Temporary car insurance

Get fully comprehensive short-term car insurance - from one hour to 28 days.

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since 2015

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Get insured for hours, days or weeks

Hourly

One hour car insurance is perfect for car sharing and test driving.

It' ideal for sharing a long drive, borrowing a friend's car, or taking a car for a test drive.

Just sign up, buy a policy, and you'll be ready to get behind the wheel in a few minutes.

If it's not long enough, you can extend your policy in a few taps.

Daily

For the big moves and the day trips. One day car insurance offers short-term cover for big adventures.

It's perfect for longer drives.

And it's great for moving a bunch of stuff from one home to another. (Which is stressful enough.)

Weekly

Weekly car insurance is great for those longer getaways.

One week car insurance is also perfect if you're trying to sell your car, and you need to keep it insured while you find a buyer.

You can extend through the app – in seconds.

Monthly

Monthly car insurance covers you for 28 days.

It's ideal when you need insurance for a bit longer, but don't want the hassle of being a named driver.

It's for the students back home from uni, and those longer driving trips around the UK.

Drive away insurance

Take some of the hassle out of buying a new car with short-term car insurance.

Our temporary car insurance is fully comprehensive. So if you're test driving a car, or driving a car home after buying it, you'll be covered.

So that's one less thing to worry about.

How it works

Sign up
Fill in your profile
Pick your policy
Pay
Drive!

1. Sign up

Just download Cuvva, and then pop your email address in to the app.

We'll send you a magic link. Use this to set up your account.

Who we cover

Here's the need-to-know bit. We do have a few restrictions on who we can cover.

You have to:

Have a GB driving licence from the DVLA

Be under 65

Be at least 19 - and if you're under 21, have had your licence for a year, with no at joint-fault claims

Have a vehicle less than 20 years old

How much is temporary car insurance?

Whenever you buy insurance, the price is worked out based on lots of different bits of information. To figure out the price for short-term car insurance, we look at:

Your age
Your current location
Policy length
The time of day you buy the policy
The vehicle you're insuring
Claims and convictions

When you get a quote in the app, you can tap on "What's affected your price" to see what's making your policy more or less expensive.

Short term car insurance: what’s covered

Fully comprehensive

Fire, theft, damage - with Cuvva, it’s covered. You’re insured for up to £40,000 of damage.

What’s covered
European cover included

Once you've bought your policy, you'll be covered to drive in Europe. But your cover won't be comprehensive.

Driving in Europe
Get referral discounts

Invite a friend to use Cuvva, and you’ll both get a £10 discount when they buy their first policy.

Refer a friend
The owner’s insurance isn’t affected

Car sharing? With Cuvva, the owner's insurance won’t be affected - even if you claim..

Owner's info
Class 1 business use as standard

Cuvva includes class 1 business use as standard. So you're covered for the commute.

Business use
Extend in a few taps

Once you're a quarter of the way through, you can extend for as little as an hour - in seconds.

How to extend

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Join 200,000 people who are choosing a new kind of insurance. One that's fast, flexible and clear.

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We're free when you're free. With customer support available all day every day, you can always get help when you need it.

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Refer your friends and get £10 off

Tell your friends and family about Cuvva and you'll both get a £10 discount when they buy a policy.

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Temporary car insurance: the details

What is temporary car insurance?

Temporary car insurance is a shorter car insurance policy that usually lasts between an hour and month.

There are lots of reasons you might need temporary car insurance. You can use it for borrowing a car, test driving, or getting a new car home before you have time to sort out a full insurance policy.

You can use temporary car insurance on a car that already has a full car insurance policy. (Although, with Cuvva, the car doesn't have to have an underlying policy.)

It's a quicker (and usually cheaper) way to get car sharing insurance than adding a named driver. And it's more flexible than taking out a full car insurance policy.

Does the car have to have an underlying policy?

No. As long as your short-term car insurance is active, you don't need to have an underlying policy.

That makes Cuvva perfect for test driving cars, or driving new cars home before you sort out a full insurance policy.

Just make sure you don't forget to insure the car once your short-term policy runs out. In the UK, cars always need to be insured, not just when you're driving them.

(It's all thanks to a very boring but important law called Continuous Insurance Enforcement.)

Can you use temporary car insurance to drive in Europe?

You can use our short-term car insurance to drive in the EU. But the level of cover is much lower.

In the UK, our policies are all fully comprehensive. Outside the UK, your insurance is less than third party. That means it wouldn't cover you for any damage to your own vehicle.

Cuvva policies don't insure you for driving outside the EU.

And although you can use Cuvva abroad once you've bought your policy, you have to be in Great Britain when you buy your policy.

This is because location data doesn't work in other countries, and your location is one of the things we use to work out the price of your policy.

