Drive away insurance

Dayinsure drive away insurance is a great option if you’ve purchased a new car and want to drive it home right away.

For a temporary drive away insurance quote, you’ll need:

  • your name, your current UK address, date of birth, email and occupation
  • the registration of the car you want to drive away
  • your GB driving licence number.
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What is drive away insurance?

Drive away insurance cover is important when buying a car. It’s a type of car insurance created to let you safely get behind the wheel of your new car and drive it home from a showroom or private seller’s home. You can even use it for things like driving holidays!

With temporary drive away insurance, you can take your new car home even if you don’t have an annual car insurance policy. This gives you peace of mind, knowing your car is insured while you look for the best long-term insurance policy options when you have more time.

Drive away insurance usually lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, giving you some wiggle room to arrange your policy without having to rush. Whether you’re looking for one, three, five, seven or 30-day drive away insurance cover, we can help.

Why take out drive away car insurance?

You’ll need to arrange drive away insurance if:

  • you’re buying a brand-new car and want to drive it off the forecourt
  • you want time to shop around for the best deals for annual insurance
  • you need time to arrange adding your new car to your current annual policy
  • you need to quickly collect a car from a garage or auction
  • you have purchased a second-hand car and need to drive it right away
  • you’re collecting a new car for a friend.

Nicholas Shaw, Director of Operations at Dayinsure explains:
Drive away insurance acts as a vital bridge for car buyers as it allows you to legally drive your car home immediately post-purchase. Fully comprehensive insurance like ours, serves as a crucial safety net, providing coverage until you get permanent insurance. This means you’ll have complete peace of mind knowing that, if anything were to happen to you, your car or someone else on the road, you’re covered.”

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What are the benefits of Dayinsure’s quick and easy drive away insurance?

There are several advantages of drive away insurance when you only need cover for a short time:

  • drive away car insurance cover can start within 15 minutes – essential when there’s an emergency
  • with Dayinsure, you’re covered for some types of business use i.e. if you’re picking up a new car for work
  • although annual insurance can start on the same day, drive away cover means you can shop around for the best deal once you’ve driven your new car home
  • temporary drive away insurance can be prearranged and scheduled for the time you need if you’d rather not set it up on the same day
  • we offer highly competitive prices
  • policies are underwritten by our key partner, Aviva, or other insurers.

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Begin your quote

If you need to insure a new car quickly, we’ll help you drive off with confidence. To get a quote for drive away insurance in the UK, fill out your details below and we’ll give you a price in minutes.

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Who is eligible for drive away insurance in the UK?

We’d love to offer our comprehensive, cheap drive away insurance to everyone. But there are some criteria you need to meet to be considered. To be eligible, you’ll need to be:


How long does temporary drive away car insurance last?

Drive away insurance lasts for a shorter period than traditional annual policies. The duration of your policy varies but you can get insurance ranging from one hour to 30 days when you choose Dayinsure.

You can usually arrange for your cover to start within 15 minutes, so you can rely on us if there’s an emergency or if you’ve fallen in love with a car and made a quick purchase! All you need to do is wait for us to email your policy documents. Then you can go wherever you like.

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How much is drive away insurance?

Drive away insurance can start at just £19 per day for one-day cover (subject to underwriting). How much it’ll cost depends on a few factors, though. When putting together a quote for you, we’ll look at:

  • duration of your coverage: The length of time you need insurance will affect the price. The longer your cover, the more you’ll pay
  • your vehicle: The type of vehicle you want to insure will affect the cost. We’ll need to know the make and model of your car to give you an accurate quote. More expensive cars usually cost more to insure
  • your record: Drivers with no claims and clean licences will generally have the cheapest drive away insurance.

We’ve made it easy for you to know exactly how much your insurance policy will cost. Once you’ve completed the quote form, you’ll see how little your temporary car insurance cover could cost. If you’re happy to proceed, follow the instructions to take out a drive away car insurance policy with us.

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How to get drive away insurance

Whether you’re buying a brand-new car or driving home a recently purchased second-hand vehicle, you’ll need drive away car insurance if you want to drive your car straight away. Luckily for you, it’s easy to get the cover you need with Dayinsure. All you need to do is:

Fill in our simple quote form

We need your name, address, date of birth, occupation, GB driving licence number and the registration number of the car you want to drive away.

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We'll give you a price

You can decide the duration of coverage that you need and whether you want any add-ons. Once you've told us the ins and outs, we'll give you a competitive quote.

Buy and you're ready to go!

To buy your drive away policy, you'll need your payment details to hand. We accept debit cards or credit cards. Once you've received your policy documents (this is usually within 15 minutes), you can drive away, fully covered.

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Why choose drive away insurance from Dayinsure?

