Is car insurance for over 50s cheaper?
It often is. Our latest Premium Drivers report (March 2017) shows that drivers over 50 pay an average of £398** for their car insurance. That’s good news indeed when you consider that according to comparethemarket.com data, the average cost of car insurance in the UK now stands at £729** per year.
How is car insurance calculated?
Car insurance is tailored to you, your car and where you live. Risk is the key factor for insurance providers when it comes to working out what you pay. So, if you’re over 50, then the assumption is that you’re a lower risk driver because of all your experience on the road. Plus, chances are, you’ve accrued some no claims discount.
Insurance providers also consider the type of car you drive and where you keep it. The area you live in is important too. If your home is in an area with high rates of car crime, you’ll generally pay more for your insurance.
Once all these factors have been taken into account, insurance premium tax (IPT) is added on. IPT has risen quite spectacularly over the past few years – when it was first introduced in 1994 is was just 2.5%, but as of June 2017 it will be 12%. So you could see an increase in your premium.
Should I go with a specialist over 50s insurance provider?
You can if you feel this gives you the best all-round cover and customer service, but you’re not obliged to. There are some added benefits of going with a specialist, such as Saga, Age UK and Rias, that you might not find with more mainstream providers, such as:
No upper age limits – you can get insurance even if you’re in your 90s.
Courtesy cars or a ‘get you home’ service – usually offered as standard so you always know you can get home safely.
Emergency driver cover – if you need to cut your journey short because of a medical emergency, some policies will allow any driver to drive your car and take you back home, giving you peace of mind.
Some policies will also give you unlimited cover on any extra equipment, such as sat navs, stereo or CD systems. And if you fancy spending your retirement driving through the south of France, then you’ll be pleased to know there are policies that will give you unlimited European cover at no extra cost.
How can I cut the cost of car insurance quotes for over 50s?
We’ve put together some top tips that could help save you money.
While allowing your provider to automatically renew your policy ensures there’s no risk of you being uninsured, it does mean you could be paying more than you need to. Our Premium Driver report shows that drivers over 50 can save an average of £55** by shopping around for their car insurance.
Think carefully about optional extras
Optional add-ons, such as a courtesy car or breakdown cover, can hike up the price of your premium. If you don’t want them, don’t include them. But do consider what might happen if you don’t have a replacement car or breakdown cover when you need them – it might be worth it in the end.
Increase your car’s security
If possible, keep your car somewhere secure overnight or invest in an industry-approved alarm system or immobiliser. If you reduce the risk of your car being stolen or vandalised you could cut the cost of your premium – just bear in mind that you may need to speak directly with your insurance provider to get the saving.
Reduce your mileage
All insurance providers will ask for an annual mileage, so set this as low as you realistically can. Try to be accurate. If you significantly underestimate your mileage and have to make a claim, your policy could be invalid. Overestimating could bump you up into the next price bracket.
Tweak your voluntary excess
Increasing your voluntary excess could mean a cheaper monthly premium. Just make sure you can pay both the compulsory excess (set by the provider) and your chosen voluntary excess should you need to make a claim.
Pay for your insurance in one and it’ll save you a few pounds. Spreading the cost of your premium over 12 months could cost more as you might be charged interest on the instalments.
How do I find the right over 50s insurance for me?
Getting the right deal doesn’t have to be about fitting into an age group, it’s about getting a policy to meet your needs as a driver, regardless of your age. Remember that cheap doesn’t always mean better when it comes to insurance.
Specialist providers may come up more expensive, but they’ll often include benefits as standard that mainstream providers charge extra for. You might find that this works out to be more convenient and the same value (or even better) than a non-specialist. But you shouldn’t write off a mainstream provider just because you’ve got to a certain age.