doesn’t need to do anything.

It’s quick and easy to compare temporary car insurance policies and there's no lengthy contract. Once the policy ends, that's it. If you need more cover, you can just take out another temporary policy.

Who is temporary car insurance suitable for?

There are many different drivers who could benefit from a temporary car insurance policy:

Car buyers who need driveaway insurance. If you’ve just bought a car and need to get it home, you might want temporary cover until you can arrange a longer-term solution.

Young drivers who don’t have their own car but have access to a friend or relative’s car. You might want to take out a short-term car insurance policy to cover you while visiting friends or family, or on holiday from university.

Car shoppers who need temporary cover while they test drive a new car.

Car enthusiasts who own a convertible or sports car. You might want to let a friend or relative borrow it for a weekend or a special occasion.

Home movers. If you need to borrow a larger car or van to move home, you could arrange temporary car insurance to cover your needs.

Road trip lovers. If you're taking a road-trip and borrowing a car or just want to share the driving, a temporary car insurance policy insures your friends to get behind the wheel.

If your car has been impounded and you want to get it out, you'll need to prove it's insured for a minimum of 30 days. If you don’t have insurance or your existing policy doesn’t cover getting your car released from a compound, impounded car insurance can give you the 30 days of temporary cover you need to get your car back.

If there's an emergency and you need immediate cover to drive a friend or family member's car, you can get short term cover from as little as one hour to a few weeks.

If your car is in the garage and you need to get around, you might need to borrow a car until yours is back on the road.

We compare temporary car insurance from up to 7 providers

What does short-term car insurance offer?

If you only need temporary cover, a short-term policy offers a handy alternative to a 12-month car insurance policy.

If you’re unsure whether it could be what you need, take a look at some of the benefits:

  • Instant cover
  • Comprehensive cover as standard on all policies
  • Flexible cover with insurance from one hour up to 28 days
  • Cover up to 28 days in advance
  • No risk to yours or the car owner's existing no-claims bonus
  • No lengthy contracts, once the policy ends, that's it.

We also provide temporary van insurance with the same benefits.

What isn't covered by temporary car insurance?

Much like a 12-month car insurance policy, there are certain things that aren't included in a temporary car insurance policy. These include:

  • Driving other vehicles
  • Additional drivers
  • Claims that happen outside of the stated use for the car
  • Releasing the car from an impound

Driving other vehicles. You’ll only have short-term cover for the car that’s listed under the policy. If you want to drive another car or van, you’ll have to get a 12-month insurance policy.

Additional drivers. The cover is only for the person officially named on the temporary car insurance policy.

Claims that happen outside of the stated use for the car. You can only use the car for the purpose you listed in the policy details. If you didn’t include business use in your policy, and go on to use your car for business, you won’t be covered for any claims.

Releasing the car from an impound will have to be settled by the policyholder. The only way to avoid this is to have a temporary car insurance policy for releasing impounded vehicles.

What do I need to get a temporary car insurance quote?

With the vehicle owner’s permission, you can quickly and easily arrange a policy to start from the moment you've bought it.

Having these things to hand makes the quote process a bit easier:

Personal details:
  • Your name and address
  • Your licence and driving history
Car details:
  • Details of the car you'd like to insure
  • The dates and times you'd like the cover to begin

We compare temporary car insurance from up to 7 providers

How much does temporary car insurance cost?

The average prices for one day and one week are1

One day


One week


1Figures taken from Tempcover for average policy purchases in October 2021

Your own costs will depend on:

  • Your age
  • Your driving experience
  • The car you're looking to insure
  • How long you need short-term cover for

The easiest way to get an idea of how much it'll cost is to get a quote.

Need more help?

How old do I have to be to get temporary car insurance?

This depends on the type of driving licence you have:

Provisional licence

If you’ve got a provisional licence, we can’t help you find temp cover but a learner driver insurance policy might be more suited to what you need.

Full licence

If you’ve passed your test and have held a valid full UK licence for at least 6 months, you need to be aged between 17 and 78 to get a policy.

How long does it take to get a temporary car insurance policy?

You can get a quote and buy cover online in just a few minutes. You should get the documents emailed to you straight away so you can quickly hit the road.

How does temporary car insurance affect an existing insurance policy?

Short-term cover shouldn’t impact your existing policy. That’s as long as the details you provide are correct and you’re driving within the arranged policy start and end date. If the policy is valid, any accidents that happen should be covered by the temporary car insurance policy.

Any existing no-claims bonus you or the car owner hold shouldn't be affected.

Can I use temporary car insurance to drive in Europe?

You can normally get cover on your existing car insurance policy to cover you while driving in Europe. Some insurance providers will only provide the minimum level of cover for certain countries in Europe, so it’s important to bear that in mind.

If this is the case, you can always take out temporary car insurance to drive in Europe. It’s worth remembering that now the UK has left the EU, you need to carry a green card when driving in Europe. For more information, take a look at our guide on driving in Europe.

Do I need to let the existing insurer know?

No. As long as you have the car owner’s permission, you’re good to go.

Are there any restrictions to temporary car insurance?

Exact restrictions can vary between insurers. Generally, to be a driver you must confirm that you:

  • Haven’t been disqualified from driving or had your licence cancelled in the last 2 years
  • Have never been refused insurance or had a policy cancelled or voided
  • Have no criminal convictions or pending prosecutions
  • Have had no more than 7 penalty points on your licence in the last 3 years
  • Have had no more than 2 accidents, claims or losses in the last 3 years regardless of blame

You also need to confirm that the car:

  • Has a valid MOT, unless you’re using the policy to attend a pre-booked MOT - and hasn’t been declared as SORN
  • Hasn’t been modified, unless designed to aid disabled drivers
  • Is taxed, unless you’re using the policy to buy the car tax immediately after taking out a policy

Can I tax a vehicle with temporary car insurance?

Yes, you can tax a vehicle with a temporary car insurance policy. You do it the same way as you would with a 12-month policy, either online through the DVLA website or through your local Post Office.

What details do I need to get a quote?

To get a quote we need to know:

  • The vehicle registration or, if you don’t know that, the make and model
  • How long you want cover for, between 1 hour and 28 days
  • When you want the cover to start
  • Details of the driver – date of birth, postcode, type of driving licence and how long you’ve held the licence
  • How much the car is worth. The minimum you can enter is £1,500
  • The email address and mobile number you want your insurance documents sent to

Which vehicle types can I insure?

You should be able to get temporary car insurance cover for most vehicles. We also offer temporary van insurance if you need cover for something slightly bigger.

Will I be covered for business use?

Policies cover you to use your vehicle for social and domestic use, as well as commuting to and from a permanent place of work.

Some policies may include additional cover such as class 1 business use or travelling to multiple places of work. Once you get your quote, check the insurer's declaration to see what is and isn’t included, as exact cover varies depending on your insurance provider.

Can new drivers get short-term cover?

Yes, but you need to have held a full UK licence for a minimum of six months to get a temporary insurance policy and be aged between 17 and 78.

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What our expert says

You might think that because you’ve already got a car insurance policy, you’re automatically covered to drive other cars. This isn’t always the case and even if you are covered, it might only be for third-party damage. A temp policy could be a cheap way to get comprehensive cover and a bit more peace-of-mind when you’re on the road.
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Alex Kindred

Car insurance product manager

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