Car and insurance

Like death and taxes, car insurance is unavoidable if you want to keep your vehicle on the road and the right side of the law.

Fortunately, calling round dozens of insurers for a quote has been consigned to history — with GoCompare you only need to fill out a single form with your personal information, details of your car and any extra drivers you want to put on your policy.

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How to get a car insurance quote
If you know your number plate it’ll save you time, but if not just choose your make and model and you’re on your way to quotes galore.

Next, you’ll need to let us know:

Your car’s value
How much no-claims bonus you’ve amassed
Your annual mileage
Usage — social, commuting or business
Your occupation
Quotes that cater to you
Once you’ve got some quotes to look at, you can narrow things down a bit if you know exactly what you want:

Choose your voluntary excess
Opt to protect your no-claims bonus
Decide whether to pay monthly or annually
Change any of these and you’ll get a fresh set of prices to fit your new answers.

Whether you need comprehensive insurance, third party fire and theft or third party only for just the one car or many, it’s easy to get the cover you need.

You don’t need to take our word for it either — when you get your quotes they come along with helpful information and star ratings from financial researcher Defaqto, so you’ll see exactly what you’re buying.

Need to know more about car insurance?
We’re committed to keeping you well-informed and on the road, so if you’re puzzled by any aspect of your policy, roll up the door to our Car insurance garage for guides, tips and help on all things motoring and car insurance.

Did you know…?
67% of motorists pay the renewal price, potentially missing out on cheaper car insurance premiums[3]
32% of drivers have been with their current insurer for three years or more[3]
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There’s also plenty to read and delight on wider motoring issues.

Vehicle security, flood cover, optional extras on your insurance, fronting, crash-for-cash, how quotes are calculated, claim rejections, how driving convictions impact on premiums and money-saving tips — peruse at your leisure.
Vehicle insurance (also known as car insurance, motor insurance or auto insurance) is insurance for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other road vehicles. Its primary use is to provide financial protection against physical damage or bodily injury resulting from traffic collisions and against liability that could also arise from incidents in a vehicle. Vehicle insurance may additionally offer financial protection against theft of the vehicle, and against damage to the vehicle sustained from events other than traffic collisions, such as keying, weather or natural disasters, and damage sustained by colliding with stationary objects. The specific terms of vehicle insurance vary with legal regulations in each region.
Widespread use of the automobile began after the First World War in urban areas. Cars were relatively fast and dangerous by that stage, yet there was still no compulsory form of car insurance anywhere in the world. This meant that injured victims would seldom get any compensation in an accident, and drivers often faced considerable costs for damage to their car and property.

A compulsory car insurance scheme was first introduced in the United Kingdom with the Road Traffic Act 1930. This ensured that all vehicle owners and drivers had to be insured for their liability for injury or death to third parties whilst their vehicle was being used on a public road.[1] Germany enacted similar legislation in 1939 called the «Act on the Implementation of Compulsory Insurance for Motor Vehicle Owners.»

Public policies
In many jurisdictions, it is compulsory to have vehicle insurance before using or keeping a motor vehicle on public roads. Most jurisdictions relate insurance to both the car and the driver; however, the degree of each varies greatly.

Several jurisdictions have experimented with a «pay-as-you-drive» insurance plan which utilizes either a tracking device in the vehicle or vehicle diagnostics. This would address issues of uninsured motorists by providing additional options and also charge based on the miles (kilometers) driven, which could theoretically increase the efficiency of the insurance, through streamlined collection