Temporary van insurance

Temporary van insurance is a great option if you want to borrow a van for an hour, a day, a weekend, a week or 30 days. To get a quote, we’ll just need:

  • your name, date of birth and UK address, as well as your occupation and email address
  • the van’s registration number
  • your GB driving licence number.
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What is temporary van insurance?

Temporary van insurance – sometimes known as short-term or temporary commercial van insurance – covers you for a set period, be it a day, a week or 30 days. It offers the same protections as a regular annual policy, but just for the specific time you need it.

It’s ideal for when you need cover on a van for a short time and don’t want to add it to your annual policy. It can make borrowing a van for a removal job quick, easy and cost-effective. And if you’re going on a test drive, you can get cover (and peace of mind) for that exact period.

When would I need short-term van insurance?

The beauty of temporary cover is its flexibility. Whether you need hourly, daily, weekly or 30 day van insurance, we can help.
Dayinsure’s temporary van insurance can cover a wide range of situations, including:

  • borrowing a van to move to a new house or helping others relocate
  • shifting large items of furniture or equipment
  • insuring a replacement vehicle for one that’s off the road
  • relocating family members to university
  • covering a driver using your van for a short time
  • test driving a van before purchasing.

So, whatever the reason for needing temp van insurance, why not get a quote and see just how affordable our policies can be?

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What does temporary van insurance cover?

Our temporary van cover provides fully comprehensive insurance on your chosen vehicle for the time you need it. You’ll also get business use included as standard, so you can use your borrowed van for work purposes such as visiting clients or customers, transporting work-related items, and travelling to multiple work sites.

You’ll also be covered for aspects such as:

  • loss or damage to the vehicle
  • damage to other people’s property
  • other people’s injury compensation
  • accidental damage cover
  • personal belongings up to £150.

It’s important to note that hired or impounded vans are not covered by our policies. The vehicle must not be used for passenger carrying or any courier services.

For a full list of what’s insured and what’s excluded with our temporary van insurance, take a look at our product information.

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Benefits of Dayinsure temporary van insurance

Our flexible cover means you can get cheap temporary van insurance for a variety of situations. You’ll also benefit from:

  • comprehensive cover provided by Aviva, so you can go about your business safe in the knowledge that the vehicle is insured by a market leader
  • policies that run for up to 30 days – the more days you buy, the cheaper the equivalent daily rate
  • cover for most drivers and most vans, up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW).

We also update the Motor Insurance Database every seven days and, in some cases, more often.

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Ready to get moving?

It only takes a few minutes to arrange temporary van insurance in the UK, and we can start your cover in as little as 15 minutes.

The only thing we won’t do is carry the boxes!

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Who is eligible for short-term van insurance?

With our great-value temporary van insurance, we can cover most drivers in most vans up to 3.5t GVW. Whether you want van insurance for a week, an hour or 30 days we’ve got you covered. To meet our eligibility criteria, you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 75
  • hold a current, valid, full GB driving licence and have done so for a minimum of six months (reduced to three months if aged over 25)
  • have a current permanent UK address
  • have permission from the owner to drive the van you’re insuring.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man
  • have a current market value of less than £75,000
  • have eight seats or fewer
  • not be a rental van
  • not be over 3.5t GVW.

For full details about our temporary van insurance eligibility, take a look at our acceptance criteria.

If you’re still unsure about your eligibility, just get in touch with our expert team.

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Can I insure a van for business purposes?

Business use is included on our temp van insurance policies, subject to exclusions. So, if you’re a tradesperson and you’re borrowing a van because your work vehicle is in the garage, for example, you can rest assured you’ll be fully covered.

Our cover can also be a great alternative to company van insurance if you just need use of a work vehicle for a specific period.

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How do I get Dayinsure temporary van insurance?

It couldn’t be easier to take out hourly, daily or weekly van insurance with us. There are just three simple steps to follow:

Provide us with a few details

For temp cover van insurance, we'll need your name, UK address, date of birth, GB licence, occupation, and the registration number of the van.

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Mobile app quote

You’ll get a price

Decide the duration you need, such as one- day van insurance, when you’d like the policy to start, and we will give you a quote.

Pay and you’re ready to go!

