Temporary car insurance

We can help you get where you need to go, when you need to go, one competitively priced policy at a time.

For a quote all you’ll need is:

  • your name, address, date of birth, email and occupation.
  • the registration number of the car you want to drive.
  • your driving licence (or passport number for non-UK licence holder).

How does temporary car insurance work?

The journey to temporary insurance cover takes a couple of minutes, and you could be behind the wheel in no time.

Fill in our simple quote form

All you need is your name, address, date of birth, occupation and the registration number of the car you want to drive.

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We'll give you a price

Decide the duration you need and when you’d like the policy to start

Buy and you’re ready to go!

To buy your policy you’ll need your driving licence number and payment details (debit, credit card or PayPal).

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Want a quote?

It’s simple and will only take a few minutes to arrange UK temporary car insurance. Cover can start in minutes – and that’s it.


What Our Customers Say

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Why choose Dayinsure short term car insurance?

Dayinsure is a great option when annual insurance doesn’t give you the flexibility you need, whether you want great value hourly insurance or something slightly longer.

Insurance from 1 hour to 30 days
Great value cover available to buy in minutes
All policies provide comprehensive cover
All policies underwritten by Aviva

Uses of Dayinsure’s insurance?

Borrowing a car

  • If you’re buying or selling a car and want to arrange a test drive.
  • If you need to borrow a family member or friend’s bigger car for a particular journey.

Adding a temp additional driver to your car

  • If your annual policy doesn’t cover the policyholder to drive other cars.
  • If your annual policy doesn’t give you full comprehensive cover when you drive other cars.

Did you know? It is a common belief that all annual insurance policies cover you to drive other cars. This is not always true and if you do have cover it will almost certainly be on a third-party-only basis. Take out a Dayinsure policy and you will be covered comprehensively. Any claims will not affect the car owner’s NCD (No Claims Discount).

Making a business trip

  • If your annual insurance policy doesn’t cover a business trip to a new location

Did you know?
A common misunderstanding is that annual insurance policies that cover commuting allow business trips to any location – they don’t! Commuting use only covers journeys to or from your regular place of work – so this could exclude cover if you visit a client, attend a training course or help out at a local branch. Our temp car insurance policies provide full business use (but not the carrying of goods or passengers for hire or reward).

One-day car insurance is for any situation, such as:

  • where the annual policyholder gets taken ill and you need to take over the driving.
  • needing to share the driving on a long journey.
  • taking a SORN vehicle for an MOT.
  • driving a bigger vehicle to transport a piece of furniture.
  • transporting friends to an event.
  • supervising someone learning to drive.
  • where there’s a short gap between one annual policy finishing and another one starting.

Benefits of temporary car insurance

Temp car insurance is fast, convenient and simple to buy

All our temp cover policies are underwritten by Aviva on a comprehensive basis. They include business-use cover and can start within 15 minutes of making a booking whether you want cover for an hour, a day, a week or a month.

On all our temp car insurance policies, we offer a range of optional extras such as comprehensive European cover, additional drivers and daily breakdown cover.

Our policies are standalone, so making a claim doesn’t affect your No Claims Discount (NCD) on any annual policy. What’s more, all our policies come with free legal expenses cover to protect your interests in the event of an incident that is not your fault.

Furthermore, we update the Motor Insurance Database (MID) 4 times a day, so you’re unlikely to be stopped on suspicion of driving uninsured.

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Who is eligible for temporary car insurance?

Our temp car insurance can cover most drivers aged 18–75 (subject to vehicle and underwriting criteria). We can also able to cover learner drivers, with our learner driver insurance. From one-day to weekly insurance, we can insure most UK-registered vehicles.

Please note: Our temp car insurance is not available for impounded vehicles.

As well as UK licences, we can cover drivers who hold a full EU, EEA, Australian, New Zealand, South African or Swiss driving licence and have done so for at least six months (reduced to three months if aged over 25).

So, if you’re planning to come to the UK or are expecting visitors who may want to borrow your car, temp car insurance in the UK from Dayinsure could be a great option. Rather than hire a car for the trip, it might be easier (and cheaper!) to borrow cars throughout the duration of the visit and cover yourself with our one-day to one-month car insurance services. Buy our insurance online as and when required. See our car insurance acceptance criteria. We also offer temporary van insurance for those who need it.

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