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Why you’d need one day car insurance

Why pay for insurance you don’t need? For those odd days when you need to borrow a car, use Cuvva. Our one day car insurance is a fast, flexible way to get covered for all those one-offs – when you need car insurance for a day, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of getting added as a named driver.

Signing up takes minutes. Buying a policy takes seconds.

Our one day car insurance policies are fully comprehensive, so you’re in safe hands. And it’s completely separate from the owner’s car insurance policy. So if you do need to make a claim, their no-claims bonus won’t be affected.

Moving house

It’s not uncommon to borrow a friend’s car when you’re moving house. It is, however, very difficult to predict how many trips back and forth this will require – it normally takes far longer than expected! A daily policy means your don’t have to remember to buy a policy every time you get back in the car. If you’re doing serveral journeys, it’ll likely be cheaper too!

Running Errands

There are some errands which become significantly easier with the use of a car. From doing a big supermarket shop, to picking up heavy or over-sized furniture, to visiting a relative who’s practically inaccessible by public transport, it’s very easy to come up with a long list! By buying one day car insurance, you can do things at leisure, with fully comprehensive insurance cover throughout.

Going on holiday in the UK

If you’re going on holiday in the UK and driving, getting a daily policy from Cuvva can be a cheap way to do this. However, if you’re driving to Europe, we would recommend you do not use Cuvva as we only offer the most basic of 3rd party cover whilst you are abroad and you will not be able to buy any further policies once you leave the UK. If you need European cover, you should be able to find other specialist brokers who will be able to offer more suitable products.

Buying a new car

If you’re buying a car and want to drive it away, you’ll need to have insurance. So, getting Cuvva setup on your phone in advance will allow you to quickly buy cover and drive away. You can then sort out your annual insurance once you’re home.

One day car insurance

If you plan to use a car on and off throughout the day, buying a daily policy will give you the most flexibility, with less time constraints than hourly policies.  A couple of hourly policies may well work out cheaper than a daily policy if you have a clear idea of journey times.

1 day temporary car insurance

Who we cover

Insurance is available to learner drivers between 17-45 and full licence holders between 19-65 (although if you’re aged between 19 and 21, you must have held your licence for at least a year and have no at-fault claims).  It is available on vehicles with and without another insurance policy on the car (full policy rules).

Short term car insurance: how it works

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Create an account

Download the Cuvva app and sign up in minutes.

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Find your vehicle

Enter your registration plate.

App screens showing one hour, two hours and three hours of insurance

Pick a policy

Get cover for as little as one hour, or as long as 28 days.

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Pay for the policy and drive away. You can extend it in seconds.

Only pay for what you need

To get the most value out of your car insurance, make sure you’re only paying for the time you need to drive. It’s unlikely you’ll be driving for more than a few hours in a day. If this is true for you, it might be worth buying an hourly car insurance policy. If you’re only going to be driving a car for a couple of hours, it could help you save money. 

What our customers love


What a fantastic app and company to use. Cuvva have made something that used to use up a fair amount of time and effort into something so simple! Once set up on the app it actually takes 30 seconds to be insured!


Easy to use and gives peace of mind. My husband could borrow my friend’s car for a couple of hours work – no hassle whatsoever.


The whole concept behind Cuvva changes the rules on car insurance and creates a genuinely useful and innovative way to think about driving. I would recommend the app without any hesitation.


Frequently asked questions

Who can we cover?


We have worked hard with our underwriter to offer temporary car insurance to as many people as possible. It is currently available to:

  • learner drivers between 17-45
  • full licence holders between 19-65 (although if you're aged between 19 and 21, you must have held your licence for at least a year and have no at-fault claims).

We only offer cover to holders of UK DVLA licences, on cars valued between £0 - £40,000 and up to insurance group 49 for experienced drivers. Check our full short term insurance policy rules for full details on who we can (and can't) cover.

What vehicles can we cover?

Currently, we can insure cars and vans. But there are a few rules around the types of vehicles we can insure. These are set by our underwriter. They cover things like how long you've had your licence, and the insurance group of the vehicle. Also, there are some set rules, which are:

For cars:

To get short-term car insurance, your has to be valued above £1 and below £40,000, and it can't be:

  • Older than 20 years
  • Modified
  • Scrapped
  • Impounded

For vans:

Vans have to be valued above £1 and below £20,000 to be eligible for our temporary van insurance, and they can't be:

  • Older than 20 years
  • In an insurance group higher than 20
  • Modified
  • Scrapped

That's not an exhaustive list, but it gives you a good indication of which vehicles we can insure. We're always working with our underwriters to offer short-term car insurance to a wider range of drivers.

To see if you're eligible for temporary insurance, it's best to get a quote in the app.

What will you need to purchase insurance from us?

To buy temporary car insurance through Cuvva, you'll need to download our app. To register, you will need to have:

  • A photo of government approved photo ID (typically, this will either be your passport or your Driving Licence)
  • A UK DVLA driving licence number (we use this to check whether you have any motoring convictions and to verify the name, address and date of birth)
  • Your own UK debit/credit card to make the payment
  • Declared all incidents (at fault/not at fault) that you have been involved, as a driver, passenger or named driver, in the last 5 years.
  • Been a resident in the UK for the past 3 years or have been a long-term resident within the last 5 years who’s back visiting the UK.
  • Permission from the owner of the vehicle
Contacting support

If you have a problem using the app or buying short term insurance, get in touch! Our in-app chat is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On average, we'll get back to you within 1 minute.

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. For Cuvva customers, this can be a problem. When you buy short-term 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.

If you get pulled over, there's no need to panic. Even if your temporary car insurance isn't showing up in the MID, it's still legal and valid. Just show the officer your policy documents and you should be good to go. You can find them in the app. We'll also email you a copy when you buy your policy.



The excess is an amount you have to pay when you make a car insurance claim. Our short-term car insurance doesn't have a voluntary excess, and the mandatory excess changes depending on the person buying the policy, the vehicle they're driving, and they location they're driving in.

You can see the excess in the app before you buy your temporary car insurance. It's called the "mandatory excess".