To secure your van cover, you just need to pay using your debit or credit card.

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How much does short-term van insurance cost?

Our cheap temporary van insurance is a handy, cost-effective solution that means you don’t need to amend your main policy. Because you only pay for the time you need it, it’s great value for money.

Quotes can vary depending on a few factors and the exact price of your van cover will take into consideration aspects, such as:

  • the van you’re insuring
  • the period you need cover for
  • your individual circumstances.

Getting a quote takes just minutes and you could be covered in no time.

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Temporary van insurance you can trust

We’re one of the UK’s leading providers of short-term vehicle insurance, so you know you’re in good hands when you take out Dayinsure’s temporary van cover. Here are a few other reasons you can trust us to provide outstanding service:

  • we’ve got over 15 years’ experience in providing short-term insurance
  • we’re regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • we partner with other leading companies including Aviva, Mulsanne and the RAC
  • we believe in putting you in control, so we offer flexible policies to meet your needs
  • our customers think we’re great too – check out our excellent Trustpilot and Feefo.
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Why take out our short-term van insurance?

If you’re still considering whether to take out temporary van insurance with Dayinsure, take a look at our key features:

Insurance from 1 hour to 30 days
Great-value, cost-effective cover
All policies provide comprehensive cover
Business use (subject to exclusions)

Get in touch with the team at Dayinsure

Whatever your temporary van insurance needs, our expert team can help – simply contact us today with your query.

Our help and support page also has a wealth of information about claims, driver queries, policies and short-term insurance uses.

For more driver tips and inspiration, our news section features a variety of articles on a range of topics. Learn how to keep your van secure and discover some useful tips when using your van as a tradesperson.

Temporary van insurance FAQs

Our FAQs below might be able to help answer any queries you have about our short-term van cover:

What licence do I need to drive a van?

You can drive a van of up to 3.5t GVW on a standard GB licence in the UK. If you want to drive a van of up to 7.5t GVW, you’ll need a category C1 licence. You can check the status of your driving licence on the government website.

It’s important to remember we only cover vans up to 3.5t GVW.

Can I use my current policy to drive a borrowed van?

You might be able to drive a van on your current, annual car insurance policy, but it’s worth noting that many providers will only cover you third party for driving another vehicle.

If you’re using a van for a short period, temporary cover from Dayinsure can offer you a fully comprehensive policy for added peace of mind.

How long can I take out temp van cover for?

That’s up to you! The best bit about our short-term van insurance is the flexibility. If you need van insurance for a week, a day or 30 days we can help. We also offer hourly van insurance, which is ideal for test drives or emergencies.

Can I add a named driver to my short-term van insurance policy?

While you can’t add a named driver to your temporary policy, the other person can take out separate cover with us.

What can I use temporary van insurance for?

Short-term van cover can be used for a range of circumstances, including going for a test drive, work purposes while your own vehicle is in the garage, moving home, or transporting large goods or equipment.

The only circumstances not covered are carrying paying passengers or using the vehicle as part of a courier service.

Can I use my Dayinsure policy as company van insurance?

Business use is included, subject to exclusions, on our short-term van insurance policies, so you’ll be covered to drive for work purposes including site visits, client meetings and travelling to different places or work.

It can be used as an alternative to company van insurance if you just need cover for a short time.

Can I drive abroad on my short-term van cover?

Third-party European Union cover is included as standard, but you may also have the option to upgrade it to fully comprehensive insurance.

It’s important to note that, if you’re driving abroad, your journey must start and end in the UK.

Does temporary van insurance cover me to tow a trailer?

Your policy will cover you to tow a trailer, please refer to your individual policy wording for more information.

Does short-term van insurance cover me to use a vehicle as a campervan?

Our van insurance won’t cover you for campervans or motorhomes as they’re classed under a different category.

However, if you’re planning on making use of a borrowed campervan, our temporary motorhome insurance can provide the ideal cover.

What information do I need to provide to get a temporary van insurance quote?

It’s easy to get a quote online with Dayinsure. We just need your name, UK address, date of birth, GB licence, occupation and email address. You’ll also need to let us know the van’s registration number.

Once we’ve got the relevant details, you can have your quote in minutes and be on the road in next to no time.