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According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the average fully comprehensive car insurance in the UK costs £ 468 per year. Cheaper car insurance is available, but it will depend on many factors including your age, driving history, and the type of vehicle you drive.
If you are buying a new car or your insurance needs to be renewed soon, you can get your auto insurance cheaper.
Find out before your current insurance is automatically renewed
Perhaps the best way to find cheaper auto insurance is always to get a new quote. The search for the best deal must be done about a month before your current insurance policy expires. If you wait too long, you will get higher prices and possibly fewer options. Then spend some time comparing insurance quotes before deciding on the best option.
Pay the annual premium in advance
Monthly premiums can hurt less, but for cheaper auto insurance, pay the entire annual premium at once. If you split your annual premium over several months, the costs of your policy can increase by up to 30%, taking into account the interest costs.
Register for driving lessons
Being a new driver will cost you as the insurance companies consider you a higher risk and charge you appropriate fees. However, some companies offer a discount if you provide evidence of the Government's Pass Plus driving course within one year of receiving your driver's license.
Ask your insurance company about increased security
Some insurers will offer you cheaper car insurance if they think your car is hard to steal. Adding things like an immobilizer, an alarm system, or a tracker will make your car safer. Newer cars likely already have these features, but it's something to check if you have an older car.
Think twice before buying your next car
There's not much you can do about it right now, but when the time comes to buy another car, consider downsizing. It is cheaper to insure a car with a smaller engine or a compact city car than an SUV.
Keep a clean driving log
Insurance companies don't like risk. The longer you stay accident-free and damage-free, the better you look for an insurer and the higher your chances of getting cheaper car insurance.
Add a driver to your insurance
Drivers over 25 get cheaper car insurance, as do drivers who have had a driver's license for more than a year. If you are a young or new driver you should consider adding a "named" driver to your policy. Choose someone older and more experienced than you with a clean record. This could lower your premium.
Drive more when you are a new driver
Insurance companies don't like people who drive long distances all the time. The more you are on the road, the more likely you are to have an accident. But if you are a new driver and your mileage is very low, you are taking a different risk. Your insurance company may be concerned that you are not getting enough driving experience.
While there aren't any fixed numbers for this, if you only drive 3,000 to 4,000 miles or less per year, you may need to get out on the road a little more.
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