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How to buy multi-car insurance

Getting multi-car insurance quotes is quick and easy, and could save you money. Here's how simple it is to get cover for all the cars kept at your house:

  1. The cars:

    Registration number, make and model, mileage and any modifications

  2. The address:

    Where the cars are registered and kept overnight

  3. The drivers:

    Info about the drivers. Their names, age and driving history

  4. The cover:

    Choose the level of cover, and add-ons, you need for each driver and car

Multi-car insurance explained

Multi-car insurance allows you to cover several vehicles under one policy with a single provider. You'll get all the benefits of a standard car insurance policy, but often get a discount for each car you add to the policy.

You can also add multi-car breakdown cover that protects all drivers and cars on the policy.

Not all multi-car policies work the same way - there are two main types:

  • Linked multi-car policies

    Each policy has different cover, benefits and add-ons - so you might add breakdown cover and legal expenses to your comprehensive policy but also have a basic third-party fire and theft policy for your teen, all under your multi-car insurance.

    Policies can start and finish on different dates too.

  • Multiple car cover on one policy

    With multiple car cover, your renewal dates are synced up - it’s one policy for all the cars.

    The cover is usually the same for every driver and car, but always check the paperwork to be sure.

Should I choose multi-car insurance?

Multi-car insurance generally suits families where all drivers live at the same address. That's because it’ll usually only cover vehicles kept at the same address, but if one car needs to be kept away from home for extended periods, some multi-car policies will allow this - good news for children away at uni.

Check terms and conditions to find out whether your insurer allows for this type of cover though - not all do.

You might find it easier dealing with one insurer instead of several, but be aware that not all providers cover all cars on a single policy.

The main advantage is the multi-car discount, but there are other pros and cons to consider:

Pros

  • Insuring all drivers and cars under one multi-car insurance policy can make it easier to manage paperwork and any claims
  • Despite all drivers being under one policy, each driver retains their no-claims bonus. That means your no-claims bonus shouldn't be affected if someone else needs to claim. But do check policy docs to be sure
  • Some policies cover cars that spend some of the year away from home, which helps if you've got older children at uni

Cons

  • The insurer has to factor in everyone's risk of a claim when they give you a price. That means a less-experienced driver, or driver with motoring convictions, could push premiums up for everyone else on the policy. If that's the case, it'll probably be cheaper to insure your cars separately
  • Depending on how the policies are linked, if one driver makes a claim it could push the future price up for other drivers on the policy
  • You pay for multi-car insurance just the same as standard - annually or monthly. If you have synced renewals, that means one big bill to pay yearly. If that's not affordable, you'll end up paying interest to pay monthly - potentially eating into any discount you made

Is multi-car insurance cheaper?

There’s no guarantee it’ll be cheaper than separate policies, but it’s worth checking. To find out what works out cheaper for you, compare quotes on single-car policies, add them up, then try a multi-car quote to see if it costs less.

Just make sure you compare like-for-like in terms of the level of cover and features you need. So if you want comprehensive insurance including legal cover and insurance for driving in Europe, only compare prices on policies that include those things.

The driver’s age and the car insurance group are two of the biggest factors affecting the price. That means a multi-car policy that combines a 50-year-old driving a BMW i8 with an 18-year-old in a modified Citroen C3 will be priced based on the risk each poses to the insurer, combined into a single premium.

There are plenty of other factors that go into the price though. Your driving history, whether you’ve claimed before, got penalty points and even where you live all affect the price.

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Multi-car policy features and add-ons

There’s no standard list for what’s included in a multi-car policy. Some will cost extra, so make sure you only add and pay for what you really need.

  1. First-car discount

    The first car on the policy gets its own multi-car discount. Open the policy and tell the insurer how many cars you intend to add later so it can calculate your discount

  2. Courtesy car cover

    If you have a breakdown, most multi-car policies will include a courtesy car to keep you on the road

  3. European cover

    If you're driving in convoy to Europe, multi-car can cover you for European driving - but check the small print and speak to the insurer to extend your cover if it's not included

  4. Windscreen repair

    If the windscreen cracks on one of the covered cars, multi-car insurance will usually cover windscreen repair

  5. Stereo and sat-nav cover

    If your in-built car stereo or sat-nav breaks or gets stolen, multi-car policies will have personal possessions cover

  6. Personal injury cover

    Personal injury cover covers you if you're in a traffic accident and found to be at fault, up to a limit

  7. Emergency helpline

    Like other comprehensive car insurance policies, multi car can give you access to a 24-hour emergency helpline. If you're in an accident that's your fault, you can call for advice and assistance

  8. No claims bonus match

    Depending on the insurer, it may match the no-claims bonus on the second and third car that you add to the multi-car policy

No-claims discounts on multi-car policies

On linked policies, no-claims discounts (NCDs) work in just the same way as on standard car insurance policies. Each driver earns their own and only theirs will be affected if they make a claim.

But for multiple car cover under one policy, renewal dates are synced up for all policyholders.

That causes two problems:

  • If you switch to a multi-car policy part-way through an existing policy, you'll miss out on your NCD for that year
  • You might have to pay cancellation fees

Some insurers let you add each vehicle as it reaches renewal time. Others give you a quote for the second car when you’re getting cover for the first. That quote's then guaranteed until the second car’s up for renewal.

If your chosen insurer doesn’t do this, you could sync up all cars in the household on the date that the final car is due for renewal and take out short-term insurance in the interim for the remaining cars. But that can be a more expensive option, when you could just insure for the year, protect your NCD, and be done with it.

Frequently asked questions

  • What happens at renewals?

    Some multi-car insurers will sync-up the renewal dates, usually based on the date the first car was added to the policy. That means all your renewals will be due on the same date in future.

    Other insurers simply have each car effectively on a separate policy that finishes when it would with a single car policy.

  • My children live away at university. Can I add them to my multi-car insurance?

    Some insurers will cover vehicles that are kept away from the main home for part of the year, but others will specify that they have to live at the same address. Check the policy wording before you buy.

  • Can I insure just two cars on a multi-car policy?

    Yes, and lots of households do. Just make sure that you're making a saving over buying two policies from different providers, as the discount will be greater for each extra car you add to a multi-car policy.

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