Weekend car insurance

Are you looking for an easy way to get car insurance for a weekend? If so, then Dayinsure’s affordable weekend car insurance is the perfect solution and we can have you covered in next to no time. To get a quote, all you need is:

  • your name, UK address, date of birth, and email address
  • the vehicle’s registration number
  • your GB driving licence number.

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What is weekend car insurance?

Car insurance for a weekend is a type of short-term insurance that covers you to drive a vehicle for a few days. You can drive a car for the whole weekend, knowing that you’re fully covered.

Weekend car insurance is ideal for getting behind the wheel of your own car or for borrowing another vehicle. It’s a great way to insure a car for a weekend away.

With our flexible weekend cover, you can relax safe in the knowledge that you’re fully insured. Plus, your policy can be arranged in just 15 minutes, leaving you free to get on the road no matter what your last-minute plans are.

When might weekend car insurance be needed?

There are a few situations where weekend car insurance might be the ideal solution:

  • borrowing a friend or family member’s vehicle for the weekend – if you’re making use of a larger vehicle, for example, then car insurance for the weekend offers a flexible way to get covered
  • sharing the driving on a road trip or weekend away – perhaps you’re going on a weekend break and wish to share the responsibility with another driver. Dayinsure’s policies are a great way to get fully covered for your holiday. If you’re borrowing a motorhome or campervan for the weekend, then our temporary motorhome insurance might be what you’re looking for
  • making use of another vehicle while yours is in the garage – borrowing a vehicle can help you stick to your usual routine if your car is spending the weekend in the garage due to repairs, an MOT or service
  • buying a new car – if you’re collecting a new vehicle but haven’t quite finalised the details on an annual policy, weekend car insurance is the perfect short-term solution while you arrange your main cover.

Whatever your reason for needing weekend car insurance, Dayinsure can help. Whether you need last-minute cover or you’re planning a weekend break in the next few weeks or months, you could get a quote in 15 minutes.

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Why take out car insurance for the weekend?

There are many reasons why you might prefer to insure a car for a weekend rather than take out an annual policy. Naturally, annual policies typically work out cheaper over 12 months. But if you only need to drive a vehicle for a weekend, short-term cover is usually the more cost-effective option.

If you need cover at short notice, our weekend car insurance policies can provide a flexible option and can have you covered in under 15 minutes. There’s no need to run the risk of illegally driving uninsured.

Another reason for taking out weekend car insurance is to ensure you’ve got fully comprehensive cover for the time you need it. Despite the misconceptions, many annual policies don’t cover you to drive another vehicle. And, if they do, you’re likely to only be covered for damage to a third party.

But, as our cover is a whole separate policy, you’ll be properly insured on your chosen vehicle for the entire weekend. And it means you won’t have the hassle and expense of amending any current policy. What’s more, any other car insurance policies you do have won’t be affected when you take out weekend cover with Dayinsure.

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Dayinsure weekend car insurance is available from 1 hour to 30 days and will only take a few minutes to arrange. Cover can start in as little as 15 minutes – easy!

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How long does weekend car insurance last?

You can take out car insurance for the weekend to suit you. So, if you’re going on a trip and need cover for a long weekend, Friday to Monday, then we can help. We can also provide cover for just one or two days over the weekend, which might be handy if you’re borrowing a car while yours is in the garage, or to make use of another vehicle to transport items. Don’t forget, we also provide temporary van insurance if you need to borrow a larger vehicle to move furniture or to help someone relocate.

Our weekend car insurance is very flexible so, whatever your individual needs, we can get you covered. Simply get a quote online and you could be on the road in under an hour.

How do I get weekend car insurance?

It’s quick and convenient to get insured for a weekend:

Complete our simple form

We'll just need your name, occupation, date of birth, UK address, GB driving licence number and car registration information.

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Get a price

Let us know when you want your cover to start, the duration and any additional extras, and we'll give you a quote.

Pay and get on the road!

You can pay for your weekend car insurance with a debit or credit card and once you've made your purchase, you'll be ready to go!

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What are the benefits of taking out weekend car insurance with Dayinsure?

As well as being flexible and easy to arrange, if you insure a car for the weekend with us, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • fully comprehensive cover underwritten by Aviva, our key partner, or other insurers
  • pay-as-you-go insurance, meaning you only pay for the cover you need
  • it’s easy to extend your cover if you need to
  • we have a simple cancellation process if you need to cancel your cover
  • the annual policyholder’s No Claims Discount will not be affected if you take out cover on someone else’s vehicle.
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What does car insurance for the weekend cover?