How old do you have to be to get short-term car insurance?

To get temporary car insurance with Cuvva, you have to be aged between 19 and 65.

And if you're younger than 21, you need to have held a full licence for at least a year, with no at-fault insurance claims.

How long can you have temporary car insurance for?

With Cuvva, you can get short-term car insurance for hours, days, weeks or even a month. Policies start from as little as one hour, and they go all the way up to 28 days.

And if you need to extend for a couple of hours, you can do that too. Just go into the app, tap on your policy, and choose how much longer you'd like to be covered for.

You can extend your policy as soon as you're a quarter of the way through your original one. That means, if you’d bought a 1 hour car insurance policy, you could extend it after 15 minutes.

What vehicles do you cover?

Cars have to be worth more than £1 and less than £40,000. And they can't be:

  • Older than 20 years
  • Modified
  • Scrapped
  • Impounded

Vans have to be valued between £1 and £20,000. And they have to be in an insurance group lower than 20.

Those are the main things to look out for. But there might be a few other restrictions from time to time set by our underwriters.

To double-check we can cover you, it's best to get a quote in the app, or get an estimate on our website.

The excess

Like your price, we use lots of different bits of information to work out your excess.

There are two kinds of excess: compulsory and voluntary.

We only offer compulsory excess on our short-term car insurance policies. The amount changes depending on the person buying the policy.

We take a lot of different things into account when we work out your excess, including:

  • Your age. Younger drivers tend to have a higher excess than older, more experienced drivers.
  • The vehicle you're driving. Faster, more expensive cars tend to come with a higher excess.
  • Your location when you start the policy. If you're based in an area where there are lots of incidents, your excess will go up a little.

We don't offer voluntary excess, and you can't adjust the compulsory excess. But it's always shown clearly in the app before you buy a policy.

Can I use temporary car insurance for car sharing?

Yes. Short-term car insurance is designed for car sharing.

And when you do borrow your friend's car and get covered with a temporary policy, it won't affect the owner's insurance at all.

Even if you went and crashed the car, or had to make a claim, it wouldn't increase their price when they renewed their car insurance.

And it wouldn't affect their no-claims bonus, if they have one.

But it's worth letting the owner know exactly what you're covered for. That way, if you do have to make a claim, they'll know exactly what damage is covered.

You can do that by sending them a copy of your policy documents. You can find them in the app. We'll email you a copy, too.

(And make sure you get the owner’s permission before you borrow it. But we’d hope that goes without saying.)

How do I make a claim?

Cuvva is the broker, not the underwriter. And that means you'll have to get in touch with the underwriter if you need to make a claim.

But you can be sure that all of our short-term car insurance policies are fully comprehensive (which means you're covered for damage to your car and the other person's), and you're covered for up to £40,000.

If you do need to make a claim, it won't affect the owner's insurance, because it's a completely separate policy. It won't make their price go up when they renew their insurance.

But if the car needs repairs, it could leave them without a car for a bit. And, because we don't offer uninsured loss recovery, we won't be able to help them out with any costs they run into because of your claim.

Can I use short-term car insurance for business

Our temporary car insurance includes class 1 business use as standard. That means you're covered for commuting, and driving to the odd business meeting.

Which isn't always the case in the world of short-term car insurance. Most temporary policies don't cover you for business driving.

Most of them only cover you for what's known as “social, domestic and pleasure” use.

But our policies don't cover other people driving your car for business, and they don't cover delivery driving.

Checking your policy on the Motor Insurance Database (MID)

When you buy a car insurance policy, it's added to the Motor Insurance Database (MID). You can check the MID to make sure your car's insured, and the police can also use it to check that your car's insured.

But the MID can take a little while to update. When you buy temporary car insurance, the MID doesn't always get updated by the time you're on the road.

We send your policy to the MID as quickly as possible, but sometimes it just doesn't update quickly enough.

But don't worry. Even if your temporary car insurance isn't showing up in the MID, it's still legal and valid. As long as you've got your policy documents, you'll be good to go.

You can find them in the app. We'll also email you a copy when you buy your policy.

Taxing your car with temporary car insurance

Yes, you can tax a car with temporary car insurance.

In the UK, you can’t tax a car without having it insured. And a temporary car insurance policy is a good way to get short-term cover so you can sort out tax. Even if the policy only lasts for an hour.

Just make sure you keep the car insured once your short-term policy runs out. Without car insurance, your tax isn't valid.

When you get your car taxed, the DVLA will check the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to check that your car is covered.

But sometimes the MID can be slow to update, so your temporary policy might not show up on time.

If that happens, just show them your policy docs. You can get them in the app. We'll email you a copy, too.

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