Drivers Waste £300+ on Car Insurance With This One Mistake

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By Sarah Watts
Updated on Thursday 20 May 2021

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Every year, many UK drivers waste hundreds of pounds by not switching their car insurance policy until close to or on the renewal date, because let’s face it, most of us tend to put off dealing with tedious tasks like switching car insurance providers until we really have to.

So when to switch car insurance is not usually something any of us really have time to question, think or worry about. And, as a result, this is the one mistake that is costing UK drivers a shocking £300 or more per year.

Compare car insurance quotes now to see how much you could save by switching:

When is the right time to switch providers?

Compare the Market research has revealed that if you wait until the car insurance renewal date to switch from an existing policy, the average cost of car insurance is £776.

Whereas if you switch car insurance 21 days before the insurance renewal date, the average cost is £457. That’s a WHOPPING difference in car insurance prices of £319!

So the very best time to switch car insurance providers to save money is 3 weeks before your policy renewal date, as illustrated below.

cheapest day to get car insurance quote before renewal date

Source: Money Saving Expert

How to change car insurance

So now you know you can save hundreds of pounds if you change car insurance providers 3 weeks before your motor insurance renewal date. But how do you go about switching your car insurance provider?

Top 10 things you need to do or consider when switching car insurance:

1. Cancel your existing policy

Cancel auto-renew on your existing policy (if applicable) and/or notify your existing insurer that you intend on switching providers. Check if there are any administration or other fees payable for doing so. It's worth remembering that in most cases, your insurer won't want to lose you as a customer, so they may try and match or beat any quotes you find online. If so, great! But if they can't, you will be much better off leaving and getting cover with someone else.

2. No claims bonus

Check how many years no claims bonus you have (if any). You may have to produce evidence of your no claims bonus to a new insurer. If you have not already got evidence of this, request this from your current insurer.

3. Research

Thoroughly research what you can do to reduce your insurance costs and the over

4. Car Documents

Make sure you have your car registration document/V5 log book, MOT certificate and driving licence to hand. If you are including a named driver, make sure you have their driving licence or number to hand too.

5. Mileage

Check how many miles you travel each year. If you’re not sure, you can do this by comparing the mileage shown on your last two MOT certificates or by calculating an accurate figure based on the number of miles you actually drive.

6. Dash Cam

If you have a dash cam, ensure you have the make/model details to hand as some insurers offer reduced premiums for certain (approved) brands.

7. Modifications

Have details of any car modifications to hand as your insurer will want to know about them.


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9. Car cover

Make sure you request quotes for all types of car cover, including fully comp. Fully comprehensive car insurance usually works out cheaper than third-party cover and offers the most extensive protection while on the road.

10. Convictions

Check any driving convictions are ‘spent’ (if applicable). If you have had driving convictions in the past and are not sure if these are spent, check online before requesting quotes as you are legally required to declare unspent convictions to your new insurer so as to avoid invalidating your insurance.

Once you have dealt with everything on the above checklist, go online to compare cheap car insurance quotes.

If your quotes are coming in quite high and you’d like more affordable insurance quotes, there is a lot you can do to reduce your insurance premiums.

17 Ways to Get Your Car Insurance Cheap:

  1. Renew 3 weeks early
  2. Go fully comprehensive
  3. Choose your job title wisely
  4. Install a dash cam
  5. Get a Thatcham-approved alarm
  6. Choose Black Box insurance
  7. Add a named driver
  8. Pay up front
  9. Don’t underestimate mileage
  10. Avoid certain car modifications
  11. Don’t declare ‘spent’ driving convictions
  12. Increase your voluntary excess
  13. Shop around for quotes
  14. Park on a driveway or in a garage overnight
  15. Boost your credit score
  16. Opt for multi-car insurance
  17. Go electric

If you follow the above guidance, we are certain that you’ll get much cheaper insurance deals, year in, year out.

If you often forget when your insurance is due for renewal, take a look at our blog: When is My Car Insurance Due? This article gives useful advice on how to find out when your insurance is due for renewal and how to avoid renewing too late in the future.

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