Because our policies include fully comprehensive insurance, you’ll be covered for the following:

  • damage to other people’s property
  • loss of or damage to the insured vehicle after fire or theft
  • accidental damage
  • new vehicle replacement
  • many other extras.

For full details of what’s included with your policy, take a look at your insurance product information document.

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How much does weekend car insurance cost?

The cost of insuring a car for a weekend will depend on a variety of factors. These include:

Get a quote today and see how cost-effective weekend car insurance can be for you.


Am I eligible to insure a car for a weekend?

Our list of acceptance criteria has more information, but if you have any questions about your or the vehicle’s eligibility, simply contact our team.

If you are a learner driver with a provisional licence, we offer temporary learner insurance that can cover you to practise outside your formal driving lessons with a friend or family member.

We’re able to insure most drivers and provide affordable car insurance for a weekend. To be eligible you’ll need to:

Be at least 18 years old
Hold a current, valid, full GB licence for at least 6 month (3 months if aged over 25)
Have a permanent address
Be driving a UK-registered vehicle

Why choose Dayinsure to insure a car for the weekend?

We’re one of the UK’s leading providers of temporary and weekend car insurance and we’re proud to offer a high standard of customer service and affordable cover. Here are some other reasons to choose Dayinsure:

  • we have over 18 years’ experience in providing affordable and flexible temporary cover
  • we believe you, the customer, should be in control and that’s why we offer fully flexible policies to cover a range of situations
  • we’re regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) so you can rely on us to provide competitive and honest products and services
  • we partner with leading companies including Aviva, Mulsanne and the RAC
  • we’re proud to have delivered over 400 million days of insurance to our customers
  • our dedicated Dayinsure app lets you purchase and control your policies from one place so you can access your documents wherever you are
  • our customers rate us Excellent on Trustpilot and have given us five-star reviews on Feefo.
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Car insurance for all situations from Dayinsure

Whatever type of flexible cover you’re looking for, whether that’s weekend car insurance, temporary van insurance, short-term motorhome cover, or even temporary learner driver insurance, Dayinsure can get you a policy in next to no time.

Our expert and friendly team can answer any queries – get in touch or head to our help and support page, which has an array of useful information about our policies and the vehicles we can insure.

Don’t forget to check out our news section which has informative articles such as factors to consider when borrowing a car and how to pack your car for a road trip.


Weekend car insurance FAQ’s

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

Can I extend my weekend car insurance policy?

It might be possible to extend your policy through your account either on our website, via the app or by clicking “download documents” on your email notification. You can extend your policy a maximum of three times or up to 30 days from the original policy date. If you need to amend your policy or include any extras, you’ll need to get a new quote.

Can I get weekend car insurance if I’m a learner driver?

If you’re a learner driver wanting to get some extra practice with a friend or family member, our temporary learner driver insurance could be just what you’re looking for. This cover is tailored to provisional licence holders who need short-term insurance while learning to drive.

Can I insure a car for the weekend to travel abroad?

Our policies provide third-party cover across European countries, as long as your journey starts and ends in the UK. You may be able to add fully comprehensive cover to drive abroad in Europe as an optional extra. See our help and support page to find out more.

If I change my mind can I cancel my weekend car insurance?

Our cancellation policy means you can cancel at any time with a refund for any unused premiums, provided no claim has been made.

What excess will I need to pay if I make a claim?

The amount of excess you’ll need to pay will depend on your individual circumstances and vehicle details, but the exact figure will be confirmed before you purchase your weekend car insurance. Your excess details will then be provided on your insurance certificate.

Can I take out car insurance for a weekend if I already have a policy?

Yes! You may already have an annual policy that covers you to drive your own vehicle but, if you want to borrow a car for a short period of time, then weekend car insurance could be the perfect solution.

Chances are, the vehicle’s owner already has a main insurance policy, but they can be reassured that any No Claims Discount won’t be affected by any temporary cover you take out.

Can I add another driver to my weekend car insurance cover?

Any other driver would need to take out their own, separate insurance. If you’re planning on splitting the driving on a borrowed vehicle with someone else, then both of you should take out individual policies to insure the car for a weekend.

Do I need to carry my insurance certificate with me?

We guarantee to update the Motor Insurance Database (MID) every seven days or sooner but we do recommend that you carry your insurance certificate with you for the time that you’re covered for. Our app also stores your documents in one central location and makes it easy to access your insurance certificate from anywhere.

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You’ll be made aware of your policy underwriter as part of the quote decision process