Drive away cover is a great option when you want to shop around for your annual motor insurance but first want to drive your new car home. Here are just some of the reasons you should choose drive away insurance from Dayinsure:

Insurance from one hour to 30 days
Drive away insurance cover available within 15 minutes
All policies provide comprehensive cover while in the UK
Policies are underwritten by Aviva, our key partner, or other insurers

What do I need for drive away insurance?

For a drive away quote you will need:

  • your name, your current UK address, date of birth, email and occupation
  • the registration of the car you want to drive away
  • your GB driving licence number.
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What does drive away insurance cover?

Drive away car insurance from Dayinsure is fully comprehensive. This means you can:

  • make a claim, even if you’re at fault
  • claim if your car is damaged but can’t prove who is responsible (i.e. if your wing mirror is knocked off while the car is parked)
  • receive money for the car to be repaired or replaced; or get a cash amount equal to the loss or damage.

If you’ve got any questions about our drive away insurance, what level of cover is included or what fully comprehensive means, head to our help page or speak to us. We’re here to help answer any questions you may have.

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Get in touch with the team at Dayinsure

Have more questions about our drive away car insurance? Then take a look at our FAQs below. Alternatively, head to our help and support page for more details about making an application, claims and breakdown, and European travel.

Or you can get in touch with a member of our friendly team. They’ll be more than happy to provide answers to your query.

We also have a dedicated news section, where we share information on everything from one-day car insurance to expert driving tips. Our many articles include how to buy a carmoney-saving car tips for young drivers, and car insurance groups explained.


Drive away car insurance FAQs

In case you have any more questions about our drive away insurance, we’ve answered some of the ones that are frequently asked.

Can I drive home a car I’ve just bought?

You can – but only if your car is insured and taxed. You need valid insurance to drive any new car, even if you’re only going to drive it home from the showroom or current owner’s property. If you’re caught driving without a valid insurance policy, you might have your car confiscated, points on your licence or be ordered to pay heavy fines.

If you’re buying a new car, many dealerships will want to sell you drive away insurance that lasts around a week. To find the right drive away insurance for your needs, it’s usually a good idea to shop around for other quotes.


What does drive away car insurance mean?

Drive away insurance is the name given to temporary insurance that’s created to provide cover for a newly purchased vehicle. It allows the policyholder to ‘drive away’ from a dealership or private seller before they’ve had the chance to sort out an annual insurance policy.

Drive away insurance means that you can have peace of mind when you collect your new car that, should anything happen to you, the car or any other road user, you’re protected.

Visit our information hub for more information about the different types of temporary insurance and the difference between annual and temporary insurance.

How can I pay for my drive away insurance?

Paying for drive away car insurance is simple. All you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions and enter your payment details (you’ll need a valid credit or debit card) while our secure payment system does the rest.

Once you’ve made your purchase, we’ll email your policy documents over in minutes. As soon as you’ve received these, you’re good to go.

What do I do when my policy runs out?

If you’ve arranged for a permanent insurance policy to cover your car, you don’t need to do anything! You can simply let your policy lapse as the new one starts.

It’s important to check that there’s no gap between your temporary insurance running out and your new policy starting. If you drive without valid insurance, you’re breaking the law – even if you don’t mean to.

If you’ve still not decided on an annual insurance policy or you’ve noticed a small gap, don’t worry. You can always extend or take out a new temporary insurance policy. If you want to take longer to look for your insurance policy but won’t be driving the car, you can declare your car as SORN.

Can I buy a drive away policy in advance?

Yes, you can. If you know the exact date you’re going to be picking up your new car, you can take out drive away insurance to start on that day. For example, if you’re picking up your car tomorrow at 9am, you can take out a policy that starts from that time. This means you don’t need to worry at the dealership – just get in and go.

Head to our application help page for some top tips on how to apply for a drive away insurance policy with us.


Can I drive a new car home without insurance?

No. Driving without insurance is against the law. If you drive your car home without insurance you could face:

  • Unlimited fines
  • A driving ban
  • Six points on your licence
  • Your car being seized by the police.


Can new drivers get drive away insurance?

Yes, as long as you’ve held a UK driving licence for six months – or three months if you’re over the age of 25. It’s worth bearing in mind that younger motorists can face higher premiums.

Do you offer drive away van insurance?

Yes, we do! Our temporary insurance for vans means you can drive your new vehicle away from a forecourt or private seller’s driveway without the hassle. Get a quote today for insurance within minutes.

Do you offer drive away insurance for motorhomes?

We do. We offer motorhome insurance for up to 30 days. You can use our insurance whether you’re lending you motorhome to family and friends or borrowing a motorhome from someone else. For more information about this type of insurance, speak to us today.